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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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Book Bike: Irving Elementary School

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Offsite
Book Bike
Join the Book Bike at Irving Elementary School for Garden Club at dismissal! (Weather permitting.) 

Check out books, sign up for library cards, and see what the Book Bike is all about! We'll be stocked with autumn harvest and Halloween-themed library materials to celebrate the season.

Learn more about Oak Park's Book Bike and follow along on social media with #OPbookbike. 
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Supported Yoga and Stories

4:00 PM - 4:03 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Join Natalie from Talk Toomey Háblame Speech Pathology Services for a literacy and movement class geared toward those with speech, language, and special needs. The class will offer opportunities to enhance vocabulary, comprehension and explore yoga poses, no experience is necessary. Best for kids ages 3-13 welcome with a caregiver. Siblings welcome. 
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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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Guild Kids: Helping the Homeless

1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Join the Oak Park Women’s Guild (Guild Kids), with a storytime about homelessness. After the story we will hear from a representative from Housing Forward about how YOU can help. The kids will create warming bags by filing drawstring backpacks with a blanket, gloves, socks, hat, and a handwarmer.  Attendees will be asked to donate socks for the warming bags, as well as supplies which we will use in assembling non-perishable snack bags which will include a tuna salad kit, fruit cup, juice box, granola bar, chips, and a handwritten/decorated card. The snack and warming bags will be delivered and distributed through Housing Forward to homeless clients, as needed.  
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Won't You Be My Neighbor Documentary

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Does your family attend our weekly Be Our Neighbor class? Do you love Fred Rogers? Join us for a viewing of Morgan Neville's new documentary, which examines the life and legacy of the beloved host of "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood." Stay after for a discussion of Fred's legacy and how we can use his teachings to assist children as they grow up. Best for adults who have or work with children. 94 minutes.

Also being shown on Saturday, October 6. 
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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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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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Haunted Trails Tales in the Park

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Main Library
Get in the Halloween mood with spooky stories! Families will follow paths with story spots to hear various seasonal scares. Choose between light fright best for ages 3-6, or spine-chilling tales for brave 6-11 year olds. Costumes encouraged. 
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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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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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Frankenstein Fall: Monsters Storytime and Craft

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Dole Branch
Meeting Room - Dole Branch
Celebrate Franken-Fall as we sing songs, share stories and make an inspired craft! Costumes are encouraged, but not required for this fun storytime. 

Best for ages 3-5.

This storytime will also be held at the Maze Branch on October 25th.

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, written by Mary Shelley, tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. It was first published in 1818, and Frankenstein Fall, an Oak Park Public Library event series, is celebrating the 200th anniversary of this pivotal tome. 


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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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Time In Yoga: Foundations Class

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Main Library
First Floor - Storytime Room
Join Nicole Bujewski from Time in Yoga for a three week yoga foundations class! Yoga is a great tool for kids to learn how to grow their physical and mental awareness and practice discipline in a fun, age-appropriate way. Nicole will incorporate literature, creative expression, creative movement, relaxation and stillness exercises each week. Best for ages 5-8. Try to attend as many classes as you can!

Classes are on October 10, October 17, and October 24. 
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Supported Sensory Gardening

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Maze Branch
Courtyard - Maze Branch
What's been growing in our new accessible sensory garden? See what has changed in the last few weeks, take care of the plants, and paint monster rocks for our fairy garden. We will provide tools and supports for kids and adults with disabilities to successfully explore working in a garden. Best for families with children ages 3+, with a caregiver, and adults who want to share gardening with children. 
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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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Frankenstein Fall: Monsters Storytime and Craft

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Maze Branch
Meeting Room - Maze Branch
Celebrate Franken-Fall as we sing songs, share stories and make an inspired craft! Costumes are encouraged, but not required for this fun storytime. 

Best for ages 3-5.

This storytime will also be held at the Dole Branch on October 24th.

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, written by Mary Shelley, tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a grotesque but sapient creature in an unorthodox scientific experiment. It was first published in 1818, and Frankenstein Fall, an Oak Park Public Library event series, is celebrating the 200th anniversary of this pivotal tome. 
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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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