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Summer Reading is here!  Sign up today on Beanstack!  Reading counts starting June 1st!

Kick-off at Altherr Nature Park on June 8th from 2-4 pm

There will an obstacle course provided by the police and fire departments, crazy yard games, Nick Green will be providing music, plus snow cones, ice cream and more!

 June 1st @ 11 am -  Make a Sock Puppet at Saturday Art & Crafts 

June 5th @ 1 pm -  Make You Own Artifact Mask 1-5th Grade.

June 6th @ 10 am -  Story time on the patio starts every Thursday in June .  Preschool and more!

June 12 @ 1 pm - I Survived- Games and STEM bsed activities based on the I Survived book series - Tween 3-7th grade 

June 14 @ 10 am - Bluestem Nature Center Story Time - Preschool and more!

June 14 @ 2 pm - Garden Painting Party - We will provide the yard, the canvas, paint.  Bring a blanket or towel to sit on.  1-5th grade

June 19th @ 5-7 pm - Pirates in Park - The library & parks will meet you at City Park for sword making, pirate language lessons, games, crafts and of course there be treasure to find, matey! -K-5th grade 

June 20th @ 23 pm - Whoaa Buffalo - Larua VanMeter will at the library to tell us all buffalo and their fascinating story through the ages.  All age kids!

June 21st @ 2 pm - Map Making 101 - Take pen to parchment paper to create your own one of kind fantasy map!  Tween - 3-6th grade.

June 27th @ 3 pm - Hedgehog Hannah will be back with a host of animals for you to meet and learn about!  Including an artic fox!  All Age Kids!

July 8th @ 2 pm - Wolf Park will be at the library to give us the low down on Wolves! All Age Kids! 

July 10th @ 1 pm - Choose UR Very Own Adventure - Let's have a game loosely based on the book series! Tween 3-6th grade.

July 12 @ 1:30-3:30 - End of Summer Water Celebration! The slip-n-slide and water games will be out, food and games and more! All Age Kids!

It's Coming!   Adventure Begins At Your Library!

June 1- July 13, 2024

Join Indiana Bones (aka Mr. Duffers) on an amazing adventure around Monticello!  Seems that Mr. Meowrity has been up to some no good shenanigans stealing and hiding some important artifacts to doggie history!  Indiana Bones needs your help in finding those items to restore them to the doggie kingdom.   Each week of summer reading will hold a new scavenger hunt.  There will be a clue given on the website, Facebook each day.  Another clue will be available at the children's desk each day.   If you find the artifact, bring it to the library to put on display for all to see.  Not only will you ultimately kuddos from the doggies world wide, but you will recieve the artifact for your personally collection on July 12th end of summer party.   

There will be 2 challenges for the children.

R2M  will be for the 0-5 years olds.

Kids will be for the 6-11 year olds.

Both Kid & R2M groups need to read 6 books, do the Library, Pop Club and Altherr/Bluestem challenge to recieve an epic completion prize.  

They can continue to read, leave reviews and more activities to earn more tickets for chances at the grand prize. 

R2M Grand Prize Choices

Magnet Boat Set

Spinning Stacking Toy

Ladybug Flashlight

Sensory Bin

Camping Set

Musical Instrument Set

Kids 6-11 years Grand Prize Choices

Gem Kit

Gross Gummy Kit

Crystal Garden Kit

98 inch King Cobra Stuffie

Super Gross Chemistry Set

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

The Monticello-Union Township Public Library is pleased to present 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, an early literacy reading book club at the library. This program encourages parents/adults to read to children from birth to age 5. Studies have shown that if you read 1,000 books to a child before school, it will mentally prepare them for school. FUN FACT! You don't have to read 1,000 different books in fact the studies show that it is the interaction between you, them and the books that makes the difference. So count that favorite bedtime book with a ditto!

For every 100 books read, kids will recieve a small prize and a keychain charm. If interested, please stop by the children's department to get a reading log or use the Beanstack app to join. Then check out some books and start working your way to 1,000!

For more information, contact the Children's Department at 574-583-2665 ext. 3313 or email

The Children's Department maintains the children's collections and programs at the Monticello-UnionTownship Public Library. Throughout the year, programs and activities are offered that are educational and entertaining. We are a community partner in supporting children's early language and literacy development.


Certain ongoing programs are offered all year round. Please check our calendar to confirm dates and times.

  • Lego League: Join our LEGO League for families of all ages. . Kids can build and display LEGO creations and we will put them in our display case for the week.We provide the LEGOs; you supply the creativity! Lego League is held on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • S.T.E.A.M. Club: S.T.E.A.M. Club has changed it's name and it's date.  Kids now have more time to explore on the Third Wedensday of each Month at 3 pm.   Kids are free to explore and invent on their own. We have LittleBits, Dot & Dash Robots, Bloxels and Cardboard Tool Box. For the Littles we have a Code-a-Pillar and Duplo Blocks on the story time rug. We provide lots of cardboard, tape, pom-poms! The kids just need to provide their imaginations.
  • Children's Arts and Crafts: Children of all ages can join us on the first Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. to create a craft. Check to see if registration is required, as some crafts feature limited supplies.
  • Pop Up Craft Days! - Sometimes we have extra craft supplies and projects that we will throw on our tables for the kids to use in whatever art they want. Watch our social media for dates and times!
  • Take It Make It - Check at the Children's Circulation Desk for our current Take it Make it. During school breaks such as Fall Break, Christmas & Spring Break, we usually have several that the kids can pick up.
  • Library Scavenger Hunts - Who knows what you can find and learn with one of our Children's Room Scavenger Hunts. From learning another language, I Spy or fun animal facts, there is lots of fun and a prize from our treasure book at the end.
  • Stories @ the Park  - Join Mr. Duffers at Bluestem Nature Park, (802 S. Main St.) for some fun stories from nature and check out the park's new nature center on the 2nd Friday of the Month @ 9:30 am