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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Birth chart with cards featuring different phases of the moon and zodiac signs

All about astrology: A virtual tutorial, books & more

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott Astrology and astronomy are similar words that are easy to confuse! Both relate to space and the universe, but astronomy is a branch of science, ...
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Two grade school students using a laptop to study outside

Need help with school research projects? Library resources to the rescue!

Many people use Google to search for information on the internet. Google is a powerful tool for research. It is fast and convenient and can help you access lots of ...
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Telescope looking at the night sky

The universe above our heads: At-home activities & books for grade schoolers

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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Become a chess champ

Become a chess champ: A virtual tutorial & more at-home activities for kids

Chess challenges young minds to think critically. It teaches sacrifice and strategy, and exercises the ability to think ahead. And it's fun! Whether kids are new to chess or have ...
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Butterfly painting on window

Butterflies! At-home activities & more for grade schoolers (part 2)

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr Here in Oak Park, the Village of Oak Park has proclaimed 2021 as the Year of the Butterfly, and we are learning so ...
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Butterfly origami

All about origami: How-to videos, books & more for grade schoolers

Library assistant Margaret can always be found doing origami and helping kids learn! Origami helps kids practice visual and spatial skills, concentration, and math, and is a great fidget activity ...
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Miss Eileen planting in the Accessible Community Garden

Supported gardening: What’s happening in the Community Sensory Garden & activities for kids

By Children’s Librarian Shelley Harris Did you know that 70% of disabled adults do not engage in community activities? This statistic, from a 2005 paper, gave me pause the first ...
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Monarch butterfly on milkweed

Butterflies! At-home activities for grade schoolers (part 1)

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr The Village of Oak Park has proclaimed 2021 as the Year of the Butterfly, and we're doing our part to ensure everyone knows ...
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