For children birth through grade 8
We offer books, movies, music, magazines, and downloadable materials for children from birth through grade 8. Staff members with expertise in early literacy, child development, and children's literature are always available to help you find just the right book, program, or information.
The Children’s Room on the First Floor of the Main Library features the Toddler Trainyard and activity table, an Art Alcove, homework study rooms, a playhouse, and Chrome laptops, iPads, and Internet computers.
Is your child visiting the library for the first time, or do they need a refresher on our space and rules? This social story (PDF) uses photographs and simple sentences to help children feel comfortable visiting the Main Library and know what to expect while here. Children 8 and older may visit the library alone. More details can be found in our Unattended Child Policy (PDF).
Today's Kids Programs
Ever wanted to learn how to weave, or learn French, or practice writing your first novel? Maybe you want to learn about the stars or practice your own computer programming with Raspberry Pi? Discovery Kits offer activities in art and music, language arts, life science, math and engineering, physical science, and technology. Don’t forget to record your experiences in the mini journals included in each kit.
Have you and your child listened to a story as a Playaway audiobook? These all-in-one players come preloaded with kids' digital books in high-definition sound—you just supply the headphones and a AAA battery. Playaway audiobooks are easy to use and offer educational benefits including increased reading comprehension, retention, vocabulary skills, phonemic awareness, and fluency.
Tours, storytimes and group visits may be scheduled for school classes, scout groups, daycares, and parent groups. To schedule a visit, please refer to this brochure and call 708.452.3420 at least two weeks in advance.
Reserve the Homework Hub and use our online research tools
Children under 18 need a parent to sign the library card application. Children may use their library cards to borrow all circulating items at the Oak Park Public Library. It is parents' responsibility to guide children's borrowing. All materials are free to borrow.
The Children’s Room Computers have super special games and apps just for kids! In addition to computers we have two iPads for checkout.