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Children participating in storytime at Cheney Mansion
Photograph by Tina Harle Photography.

Summer storytime classes: Now-August 18

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  • Summer Stories at Main, 10 am
  • Young & Restless at Maze, 10:30 am
  • Be Our Neighbor at Main, 4 pm


  • Summer Stories at Main, 10 am
  • Sensory Storytime at Main, 4 pm


  • Summer Stories at Main, 10 am
  • Summer Stories at Maze, 10:30 am


  • Young & Restless Summer Stories at Dole, 10:30 am


  • Young & Restless Summer Stories at Main, 10 am
  • Summer Stories at Dole, 10:30 am (held on June 22, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 17)


  • Stories on Saturday at Main, 10 am

Children enjoying storytime in the Veterans Room


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 Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, will help kids gain social-emotional skills that will prepare them for school success.

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

Summer Stories: 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.

Young & Restless: Designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children up to 24 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. One-year-olds love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Limit 20.


  • 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, Stories, Songs, Rhymes, Play, Words, and Writing.
  • 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. This is a no-judgment zone, and interacting with them will increase their learning from the experience. Everyone wins.
  • Oak Park summer groups, schools, and daycares can schedule private storytimes instead of attending public classes. Please contact us and learn more about group visits for children »