Skokie Public Library Kids
Preschool and Kindergarten
Our place. Your place. Any place.
Your Skokie Public Library card is THE ticket to so many things to do with a grown-up at your Library and on our website.
- Learn at school or home about books, music, people and places, words and language, and current events
- Play in our building with computer learning stations, board games, rubbing tables, and so much more in the preschool area
- Explore on our website to find book suggestions, online activities, photos from Library acitivites, and our very own coloring book
No card? No problem! You can get one with your grown-up's permission if you live in Skokie and can print your first and last name. Just check here to see what to bring to the Library and then stop by to fill out an application and print your name on the back of your new Skokie Public Library card.
Parents of Skokie school students: If you don't know your child's barcode number or your child does not have a Skokie Public Library card, please see your child's teacher or school librarian.
Web resource Available with Skokie Public Library card Available in Library only
You'll need your Skokie Public Library barcode number if you're not inside the Library when you click some of these links...
|Current events||People and places|
|Facts and information||Reading|
|Music||Words and language|
Take a break with TumbleBooks! Read a storybook, solve a jigsaw puzzle, or watch some books on TumbleTV.
NEW! Check out a Little Learners Set. It's your library in a backpack filled with books, games, music CDs, and suggestions for additional activities that parents and kids can do at home to help develop reading readiness. Skokie Public Library card required.
- Searchasaurus is a fun place to find news about animals, health, people and places, science, sports, and more. Look up words in the Dictionary, facts in the Encyclopedia, and pictures in the Image Collection.
- World Book Online for Kids brings the big encyclopedia to life with colorful pictures and easy-to-read entries and a wealth of engaging games, interactive tools, and activities.
- Naxos Music Library Junior Section lets you play while you learn about classical music, composers, instruments of the orchestra, and how to read music.
- New York Philharmonic Kidzone is a fun place to hear the sounds of different musical instruments and learn about classical musicians and composers.
- America's Story has activities and information about famous Americans, the 50 states, sports and hobbies, decades, and music from America's past.
- CultureGrams Online Kids Edition explores a child's view of people and places around the world and in the 50 United States.
- ABCMouse.com Early Learning Academy is a supplementary curriculum resource that offers more than 5,000 individual learning activities – books, songs, games, animations, puzzles, art activities, and printables.
- Early World of Learning has activities to help build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading skills.
- International Children's Digital Library is filled with stories from around the world.
- StoryPlace Pre-school Library and Elementary Library both have online stories, activities, and reading lists.
- TeachingBooks.net takes you behind the scenes to meet the authors who write and illustrate your favorite books.
NEW! Try MUZZY Online
- English Vocabulary Building Games is a fun way to practice spelling, phonics, and vocabulary skills.
- The Internet Picture Dictionary is an online picture dictionary for students learning English, French, German, Spanish, and Italian.
- MUZZY Online uses games and cartoon stories to teach English, French, Italian, German, or Spanish.
You'll need a grown-up to stay with you at all times.
- Activities and programs
Reading clubs, storytimes, author visits, performances, and more. Ask a grown-up to help you sign up online or at the Youth Services desk.
- Board games
Pick up the pieces at the Youth Services desk and then head to the Craft Room to play board and table games. Grown-up required.
- Computer learning stations
Three computers for kids age 7 and younger. Bring your own headphones or buy a set for $1 at the Youth Services desk. Sorry, no Internet.
- Craft Room
Pick up a craft kit at the Youth Services Desk, make it in the Craft Room, and take home your finished project.
- Freshwater aquarium
Put your hands behind your back and watch our colorful family of fish (and sometimes a frog) as they swim the day away.
Billy the Worm tells stories all day long. Pull up a chair, tap the screen, and follow along! No headphones required.
- Preschool area
Play with puppets, blocks, and puzzles in a make-believe kitchen or watch the weather through our windows while you read a story in the Book House.
- Rubbing tables
Use chunky crayons and very big paper to create colorful rubbing art to take home.
...with a grown-up, of course.
- Explore children's Authors, Illustrators & Awards
- Find your next favorite book on one of our Booklists
- Join the conversation on The Explorer, Skokie Public Library's blog for kids and families
- See yourself or someone you know in our Flickr photostream of Library activities and events
- Find some Fun, Games & Reading on the Web for kids of all ages
- Check out the Kids' Books We Love recommended by Youth Services staff
- Print our very own coloring book, grab your crayons, and color along as David and Rachel visit Skokie Public Library!
- See what's on our Schedule of Library Events and find out how to join the fun