Children & Teens


New Books & Movies

Children Programs

Join us every Monday on YouTube for a new craft video! We will be providing craft supplies to make your creation. Please stop by on Mondays to pick up your craft supplies!

Ages 3 and older.

Some of Our Make Monday Crafts

3D Tropical Island Scene From Oriental Trading
Safari Animal 3D Pony Bead Craft Kit From Oriental Trading
Paper Plate Butterfly From Oriental Trading
3D String Art Flower From Oriental Trading
Halloween Pumpkin Craft From Oriental Trading
Paper Plate Santa

Join us for our online story time! Once a month we will post seasonal storytime videos On YouTube that are approximately 10 minutes long. So snuggle up with your child for some story time fun today!

Ages one through five. 

In our comprehensive piano program designed for 5-and 6-year-olds, your child will learn in small groups of four students per 45-minute class. It’s the learning style most natural to young children—and, it’s fun. Our instructors are a team of highly accomplished performers whose main interest is teaching. Click here for more details.

Children Online Homework Resources

Need to brush up on your math and reading skills? Or looking for sources for homework and projects?  Or maybe a good book recommendation? Checkout our online resources! If you have questions about how to use them, please come by or call us at the Reference Desk: (708) 649-7485. 

Math Games

Fast-paced games reinforce math facts.


Whimsical, kid-friendly intro to the wide world of art.

Middle Search Plus

Provides popular middle school magazines and reference books.

Novelist K-8 Plus

Books recommendations for younger readers. Helps kids find books that are just right for their reading level and interests. Parents, teachers, and librarians can also find tools to teach with books and engage young readers.


Educational games and videos from Curious George, Wild Kratts and other PBS KIDS shows!

Primary Search

Provides popular children’s magazines, easy-to-read encyclopedic entries, and a vast image collection.

National Geographic Kids

Kid-friendly science and social studies info via videos, games, and more.


Online resource for all things reading and writing.


Creative sandbox opens the door to coding in any subject area.


Social storytelling site helps kids create, publish storybooks.


New Books

Teens Program

You Matter: Check out the Teens Concern Center at the end of this page for help.

Adult students of all ages and levels are able to enroll for traditional, weekly private lessons. Music instruction has been a part of the University’s fabric for more than 150 years, which means you’re assured a learning experience rooted in tradition, but also one that involves that latest techniques. Click here for more details.

Teens Online Homework Resources

Need help finding sources for homework and research papers? Or how to create a citation? Or maybe a good book recommendation? Checkout our online resources! If you have questions about how to use them, please come by or call us at the Reference Desk: (708) 649-7485. 

Academic Search Premier

Leading multidisciplinary research database. It provides acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and other valuable resources.

Biography Reference Bank

Offers in-depth biographical profiles and in-depth profiles and provides full-text articles, images and abstracts from today’s leading magazines and journals.


World’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.

History Reference Center

Features historical reference books, magazines, journals, and thousands of primary source documents.

Literary Reference Center

Covers all genres and timeframes. It includes thousands of synopses, critical essays, book reviews, literary journals, and author biographies, plus full-text classic novels, short stories, and poems. 

MasterFile Premier

Provides magazines, reference books, and primary source documents. It also includes an extensive image collection containing photos, maps, and flags.

NoveList Plus

Book recommendations for all ages.

Points of View Reference Center

Contains resources that present multiple sides of an issue. This database provides rich content that can help students assess and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues, and develop analytical thinking skills.

Purdue Owl

Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional materials as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.

Science Reference Center

Contains hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and a vast collection of images. 

Teens College and Career Resources

Need help finding sources on colleges and careers? Checkout these sources listed below to get started. If you have questions about how to use them, please come by or call us at the Reference Desk: (708) 649-7485. 


Connecting individuals and organizations to volunteer and help communities tackle their toughest challenges


Organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Each year, College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success—including the SAT, the Advanced Placement Program, and BigFuture.


Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or graduate school.

Illinois Student Assistance Commission

Provides students and families with free assistance from experts on the college-going and financial aid process. ISAC can provide you with the information you need to identify and choose a college that is right for you, help you fill out your college applications, and guide you through the financial aid process so you can get all the financial aid for which you are eligible. ISAC offers free workshops across the state, as well as free one-on one mentoring in locations near you!

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Government resource that is a guide for all kinds of jobs, with data on job outlook, typical earnings and educational requirements.


Helps young adults plan their next steps in life by bringing together the most recently available information about colleges, careers and military service opportunities from the U.S. Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education and Labor.


Educational services company dedicated to furthering education after high school and beyond. From culinary school to medical school--and everything in-between--Peterson’s helps you discover, prepare for, and fund your education.

Provide employers easy access to a wide, targeted audience of summer job seekers. As a niche on-line job board our mission here at is simple – to provide an easy to use, simple forum where summer employers and job seekers can connect with one another.

Teen Concerns Center

It can be hard to ask for help, especially when you or a friend are going through a difficult personal situation at school, home, or in your community.  Find an adult you can trust for advice. You can also consider calling a hotline to get the answers to your questions and concerns. Here are some links that may help you or your friend find support:

Go Ask Alice: Health Resources

Illinois School Violence Tipline: Help stop violence at your school (1-800-477-0024)

National Runaway Switchboard: 24 hour crisis hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY)

Safe Place for Teens: Find a safe place anywhere in the USA

Teen Dating Violence: Helpful information from the Illinois Attorney General