• New at Main Library in January! Four combined-age, theme-based storytime classes:

    • Alphabet Soup, 10am on 1/10, 1/16, 1/26, 2/1
    • Explore Your World, 10am on 1/11, 1/17, 1/23, 2/2
    • Poetry Slam, 10am on 1/12, 1/18, 1/24, 1/30
    • World Showcase, 10 am on 1/9, 1/19, 1/25, 1/31
       
  • Early Winter Storytimes run January 9 - Februrary 4
  • An asterisk (*) means non-resident guests are welcome to attend

Main Library

Mondays

  • 4 pm, Be Our Neighbor*

Tuesdays

  • 4 pm, Sensory Storytime*

Wednesdays

  • 3 pm, Book Buzz*

Saturdays

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

Maze Branch

Mondays

  • 10:30 am, Baby Lit* 
  • 11 am, Baby Playgroup*

Tuesdays 

  • 10:30 am, Reading Readiness*
  • 11 am, Preschool Playgroup *

Wednesdays 

  • 10:30 am, Ones & Twos* 
  • 11 am, Toddler Playgroup*

Dole Branch

Tuesdays

  • 10:30 am, Ones & Twos*
  • 11 am, Toddler Playgroup*

Thursdays 

  • 10:30 am, Baby Lit* 
  • 11 am, Baby Playgroup*

Fridays 

  • 10:30 am, Reading Readiness*
  • 11 am, Preschool Playgroup*

Upcoming Storytimes

Monday, January 16, 2017 - 10:00am
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 10:30am
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 10:30am
Monday, January 16, 2017 - 4:00pm
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 10:00am
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 10:30am
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 10:30am
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 4:00pm
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:00am
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 10:30am

About storytimes

All storytime classes help children acquire pre-literacy skills in fun, age-appropriate ways through the Very Ready Reading Program and process. This research-based program lays the foundation for future reading skills by encouraging caregivers to share books, songs, stories, words, rhymes, sounds, and play.

This January: try a new combined-age, theme-based storytime class:

  • Alphabet Soup: Designed for kids birth to age four with caregiver support. Familiarity with letters and their sounds are the hallmarks of reading skills! Books, songs and fun activities will introduce kids to the building blocks of words naturally. Limit 25. Oak Park Public Library card required.

  • Explore Your World: Designed for kids birth to age four with caregiver support. Math, counting, science and nature are just a few of the topics we'll dig into as we learn about the world around us. Limit 25. Oak Park Public Library card required. 

  • Poetry Slam: Designed for kids birth to age four with caregiver support. Rhymes help kids hear syllables and how words are built, even from a young age, and nursey rhymes introduce kids to words they may not hear otherwise. Get ready to play with words, rhymes, and more! Limit 25. Oak Park Public Library card required. 

  • World Showcase: Designed for kids birth to age four with caregiver support. Hola, bore da ac bienvenue! Books and songs will be presented in English and a variety of languages each week. Limit 25. Oak Park Public Library card required. 

And join us for more traditionally age-based storytimes:

  • Baby Lit: Lapsit class designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and babies up to 15 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. Limit 20. 

  • Toddler Tales: Designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and walkers up to 24 months. These toddlers love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills. Limit 20. Oak Park Public Library card required at Main Library

  • Ones & Twos: Designed for walkers 12 to 36 months with caregiver support. One-year-olds love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills.  

  • Imagination Station: 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. Limit 25. Oak Park Public Library card required at Main Library.

  • Reading Readiness: Designed for 3- and 4-year-olds to prepare for a school environment. Children are learning to participate in groups and engage independently while listening to longer books and more challenging concept games. Caregivers are encouraged to attend. Limit 30. 

  • Be Our Neighbor: Designed for 4- and 5-year-olds and their caregivers. Children learn more when watching educational programming with their caregivers. Structured discussions and activities, paired with an episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, will help kids gain social-emotional skills that will prepare them for school success. Limit 30. 

  • 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 new books and new friends. 

  • 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, along with fine and gross motor movement activities. Special supports like lap weights and fidget toys are available to help children be successful. Siblings welcome.

  • 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 & the Restless at 11 am with a caregiver for short books paired with songs and rhymes modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills. 

For the best experience, please know that... 

  • Each class is specially planned for age and development.
  • Class sizes are limited, and vary by age.
  • Latecomers may not be admitted, so please arrive early.
  • 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. Your interactions will increase your child's learning from the experience.