For children birth through 6th grade
We offer books, movies, music, downloadable materials, and video games for children from birth through 6th grade. 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 Treehouse and activity table; Chrome laptops, iPads, and internet and preschool game computers; an Art Alcove, homework study rooms; a playhouse--and two gerbil mascots, named Ralph and Mudge!
Is your child visiting the Library for the first time, or could 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).
Our Discovery Kits Are Expanding!
We are offering activities in Art and Music, Language Arts, Life Science, Math and Engineering, Physical Science and Technology. 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? We’ve got the backpacks to support all of this and more. Don’t forget to record your experiences in the mini journals included in each kit!
Have you and your child tried Playaway audiobooks? They’re all-in-one players that come preloaded with kids' digital books in high-definition sound—you just supply the headphones and one AAA battery. Playaway audiobooks are intuitive to use and offer educational benefits including increased reading comprehension, retention, vocabulary skills, phonemic awareness, and fluency. You can place them on hold through the catalog and check them out for up to three weeks at a time.
Meet the Gerbils
Hi! We're Ralph and Mudge, two male gerbils who make our home in the Main Library Children's Room. The best thing about living here is getting visited all day by kids and families! We love showing off our wheel-running skills, our nibbled cardboard masterpieces, and our generally adorable faces.
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.