For Children


The Elgin Library is a very kid-friendly place! We have a variety of programs aimed at young readers to enhance their love of reading and learning, creating and making, and interacting and playing. Please note: Because of the COVID-19 restrictions, most in-person programs are not in session at this time. Keep coming back here or visit our Facebook page for updated information.

Preschool Story Hour: every Wednesday from September through May from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

  • Bring your 3-5 year-olds for an hour packed with stories, games, music, crafts, and activities. 
  • Parents can drop their young ones off, or they may stay to help or to enjoy the quiet, homey atmosphere of our library and check out materials for themselves!
  • Registration is required, but you may do so on your first visit to story hour, or you may give Lisa a call or email to say you'd like to attend.

Summer Stories in June: every Wednesday in June from 11:00-11:30 a.m.

  • All kids in preschool-grade 3 and their families are welcome to this half hour of stories, music, and more!
  • These special story times will be outside in our park area. Bring a blanket or chair to sit on.
  • If it is raining at 11:00, we will not have this event.

Check It Out! after school at the library

To attend, kids can ride The NFV Valley site's buses to the library or come on their own or with a parent from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. to have some fun and learn a lot! Parents are welcome to stay to help, browse books, or can simply pick up when the program is done, or at closing time at 5:00. Snacks are always provided by the Friends of the Library. Check the calendar on the HOME page to see what program is coming up next!

Summer Reading Program: Outside and in-person 2021

The library offers a fun Summer Program to keep kids reading all summer long. Registration can be done online any time or stop by the last week in May to get kids registered. Then we offer reading incentives until we hit our 3 fun programs in June and July. Check back here or on the HOME page calendar for specific dates and times. Please note: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, our summer program events will be held outside in the city park beside the library. Please bring a mask for wearing when inside or when not able to distance. Call or check Facebook for last minute changes due to weather. Register online by clicking HERE.  Access the reading logs and other info here:

Outreach to Schools

Library Lisa visits the preschool through 5th grade classrooms on a regular basis throughout the school year. She reads lots of stories, does book talks, and makes it easy for all students to check out books from the Elgin Public Library! Ask Lisa or call 426-5313 for more information!