Summer programs at the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library


Summer Zoom storytimes

This summer, programming will be held via Zoom, not live at the Flagg-Rochelle Public Library. Children age infant through five years old and their families are welcome to enjoy stories, music, fingerplays, and fun at home. There will be evening sessions and morning sessions to  meet busy summer schedules. Programs will be held on Monday evenings: June 21, 28, July 12, 19, 26, Aug. 2 and 9 from 6:45-7:15 p.m.  The morning sessions will be on Fridays: June 25, July 2, 16, 23, 30, Aug. 6, and 13 from 10:30-11 a.m.  Please email Connie Avery at the library, for Zoom information/link. Families can select which sessions fit their schedule and they do not have to attend every session. 

Summer reading program

This program is offered for all ages, from little children through adult. Programming is virtual. Readers will need to register for a READsquared account, then log in and track their reading.  Avery will keep in touch with readers for some family fun and rewards for those reading and recording.  Sign up at or by emailing Avery. Registration begins June 15. The program runs June 21-Aug. 14.  This is a fun way to beat the summer reading slide. Readers might be surprised at the amount of reading they accomplish during the summer. 

Pet show online

2021 marks the 61st Annual Library Pet Show.  This will be virtual, but the library still wants everyone (you don’t have to be a child to show off your pet) to participate.  Please email photos of your pet — dog, cat, other live animals or stuffed pet to Avery. Your name, your pet’s name and something special about your pet will be needed, then watch Facebook as photos will be posted on the library’s page. 

Summer library hours

Library hours for the summer are Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For additional information concerning the Library and services, please call at 815-562-3431 or email    

1,000 books before kindergarten

This program is available year round and is designed to help children read 1,000 books before they enter kindergarten as well as encourage life-long reading habits. Families have two methods of keeping track.  To register for this program and record their reading on paper, please stop in to the children’s department of the library, sign up and begin. Record keeping is now available online. You will need to register for a READsquared account, then keep track of your reading. For both methods, once your reader has read 1,000 books, they will receive a completion certificate. Books can be read multiple times and counted each reading. Audio books and ebooks count too. Please contact Avery at the library by phone or email with any questions.