Summer fun on the go! Activities for grade schoolers

Kid using tablet in backseat of car

By Eileen Saam, Children’s Librarian There are so many fun things to do during the summer, and at the library, we have some great resources to take with you that will make it even more fun! And don’t forget to log your reading and activities for summer reading » Going on a road trip? Check … 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

Resources for autistic people & their caregivers

Autism with cut paper rainbow on a cloud

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris So you, your child, or your student has been diagnosed with autism? Congratulations! As overwhelming as it can be to hear a diagnosis, you are now ready to find and receive the supports you need to live the life you want for yourself. There are a lot of negative and … 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

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

STEAM Discovery Kits: At-home learning & exploration for grade schoolers

STEAM written inside a circle and surrounded by different line-drawn icons: a laptop, a pencil, a paint brush, the numbers 1, 2, and 3, a compass, a microscope, and clouds, all with a square grid background

By Children’s Librarian Eileen Saam At the Oak Park Public Library, we are always looking for ways to foster learning experiences for the children who we serve. We have done lots of research into ways that we can emphasize STEAM learning in the resources that we offer our young patrons. In particular, we have developed … Read more

Meet Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, the man who built a library: At-home activities for grade schoolers

A portrait of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg sitting in a chair with books on a shelf in the background

By Children’s Librarian José Cruz In honor of Black History Month, let’s learn more about Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, a Puerto Rican historian, writer, curator, and activist! Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico in 1874, Schomburg was the son of a Puerto Rican merchant of German descent and an Afro-Caribbean woman from the Danish West Indies. He … Read more

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