5 ways for kids to make the most of the library (and their library card) this summer!

By Children’s Librarian Genevieve Grove

School’s out, but learning is in at the Oak Park Public Library this summer! Sure, we have books, but also so many other options to engage your brains and bodies. Check out these fun ways to use your library today. 

Need a library card? Apply at any library branch or when visiting the Book Bike, or get instant digital access when you sign up online! Whichever way you choose to sign up: Find out what you’ll need to get a library account »

Oceans of Possibilities with two children reading and listening with headphones while riding a fish

1. Join our summer reading program: Oceans of Possibilities

Kids ages 3+ can track their reading and complete activities to earn prizes. This year, we have advanced level challenges especially for middle schoolers, too. Sign up now »

American Girl doll propped up between two Discovery Kits

2. Borrow a Discovery Kit

We have a variety to choose from—technology, art, music, math, language learning, and science. Plus, our popular American Girl doll collection and Book Bundles! Learn more about the technology kits from Ms. Eileen and the Pronoun Discovery Kit from Mr. Hal. Browse all Discovery Kits »

Storytime in the park

3. Join us for storytime!

In June, in-person storytimes return to our local parks, as well as all three library branches. See the full storytime schedule »

Illustration of a child listening to an audiobook while holding a large fish

4. Listen to an audiobook

Nothing improves a summer road trip like enjoying a story. Whether you prefer CDs, Playaways, or downloading a book from Hoopla or Libby, listening to a book is always perfect entertainment. Audiobooks are also a very valid way of reading and definitely count towards your summer reading program goals!

Smarty Pants Balloon show with underwater theme and blow-up fish, an octopus, and a pirate
August 18: We’ll be celebrating an incredible summer of reading with Chicago’s favorite balloon artist, Smarty Pants! Register now »

5. Attend a library program

In-person programming is back, and we can’t wait to see you! Check the calendar for the most up-to-date information. This summer we’ll have crafts and chess, movies and gardening, book clubs and a balloon show, and so much more!

Genevieve Grove

About Genevieve

Genevieve is a Children’s Librarian who’s constantly on the hunt for great graphic novels, innovative ways to get books into kids’ homes, and the perfect cookie recipe. She’s pretty sure that none of those missions will ever feel “finished,” and that’s just fine by her.