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Reading and Learning for Kids

Please note, some inperson services and materials will be unavailable as the result of COVID mitigation. Libraries are open for masked browsing, so check with our staff to see what's available when you visit.

Early Learning

We're ready to help create young readers with early learning programs for your child, ages birth to five!
  • Storytimes and baby/toddler programs are offered at multiple times monthly. Use our live and recorded programming to talk, sing, play, and read your way to early learning. Check our calendar, Facebook or YouTube channel for details.
  • Hug-A-Book learning events create young readers with early learning activities and free books for ages two to five. Sponsored by the Merrill Harris fund of the Rock Island Public Library Foundation.
  • Work with your child on skills through learning games on Early Literacy Stations or ABC Mouse, or check out preloaded learning tablets.
 

My First Library Card -

  • For ages birth through five, to develop good library habits for life!
  • Up to 10 checkouts, which includes 2 DVDS
  • Fine forgiveness for late materials

See our Get a Card page for details on My First Library card.

Services for School  Age Kids 

From out of school learning events to homework help, your Rock Island Library has you covered! 
  • Full access library cards, for ages six and up.
  • Homework help services include non-fiction collection, Brainfuse Help Now online tutoring, World Book encyclopedia 
  • Afterschool learning with games on our Afterschool Edge computers, monthly STEM learning activities and more.
  • Get time on a computer in the Children's Room. PCs are for children ages 12 years and younger, and access requires a valid library card. Please note that sharing of cards or numbers is not allowed. For details, see the Library Computer and Electronic Access policy. 
  • WiFi is available at all locations, for students with their own computers.  
             

Education starts at home:

You are your child's first teacher! Use our discovery stations, early learning toys, puppets, puzzles, Very Ready Reader and other learning kits to work on skills at home or in our children's rooms. Ask a Children's Librarian for help.
  • Pick up a 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading log or register and log your reading online with Beanstack, Read to your child daily to earn small rewards for reaching 100-book milestones. Consistent reading to your child builds vocabulary, develops speech skills, teaches basic reading concepts, and helps your child be ready for Kindergarten.
  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is available at all Rock Island Library locations. 
  • Check out a cultural pass, and do something fun together as a family.
  • Always something fun to learn at your library. See our calendar for free events, including winter and summer reading contests, Spring and Fall school break fun, movies and more.

Supporting Education

  • ROCKfi homework hotspots are located at our buildings and our Mobile Library2Go. Log in with your RIMSD credentials.
  • Ask your school or public librarian about SORA, the easy-access reading app for RIMSD#41 students.   
 
  • School outreach: Bring your class to a Rock Island Library for a special tour and program, or let us come to you! Rock Island Library staff area are available for special presentations in area preschools and K-12 classrooms.  

Current Hours & COVID Mitigations

Downtown

401 19th Street, Rock Island
(309) 732-7323
Dial-A-Story: 309-732-7002


Library open for quick browsing, borrowing:
Monday-Friday: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am to Noon


Curbside Pick-up: Monday-Saturday
During building hours by appointment

Unvaccinated? Mask up inside buildings.
Vaccinated persons may choose to mask or not.


For computer use, just sign in
See desk for WiFi/Newspaper chair

No other seating available

Library2Go Mobile Library:

Entry allowed for 2 adults/2 children from same household

 
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Southwest

9010 Ridgewood Road, Rock Island
(309) 732-7338
Dial-A-Story: 309-732-7002


Library open for quick browsing, borrowing:
Monday-Friday: 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday: 9 am to Noon


Curbside Pick-up: Monday-Saturday
During building hours by appointment

Unvaccinated? Mask up inside buildings.
Vaccinated persons may choose to mask or not.


For computer use, just sign in
See desk for WiFi/Newspaper chair

No other seating available