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With age-specific storytimes and more, your library is committed to helping families with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers arrive at kindergarten ready for learning.

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Get fast access to kid-friendly movies and TV shows.

  • Kanopy Kids is a new collection for children, highlighting films and TV series that help children develop empathy, mindfulness, and self-esteem through entertaining and educational videos, with integrated Common Sense Media ratings.
  • Hoopla Family offers popular titles to stream from anywhere, anytime.
  • (TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE) Facet Kids Features short and feature-length films from around the world, specially curated for kids ages 2–16 by the experts who bring you the annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

Experience-based learning

Enrich learning and explore more with your Oak Park Public Library card.

  • Discovery Kits offer hands-on activities in art and music, language arts, life science, math and engineering, physical science, and technology.
  • Playaway audiobooks provide increased reading comprehension, retention, vocabulary skills, phonemic awareness, and fluency.
  • Museum Adventure Passes open access to special offers and discounts at area cultural destinations such as the Bronzeville Children’s Museum, The Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn, and Legoland Discovery Center.
  • Explore More Illinois offers discounts at Illinois cultural attractions, such as the Chicago Children’s Museum.
  • American Girl® custom kits teach about empathy, inclusivity, science, history, and more, and can be checked out with their own books and accessories.
  • Access subscription-based websites designed to make learning more interactive, more visual, and more fun! Get started »
  • The Homework Hub, a dedicated study room in Children’s Services on the Main Library’s first floor, is stocked with workbooks, calculators, wipe boards, and an ADA-accessible computer. To reserve up to two hours a day, once a week, call us at 708.452.3420.
  • Groups are welcome at the library! Arrange a group visit »
  • First-time visit? This simple social story (pdf), a tool designed to provide guidance on what to expect and clarify social expectations for kids who need extra support during new or possibly challenging situations, uses basic words and pictures to help kids learn more about what to expect while visiting the library.
  • Parents and caregivers are responsible for the care and behavior of their children while they are in the library. Read more in library policy »

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