Looking for things to keep the kids busy?


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

How to Talk to Kids About Race: Books and Resources That Can Help

We Need Diverse Books


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.


Virtual Field Trips


A more comprehensive list of authors doing read alouds and other activities.


Scholastic Learn at Home


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.


Here are lessons that utilize Scholastic books, including books and lessons in Spanish. Scholastic also offers talking points about coronavirus for kids of all ages.


Try these distance learning resources from World Book.


We Need Diverse Books has some resources for parents and educators. Scroll down to find them.


J.K. Rowling and have created Harry Potter at Home! Check out all the fun activities!


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.


RAILS for Schools has free access to classic books and other educational resources, including some in Spanish. RAILS also has this list of free virtual tours and entertainment.


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.


Tumblebooks has several animated and narrated books. You can also read on your own if you prefer. Tumblemath also has animated and narrated books all to help you with math!

Summer Reading – Buffet of Books: All You Can Read!

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.

Sidewalk Chalk Drawings Just for You!

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.


Social Story

Take a look at our social story! The social story is a wonderful way to help children of all abilities get acquainted with the library.

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Local Schools

Homework Help

Talking Books

  • Talking Book and Braille Service — The Talking Book and Braille Service (TBBS) provides audio and braille library service via mail or digital download to any Illinois resident who is unable to read standard print material due to a permanent or temporary visual or physical disability.
Just For Fun

Author Websites

Some of our favorite authors have GREAT websites for kids! Here are just a few:

Jacqueline Woodson

Visit the extensive website of this award-winning author who is now our Ambassador for Young People’s Literature!

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Grace Lin

This versatile, Newbery Award winning author has many activities on her fun website, including Chinese lessons!

Jeff Kinney

Author Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid website.

Dav Pilkey

Author of Captain Underpants and Dog Man

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Gene Luen Yang

This National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature is the founder of Reading Without Walls. Try the challenge yourself!

Pigeon Presents

Don’t let the pigeon use this site!

Safe places to play games and read books online

And much, much more…

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Families Together Booklist

This booklist features resources for children, teens and adults about family separation and how we can help keep families together.


Caldecott Medal & Honor Books

The Caldecott Medal is awarded annually to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

Newbery Medal

Newbery Medal & Honor Books

The Newbery Medal is awarded annually to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.


Coretta Scott King Book Award

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.

Batchelder Award

Mildred L. Batchelder Award

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.

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Pura Belpré Medal

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.

Sibert Medal

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

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.


Theodore “Dr. Seuss” Geisel Award

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.


Stonewall Book Awards

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.


Schneider Family Book Award

This award honors an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent readers.


Américas Award

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.


Asian Pacific American Librarians Literature Awards

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.


Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Book Award

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.


American Indian Youth Literature Award

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.

Tween Services Webcast

Children’s Notable Lists

Each year the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) identifies the best of the best in children’s books, recordings, videos and apps.


We Need Diverse Books

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.

Meet the Children’s Team

Rose Hopkins-LaRocco

Children’s Services Director

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.

Margaret Whalen-Stec

Children’s Services Librarian

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.

Gianna Ziccarelli

Children’s Services Assistant

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.

Christina McPhail

Children’s Services Assistant

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.

Cat Gemkow

Children’s Services Assistant

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.