Discover & Explore for Grade Schoolers

Find resources and at-home activities related to our Discovery Kits, curated by Oak Park librarians.

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Transgender spelled out on cubes

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Gender identity

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott It's Transgender Awareness Week, an annual event dedicated to educating our communities about the lives of transgender people. Transgender Awareness Week is celebrated every year ...
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Mr. Luis and Honor

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Math

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Math. Did you just shudder? Or grin? Most people have a strong reaction to math, one way or the other. When I was growing up, ...
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Toy person on a map

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Physical & human geography

By Children's Librarian Genevieve Grove I have always loved looking at maps and studying about other countries and cultures my whole life. Could it be because my last name was ...
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Pixel alien on wall

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Code, create, design, play & learn digitally

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr Learn about new tech information in a safe manner with digital titles available in your digital library, create-on-your-own websites, and tech news sources ...
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Hands drumming

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Bomba music

By Children's Librarian José Cruz This week, I would like to introduce the African influence on Puerto Rican music by exploring Bomba traditions. Bomba music is a call and response ...
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Kid painting

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Hands-on art

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris There are so many reasons art is important, including that it can reduce stress and anxiety. What child or adult doesn’t need that during this ...
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Kid looking at anatomy on tablet

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Let’s talk about bodies & puberty

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott Developing accurate and affirming language to name the parts of our bodies and understanding the ways in which bodies change as we age is an ...
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Telescope looking at the night sky

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: The universe above our heads

By Children's Librarian Genevieve Grove The physical sciences study the non-living systems of our world, and astronomy expands that investigation into the universe! Galaxies, stars, planets—we want to know about ...
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