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Learning through play

  • American Girl Dolls: Each with their own journals, books, and accessories.
  • Discovery Kits: Based on themes and full of hands-on play-and-learn activities. Explore nature, make art, practice coding, and even learn to play the ukulele.
  • Early Learning Kits: A tool for educators, parents, and caregivers designed to engage and empower children with a love for learning. (Special thanks to the Collaboration for Early Childhood for generously providing the items in these kits!)
  • The Multicultural Collection: Thousands of cultural resources and artifacts such as handmade textiles, games, dolls, as well as books, films, and music from around the world.
  • Playaway Launchpads: Tablets pre-loaded with high-quality learning apps and games for kids ages preschool through fifth grade. No ads, no download time, and no need for internet access.
  • Social-Emotional Learning Kits: Kits featuring books, open-ended questions, and materials to help young children share ideas and feelings with grown-ups and peers.

Inside the Main Library Children's Services area

  • Visiting for the first time? Check out our social narrative virtual tutorial and/or download a print version (pdf).
  • Create, explore, and play inside the Acorn Lab, a mini makerspace for ages 4+ with adult supervision. Stop in Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm, and for occasional pop-up programs!
  • Study inside one of two study rooms in the Children's Services area, especially for grades K-5. Call 708.383.8200 (select option 3) or visit the service desk to reserve (up to two hours at a time and one week in advance, once per week).
  • And so much more: Enjoy the playspaces, check out toys at the service desk, complete a scavenger hunt (new each month!), and more.

Rainbow services

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