Kids and Teens


To ensure that everyone has an enjoyable library visit we ask that you follow a few simple rules.


  1. Be Safe
  1. Be Responsible
  1. Be Respectful

For the full list of rules please ask the Youth Services Desk.

Book Clubs

Girl Power Book Discussion

For girls in grades 4th-6th

Come and join us to snack and chat as we discover new books and magazines.  You will have a chance to finish a book during our session and then take a new one from our girl-created booklist.  So don’t forget to bring your library card.

Sign-up On Our Event Calendar

Computer Lab

The Youth Services Department of the Matteson Area Public Library offers 11 personal computers with unfiltered access to the Internet and Microsoft Office Suite.  They are attached to a printing station for convenience with a charge of 25 cents per black and white copy and/or color copy.  The computers are reserved for children aged 15 and younger.

In effect starting April 1
Holders of a current, valid MAPLD card, and authorized guests are entitled to use the Library’s computers. Parents and/or guardians of minor children may request that their child be prevented from using their Library card to access the Library’s Internet-connected computers, by notifying Library staff and signing a form provided by the Library that delineates this decision. Use of another person’s Library card for Internet access is not permitted and may result in loss of Internet privileges for the cardholder as well as for the unauthorized person. Children will have access to the internet when signing up for a library card. If the parent/s or guardian do not want children to have access to the internet, then they will have to sign an opt-out form and it will have to be put on the child’s record.

Users are required to show their library card at the Youth Services Desk prior to logging onto a computer. They will be given a visitor pass that is valid only for the day issued.

Computers are available to walk-in users on a first come, first serve basis. Advance reservations are not taken.  Session time for users with library cards is one hour. A user may log in for a second one hour session if computer time is available.  Maximum time for a visitor pass is limited to 1 hour of use on the day issued in half hour increments.   A user may have only one visitor pass per day.

Guidelines for Use by Minor Children
The Matteson Area Public Library District recognizes that electronic information networks such as the Internet may contain material that is inappropriate for children. The Library does not serve in loco parentis (in place of parents). Parent/guardians, not the library or its staff, are responsible for the Internet information selected or accessed by their children. The Library will block a child’s Library card from being able to access the Library’s Internet computers if requested by a parent or guardian, but the Library is not responsible for children with blocked cards that utilize the library’s Internet connected computers as a guest or who access the Library’s wireless Internet. Parents are expected to monitor, supervise, and guide their children’s use of the Internet.


Currently the library is unable to accept any youth volunteers.