Spring Storytimes begin on March 2. Check the calendar for all storytime dates.

Descriptions

Bouncing Babies: This lapsit class is designed for 1:1 interactions between caregivers and pre-walking babies, birth to 15 months. Short books are selected to keep the baby's attention, and songs and rhymes are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills. Babies will learn to associate books with fun and shared moments with their favorite adults. Limit: 20. Oak Park Public Library card required at the Main Library. 

Walking Wonders: This class is designed for 1:1 interactions between caregivers and walkers up to 24 months. One year olds love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Short books are paried with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills. Limit: 20. Oak Park Public Library card required at the Main Library. 

Terrific Twos: This class is designed for two year olds with caregiver support. Two year olds are learning how to sit, listen and interact with the storyteller, and often still need assistance from caregivers to feel 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. 

Preschool Pals: This class is designed for three and four year olds, to prepare for a school environment. Children are learning how to partipate 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: This class is designed for children with special needs ages 3 and up, 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: This energetic program is designed for children of all ages, with caregiver support. The importance of music and movement in pre-literacy skills is emphasized in this new program that will get everyone up on their feet and singing with loud enthusiasm. Meets in the Veterans Room (2nd floor).

Pops & Tots: This class is designed for children 2 to 6 years old, with caregiver support. Dads have an opportunity to read, play, sing and share fun storytime experiences in a relaxing environment. Moms welcome. 

Playgroups: These open sessions include hands on and age appropriate pre-literacy activities for you to share with your child. 

Today's Storytimes

Schedule

Main Library

* indicates no OPPL library card required

Mondays

  • 9:30 AM Walking Wonders 
  • 10:30 AM Preschool Pals 
  • 11:00 AM, Preschool Playgroup*

Tuesdays

  • 9:30 AM, Terrific Twos
  • 10:00 AM, Shake, Rattle and Read*
  • 10:30 AM, Toddler Playgroup*
  • 4:00 PM, Sensory Storytime*

Wednesdays

  • 9:30 AM, Bouncing Babies
  • 10:00 AM, Shake, Rattle and Read*
  • 1:00 PM, Toddler Playgroup*

Thursdays

  • 9:30 AM, Walking Wonders 
  • 10:30 AM, Terrific Twos
  • 11:00 AM, Toddler Playgroup*

Fridays:

  • 10:00 AM, Friday Fun*

Play-based fun for caregivers and kids ages 2+. 

Saturdays

  • 10:00 AM, Pops & Tots*
  • 11:00 AM, Bouncing Babies*

Maze Branch

* indicates no OPPL library card required

Mondays

  • 10:30 AM, Bouncing Babies*
  • 11:00 AM, Baby Playgroup*

Wednesdays

  • 10:30 AM, Preschool Pals*
  • 11:00 AM, Preschool Playgroup*

Thursdays

  • 10:30 AM, Walking Wonders*
  • 11:00 AM, Toddler Playgroup*
 

Dole Branch

* indicates no OPPL library card required

Tuesdays

  • 10:30 AM, Walking Wonders*
  • 11:00 AM, Toddler Playgroup*

Wednesdays

  • 10:30 AM, Bouncing Babies*
  • 11:00 AM, Baby Playgroup*

Fridays

  • 10:30AM, Preschool Pals*
  • 11:00 AM, Preschool Playgroup*

Guidelines

  • Storytime classes help children acquire pre-literacy skills in fun, age appropriate ways through the Very Ready Reading process. This research-based program lays the foundation for future reading skills by encouraging caregivers to Share Books, Stories, Songs, Rhymes, Play, Words and Writing. 
  • Because each class is specifically planned for age and development, 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. 
  • An Oak Park Public Library card is required to attend some of our storytimes. Non-resident guests are welcome to attend sessions which have been marked with an *. 
  • Please keep conversations and distractions to a minimum. Snacks, toys, and phones should be put away. 
  • Have fun, sing along, and check out some books to take back home! 

More Kid and Family Fun

For more kid and family fun, see our online calendar for events at all library locations for kids, tweens, teens and families