Digital media for preschoolers: Educational app recommendations (part 2)

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By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam As we spend time at home this winter, many families are likely dedicating more time to screens—playing games and watching videos, movies, and television shows. Time on screens can provide positive experiences for families—a way to relax and have fun, connect, and share experiences together. This time also can provide … Read more

New year, successful routines: Videos & books for early learners

New Year: Successful Routines, with cartoon children's faces inside flowers in pots

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris The start of a new year is a traditional time to set goals and try new things. Success, of course, varies! With so much uncertainty still overshadowing our days—thanks to the pandemic—success might feel even more challenging than usual. So let’s talk about ways to build early learning routines in … Read more

Digital media for preschoolers: Recommendations & resources (Part 1)

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By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam As families wrap up their holiday shopping, parents and caregivers of preschool-aged children may be thinking about purchasing a tablet for their child. Some may have recently purchased a tablet and are now wondering which apps they should download. Some may also be wondering how much screen time is appropriate … Read more

We suggest: Best of 2021 kids & picture books

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Introducing Oak Park’s Best of 2021, a librarian-curated selection of titles, featuring some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers! See our kids and picture books favorites on this page or browse more using the links below. Adult fiction & nonfiction | Teen fiction | Kids & picture books | TV … Read more

Holidays Around the World

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Our annual event is virtual! Library staff members have recorded videos and written stories to share their holiday traditions and memories with you, plus there are fun books, crafts, games, videos, and more for families to explore. Want more? Try these activities View an in-library display: Throughout December, see a special Holidays Around the World … Read more

Honoring Native American Heritage Month

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Your public library is here to connect you with books, videos, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Native American heritage all year long. This commemorative month was officially designated as Native American Heritage Month by the U.S. Congress in 1990. More: » Currently on display in the Main Library Idea Box North American, Lakota, … Read more

Dress-up imaginative play: Videos & books for early learners

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by Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris It’s been a week since Halloween: is your kid still wearing their costumes? Dress-up imaginative play is such an important part of childhood! You know what big fans we are of Mr. Rogers here at the library, and this quote really resonated: “One of Fred’s favorite stories was about a … Read more

Sharing scary & not-so-scary stories: Videos & books for early learners

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By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” This quote by author Neil Gaiman is one I think about a lot when autumn comes and Halloween rolls around. This is the time of year … Read more

Celebrate Dia de Muertos with your library

Ofrenda inside the Main Library Idea Box

Dia de Muertos is a joyful celebration of loved ones who have died. It is celebrated every November 1 and 2. Altars known as ofrendas are filled with photos, as well as food and other items that were enjoyed by those who have died, to remember and celebrate their lives. We are celebrating with multiple … Read more

Celebrating disability awareness: At-home activities & videos for early learners

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By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris October is the month especially set aside to celebrate and recognize various disabilities, including Augmentative and Alternative Communication Awareness Month, something dear to my heart as my brother uses a communication device to speak, and Down Syndrome Awareness Month, dear to Miss Jenny’s heart because of her niece. But that’s … Read more

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