Main Library Schedule

September 8-October 31

Mondays

  • 10:30 am, Preschool Pals 

Tuesdays

  • 9:30 am, Young & Restless
  • 10:30 am, Terrific Twos
  • 4:00 pm, Sensory Storytime*

Wednesdays

  • 10:30 am, Shake, Rattle, and Read*

Thursdays

  • 10:30 am, Shake, Rattle, and Read* 

Fridays:

  • 10:30 am, Friday Fun*

Saturdays

  • 10:00 am, Shake, Rattle, and Read* 

Maze Branch Schedule

September 8-October 16

Mondays

  • 10:30 am, Bouncing Babies*

Tuesdays

  • 10:30 am, Preschool Pals*

Wednesdays

  • 10:30 am, Ones and Twos*

Dole Branch Schedule

September 8-October 16

Tuesdays

  • 10:30 am, Ones and Twos*

Thursdays

  • 10:30 am, Bouncing Babies*

Fridays

  • 10:30 am, Preschool Pals*

Today's Storytimes

Descriptions

Storytimes at the Main Library will run from September 8 to October 31, and at Maze and Dole from September 8 to October 16. An Oak Park Public Library card is required to attend some of our storytimes. Non-resident guests are welcome to attend sessions marked with an asterisk (*).

Check the calendar now for all kids' events.

Bouncing Babies: This lap-sit class is designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and pre-walking babies, birth to 15 months. Short books are selected to keep 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.

Young & Restless: This class is designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children birth to 24 months. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills. Walkers love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Babies 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.

Ones and Twos: This class is designed for walkers 12-36 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.

Terrific Twos: This class is designed for 2-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 the Main Library.

Preschool Pals: This class is designed for 3- and 4-year-olds, to prepare for a school environment. Children are learning how 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 the 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 is emphasized in this program that will get everyone up on their feet and singing with loud enthusiasm. Meets in the Second Floor Veterans Room (except on Saturdays, when we meet in the First Floor Storytime Room).

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

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. 
  • 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 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 marked with an asterisk (*).
  • 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!