Both branches offer story hours for children and families, featuring songs, crafts, and, of course, stories!

Check out our Story Times page for more information about our various story hours.

Hop over to our New Programs for Children page to see the new things we have running in your library!

  • During the winter, the Ravenswood branch offers movie nights for children and famlies. Relax, snack on some popcorn, and enjoy a film!

Both branches offer programs and activities for major holidays.

  • Halloween parties and haunted rooms
    • The Ripley branch is hosting its 2021 Halloween party on Friday, October 29 at 6:00 PM
    • The Ravenswood branch is hosting its 2021 Halloween party on Thursday, October 28 at 6 PM
  • Christmas open houses
  • Our annual Summer Reading Program offers weeks of activities for all ages! Check out its dedicated page for information and updates.

2021 Reading Challenge for Kids!

Have a disgruntled kiddo on your hands? Is nothing they read good? Are they (or you) struggling to find something they like? Take the pressure off! Pressuring young readers is hands down one of the quickest ways to get your young reader to give up all together. Click the link above, or grab one from your preferred location and get started today!

The Children’s Specialists at Ripley and Ravenswood have decided to give the kiddos we love in our communities a reading challenge that will hopefully open doors into a world of reading they didn’t know existed (yet)! Many books in our libraries are AR friendly (you can check via and you can also use books from your own personal collections, or even the school library your kiddo uses! 

When they read and log twelve (12) books (1 [one] per month) and return their log to either branch, they’ll automatically be entered into a drawing at the beginning of the following year to win a super fun prize. Challenges will be collected, and a winner from each location chosen the first week of 2022!

, For Kids
Rip the Raven, the JCPL Mascot

*Ripley “Rip” the Raven by Sarah Triplett at the Ravenswood Library.

Introducing the Reading Challenge for Kids!