Reading clubs & awards

We have several reading clubs to help engage kids in reading. These are designed to be informal, fun reading experiences and are not regularly scheduled programs held at the library. 


Illinois Children's Choice Reading Award

Encourage children to read books on these lists so that they qualify to vote in the Readers' Choice Award at the end of February.  If they read all the Monarchs or 10 of the Bluestem titles, they can get a free copy of the winning title.  

  • The Monarch Award: Illinois' K-3 Readers' Choice Award

The library has multiple copies of all the books nominated for the Monarch Readers' Choice Award,  a program designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children's books, authors, and illustrators.  The name Monarch was chosen because of its familiarity with K-3rd grade children and to symbolize the growth, change, and freedom that becoming a reader brings.  All children can participate in voting for this award in early March at the library by reading or listening to at least five of the books listed here.

  • The Bluestem Award: Illinois' Grades 3-5 Readers' Choice Award

The Bluestem Award is designed for students in grades 3-5 who are ready for longer titles than found on the Monarch list, but not quite ready for the sophistication of some of the Rebecca Caudill titles. Named in honor of Big Bluestem which is the state prairie grass, the list of nominees includes both timeless classics and current titles, as well as books that have appeared on Monarch and Rebecca Caudill lists.  Our Bluestem Readers ' Choice voting is open for all children.  The only requirement is that a child has to read or listen to at least four titles from the list.  Here is the 2022 List of Nominated Books.  Multiple copies can be found on our shelf.

  •  Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award for grades 4 - 8

The Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award is an annual award given to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades four through eight in participating Illinois schools. The award is named in honor of Rebecca Caudill who lived and wrote in Urbana, Illinois, for nearly 50 years. The award is given in recognition for her literary talent and the universal appeal of her books which have touched the hearts of many children and young adults. Click here for a list of the Rebecca Caudill nominated books and find multiple copies on our shelves.  


1KB4K: Reading to a Thousand!

Come to the second floor today and pick up your log to start your child's goal of reading a thousand books before Kindergarten. As you and your child get through all of those books, you will get a sticker for every 100 books you complete.  When the child gets to 1000 books read, so 20 stickers are filled out, he or she gets a special prize!

Reading Patch Club (preschool–8th grade)

Earn embroidered patches in a variety of categories and genres, including animal stories, fantasy, scary stories, mysteries, and more. Sponsored by Friends of the Library.  This program will run through May 27, 2022, so REGISTER NOW at the Youth Services Desk to receive your Reading Patch Folder, with a trading card pouch to collect your patches and a special tote bag for your patches.  

Beginning Readers: Preschool–Grade 2

Read 12 books for each patch. See book list for specific instructions and requirements. Choose from:

Independent Readers: Grades 2–8

Read 6 books for each patch. Three books should come from the book list and three of your choice in the genre. Choose from: