805 N. Chicago Street,
Geneseo, IL 61254


Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 9:00 - 5:00 PM
Closed Sunday

Kids & Beyond

Registration required - call 944-6452 to sign up 


Statewide Reading and Writing Contest

Letters About Literature in Illinois is an annual statewide reading and writing program that invites students to read a book of their choice and write a letter to the author about how the work changed their life or view of the world.  Students can enter on their own or through their schools, libraries or other youth organizations.

There are three levels of participation: Level 1 for grades 4-6, Level 2 for grades 7-8 and Level 3 for grades 9-12.  One Illinois winner will be selected for each level and receive a $200 cash award.   Teachers/Librarians of the winning students will receive a $100 cash award to purchase books for their school/public library.  Winners and teachers/librarians will be invited to an awards ceremony in Springfield. 


Written submissions will be accepted for all ages until the entry deadline of December 16, 2019.  To enter by mail, attach a completed entry form to each entry and mail to:

Letters About Literature

Competition Level (indicate Level 1, 2 or 3 on the envelope)

Illinois Center for the Book

300 South Second Street

Springfield, Illinois  62701

State winners will be formally announced in May 2020.​


Other information about the program is available at the Letters About Literature page of the Illinois Center for the Book website including:   



NASA Invites Students to Name Mars 2020 Rover


Power Up at the Library

Power Up at the Library  You are invited to come to join Lego Builders and Snap Circuits Power Hour gatherings every 3rd Thursday of the month from 3:30-4:30 p.m. for 5+ year olds and up.
Drop in to work, play, invent, create and build at the library.

Story Hour at the library - Come in or call to sign your child up for stories and craft sessions. More information is listed below on the story times and ages.

Reading Programs

Rubber Duckies - For ages birth through age 3 on Wednesdays from 10:30-11:15 am
Join us for a half hour session of fun filled stories, songs, bounces, rhymes and exploratory play. Caregivers and registration are required to attend.

Sprouts - For ages 3 and up on Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 am.
Songs, stories, and simple crafts will fill a hour long session of fun. Caregivers and registration are required to attend. 

Music Time with Miss Tina -  Registration required. Held on the first Friday each month. 
Ages birth thru 2 years of age meet at 9:15 to 9:45 am.  Ages 3 thru 5 years of age meet from 10:00 to 11:00 am.  Registration required, class size is limited to 20 children.

Check the Kids Calendar for more event information

At-Home Reading Program for your Preschooler

Studies show that young children who are exposed to more books, will do better in school.

Find your child's reading level at this site http://www.lexile.com/fab/Illinois/

Take a Hike

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has developed a new educational resource to use with children in grades PreK thru 3.  The “field trip pack” contains hands-on equipment to encourage young children to explore nature.

Fun and Game Sites for kids and parents

STEM science for kids
PBS Kids
Illinois Edition of PBS
Judy Blume
Eric Carle
Brian Jaques
Janet Stevens
Punky Doodle's Coloring Club

Places to visit

Illinois State Museum
Chicago Children's Museum
Field Museum
Shedd Aquarium

Educational & Fun Sites

ABC mouse
PBS Kids
Kids USA
Science Kids
History for Kids
Museum of Science
Discovery Education
Volcano Live
The Why Files
National Geographic for Kids
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Girl Scouts
Boy Scouts

Genealogy Sites for Kids - Get started discovering your family tree


Read a book Online

Online Books
Great Kid Books

For the calendar of events please CLICK on the caterpillar below 


Friendly Caterpillar



Parents corner: Tips for Parents

Social Networking
Safe Kids
Worksheets for Reading, Writing & Math


Unattended Children's Policy

Children are the future of Geneseo and it is important to provide the best care for them.  In the library we nourish young minds and provide the best library service possible.  Busy public access buildings are not always safe and secure for children to be left alone and the library staff is not responsible for a child’s safety in the absence of a parent or guardian.  The library does not have sufficient staff to continually monitor children or act in place of a parent or guardian.

Unattended children or those who are disruptive can create problems for themselves and others because they are too young to be left unattended.  Examples of disruptive behavior include but are not limited to screaming, excessive crying, running, fighting, climbing on furniture etc. Their misbehavior makes it difficult for others to enjoy using the library. The librarian might ask any parent or guardian to leave the library temporarily to get the child under control.  Children under 10 should not be left unattended anywhere in the library. A child 10 years and younger may be accompanied by a responsible person age 14 years and older.  The rules of the Geneseo Public Library District include:


Here are some helpful guidelines for parents or guardians. 

Teach your children their address and telephone number at home and at work so you can be reached in case of an emergency.

Pick up your child before closing time at the library.  This closing time is posted on the front door and also on the library’s website (http://geneseo.lib.il.us)  For liability reasons and in keeping with this policy, the librarians are not permitted to stay with any child after closing.  Parents or guardians will be called to find a ride for the child.  If the librarian cannot contact the parents then the police will be called to pick up the child.

Library Information

805 N. Chicago Street,
Geneseo, IL 61254
Phone: 309-944-6452
Fax: 309-944-6721
Email: gpld@geneseo.lib.il.us
Toll free number for renewals: 1-888-542-7259