What’s Going On in Youth Services


Click here to visit our calendar and see what other programs we have going on.


Boredom Busters
Dying of boredom?  Are kids tired of staring at a screen?  We’ve got a way to bust that boredom!  We have a multitude of cool and simple science and art projects for you that can be found at https://bit.ly/MAPLD_Boredom_Busters.  Each Monday in January and February we will make available a link to a new project as well as a kit of the supplies you can pick up at the library to help you get started. Call the library at 708-748-4431 to schedule a time and day to pick up your kit. We have limited supplies, so call ASAP. Don’t worry if you miss out on a kit, everything you need can be found in your own home.


STEAM @ Home
Several South Suburban public libraries have teamed up to offer online STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs for kids.  Each library will provide kits with materials and instruction for a hands-on STEAM activity that takes experimental learning to the next level.  For more details and to register, click here.


Snacks for Kids and Teens
Free boxed snacks are available for kids and teens ages 18 and younger via curbside pick-up at the Matteson Area Public Library from 2:00-4:00 PM on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays that the library is open.
However, snacks are available on a first-come, first serve basis while supplies last.  We suggest you give us a call at 708-748-4431 to double check that they are available.  When you pull up to the curb, just give us a call to let us know you are here and we’ll bring them to your car.


Reading Programs

Mr. Joseph’s “Race to Read”
This reading program for grades K-6th is underway. Each time your child reads a book and completes an activity for a virtual badge, he or she will receive points to help them earn prizes each month like gift cards and STEAM kits. For more details and to register, click here.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten
To take part in our reading reward program for our youngest library patrons, click here.