Our Youth Services department provides many enriching events and resources for kids from birth to grade 8, parents, and families.
Follow the Youth Services Pinterest page for curated lists of educational apps, booklists, and more.
While the lower level is closed for renovation, we have set up a temporary Youth Services Info Desk and small browsing collection of popular kids materials in the former Teen Space.
Storytimes & Classes
Want your child to attend a storytime, see a show, make a craft, or learn something new? We offer a variety of events for children and families. See all of them in the Event Calendar.
See our DIY Storytimes for librarian-created storytime outlines you can use anywhere.
Registration dates are listed in the Event Calendar. Pick up a free copy of the book of the month at the Youth Services Desk after you register.
- Books and Beyond (grades 6-8)
- Family Reads Book Club (grades 1-3 with grown-up)
- Guys Read (for boys in grades 3-5 with grown-up)
- Mother-Daughter Book Club (for girls in grades 3-7 with female grown-up)
1000 Books Before Kindergarten
Developing reading habits with your child early as possible increases their vocabulary, prepares them for future learning, sparks their imagination, and creates valuable emotional connection. This is why we started 1000 Books Before Kindergarten, an ongoing reading program for families with children from birth to pre-K.
Homework & Learning
We have several databases for kids to help with homework, research, and exploration.
Technology for Kids
We have two Early Literacy Station and several tablets with pre-selected apps and limited internet access. We also have 4 Internet Computers with unrestricted access to the web for children ages 8 to 12.
As primary caregivers are children's first teachers and 90% of a child's brain develops before they turn 5, early education is very important. We promote the Every Child Ready to Read initiative, which employs five simple everyday practices adults can use to help children get ready to read.
See the Youth Services Pinterest page for apps, booklists, and other early literacy resources selected and reviewed by our Youth Services staff.
Learn more about the schools and districts in the Morton Grove area.
Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or other caregiver when visiting the Library. Library personnel are not responsible for children’s behavior and well-being while they use the Library. Read the full Children in the Library policy.
Youth Library Cards
Children up to 6th grade are eligible for a Youth Library Card. There is no minimum age for a child to receive a card. Parents or guardians accept responsibility for loss or damage of Library material loaned to the child. Read the full Library Cards policy.
Children's Computer Use
Children under age 8 must be accompanied by a parent or adult caregiver when using the Internet. Parents can consent to allow children age 8 and up to access the Internet unaccompanied. Read the full Computer and Technology Use policy.