Lisa Abdelghani, Children’s Department Manager
Located on the first floor, the Children’s Department offers services and programs for children from birth through age 11 (children under 8 must be accompanied by a caregiver):
- Public access computers for children and their caregivers and wireless Internet
- Summer reading programs and other literacy-based and special interest programs throughout the year
- Reference and readers’ advisory assistance from library staff
- Book collections separated by reading level and AV collections geared toward children; also a parent/caregiver book collection
Computers and Wireless Internet
The Children’s Department has twelve public-access Internet computers installed with popular software applications (Microsoft Word, Excel, etc.):
- Ten computers are available for the use of children for 1-hour sessions (limit of two sessions per day).
- Two “caregiver” computers are available for adults with children using the Children’s Department resources. The computers are available for 1-hour sessions (limit of two sessions per day).
Also available are iPads and other technology for children. The library also offers free wireless Internet access to people with laptops, tablets, phones, or other devices that access the Internet.
Programs are available for children of all ages and cover many interests:
- Wee Wigglers story time for birth to 5 years: Tuesdays, 10-10:30 a.m. Register here.
- Special programs are scheduled on a one-time basis throughout the year.
- We also offer Summer Reading Clubs every year.
Tours can be arranged for preschool groups, school classes, scout troops, etc. Call 217-477-5225 to schedule a visit.
Arts & Crafts
Authors and Books
- The Baby Sitters Club
- Judy Blume
- BookFLIX — online literacy resource presenting classic video storybooks to build a love of reading and learning (requires your Danville Public Library card barcode to use). Video tutorial.
- Jan Brett
- Eric Carle
- The Children’s Literature Homepage
- Virginia Hamilton
- Magic School Bus
- Dav Pilkey
Math & Science Help
- A+ Math
- Career Girls — Video-based career exploration tool for girls, with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers.
Parent Book/Internet/Movie Guides
- Children’s Literature Recommended Books and Bestsellers
- KIDS FIRST! — Reviews of 1,800+ films, videos, DVDs, audio recordings, TV programs and CD-ROMs for children, from the The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media
- Internet Safety 101 — age-based guidelines
- NetSmartz — covers social media, gaming, cyberbullying, online predators, and more
- Screen It! — Movie reviews designed to help parents decide what is appropriate for their kids
School and Reference Information
Search Engines for Kids
- Cybersleuth Kids
- Fact Monster
- Kid’s Search Engine
- Safe Search Kids
- Teach the Children Well