Take a music & movement break: Videos & activities for early learners

Music notes on background

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Music is a valuable way for kids to learn! Songs can help kids hear how words are made, listen better to instructions, and take important movement breaks. All of these things will support kids when they are learning in school. Caregivers can use slow songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to … Read more

Honoring Women’s History Month with books, resources & more

Women's History Month

Held yearly in March, Women’s History Month celebrates women’s contributions to history, culture, and society in the U.S. On this page, you can: Find suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians. Log in with your Oak Park card and PIN to use online resources for self-paced learning … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Engineer some fun this winter!

Colorful gears

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Engineering sounds like a big and overwhelming topic, especially for caregivers that aren’t as familiar or comfortable with science. But in fact, even babies and toddlers explore engineering!  Engineering activities include: Building (with blocks, legos, and more) Construction Cause and effect Math Paper airplanes Not too overwhelming, right? Check out … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Salsa

Discover & Explore: Salsa with music notes and la clave

By Children’s Librarian José Cruz Let’s explore Salsa! Salsa music is primarily a Caribbean rhythm that is enjoyed throughout Latin America. The word salsa also means sauce in English. Seems fitting if you consider the different elements involved in Salsa. The term was first coined by Cuban and Puerto Ricans in New York in the … Read more

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: New tech ebooks, activities & more

New tech learning for kids and tweens

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr With a new year comes new tech learning! Find new ebooks, articles, a podcast, and activities all about technology below. Check out these titles Folding Tech: Using Origami and Nature to Revolutionize Technology by Karen Latchana Kenney (grades 8-12): This book shows how the intricate details of origami … Read more

Recognizing Black History Month with books, programs, online resources & more

Black History Month

Your public library is here to connect you with books, virtual programs, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Black history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Find suggested fiction and nonfiction titles for adults, teens, and kids, all hand-selected by our librarians in recognition of Black History Month. Register for … Read more

New! Live virtual chess tutoring & more

Wooden chess board with two players

With the explosion of interest in chess fueled by Netflix’s The Queen’s Gambit last fall, library resource BrainFuse HelpNow has responded by offering live chess tutoring with expert coaches. Expert chess tutors are available Monday through Thursday from 3 to 9 pm CT. Tutors have certifiable qualifications such as high Elo ratings (2000+), chess coaching … Read more

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