Chicago Ridge Public Library - Youth Services - Parents

The Chicago Ridge Public Library has many wonderful materials, storytimes, clubs, and electronic resources for you and your children. View the Events calendar for more library programs.

School Textbooks

Copies of textbooks used at Ridge Lawn, Ridge Central, Finley Junior High, and District 122 can be used in the library by showing a library card.

  • Preschool & Kindergarten Storytime (Ages 3-5)

    Check "Events" calendar for times

    Join us for books, rhymes, games, songs, art, and more!

  • Toddler Art (Ages 2-4)

    Check "Events" calendar for times

    Stories, music, rhymes, art, and more! This fun, interactive program is designed for both the child and caretaker.

  • Drop-in Crafts (Grades 1-5)

    Check "Events" calendar for times

    Stop by the library and enjoy a different craft each week.

  • Storytime with the Director (Babies-Kindergarten)

    Check "Events" calendar for times

    Join Ms. Rose for a family storytime with books, crafts, and themed activity centers.

  • Lego Club (Kindergarten-Grade 8)

    Check "Events" calendar for times

    We supply the Legos and you supply your imagination! Each session will include a themed Lego build.

Use these databases and websites to discover library materials, great books, information for homework, information about cultures, information about college, technology help, and help learning a language. You may need to enter your library card information to use these.


    From Age of Learning, Inc., the award-winning curriculum is designed to help young children (ages 2-6+) build a strong foundation for future academic success. is 100% educational, with 3,500+ learning activities across all major subject areas—reading, math, science, social studies, art, and music. Best of all, kids love it!

    Available inside the library only.

  • College Scorecard

    You can use the College Scorecard to find out more about a college’s affordability and value so you can make more informed decisions about which college to attend. You can search for colleges of interest by location, type, occupation, degree, and more.

  • Culture Grams

    Concise, reliable, and up-to-date country reports on 200 cultures of the world.

  • Federal Student Aid

    Information from the Department of Education about preparing college, types of financial aid, and the FAFSA to apply for financial aid. This is where you go to fill out the official FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

  • GCF Learn Free

    Extensive basic and advanced computer and technology topics are covered. Topic categories include: Computers, Email Basics, Internet Basics, Mac OS, Online Safety, Windows, Phone and Tablet Devices, Digital Skills, Photos and Graphics, Social Media, Using the Cloud, and Microsoft Office from XP to 2013.

  • Illinois Car and Motorcycle Permit Practice

    Information about obtaining a driving permit in Illinois for cars and motorcycles, including the Illinois Rules of the Road and the Illinois Motorcycle Operator Manual. Includes 9 free practice tests to prepare for the DMV test for a permit to drive a car and 6 free practice tests to prepare for the motorcycle permit test.

  • NoveList K-8 Plus

    Provides access to information on over 30,500 nonfiction titles designed to support the curriculum and kids’ pleasure reading. Created especially for kids and the adults who work with them.

  • SWAN Online Card Catalog

    Search the library's catalog for books, magazines, DVDs, CDs and much more!