Storytimes to move; children's space at Main Library to be temporarily closed Monday, December 4 through Friday, December 8 >

Bilingual Stories with Mr. Jose continue once a month. This fall, join us on Saturdays, September 16 and October 14.

Bilingual Stories with Mr. Jose continue once a month. This fall, join us on Saturdays, November 18 and December 16, at 2 pm in the Main Library Storytime Room. Learn more about group visits for children >

Late Fall Storytime Classes: October 28-December 16

PLEASE NOTE: No storytimes November 20-24 and December 1

An Oak Park Public Library card is required to attend some of our storytimes. Non-residents are welcome to attend sessions marked with an *. Visit the library calendar for more events for kids >

Mondays

  • Terrific Tales for 2s & 3s at Main, 10 am
  • Young & Restless at Maze, 10:30 am*
  • Be Our Neighbor at Main, 4 pm*

Tuesdays

  • Shake, Rattle, & Read at Main, 10 am*
  • Terrific Tales for 2s & 3s at Maze, 10:30 am*
  • Young & Restless at Dole, 10:30 am*
  • Sensory Storytime at Main, 4 pm*

Wednesdays

  • Terrific Tales for 2s & 3s at Main, 10 am
  • Shake, Rattle, & Read at Maze, 10:30 am*
  • Book Buzz at Main, 3 pm*

Thursdays

  • Young & Restless at Main, 10 am
  • Terrific Tales for 2s & 3s at Dole, 10:30 am*

Fridays

  • Young & Restless at Main, 10 am
  • Shake, Rattle, & Read at Dole, 10:30 am*

Saturdays

  • Stories on Saturday at Main, 10 am*
  • Stories on Saturday: Young & Restless at Main, 11 am*

Descriptions

Be Our Neighbor: Structured discussions and activities, paired with an episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, will help kids gain social-emotional skills that will prepare them for future success. Since children learn more when watching educational programming with their caregivers, adults are asked to stay and participate in viewing and discussions. For ages 4-6 with the caregivers. Held in the Storytime Room.

Book Buzz: Designed for 4- to 8-year-olds who are ready for more challenging picture books. Crafts and activities will be matched with the stories in this hands-on session that is a great way to discover both new books and new friends. Held in the Storytime Room.

Sensory Storytime: Designed for children with special needs ages 3+ with caregiver support. Classes are structured with Boardmaker schedules and include fun picture books and songs, with fine and gross motor movement activities. Special supports like lap weights and fidget toys are available to help children be successful. Siblings welcome. Weekend classes available at 2 pm on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, October 8. Held in the Storytime Room.

Shake, Rattle & Read: An energetic program designed for children of all ages, with caregiver support. The importance of music and movement in pre-literacy is emphasized to get everyone up on their feet and singing with loud enthusiasm. Held in the Veterans Room at Main Library.

Stories on Saturday: Drop-in family storytimes. Children ages 2 to 6 and their caregivers attend at 10 am for a big, lively storytime full of favorites. Children birth to 24 months attend Young & Restless at 11 am with their caregivers for short books paired with songs and rhymes modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills. Held in the Storytime Room.

Terrific Tales for 2s & 3s: Designed for 2- and 3-year-olds with caregiver support. Two-year-olds are learning to sit, listen, and interact with the storyteller, and often still need assistance from caregivers to feel more successful. Longer books and imaginative games are paired with more complex stories and rhymes to reinforce at home. Held in the Storytime Room at Main Library. Oak Park Public Library card required at Main Library. 

Young & Restless: Designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children up to 24 months. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills. Babies learn to associate books with fun and shared moments with favorite adults. One-year-olds love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Held in the Storytime Room at Main Library. Oak Park Public Library card required at Main Library.

Guidelines

Storytime classes help children acquire pre-literacy skills in fun, age appropriate ways through the Very Ready Reading program. This research-based program lays the foundation for future reading skills by encouraging caregivers to Share Books, Stories, Songs, Rhymes, Play, Words, and Writing.

Each class is specially planned for age and development, so your child will get the most out of attending the storytime designed for their specific age level. To offer the best learning experience, class sizes
are limited. Class size varies based on age. Please arrive early, as latecomers may not be admitted. At the Main Library, pick up your nametag at the service desk before storytime.

Grown-ups:

  • Help us create a positive learning space by avoiding snacks, toys, and conversations until after class.
  • Take breaks with your child as needed so other kids don’t lose focus.
  • Don't be shy! Have fun and sing along with your children. This is a no-judgment zone, and interacting with them will increase their learning from the experience. Everyone wins!