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.
HOW TO ENTER
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.
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.
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.
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
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/
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.
History for Kids
Museum of Science
The Why Files
National Geographic for Kids
Sports Illustrated for Kids
Bill Nye the Science Guy
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:
RESPECT OTHER RESPECT YOURSELF RESPECT PROPERTY
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.