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.  


Check out STEM Kits and explore a variety of science, technology, engineering, and math topics. Kits include hands-on activities, learning games, or scientific equipment. 

Playaway Views for Kids

These small devices are an all-in-one video player pre-loaded with award-winning and popular content for kids. They're simple, portable, and durable; easy to use for even young children.

Browse our collection of Playaway Views. 

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.


Trent James Comedy Magic Show

January 21, 2019
11:00am - 12:00pm
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Meeting Room 1
Age Group: Kids, All Ages
Program Type on Public Calendar: Lectures & Performances
Event Description:
Trent’s high-energy performance combines mind-boggling magic with gutbusting humor. Come see his unique sleight of hand magic and fun personality. All ages. Tickets available January 14 for valid District cardholders. ...


January 21, 2019
1:00pm - 5:00pm
Library Branch: North Hoffman Branch
Age Group: Kids
Program Type on Public Calendar: Games & Activities
Event Description:
Treat yourself to an afternoon of educational fun when you try out the Library’s Gears Collection. Ages 6 and up. Drop in. ...

Science and Math Fun

January 21, 2019
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Story Room AB
Age Group: Kids
Program Type on Public Calendar: Classes & Workshops
Event Description:
Play with our science and math games/kits to promote critical thinking skills. Ages 3 through 7 with parent/caregiver. Drop in. ...


January 21, 2019
4:30pm - 5:45pm
Library Branch: Rand Road Branch
Age Group: Kids, All Ages
Program Type on Public Calendar: Classes & Workshops, Lectures & Performances
Event Description:
Learn about the days of the dinosaurs in this humorous, educational, and hands-on program. All ages. Aprendan acerca de los días de los dinosaurios en este programa divertido, educacional, e interactivo. Para todas las edades. ...