Chicago Ridge Public Library - Youth Services - Children The Chicago Ridge Public Library has many wonderful materials, storytimes, clubs, and electronic resources for you and your children. View the Events calendar for more library programs.

School Textbooks

Copies of textbooks used at Ridge Lawn, Ridge Central, Finley Junior High, and District 122 can be used in the library by showing a library card.

Storytimes provide an important role in helping your child get ready to read. You are your child's first teacher, and home is where your child begins to learn. The public library provides resources to help you talk, sing, read, write and play with your child through the Every Child Ready to Read initiative.

  • Preschool & Kindergarten Storytime (Ages 3-5)

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    Join us for books, rhymes, games, songs, art, and more!

  • Toddler Art (Ages 2-4)

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    Stories, music, rhymes, art, and more! This fun, interactive program is designed for both the child and caretaker.

  • Drop-in Crafts (Grades 1-5)

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    Stop by the library and enjoy a different craft each week.

  • Storytime with the Director (Babies-Kindergarten)

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    Join Ms. Rose for a family storytime with books, crafts, and themed activity centers.

  • Lego Club (Kindergarten-Grade 8)

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    We supply the Legos and you supply your imagination! Each session will include a themed Lego build.

Use these databases to discover library materials, great books, information for homework, information about cultures, and help learning a language. You may need to enter your library card information to use these.


    From Age of Learning, Inc., the award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. is 100% educational, with 3,500+ learning activities across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it!

    Available inside the library only.

  • Culture Grams

    Concise, reliable, and up-to-date country reports on 200 cultures of the world.

  • NoveList K-8 Plus

    Provides access to information on over 30,500
    nonfiction titles designed to support the curriculum and kids’ pleasure
    reading. Created especially for kids and the adults who work with them.

  • ScienceFlix

    Introducing a great online science resource that you and your family can access from home! ScienceFlix is an online resource that focuses on engaging subject-area science content for students spanning grades 4-9. Each of the ScienceFlix units will help hone literacy skills while bolstering understanding of crucial subjects relating to science, technology, and engineering. ScienceFlix units are further supported with a deep and dynamic reservoir of related multimedia including videos, interactive media, images, and more.

  • SWAN Online Card Catalog

    Search our library for books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and much more!