Six weeks into summer reading: ‘Kids are blowing us away’

By Children’s Librarians Shelley Harris and Genevieve Grove  5,100 challenges completed. 2,000 books read, in 285,000 minutes. 975 readers. 11,000 beads earned. AND COUNTING! Six weeks into our new virtual summer reading program, kids are blowing us away with their enthusiasm and determination. Adults know that kids who read at least 20 minutes a day … Read more

New for kids! ‘National Geographic Kids,’ ‘Highlights,’ ‘Cricket’ & ‘Babybug’ now available

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Looking for something new to explore this summer? Three new digital resources offer whole new worlds to discover for kids of all ages! And don’t forget, all reading is good reading and counts toward your summer reading goal! So be sure to log minutes spent reading magazine articles in Beanstack. 1. Read every issue ever … Read more

Now virtual: 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Selassie and family complete 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Pictured above: 1,000 Books graduate Selassie and his parents celebrate completing the program last year.Get reading tips from the parents of recent graduates » Now you can sign up and track your reading with Beanstack—from anywhere, at anytime—for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, the library’s long-term, ongoing reading program for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. What is … Read more

Our favorite resources for digital picture books

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Searching for good picture books online to reach kids summer reading and 1000 Books Before Kindergarten goals? Here are some of our favorite digital resources! Your digital library Babybug & Cricket on Flipster: Find stories just for kids in two award-winning magazines. Hoopla: Easy to navigate and use, the app offers educational and fun options for … Read more

Imagine Your Story this summer

By Shelley Harris and Genevieve Grove, Children’s Librarians Can you imagine a year without your library’s summer reading program? Neither can we! That’s why we’ve put together a safe, convenient, and fun new way to participate in our classic program online, starting June 1. This summer’s virtual version is super flexible, makes it easy to … Read more

Updated! Found online: Virtual ways for kids to learn, stay engaged, have fun

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On this page we’re sharing what other organizations and people around the world are offering virtually, including lessons, classes, projects, and tours. We’ll update this page as we find out about new offerings, so please let us know if there’s something we should add. And remember: Your digital library has tons of resources to help … Read more

Four ways to celebrate Earth Day (April 22)

Celebrating Earth Day with smiling Earth and hearts

Happy 50th anniversary, Earth Day! Held every year on April 22, this year’s theme is climate action. Looking for easy, fun, and meaningful ways to celebrate at home? Here are four suggestions! New! Need a card? Sign up for a digital-only account » Questions about PINs? Read more about resetting PINs » Need help? Have a question? Contact us » … Read more

Three great ways to keep finding new stories

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While the statewide stay-at-home order remains in place and library buildings are closed, you and your kids can still find new stories to explore together from your digital library. Need instant access? Get a digital-only account » Have a question? Call 708.383.8200 or ask via oppl.org/contact. 1. Unlimited access through TumbleBookLibrary This digital collection of animated, talking picture books … Read more

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