Parents & Kids

Spaces to Play

Hang out with your toddlers safely in their very own space, the Early Literacy Area, featuring interactive learning toys. We also have tablets with fun, age-appropriate games and apps.

Older kids can play video games in the Teen Lounge.

Spaces to Learn

We have a collection of computers dedicated to users 13 and under, supervised by friendly and helpful staff. Kids 11 and up can use our Digital Media Center to work on videos, music, and other creative projects. 

Eight study rooms are available for everyone at the Main Library. If you have a Palatine Library card, we recommend that you make a reservation in advance. They fill up fast!

Museum Adventure Pass

Get discounts and passes to more than a dozen participating destinations with a Museum Adventure Pass. Visit the library to check out a pass. Call the Reader Assistance Desk for more information: 847-358-5881 ext. 132.

Offers vary per museum. Passes are restricted to valid Palatine cardholders. 

Books & Reading


Browse our curated book lists to find your new favorite story. 

Online Resources

TumbleBook Library for Kids

  • A collection of animated, narrated picture books that kids can follow along word for word.

NoveList K-8 Plus

  • Discover great books for children from kindergarten through grade 8. Browse lists of award-winning titles or search for books by grade level or Lexile score.

Reading Programs

Sign up for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program to help prepare your young child for school.  

Have Questions?

Call or email our Reader Assistance Desk: 847-358-5881 ext. 132,


We offer many lively storytimes and interactive programs for kids and families.


Digging Dinosaurs

June 20, 2018
10:00am - 11:00am
Branch: Main Library
Room: Story Room ABC
Ages: Kids
Program Type: Storytimes, Classes & Workshops
Registration Required
Become a paleontologist as we explore dinosaurs through art, math, and science. Ages 4-6 with parent/caregiver. Sign up.  ...

Drop in LEGO

June 20, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Branch: North Hoffman Branch
Ages: Kids
Program Type: Games & Activities
Bring your imagination and build something fun when you try out our LEGO collection.  ...

Family Storytime

June 20, 2018
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Branch: Main Library
Room: Library Grounds
Ages: Kids
Program Type: Storytimes
Enjoy stories, rhymes, and songs with us. Programs within the same week will feature the same stories. Ages up to 5 with parent/caregiver. Drop in. ...

Drop-in Craft

June 21, 2018
10:00am - 8:00pm
Branch: Main Library
Room: Story Room C
Ages: Kids
Program Type: Games & Activities
Encourage your child's creativity by making a simple craft together. Drop-in today to make a paper chain caterpillar! ...