Sarah Hopf, Children’s Services


1000 Books Before Kindergarten Early Literacy Program

Fossil Ridge Public Library wants you and your child to take the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten reading challenge! The challenge is simple: Read 1000 books with your child before he or she finishes kindergarten. Sound challenging? It really isn’t! If you read just one book a day to your child, you will read over 1000 books within three years. Up that count to three books a day, and you will complete the challenge within one year! Every book counts, including those read by Ms. Sarah in Storytime, daycare providers, Grandma and Grandpa, and even that Green Eggs and Ham book you’ve read thirty times in the last two weeks. It still counts as thirty books!

Come to the library to pick up your 1000 Books before Kindergarten welcome bag and get started on a journey to bring you and your child closer and give your child a step towards reading success! Welcome bags are available just outside of the Children’s Department office.

Programs for Kids

Children’s Summer Reading Rev Up – Monday June 3rd 1:00-3:00-  Join us as we introduce you to this years summer reading theme ,a universe of stories. The Unique Twist Balloon Artist will be here for a performance that is not your average balloon show. All ages welcome, registration is required.

Kids Can Cook- Kids Cook– Monday 6/10, 6/24, 7/1, 7/8. 2:00-4:00 grade 4th-8th, 5:00-7:00 grades 1st-3rd.  This instructor lead program introduces children to the joys of preparing and cooking food that is both nutritious and delicious. Registration is  required, 20 children max.

Movie Matinee – Bring the whole family to the library to enjoy a movie, popcorn, and refreshments. No Registration is required. All movies will begin at 1:00 pm.

Tuesday June 11th – The Lego Movie 2

Tuesday June 18th – How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Tuesday June 25th – Ralph Breaks The Internet

Tuesday July 3rd  –    Mary Poppins Returns

Herbert Trackman Planetarium Visit – Wednesday June 12-  10:30am- In following with our summer reading theme, we will be visiting the planetarium at Joilet Junior College so view  The Solar System: This show is about the sun, planets, plutoids, dwarf planets and other objects that orbit the sun. The show is continually updated to remain current and concludes with a look at the possibility of aliens. The bus will depart from Fossil Ridge at 10:30, and we will return at 1:00. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, ages 6 and up. Registration is  required. $5.00 non refundable fee required at registration.

Toddler Time – Thursdays  06/13/19- 07/11/19 @10:00-11:00. Toddlers and their caregivers can explore and play with different toys and sensory materials each week, develop fine and gross motor skills, as well as social interaction and language skills. Caregivers must accompany child during program. Recommend for ages birth-four years. Registration required.

Everything Is Awesome Lego Club- Fridays  06/14 /19- 07/12/19 @  10:00-11:00. Join us each week as we build, create, and use our imaginations with Legos. Duplo blocks will be available for children ages 4 and under. No registration required, walk-ins welcome.

Spa Day – Wednesday June 26th -11:00- Join us for a day of relaxation! The Beauty Bar will be here to give your child a manicure as well as an updo of their choice. We will also be making our own bath bombs and lip balm. Light refreshments will be served.  Children under 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver. $5.00 per child due to registration, registration is required. Space is limited to 15 children max.

Noah’s Art Workshop- Children’s Summer Reading Finale Monday  July 15th 10:00 am.  Children who complete our summer reading program with receive a finale ticket to join us to make their own stuffed alien and will also receive a book. Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop is a mobile teddy bear workshop, where kid’s bring their beary own stuffed animal to life. Finale ticket is required, registration required.







Children's Programs


Lastest Events

Wednesday, 7/17 @ 6:00pm   Enjoy an evening sampling refreshing summer desserts. Adults that complete one summer reading log will receive a ticket to attend this event.
Thursday, 7/18 @ 1:00pm – 3:00pm | The Ultimate Gaming experience is coming to Fossil Ridge!  This luxury, limo-style theater on wheels features surround sound, seven widescreen high-definition TVs inside and two huge exterior HDTVs! It’s multiplayer gaming at it’s best!  Play the greatest games from XBox 360 and XBox One, Wii and Wii U,
Friday, 7/19 @ 1:00pm  Join us in celebrating  the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.  Experience this astounding cinematic film featuring never-before-seen footage of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments. All ages welcome. Registration is required.
Wednesdays @ 1:00pm – 2:00pm 6/19, 7/24, 8/21 Join us for an afternoon of fun!  Everyone who attends should bring a white elephant prize.  Refreshments provided.  Registration required.  
Wednesday, July 31st 8:00am – 10:30pm  Ages 10 and up suggested.  Ages 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $50 per person includes admission and coach bus transportation. Payment is due at registration.  
Wednesday, 8/14 @ 6:00pm Make your own summer-to-fall wreath that will brighten up your front door and welcome your guests. Registration is required.