About storytimes

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, Songs, Stories, Words, Rhymes, Sounds, and Play.

  • 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. Oak Park Public Library card required at Main Library.  

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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 inroduce pre-literacy skills. 

  • 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.  Oak Park Public Library Card required at Main Library.

  • 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.

  • Shake, Rattle, and 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 Main Library Veterans Room. 

  • 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 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, 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, latecomers may not be admitted.
  • At the Main Library, pick up your nametag at the service desk before storytime. 
  • An Oak Park Public Library card is required to attend some of our storytimes. Non-resident guests are welcome to attend storytimes with an *.
  • 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. 
  • Have fun and sing along with your children. Your interactions will increase your child's learning from the experience.