Join our Summer Reading Program, Buffet of Books: All You Can Read! Starting June 15 through July 26 you’ll be able to read and do activities for digital prizes. If you finish your whole reading log, you’ll be entered into a raffle to have a basket of prizes delivered right to your door. Watch our video all about it. Click here to register with our interactive system. You can also use that link to return and log in your reading. If you prefer a printed log, download the Children’s Log for ages 2-Grade 6 or the Baby Log.
With everything going on in the world, we want to remind you that libraries are for everyone. Our mission states, “The La Grange Park Library is a welcoming and inclusive community center connecting residents to informational, cultural, and educational resources.”
Here are some resources to help you talk to your kids about everything going on in the world. We have many of the books on these lists and can place holds on them for you if you’d like them to be delivered:
Black Lives Matter Instructional Library with Read Alouds
Check out these websites. Many authors are doing lessons, some are reading a book a day and some are doing more! There are also resources for virtual field trips and other learning at home activities. We’ll be updating this page as we learn of more, so check back often.
Check out our YouTube channel for frequently updated story times, STEM activities and more.
Kate Messner’s page includes herself and several author friends reading from their books and giving lessons on drawing, science and more. This content ranges in age from PreSchool to High School.
Mo Willems is doing Lunch Doodles every day on The Kennedy Center’s YouTube page.
Doreen Cronin has printable worksheets that feature her books.
Grace Lin is reading excerpts from her books, including her new Mulan book, on her YouTube page.
A more comprehensive list of authors doing read alouds and other activities.
An online graphical dictionary that shows the relationships between words through complex webs/excellent for alternative learning styles.
An online portalto free government websites ranging from K-Grade 9.
Free dictionary website for early elementary to middle school levels. Interactive graphic interface includes games, a daily “buzzword,” and a “Build Your Own Dictionary ” option.
From Drexel University iSchool, this site provides links to information on computers, sports, math, physics, animals, arts, and more. Elementary school levels.
Astronauts reading books in space! Many of the storytimes also include worksheets and discussion questions for kids to complete.
Here is HarperCollins’ long list of things for kids to do
ABCmouse has made their content available free to families. Use code SCHOOL7771.
Try these distance learning resources from World Book.
We Need Diverse Books has some resources for parents and educators. Scroll down to find them.
Toon Books is offering free access to resources for distance learning and home-based activities for kids ages 3-12, including a way to make your own cartoon!
April is National Poetry Month! Check out this Book Riot article about some free poetry resources for kids.
We can’t Read to the Dogs right now, but we can email them and other therapy pets! Visit the Hinsdale Humane Society’s Therapy Pet Page to choose an animal to email. They’ll be so excited to hear what you’ve been reading and doing until we can all be together again.
NASA STEM Engagement has a variety of videos, games and homework help.
Experience the Field Museum from home! You can even message Máximo, the titanosaur.
You can also experience the Museum of Science and Industry and do some experiments.
This is The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections.
Join our Summer Reading Program, Buffet of Books: All You Can Read! Starting June 15 through July 26 you’ll be able to read and do activities for digital prizes. If you finish your whole reading log, you’ll be entered into a raffle to have a basket of prizes delivered right to your door. Watch our video all about it. Click here to register and log in your reading. Download the Children’s Log for ages 2-Grade 6 or the Baby Log.
Receive a special hello from the La Grange Park Library staff for your child or family. Fill out this short form and we’ll make a personalized chalk drawing just for you. Then we’ll email you a photo! Fulfillment could take up to a week depending on weather and staff availability.
Fill out this form and we’ll pick out books and more for you!
Some of our favorite authors have GREAT websites for kids! Here are just a few:
And much, much more…
The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.
The Batchelder Award is given to the most outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States, and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States.
The Pura Belpré Award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in the United States in English during the preceding year.
The Geisel Award is given annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in English in the United States during the preceding year.
The Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Stonewall Book Award honors books for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience.View »
CLASP (Consortium of Latin American Studies Program) founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use.
The goal of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature is to honor and recognize individual work about Asian/Pacific Americans and their heritage, based on literary and artistic merit.
The Sydney Taylor Book Award is presented annually to outstanding books for children and teens that authentically portray the Jewish experience. Presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries since 1968, the award encourages the publication and widespread use of quality Judaic literature.
The American Indian Youth Literature Awards are presented every two years. The awards were established as a way to identify and honor the very best writing and illustrations by and about American Indians. Books selected to receive the award will present American Indians in the fullness of their humanity in the present and past contexts.
We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry. Our aim is to help produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
Miss Rose has spent a good amount of her life in libraries. Her grandmother was a librarian and in high school, Miss Rose’s first job was as a page at her local library. She strayed briefly to receive a degree in Theater at Columbia College Chicago and work in children’s theater, but she always came back to the library. Some of Miss Rose’s favorite books are the Harry Potter series (don’t ask her to pick a favorite book from the series unless you want to have a really long conversation ;-), When I Reach You by Rebecca Stead, Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein, and Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler & R. Gregory Christie.Email Rose
Before coming to The La Grange Park Library, Ms. Margaret worked in a bookstore and taught first grade for several years. She believes being a children’s librarian is the perfect mix of her two favorite things: books and children! Working in the library has been a great opportunity to use her teaching experience for planning story times, after school programs and reader’s advisory skills. She really enjoys connecting young readers to new books and developing their passion for reading. Some of her favorite childhood stories include: Millions of Cats, The Little House, The Secret Garden, James and the Giant Peach and Mouse Tales.Email Margaret
Miss Gianna has the height and the heart of a child, but the ambition to become a Children’s Librarian. Her favorite novel is always changing, but as of right now it’s Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld. She will forever love the children’s book series Junie B. Jones and the book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff. You can usually identify Miss Gianna in the library by her fun, festive leggings or nail polish.Email Gianna
Miss Christina has spent most of her life with a book in her hand. As a child, she would walk to the library almost every day, searching for a new story to read. Not much has changed since then, except that now she gets to help children find new stories that they will love! Her favorite children’s books are Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz and Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea. When she’s not reading a book, Miss Christina enjoys playing guitar and relaxing with her cat, Olive.Email Christina
Cat Gemkow is a library science student and will graduate from Dominican University with her Masters this Spring. Until then, she can be seen all around the western suburbs visiting family, babysitting, and participating in as many Hamilton Sing-A-Long’s as she possibly can. She lives in Forest Park with her cat, Lupita, and really wants to go whale watching someday.Email Cat