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  • Preschool Programs

    Manteno Public Library's

    Preschool Programs
      Regular Programming runs September-May Contact Library for Details

    Little Wigglers
    Little Wigglers

    This music and movement program for 2-5 year olds will provide a great opportunity for kids to move, play and listen to music while developing readiness skills and improving motor skills.

    Join us weekly on Tuesday mornings

    Baby Tots
    Baby Tots

    Baby Tots is an interactive program for both parent and baby, ages 0-24 months old. Babies and their caregivers will share rhymes, songs and books.

    Join us weekly on Thursday mornings

  • Youth Book Clubs

    Kinder Klub

    Book Bunch

    The Book Bunch is a book club geared for our youngest elementary friends in Kindergarten and First Grade. The kids read beginner chapter books, play games, and make a craft. This club meets once each month during the school year.


    Books 4 Boys

    The Books 4 Boys Club is for boys in 2nd-5th grade. The club meets once a month on Wednesdays during the school year. This club offers fun, educational and creative activities; plus encourages reading.

    Baby Tots
    Today Girl Book Club

    The Today Girl Book Club is for girls in 2nd-5th grade who love to read! The club is a great way to meet and make new friends. This program offers games, crafts and fun seasonal activities. This club meets once a month during the school year.

    Full STEAM Ahead!is an interactive program for children in K-3rd Grade. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) We will read books, learn about the components of S.T.E.A.M and explore each one of the hands-on activities!

    Join us for Full STEAM Ahead! on every other Monday evening at 6:00pm.

  • Specialty Programs

    reading buddies

    This program will provide a fun and relaxing environment for children in Kindergarten-4th Grade to practice their reading skills and build reading confidence. Our Reading Buddies are National Honor Society members from the Manteno High School.

    Reading Buddies will meet at Manteno Public Library and sessions last 15 minutes. Sessions are available throughout the school year, feel free to register for mulitple sessions or schedule longer ones- we are flexible to work with your schedule. Reading Buddies meets every other Tuesday, please check calendar dates and time.

    kids reading

    Throughout the year the Youth Services Department of Manteno Public Library offers a variety of seasonal programs.

    Registration is requested for all programs.


    • Gingerbread Houses
    • Easter Egg Hunt
    • Movie Days
    • Family Reading Night
    • Mommy & Me Valentine Tea
    • Library Ghost Hunt



    Kids Space

  • Summer Reading Program


    “It's ShowTime at Your Library!"
    Summer Reading Program 2019

    Registration is requested for all programs.


    Did You Know?
    “Children who don’t read during the summer can lose up to two months of learning by the time they return to school in the fall.”


    Age: 8—11 Monday 10:30 a.m.—11:15 a.m.
    1:00 p.m.—1:45 p.m.

    Age: 3—5 Tuesday 10:00 a.m.—10:45 a.m.
    11:15 a.m.—12:00 p.m.

    Age: 6—7 Wednesday 10:30 a.m.—11:15 a.m.
    1:00 p.m.—1:45 p.m.

    Age 0—2 Thursday 10:30 a.m.—11:00 a.m.

    Age: 12 & Up Thursday 1:00 p.m.—1:45 p.m.



    MPL's Summer Reading Program provides kids of all ages with a fun way to keep reading during the summer months. Research has shown that children who participate in summer reading programs perform better on reading tests the next school year. Our program is designed to reward reading efforts and remind kids that reading is fun!




ABCmouse.comA comprehensive early learning curriculum available online for use at the Manteno Public Library.  Ipads are available for parent and child to use in library.



Mon - Thurs        9:30am - 8pm
Friday        9:30am - 6pm
Saturday        9:30am - 3pm
Sunday         Closed
Holidays         Closed

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."

-Dr. Seuss

Upcoming Kids Events

Wednesday, 22 January 2020
04:00PM - 05:00PM
Art Smarts
Thursday, 23 January 2020
10:45AM - 11:15AM
Baby Tots
Monday, 27 January 2020
06:00PM - 07:00PM
Full STEAM Ahead!
Tuesday, 28 January 2020
10:45AM - 11:15AM
Little Wigglers
Thursday, 30 January 2020
10:45AM - 11:15AM
Baby Tots
Tuesday, 04 February 2020
10:45AM - 11:15AM
Little Wigglers
Thursday, 06 February 2020
10:45AM - 11:15AM
Baby Tots
Tuesday, 11 February 2020
10:45AM - 11:15AM
Little Wigglers
Thursday, 13 February 2020
10:45AM - 11:15AM
Baby Tots
Tuesday, 18 February 2020
10:45AM - 11:15AM
Little Wigglers

New Reads for Kids

  • I'm Going To Give You A Bear Hug
  • I Wish I Had
  • Veronica
  • Drew The Screw
  • Hog Wild
  • Little Excavator
  • One Day I Went Rambling
  • Whats Your Favorite Color
  • Where Is Mount Rushmore
  • Who Was Lucille Ball