Events, Storytimes, and Programs
The Children's Department hosts all kinds of fun and educational programs and storytimes for everyone -- from babies to sixth graders, and the whole family. Click on the calendar link above to see or register for upcoming programs and events.
Helpful Resource for your School Reports
Kids InfoBits is an educational and fun research site for elementary-age students!
1,001 Books Before Kindergarten
Birth to Pre-K
Help your child get ready to read—starting right now. They’re never too young—even babies benefit from hearing someone read to them.
Join 1,001 Books Before Kindergarten by coming to either of our libraries to register. You will get a welcome packet including a special binder and book logs to track all the books you read with your child. Get small prizes as you work toward your 1,001 books.
Reading Patch Club
Kids can wear their love of reading on their sleeve (or their backpack, jeans, or jacket!) by participating in the Reading Patch Club. The club invites children in preschool through eighth grade to read their favorite books and explore the library for new ones, which earns them patches. To sign up, come to the Dundee Children's Department or the Randall Oaks Branch. This programs runs from September through May.
Check out a Museum Adventure Pass using your library card. Available at both the Dundee Library and Randall Oaks Branch! Passes are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Passes cannot be reserved or checked out online or on the phone. (List of Participating Museums)
NoveList K-8 Plus
Fiction and nonfiction book recommendations, read-alikes, award lists, book talks, and author biographies. NoveList K-8 Plus
Tumble Books Online
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Searching for Leveled Readers
Scholastic Book Wizard
Search by author, title or keyword. Provides levels for Guided Reading, Lexile Level and Developmental Reading Assessment. Also has "Book Alike" to search for books at similar interest and reading levels.
Lexile: Find a Book
The official site for Lexile levels. Search by author, title, Lexile or grade level and genre.
AR Book Finder
Search for books in Accelerated Reader program by author, title or topic. Provides interest level, book reading level and AR points.
Searching for Award-Winning Books
Use the following websites to locate award-winning books. Then, use the library catalog to check on book availability.
Association for Library Service to Children Awards
John Newbery Medal: most distinguished contribution to American literature for children
Randolph Caldecott Medal Award: most distinguished picture book illustrations
Andrew Carnegie Medal: most outstanding video production
Coretta Scott King Award: works by African American authors and illustrators
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award: lasting contribution by author or illustrator
Mildred L. Batchelder Award: book originally published in a language other than English
Odyssey Award: producer of the best audiobook
Pura Belpré Award: book that best portrays Latino culture
Robert F. Sibert Medal Award: most distinguished informational book
Theodor Seuss Geisel Award: most distinguished book for beginning readers
Database of Award-Winning Children’s Literature: search by age level, setting, language, etc.