Galesburg Public Library

Children’s Room Services

  • Books
    • From board books for babies to tomes for tweens, our vast collection of print resources offers both fiction and nonfiction for children from birth through grade 6.
  • Audiobooks
    • Children’s audiobooks are available for loan in both CD and Playaway format. We also offer Playaway bookpacks (which include a mini-collection of titles in both audio and print format), Playaway View all-in-one video players, Playaway Launchpad pre-loaded tablets, and Wonderbooks.
  • Music
    • From Laurie Berkner to Raffi, our children’s music collection includes CDs by all your favorite children’s musical artists.
  • Unique Items to Check Out
    • The children’s room maintains a collection of themed cake pans, all available to loan. The children’s room also loans out a collection of toys and puppets, including American Girl dolls and STEAM-to-Go kits.

Looking for that perfect book? Ask one of our Children’s Librarians, or grab one of our many themed booklists.

The library welcomes teachers and their classes for library tours. Contact the children’s room at (309) 343-6118 during library hours for further information or to schedule a classroom tour.

The children’s room offers birthday party packages for your child and up to 15 of their friends. Each package includes an age-appropriate read-aloud story, craft, and/or game in a theme of your choosing. Decorations and assistance with setup and cleanup are available for an additional fee. For information on pricing and availability, please call the children’s room at (309) 343-6118. [This is one of GPL’s programs/services that has been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter for updates.]

Our “Make It, Take It” table in the Children’s Room is available any time the library is open, offering self-serve craft supplies and projects for children and their accompanying grown-ups. [This is one of GPL’s programs/services that has been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow us on Facebook or subscribe to our newsletter for updates.]

Autism Spectrum Disorder Resources

Galesburg Public Library offers a variety of resources and services to help meet the needs of patrons living with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and their families, friends, and educators.

Located in the Children’s Room, this collection contains books and audio visual materials focusing on the autism spectrum of disorders and other related issues, and is intended to provide information for individuals and families who live and work with autism. All books and audio visual materials in the collection are available for loan to Galesburg Public Library cardholders.

Are you in need of of noise-cancelling headphones or a fidget to use while in the library? The Children’s Room maintains a self-serve sensory kit for in-house use. Ask at the Children’s Room desk for more information.

This is my Library social story Patrons with ASD are invited to download and use this free social story designed to introduce people to Galesburg Public Library’s services, procedures, rules, staff, and more.

Learning from Home at the Library

Residents of the city of Galesburg, along with students enrolled in a Galesburg CUSD #205 school, may apply for a free Galesburg Public Library card. Library card holders must be at least 5 years old. Fill out an Library Card Application today. A library card is needed for some of the resources below.

To browse our physical library collection of books, audiobooks, DVDs, and more, or to request library materials to borrow via curbside checkout, visit our Library Catalog. To borrow e-books and audiobooks, visit any of our e-book libraries:

Not sure what to read next? Visit our Readers Advisory page. Here you’ll find themed book lists for readers of all ages, links to our book review blogs for kids and adults, and resources for hosting your own book club. Want a more personalized recommendation? Fill out a Reader’s Advisory Request and a librarian will hand-select books based on your interests and preferences. Want a bunch of new books to try? Request a Grab & Go bag! Each Grab & Go bag contains up to ten books and fun library surprise for you to keep. You can specify a topic or genre, or just let us surprise you. For a kids’ Grab & Go bag, contact the Children’s Room to get started. For adults or teens, contact the Reference Department.

Galesburg Public Library hosts ongoing reading challenges for youth of all ages. Parents with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers may sign up for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, while youth in grades K-12 may choose one of our Illinois Reader’s Choice Challenges. Whichever one you pick, our challenges allow you to read you way toward earning a free book to keep! Sign up today on our Beanstack page. Prefer to do the challenge screen-free? Paper forms are available by request.

Galesburg Public Library’s Children’s Department offers a number of kids’ kits, available to borrow with your library card. From early literacy to STEAM, these kits are so much fun you won’t even realize you’re learning! For a list of current available kits, click here.

Your library card is your ticket to use subscription databases, most of which are available to use from your own home.

Virtual Programs: Our librarians are bringing many of your favorite library programs online, including children’s storytimes, Dungeons and Dragons club for teens, and so much more.

While we can’t meet with your students in person, we’re happy to provide a live or pre-recorded virtual tour of the library, customized virtual storytimes, or virtual book talks prepared to go along with a lesson or theme of your choice. Contact a librarian to start planning your customized class visit.


Please refer to the Children’s Events page to see if Storytimes are currently in session.

Toddler storytime is intended for children ages 18 – 36 months and their caregivers. Come enjoy interactive stories, songs, and movement, all designed to encourage toddlers’ emerging language skills and point them towards a lifelong love of reading! Toddler storytimes take place Wednesdays at 10:00 AM in the Hiler Room and last approximately 20-30 minutes.

Children ages 3-6 are invited to join us for books, crafts, songs, and movement as they build early literacy skills! These storytime sessions are intended for children who are ready for a group experience on their own and will take place in the Hiler Room. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to come in as well to enjoy in the fun! Preschool storytimes take place on Wednesdays at 10:45 AM. Sessions last approximately 45 minutes.

  • All storytimes are free and open to the public. No registration is required.
  • Storytimes start promptly. Please allow extra time for parking and getting your child settled.
  • Refrain from bringing food or beverages into storytimes.
  • Turn off or place on vibrate electronic devices including cell phones.
  • If children in your care become disruptive, please remove the child until they are comfortable and ready to listen.

Story Walk

Our Standish Park Storywalk brings literacy outdoors!  Explore beautiful downtown Standish Park while reading a storybook — mounted along the path — as you go. Open year round, our StoryWalk features a rotating variety of storybooks so families can find something new on repeat visits.  The Standish Park Storywalk was made possible by partnership with the City of Galesburg Parks and Recreation, Galesburg on Track, and the Friends of the Galesburg Public Library.

*Library card holders must be at least 5 years old.

By applying for this library card, I agree to and acknowledge the circulation policies.