Collaborating for success: Supporting early learners & caregivers

Collage of images: A chicken on rocketship, toys in front of a bag with the Collaboration for Early Childhood logo, and birdie on stack of books that reads Early Bird Readers

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian By now, you’re very familiar with our new Early Bird Learning video series, right? Each week we share a new video, alternating between content to watch with your kids and content just for caregivers. To help create content for these videos, we’ve partnered with our friends at Collaboration for Early Childhood, … Read more

Trans Youth Town Hall: A virtual tutorial for grade & middle schoolers

Trans flag with trans symbol

Pride is more than a month of rainbows and parades. Our celebration of Pride month comes from a history of protest for liberation for LGBTQ+ people. Learn about LGBTQ+ activists Discover biographies about activists like Stormé DeLarverie, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera on Gale in Context: Biography. Check out books for young people, including … Read more

Kids summer reading: What to read, listen to, watch & do!

Summer Reading June 1-August 31: Oceans of Possibilities with two children reading and listening with headphones while riding a fish

By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam Summer is here, and so is this year’s summer reading program: Oceans of Possibilities! The program runs all summer long, June 1-August 30. Here at the Oak Park Library, we are so excited about all the possibilities that the summer reading program provides for kids and families. Everyone is encouraged … Read more

Exploring social-emotional learning: A new virtual tutorial for caregivers & early learners

A side view of Ruthie the camel puppet

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris At the library, we often hear from parents, teachers, and other caregivers that social-emotional learning (SEL) is important to you. What exactly is SEL? Let’s take a brief look and then dig in below. What is social-emotional learning? Social-emotional learning is a learning approach that helps people understand their emotions, feel … Read more

Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage: Books, an in-library display, videos & more

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that honor Asian Pacific American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Curated title suggestions for all ages. Attend: Upcoming in-person events. Experience: A special exhibit on display in the Main Library Idea Box (coming … Read more

Celebrate Earth Day: Activities for grade schoolers

Earth Day April 22 with illustration of Planet Earth with trees around the outside

By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam Every year on Earth Day, April 22, we celebrate our precious planet. Check out ways you can celebrate and protect our planet at the same time below! And find seven more ways for all ages to get involved this Earth Day » Check out these digital titles & videos to learn … Read more

Explore self-expression through play: Pronoun Discovery Kits for grade schoolers

Pronoun Kid cards face down on a table

By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott Interested in facilitating conversations about self-expression and gender identity? Check out these two Discovery Kits about pronouns designed to help kids explore self-expression through play. Playing with Pronouns kit Wellness & Life Skills: Playing with Pronouns kit includes two dolls, They, She, He, Easy as ABC, and a game called … Read more

Celebrating Arab American Heritage: Books, a video & more learning experiences

Celebrating Arab American Heritage

Your public library is here to connect you with books, online resources, and learning experiences that celebrate Arab American history and culture all year long. On this page, you can: Browse: Title suggestions for all ages. Celebrate: Ramadan with books and a craft and a special Idea Box display at the Main Library, and a … Read more

Learn to cross-stitch: A virtual tutorial, in-person event, books & more for grade 4-8

Cross-stitching materials: a hoop, embroidery floss, needles, and a pencil on a table

By Children’s Librarian Hal Patnott If you’re looking for a relaxing craft that’s easy to learn, try cross-stitching! Once you know the basics, following a pattern is a lot like doing a paint-by-number. Even a beginner can create beautiful designs. Join us for an interactive crafting workshop, check out our virtual tutorial On April 28, … Read more

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