Kids Books & Reading

Four kids reading four different books in the library.

Ask Library to Purchase a Book

Book Discussion Groups

Graphic Novel Club

Caudill Book Club

    • Vote to choose which books to read from the annual Caudill Book Award nominee list. Read and discuss them.
    • Kids in grades 4-8
    • Weekly each June and July

Early Readers Book Club

    • Fall in love with reading! Read fun books, have a snack, then do a craft or play a game.
    • Kids in grades K-2
    • Monthly (currently on hold)

Reading Programs

1000 Books Before Kindergarten – ongoing
The best way to make your child a reader is to read to them! So why not start right away? Join the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program at Crystal Lake Public Library. The program is open to CLPL cardholders ages birth-kindergarten. Parents and children keep track of how many books they read. After every 200 books, come into the library to have an interactive experience as your prize. Your deadline to complete the program is when your child enters kindergarten.

200 Books – Take a photo with our giraffe, Waffles. We’ll display the photo on our digital picture frame.
400 Books – Ring a gong in the library, and everyone will clap!
600 Books – Pick a special owl, put your name on it and hang it on our tree.
800 Books – Tour our Circulation Department and check out your own books behind the main counter.
1000 Books – Get a special picture taken with our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten frame and receive a T-shirt! You will also be invited to our yearly graduation party in August!

During Virtual CLPL, call 815.459.1687, email, or chat with a staff member to get additional logs. New sign-ups will resume when the Library building is open.

Summer Reading Program– every June – August

Winter Reading Program – every January through March

Reading Suggestions

Booklists – staff suggestions on a variety of topics for a variety of ages

Award Winners and Nominees

Need help finding your next favorite book? Your friendly CLPL librarians are here for you! Submit this form and we’ll prepare a list of suggested titles.