Early Literacy at the Library


The library offers resources to help our youngest patrons get ready to read. Since learning to read begins years before children start school, it’s never too early to bring children to the library to participate in engaging, simple activities that promote reading readiness skills.

Early Literacy Center at Cook Park Library

When visiting Cook Park Library in Libertyville with little ones, stop in at the Early Literacy Center, a space set aside for the enjoyment of our youngest patrons. Here you'll find activities, toys, and books to engage children, from newborns to toddlers.

Family Play and Learn at Aspen Drive Library

On Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.., drop in at Aspen Drive Library in Vernon Hills for Family Play and Learn Center to explore a rotating selection of engaging toys and activities for children of all ages; especially good for newborns to age 5.

Story Times

Participate in lively story times designed to meet the interests and learning abilities of children age 0 to 5 years. All-ages family storytimes are also part of our regular roster. Please see our schedule for times and locations.

Classes for Parents and Caregivers

Watch the library calendar for programs to help parents and caregivers engage children in easy, everyday activities that promote reading readiness.

For Home

Early Literacy Kits

Check out one of our early literacy kits for ages 2 to 5: Each kit includes a book and supporting materials such as puppets or puzzles and a page of simple suggestions for involving children in learning activities. Ask one of our librarians to show you where these are located.


Connect to favorite books from Scholastic. Familiar picture books are paired with informative nonfiction books for children in pre-K through second grade. Includes read-along, video versions, and additional resources to encourage exploration.