Kid's Corner


Welcome!  The dedicated staff members of the Library work every day to grow young readers, spark imaginations, connect resources, create experiential programming, and develop community relationships supporting youth.

We encourage you to find a program just right for your child: from early childhood programs that build early literacy skills (Toddler Time & Preschool Story Time), to programs for children in elementary school, where children can create and learn.  The Library loves working with parents and teachers to support their great work through resources, tours, and programs.


With your Library card, you may choose from the Library's collection of DVDs, CDs, hands-on learning kits, eBooks, and over 70,000 children’s books to take home with you.


Drop by the Children's Desk on the Children's Floor and say hello.  We look forward to meeting you!  


Look no further for ideas about what to read next. Check out our Children's Reader Resources for Staff Picks, Best Seller Lists, Award Winning Book Lists, and Reading Recommendations & Reviews. We also hope you'll stop by the library for our awesome selection of books, CDs, and movies - or just to play with friends & family on the Children's Floor.

Is there a book you hope we'll buy? Fill out our Suggest a Purchase Form!  Do you have a comment or an idea for us? Need help finding something or have a question about the library? Contact us at or chat with a staff member.

Kid's Picks

Looking for ways to get involved at your library?  Come to Library Programs!

The library offers regular programs each month, and other seasonal programs throughout the year. Check the library calendar each month for latest updates on Kid's programs, or sign up to receive email notifications.

  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a family challenge that celebrates early learning & the fun of sharing stories!  The best way to ensure a child has the skills necessary to learn to read is having someone read aloud to them.  They will learn that letters make sounds, sounds make words, and words make stories!  Create life long memories and instill a love of reading in your child.  Any child from birth until kindergarten, can sign up at any time.  Count any books read at bedtime, storytime, by teachers, librarians, family, & most importantly YOU!   If you read it more than once, count it!  Ebooks count, too.  Your end date is when your child begins kindergarten.  Sign up at the Children’s Room desk.  You will get a log to track your first 100 books (a check mark in a shape or have your child color it in).  Bring it back to us when you reach 100 for a certificate and a new log.  We will put a sticker displaying your child’s name in the library book of your choice.  From then on everyone who checks out the book will see that you are participating in 1000 Books before Kindergarten.  Your child’s name in a book is your option.  Maybe a list of kids on website?

  • Toddler Time meets every Friday morning at 10am.  Short stories and active movements for little ones from birth to 36 months and their grownups. 

Kid's Programs

Explore & Learn


Check out these awesome websites!

  • Early World of Learning - Early World of Learning is geared for emergent and beginning readers with Read-Aloud Books in English and in Spanish, Print and Do Activities, a wide variety of videos and easily navigable games that reinforce reading comprehension. Early World of Learning is iPad Optimized for a fun on the go app.   

  • World Book Kids - Kids features easy-to-read articles, thousands of images and videos as well as a wealth of engaging games, science projects, and activities

  • EBSCO Primary Search - Full-text magazine articles, grades K-8.

  • Fact Monster from Information Please Almanac.  - An almanac, dictionary, atlas, and encyclopedia online for the answers to tons of questions.

  • Birthday Time Capsule - Type in your birthdate and create a "time capsule" for the day you were born, including headlines, prices, top songs and TV shows, favorite toys, and popular books.

  • How Products Are Made - Gale Resources brings us a new database with great detailed descriptions and pictures about how things are made. Search by keyword or through an alphabetic list including televisions, DVD players, gum, and more!

  • How Stuff Works - If you’re interested in learning how stuff works through words and pictures, check out this site! This site has sections covering Auto, Science, Health, Entertainment, Travel, Computer, Electronics, Home, Money, and People.

  • PBS Kids

  • Crayola

  • NASA Kids

  • Reading Bear

  • Book Adventure

  • Make Belief Comics

  • Starfall

  • Dino Dictionary

  • Discovery Education

  • Easy Bib

  • Kahn Academy

  • CIA Factbook

  • Common Sense Media




Just For Kids

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Homeschool Resources

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Kits for Kids


We love working with parents and teachers!

  • Teacher Holds Service:  Complete the Online Teacher Request Form or send in the PDF version and have Library staff select items for your class.  Your items can be delivered to your USD #116 school or held at the Library to be picked up at your convenience.

  • Classroom and school visits:  Booktalking, storytelling, content area connections, family nights and more.

  • Tours and special events:  Just give us a call (367-4069) or email us to schedule (

  • Display space:  Artwork and other school projects.

  • Kits for your classroom:  Choose from Hands-on Literacy and Math Kits, Exploration Kits, and Field Trip Backpacks.

  • Novelist K-8:  Read-alikes, books by reading level, and your next read-aloud.  Available in the Library or at home with a Library card.

  • Digital downloads:  Ebooks and eAudiobooks.  Available in the Library or at home with a Library card.

  • Students online:  Reading practice through Tumblebooks.  Available in the Library or at home with a Library card.

  • Questions?  Email us at or call  217-367-4069.  We look forward to working with you!

Some of our favorite websites:

  • Exploratorium - Explores the world through art, science and human perception.

  • Museums at the Crossroads - A guide to museums in Champaign County.

  • Netsmartz - A guide to internet safety for your family, developed by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

  • Parenting 24/7 - Support for parenting and family life from The University of Illinois Extension.

  • Reading Rockets - Tips and tools for reading at home and in the classroom

  • Schools Online - Classroom lessons from the University of Illinois Extension.

Library Visits

We can visit your students in the classroom, or you can arrange a visit to the Library. A librarian can read to your class, show students how to use the Library, give a tour of the Youth Services Department, demonstrate catalog searching, and explain our online resources. Please Contact Us for more information or to schedule a visit.

Scout Troops

We can teach your troop about the Library and demonstrate how to find materials and conduct research. Please Contact Us for more information or to schedule a visit.

4H Groups


Teachers, let us make your life easier!

Our children’s librarians offer many services  for Champaign teachers. We can:

  • Select a basket  of books for you to check out — just use  the online Teacher Request Form to tell us your topic.

(Teacher Request Form

Let us pull materials for you to pick up at the library.

  • This service is for teachers who are Champaign Public Library or Urbana Free Library cardholders as well as anyone who teaches in Champaign. Teachers who do not have a Champaign or Urbana library card may use their school's library card to place a request.

  • Submit up to 2 topics per request; request up to 20 items per topic.

  • Due to guidance from health officials, the Library is closed until further notice. Once we open Items will be ready within 2 to 3 days; items will be held for 7 days.
    When items are ready for pickup, a notice will go to the phone or e-mail associated with the library card used to place the request.)

Parents, the early reading years are here.

The years between kindergarten and third grade are critical. Getting a firm grasp on reading now leads to later success in school — and life. Let us guide you through encouraging your first grade reader, helping you understand reading levels, or supporting your homeschooling.

Youth Social Story

Would a Social Story help  you prepare for a visit?  Our Youth Social Story provides an  introduction to visiting the Children’s area of the library.

Parents & Teachers

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Summer Reading Club (SRC)

Display Your Stuff!

  • Do you collect rocks?  Legos?  Dolls?  Stickers?

  • Would you like to show your collection to other kids? 

  • We have six display cases in the children's department just the right size for your collection.

  • To sign-up, email us at or call 217-367-4069.