Early Bird Learning Activities

Miss Shelley shares books, activities, videos, and resources to help children on the path to reading.

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Updated: Early Bird Learning videos: A virtual tutorial for babies, toddlers & preschoolers

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris The trees are changing, the weather is cooling, and the days are shortening. Winter is on its way! The changing seasons always offer great learning ...
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Celebrating AAC, ADHD & Down Syndrome Awareness Months: Activities for early learners & support for caregivers

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris October is a big month! Many kids are excited for Halloween, of course. We finally enter an autumn that will last a while; that’s usually ...
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30 things to do with little ones this fall

Fall is festive and fun for families! Your public library and the Collaboration for Early Childhood have curated activities, events, and resources for you and your little ones to make ...
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‘Won’t you be my neighbor?’ Videos & activities for early learners

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris “You've made this day a special day, by just your being you. There's no person in the whole world like you, and I like you ...
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BingePass: A new way to explore online content on Hoopla

With Hoopla's new BingePass and your Oak Park library card, you can get unlimited streaming for seven days with a single borrow! Let's get started... How do I use BingePass? ...
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Talking about emotions: Activities for early learners

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris It’s never too early to talk about emotions with children, even babies and toddlers. The end of summer and start of new autumn routines is ...
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Disability Pride Month: Activities for early learners & caregivers

By Shelly Harris, Children's Librarian July is Disability Pride Month! It’s been celebrated since 1990, when President HW Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on July 26, though ...
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26 things to do with little ones this summer

Summer is finally, finally here! And with the help of our friends at the Collaboration for Early Childhood, we’ve put together a list of things to do, places to explore, ...

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