Main Library

*  = These storytimes require an Oak Park Public Library card

Mondays

  • * 9:30 am, Preschool Pals 
  • * 10:30 am, Young & Restless

Tuesdays

  • * 9:30 am, Bouncing Babies
  • * 10:30 am, Walking Wonders
  • 4 pm, Sensory Storytime

Wednesdays

  • * 10:30 am, Terrific Twos

Thursdays

  • 10:30 am, Shake, Rattle & Read

Fridays

  • 10:30 am, Friday Fun Play-based fun for caregivers & kids ages 2+. 

Saturdays

  • 10:00 am, Shake, Rattle & Read
  • 11:00 am, Young & the Restless

Maze Branch

Oak Park Public Library card never required

Mondays

  • 10:30 am, Bouncing Babies
  • 11 am, Baby Playgroup

Tuesdays

  • 10:30 am, Preschool Pals
  • 11 am Preschool Playgroup

Wednesdays

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

Dole Branch

Oak Park Public Library card never required

Tuesdays

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

Thursdays

  • 10:30 am, Bouncing Babies
  • 11 am, Baby Playgroup

Fridays

  • 10:30 am, Preschool Pals
  • 11 am, Preschool Playgroup

Upcoming Storytimes

Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 10:00am
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 11:00am
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 9:30am
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 10:30am
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 10:30am
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 9:30am
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 10:30am
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 10:30am
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 10:30am
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 4:00pm

About storytimes

Spring storytimes run through May 27. Download a PDF of the information on this page.

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.

  • 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. Limit: 20. Oak Park Public Library card required at the Main Library. 
  • 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.
  • Walking Wonders: Designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children up to 24 months. These toddlers love to wander and listen while they explore. 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 the Main Library. 
  • Ones & 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 & 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. Main Library Veterans Room except on Saturdays. 
  • Playgroups: These open sessions include hands-on and age-appropriate pre-literacy activities for you to share with your child.

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.
  • At the Main Library, you can pick up your nametag in the Children's area before storytime begins.
  • We ask that adults keep conversations and distractions to a minimum, and to put away snacks, toys, and phones.
  • We encourage everyone to have fun, sing along, and check out books and music to take home.