Children's Services Blog

Poetry for Your Pocket

World Rat Day book coverApril is National Poetry Month.  We have been celebrating all month at the library with a display of some of poetry titles - funny, quirky, beautiful

Hooked on Phonics Kits

Cover of "Hooked on Phonics : Kindergarten Edition" Kit"Hooked on Phonics" is the award winning method of teaching childr

Raise Your Paws for Books!

It is almost that time of the year when we say "Thank you!" to all of the volunteers who have shared their time and talent with the library.  Today I want to give a special "Thank you" to four very special volunteers who helped at the library this week:  Daisy, Kallie, Mocha, and Sam.  Yes, these four fabulous volunteers are DOGS!  These canines are paw-sitively fabulous story listeners who have been specially trained with their owners to work with people, in settings like schools, hospitals and libraries.   Thank you also to handlers Tracy and Bill Jobe (Kallie and Mocha), Sandra Little (D



birdlike dinosaur cover






Calling all dino-philes! We have a herd of brand new dinosaur books in the children’s department that we would LOVE for kids to get their hands on.

Fun Spring Break Programs

Cover Image of "Tiny Goes To The Library"Cover of "What Is a Princess?"Looking for something fun to do over spring break?

Check Out these Magazines

Your Children’s Department subscribes to a wide variety of magazines that are just begging for you to read them! Our most popular magazines for our youngest patrons are Baby Bug and National Geographic Little Kids. The most popular magazines for our slightly older patrons are American Girl, Discovery Girls, WWE Kids (most issues look like they’ve been through a few rounds in the ring themselves – much loved), Sparkle World, Scooby-Doo , National Geographic Kids, Disney Princess and three different magazine titles for Spiderman and these are just our most popular!

Elaine's Bookshelf

cover for Little Dog Lost Winter, in my opinion, is a time for snuggling under the covers with a good book (at least until it snows enough t

Calvin And Hobbes!

Calvin and Hobbes Sunday Pages 1985-1995Did you know we now have a small collection of Calvin and Hobbes books in the Children’s Department?

Guess Who's Coming to Visit?

Photo of children's book author Linda Sue ParkWe have very exciting news!  Newbery Award-Winning children's book author Linda Sue Park will visit The Urbana Free Library on Friday, February 22 at 4 p.m.