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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. Each month, we'll offer a new craft on the first day of the month. Pick yours up at the Children’s Desk while supplies last! Our monthly adventures will return in September.

100 Years of Summer Reading

100 Years of Summer Reading

This year we're celebrating 100 Years of Summer Reading. The program started on June 7. Summer Reading logs are available at the Children's Desk. More information is available at Summer Reading for Kids

100 Years of Park Ridge History

100 Years of Park Ridge History

Join us for a drop-in program for all ages, "100 Years of Park Ridge History," on Tuesday, June 25 at 4 p.m. Our friends from the Park Ridge Historical Society will tell us what it was like to live in Park Ridge over the past 100 years. More information is available on our calendar.

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Storytime

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

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

June 24, July 1, July 8 & July 15 @ 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

July 15 & 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

June 17 @ 11 a.m. (Note the special time for this summer session) 
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

June 25, July 2, July 9 & July 16 @ 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

June 25, July 2, July 9 & July 16 @ 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

June 26, July 3, July 10 & July 17 @ 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

June 26, July 3, July 10 & July 17 @ 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

July 17 & 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

June 27, July 11 & July 18 @ 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

June 20, 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

June 22 & 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.


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 come 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.

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