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Kids summer reading (ages 2–11)

Thanks for an amazing summer! Be sure to stop by any library location to pick up the beads you have earned now through August 31 or while supplies last. Questions? Contact us »

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Learning through play

Toys, dolls, and themed kits—some containing books and open-ended questions, and materials to help young children share ideas and feelings with grown-ups and peers and others full of hands-on, play-and-learn activities—are available for checkout. Browse beyond books »

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

Connect, learn, and grow with resources, services, and programs for caregivers and kids from your public library. Explore resources »

Supported services

Your public library is here for you. Find resources, services, and programs designed specifically to support disabled people and available to all. Explore resources »

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