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Reading Patch Club
Preschool through 8th grade. Earn patches in a variety of categories including fantasy, scary stories, read-to-me and historical fiction. Sponsored by Friends of the Des Plaines Public Library. Offered September through May. Registration required.
Rebecca Caudill Book Club
Join our online Caudill Club! For students in grades 4 – 8 who do not already participate in a Caudill program at school. Help select the next winner of the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award - visit the official award home page. Read or listen to at least three nominated books and submit a Feedback Form to be eligible to vote for your favorite book. Online ballots will be available in February 2010.
Monarch Award Club
Join our Monarch club. For grades K – 3, who do not already participate in a Monarch program at school. Help select the next winner of the Monarch Children’s Choice Award. Read or listen to at least five of the nominated books. Get the book list and start reading! Feedback Forms will be available to vote for the winner in February.
Bluestem Award Club
Join our Bluestem club. For grades 3 – 5, who do not already participate in a Bluestem program at school. Help select the next winner of the Bluestem Children’s Choice Award. Read or listen to at least four of the nominated books to be eligible to vote for your favorite in February. Get the book list and start reading!
Booklists created by Youth Services Staff.
Find the newest children's CDs in our collection! Perfect for those "I'm bored!" days
Award Winning Books
Awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.
Presented annually to “African American authors and illustrators whose books promote an understanding and appreciation of the “American Dream.”
Awarded every two years to an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made a lasting contribution to children’s literature.
An Illinois Children's Choice Award for a book voted most outstanding by students in kindergarten through 3rd grade.
Awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.
Honors Latino writers and illustrators whose works best exemplify authentic cultural experiences in children's works of literature.
Honors the author of the book voted most outstanding by Illinois students in grades 4 - 8.
Awarded to a “meritorious book published in the previous year for children or young adults.”
Youth Services has a large collection of books in many languages including Arabic, French, Korean, Polish and Spanish. Both our Polish and Spanish collections include DVDs and CDs.