Our favorite resources for digital picture books

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Searching for good picture books online to reach kids’ summer reading and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten goals? Here are some of our favorite digital resources! Your digital library Hoopla: Easy to navigate and use, the app offers educational and fun options for young readers of all ages. Media on Demand & Libby: From nursery rhymes and … Read more

Imagine Your Story this summer

By Shelley Harris and Genevieve Grove, Children’s Librarians Can you imagine a year without your library’s summer reading program? Neither can we! That’s why we’ve put together a safe, convenient, and fun new way to participate in our classic program online, starting June 1. This summer’s virtual version is super flexible, makes it easy to … Read more

Updated! Found online: Virtual ways for kids to learn, stay engaged, have fun

Your digital library has a ton of resources to help your kids learn virtually, including streaming video, ebooks, databases, and more. And in these unprecedented times, we’re loving all the creative ways people and institutions around the world are stepping up and offering virtual lessons, classes, projects, and tours. Especially for kids with disabilities, recommended … Read more

Four ways to celebrate Earth Day (April 22)

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Happy 50th anniversary, Earth Day! Held every year on April 22, this year’s theme is climate action. Looking for easy, fun, and meaningful ways to celebrate at home? Here are four suggestions! New! Need a card? Sign up for a digital-only account » Questions about PINs? Read more about resetting PINs » Need help? Have a question? Contact us » … Read more

Three great ways to keep finding new stories

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While the statewide stay-at-home order remains in place and library buildings are closed, you and your kids can still find new stories to explore together from your digital library. Need instant access? Get a digital-only account » Have a question? Call 708.383.8200 or ask via oppl.org/contact. 1. Unlimited access through TumbleBookLibrary This digital collection of animated, talking picture books … Read more

Elearning resources for parents & teachers

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Here’s a list of a wide range of resources for parents and teachers, many who are helping young kids with elearning during this time. Thanks to Niles-Maine District Library‘s Preschool and Daycare Liaison April Lee for compiling this list! Kodo Kids: Ten free online workshops (2-3 hours each) on topics such as: Infant Toddler Engineering, … Read more

Neighborhood window walks: Safe, physically distanced family fun

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We’ve been watching, listening to, and celebrating our community’s efforts to safely socially connect while properly physically distancing. Local grassroots efforts and others we’ve seen include: Singing from our porches and balconies » Clapping in unison to celebrate the commitment of all our first responders » Family-friendly neighborhood walks, when a block or community’s residents … Read more

Virtual tutoring & academic support for all ages

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Oak Park cardholders now have access to on-demand virtual learning with a new library resource called Brainfuse HelpNow. HelpNow offers real-time help in skill building and test preparation. Learners of all ages can connect directly online with live, vetted tutors every day from 2 to 11 pm. Interactive tutoring & more With Brainfuse HelpNow, you … Read more

Unlimited access to TumbleBooks through August

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Read as many books as you want, when you want, and on any device with TumbleBooks, through August 31. You don’t have to check anything out, place any holds, or take up space on your device with bulky downloads. Books are available instantly. Oak Park Public Library cardholders currently have access to the TumbleBookLibrary for … Read more

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