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Main: Terrific Tales for 2s and 3s

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
This class is designed for two- and three-year-olds with caregiver support. Two-year-olds are learning how to sit, listen and interact with the storyteller, and often still need assistance from caregivers to feel successful. Longer books and imaginative games are paired with more complex stories and rhymes to reinforce at home. Limit: 25. Oak Park Public Library card required at Main Library.
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Maze: Young & Restless

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
This class is designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children birth to 24 months.  Babies learn to associate books with fun and shared moments with their favorite adults. One-year-olds love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills.
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Maze: Baby Playgroup

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
For babies up to 24 months, with a caregiver. Hands-on and age-appropriate pre-literacy activities for you to share with your child.
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Baby Nature Exploration

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Main Library
Discover the world right in your backyard! Explore nature with all five senses and introduce baby- and toddler-level science concepts in Scoville Park. For kids birth to 18 months, with caregiver support. Siblings welcome.

Weather permitting. 
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Main: Be Our Neighbor

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Structured discussions and activities, paired with an episode of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, will help kids gain social-emotional skills that will prepare them for future success. Since children learn more when watching educational programming with their caregivers, adults are asked to stay and participate in viewing and discussions. For ages 3-6 with their caregivers.
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Main: Shake, Rattle, and Read

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
Second Floor - Veterans Room
An energetic program designed for children of all ages, with caregiver support. The importance of music and movement in pre-literacy is emphasized to get everyone up on their feet and singing with loud enthusiasm. Held in Main Library Veterans Room.
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Main: Supported Storytime and Play

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
This class is designed for children with special needs ages 3 and up with caregiver support. Classes are structured with Boardmaker schedules and include fun picture books and songs, along with fine and gross motor movement activities. Monthly themes will culminate in special activities. Special supports like lap weights and fidget toys are available to help children be successful. Siblings welcome.

September: Nature
October: Cooking
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Bringing It with Storytelling!

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Idea Box

Share your talents (and discover new ones!) as we collaborate to imagine and create our own countries through art, music, and drama. Presented by Rita Cassiano and Gingi Lahera, founders of A.L.M.A.- Arts Language Music Alliance. 

The goal of A.L.M.A. is to guide people in exploring paths of authentic self-expression, cultural consciousness and human connection. They believe that through creativity one can find the keys to open-mindedness and compassion.

Designed for students in grades 4-6.

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Chess Club Champs

4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Join us for a two-hour chess workshop and open play chess club, lead by instructor Luis Tubens. Chess boards will be available for open play throughout the two hours of the club. Ages 5-13. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Participants can drop in at any time. The club will include both open play and instruction:
  • 4:30-5 pm: Open play
  • 5-5:30 pm: Instruction for beginners: how the pieces move, the rules of castling, and the difference between check, checkmate, and stalemate
  • 5:30-6 pm: Open play
  • 6-6:30 pm: More advanced instruction: strategy, defense, and situational chess
Recurs Tuesdays though December 18. Dates for 2019 to be announced.
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Main: Young & Restless

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
This class is designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children birth to 24 months.  Babies learn to associate books with fun and shared moments with their favorite adults. One-year-olds love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills. Limit: 20. Oak Park Public Library card required at the Main Library.
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Maze: Shake, Rattle and Read

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
An energetic program designed for children of all ages, with caregiver support. The importance of music and movement in pre-literacy is emphasized to get everyone up on their feet and singing with loud enthusiasm.
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Maze: All Ages playgroup

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
For children 0-5 years. Hands-on and age-appropriate pre-literacy activities for you to share with your child.
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Welcome to Maze's New Accessible Sensory Garden

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Maze Branch
Courtyard - Maze Branch
Join us for the inaugural program in our newly developing accessible sensory garden! We will provide tools and supports for kids and teens with disabilities to successfully explore working in a garden. Best for families with children with special needs ages 3+, with a caregiver.
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Main: Terrific Tales for 2s and 3s

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
This class is designed for two- and three-year-olds with caregiver support. Two-year-olds are learning how to sit, listen and interact with the storyteller, and often still need assistance from caregivers to feel successful. Longer books and imaginative games are paired with more complex stories and rhymes to reinforce at home. Limit: 25. Oak Park Public Library card required at Main Library.
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Dole: Young & Restless

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
This class is designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children birth to 24 months.  Babies learn to associate books with fun and shared moments with their favorite adults. One-year-olds love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills.
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Dole: Baby Playgroup

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
For babies up to 24 months, with a caregiver. Hands-on and age-appropriate pre-literacy activities for you to share with your child.
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Book Bike: Whittier Elementary School

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Offsite
Book Bike
Join the Book Bike at Whittier Elementary School to celebrate New Family Night! (Weather permitting.) 

Check out books, sign up for library cards, and see what the Book Bike is all about! New Family Night is hosted by the Building Leadership Team and is especially designed for families new to the Whittier community (including Kindergarten families). Dinner and childcare are provided. 

Learn more about Oak Park's Book Bike and follow along on social media with #OPbookbike. 
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Main: Young & Restless

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
This class is designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children birth to 24 months.  Babies learn to associate books with fun and shared moments with their favorite adults. One-year-olds love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills. Limit: 20. Oak Park Public Library card required at the Main Library.
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Dole: Shake, Rattle and Read

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
An energetic program designed for children of all ages, with caregiver support. The importance of music and movement in pre-literacy is emphasized to get everyone up on their feet and singing with loud enthusiasm.
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Supported Sensory Nature Exploration

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Discover the world right in your backyard! Have fun with friends and explore nature with all five senses outside in Scoville Park. For kids 3-16 with disabilities, with caregiver support. Siblings welcome. Program will be held in the Storytime Room in case of inclement weather. 
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Main: Stories on Saturday

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Drop-in family storytime. Children aged 2 to 6 and their caregiver attend at 10am for a big, lively storytime that is full of favorites. Children birth to 24 months attend Young & Restless at 11am with a caregiver for short books paired with songs and rhymes modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills.
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Main: Stories on Saturday: Young & Restless

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Drop-in family storytime. 

Children ages 2 to 6 and their caregiver attend at 10 am for a big, lively storytime that is full of favorites.

Children birth to 24 months attend Young & Restless at 11 am with a caregiver for short books paired with songs and rhymes modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills.
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Socktober Begins

9:00 AM - 9:00 PM
All Branches
Warm souls and soles all October by contributing to our Kid President-inspired Socktober drive to benefit the clients of Housing Forward. Socks are consistently among the most-requested items at shelters. We will be collecting new socks at all three library locations for the entire month. Find about more ways to help the homeless in our community by viewing Housing Forward's wishlist.
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Main: Terrific Tales for 2s and 3s

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
This class is designed for two- and three-year-olds with caregiver support. Two-year-olds are learning how to sit, listen and interact with the storyteller, and often still need assistance from caregivers to feel successful. Longer books and imaginative games are paired with more complex stories and rhymes to reinforce at home. Limit: 25. Oak Park Public Library card required at Main Library.
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Maze: Young & Restless

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
This class is designed for one-on-one interactions between caregivers and children birth to 24 months.  Babies learn to associate books with fun and shared moments with their favorite adults. One-year-olds love to wander and listen while they explore, and caregivers can help them participate while on the move. Short books are paired with songs and rhymes that are modeled to introduce pre-literacy skills.
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