Library Board Information

MAIN LIBRARY 847-742-2411
270 N. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120
SUNDAY Noon-5pm
RAKOW BRANCH 847-531-7271
2751 W. Bowes Rd. Elgin, IL 60124
SUNDAY Noon-5pm

Services & Policies - Early Learning Center

Early Learning Center
Serving children from Birth – Kindergarten

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. 

Aquarium – Take a look at our aquarium, what can you find?

Audio-Visual for check out – Videos, DVD’s, CD’s, and CD-ROMS for children are available for check out in the Audio-Visual Department.

Books – Board books, picture books, books in Spanish and magazines are all available for check out.

Computers – Our computers feature Internet access, our online library catalog and the same electronic resources that are found in the Adult Services Department.

Crafts – The craft changes weekly. Crafts are intended for children and their adult caregiver to do together. Supplies are in the cupboard above the craft counter. If supplies are out, our staff will be glad to assist you.

In-room viewing/listening – A short DVD and an audio tape/book are available for viewing/listening. These are changed weekly. Please ask a staff member for assistance.

Kits and Puppets – Books with cassettes/CD’s and puppets are available for checkout.

LeapPad TM–A LeapPadä machine and books are available for use in the Early Learning Center. Please ask a staff member for assistance. LeapPadä machines and books are also available for check out. They are located in the red game cabinets.

Library Cards – Parents can decide when they want their children to have a library card. Please visit the Registration area at Circulation to apply for your free library card today. Restrictions may apply.

Parent Shelf – The parent shelf is located just opposite the craft area. This collection contains helpful books on child rearing, dealing with behavior problems, games, party planning, craft ideas and more.

Programs – Please see monthly calendars for detailed program information.

Puzzles and Games – Games in the red game cabinets and puzzles in the racks are for check out. Games and puzzles found on tables, counters and open shelves in the rotunda area (area with the climber) may be played with in the Early Learning Center.

Rotunda – Have fun playing on the climber. Make a special meal for your family in our play kitchen, put together a puzzle and more. There is a lot to do in this area!