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Summer Take Home Crafts

Summer Take Home Crafts

For the summer only, we will have take-home crafts instead of our monthly adventure in the department. Pick yours up at the Children’s Desk while supplies last!

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Chomping Around Town with Gus

Find our Summer Reading mascot "chomping around town" in the windows of local businesses until August 2. A clue about his new location is posted each Friday morning. Summer Reading for Kids

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Planet Circus

Join Pocket Circus for their Planet Circus show with acrobatics, juggling, and magic! Learn more.

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Printable July Calendar 

Printable calendar

Storytime Schedule

Join us for one of our many Storytimes! See below for details on our Storytime line-up. Most are drop-in, but some require advance registration or tickets. All Storytimes meet in-person in the First Floor Meeting Room. Our monthly PJ Storytimes are virtual over Zoom.

Hello Baby! | Ages 0 – 18 months with a caregiver

July 29 @ 9:30 a.m.
Snuggle, bounce, and bond with your little ones as we share rhymes, songs, and stories to foster language development and a love of reading.

Support Storytime & Craft with Little Steps | Ages 3 – 6 with a caregiver

August 12  @ 11:30 a.m.
An accessible, supported storytime and craft program presented by therapists from Little Steps Pediatric Therapy in Park Ridge with specific age appropriate fine motor and communication skills.
Tickets required. Pick up tickets beginning at 11 a.m. 

Bilingual Storytime – Polish / Dwujęzyczna Opowieść | All ages

Join us this fall for our next bilingual Polish storytime.  Until then, please check out the LOTE4Kids database for Polish-language digital read-along books for your own storytime at home.
Ciesz się dwujęzyczną opowieścią z piosenkami, opowieściami i innymi zajęciami. Stories, songs and activities will be presented both in Polish and English during this bilingual storytime!

2s & 3s Storytime | Ages 2-3 with a caregiver

July 30 @ 9:30 a.m.
Looking for a storytime that is just right for your toddler? Full of fun stories, lively rhymes and plenty of silliness, this storytime is the perfect fit!

Busy Bees Story & Play Time | Toddler with a caregiver

July 30 @ 10:30 a.m.
Read, sing, and play at this story and play time for toddlers! A shortened version of our traditional storytime will be followed by time to play with age-appropriate toys.

2s & 3s Storytime | Ages 2-3 with a caregiver

July 31 @ 9:30 a.m.
Looking for a storytime that is just right for your toddler? Full of fun stories, lively rhymes and plenty of silliness, this storytime is the perfect fit!

Busy Bees Story & Play Time | Toddler with a caregiver

July 31 @ 10:30 a.m.
Read, sing, and play at this story and play time for toddlers! A shortened version of our traditional storytime will be followed by time to play with age-appropriate toys.

PJ Storytime | All ages, Virtual

August 14 @ 7:00 p.m.
Put on your PJs and grab your favorite stuffed animal, then meet us online for a live virtual storytime! Click here to join us.

Pre-K Storytime | Ages 3-5 with a caregiver

August 1 @ 10 a.m.
Join us for stories in all shapes and sizes that are sure to engage, entertain, and educate your preschoolers.

Little Lotus  | Ages 3 – 5 with a caregiver

July 25, & August 29 @ 10 a.m.
Join Miss Linda in this mindful movement storytime with child-friendly yoga poses and movements through stories, rhymes and songs.
Registration required. Click on the date above to register. Registration opens three weeks in advance.

Bilingual Storytime – Spanish / Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe | All ages

August 30 @ 10:30 a.m.
Disfrute de un espacio de cuentos bilingüe con canciones, cuentos y otras actividades. Enjoy stories, songs and activities in Spanish and English during this bilingual storytime!

Family Storytime & Craft | Families

August 17 @ 10:30 a.m.
Saturdays are family days! Spend your morning together at the Library as we share stories and songs followed by a craft project.

Yoga Family Storytime | Families with kids ages 4 – 7

July 27 @ 10:00 a.m.
Gather your family and roll out your mat for a story and some stretches.
Registration required. Click on the date above to register. Registration opens three weeks in advance.

Summer Take Home Crafts

Summer Take Home Crafts

Our next Summer Take Home Craft will be available at the Children’s Desk beginning August 1 while supplies last. Limit of one kit per child in your immediate family or caretaking unit.  

Children’s Department Resources

Special resources available in the Children’s Department are featured below. More resources or programs are available in the navigation menu on the right.

Book Bundles

Book Bundles

Whether you’re making an unexpected quick exit or are just popping in for a stack of books, check out one of our Grab & Go Bundles—a preselected group of books by age or reading level:

Toddlers & Preschoolers
• 2 & 3-year-olds
• 4 & 5-year-olds

Early Readers
• A & B for beginning reading levels
• C & D for more advanced reading levels

Monthly Sensory Friendly Hour

Sensory-Friendly Hour

We welcome our sensory-sensitive and neurodivergent friends to experience the Library in an adapted and welcoming environment during this early open time, the first Sunday of every month, 11 a.m. to noon. No need to register, just drop in.

STEAM Kit bags

STEAM Kits

The Children’s department now has STEAM kits available for checkout to Park Ridge Public Library cardholders. These kits contain prepackaged activities for parents and kids interested in building science, technology, engineering, art, and math skills. We also have available music and subject kits with activities and books to develop skills and knowledge.

Suggest a Purchase

If you would like to offer a suggestion for the purchase of new children’s materials for the library, please use the form on the Suggest a Kids/Teen Purchase page.

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