We want to make your child's library experience one they will remember. Come enjoy our great spaces, collections, and services for babies through 8th graders.
Shelley Sutherland, Youth Services Manager
Program, play, and fun spaces
Check out the kid-friendly areas in our first floor Youth Services area. Kids can listen to storytime in our Program Room, make fun projects in our well-stocked Craft Room, or play with LEGOs or puppets in the Preschool Area. Crawlers can hang out safely in the Baby Garden. Older kids can do homework or play video games in the Junior High Zone.
We also have computers and mounted iPads featuring fun, age-appropriate games and apps.
Study and learning spaces
Youth Computer Lab
Supervised by a staff of tech experts, this room features computers with Internet access and a digital media lab designed specifically for children.
Introduce your kids to science, technology, and design concepts in the BOOMbox, our hands-on learning space. Learn more about the BOOMbox
Group Study Rooms
With a library card or school I.D., students can schedule a block of time in one of our four study rooms.
Programs and events
We offer many lively storytimes and interactive programs for kids and families. View upcoming programs and events.
Check out our Fun Things to Do page for lots of activities, videos, streaming performances and more.
Booking with a Buddy is online this summer! Kids entering grades 1-3 in the fall can take part in this online literacy program that promotes reading during the summer. Space is limited and registration has now closed for 2020. Learn more about past events.
We also offer regular events to support parents and caregivers.
Museum Adventure Pass
Use your Skokie Public Library card to get discounts and passes to more than a dozen participating destinations through the Museum Adventure Pass program.
Come On In!
In partnership with Niles Township District for Special Education (NTDSE), the Youth Services staff receives training to better understand and serve children with disabilities. We also offer monthly programs, including Sensory Storytime and Rainbow Therapy.
Help your child get acquainted with the library. Read our social story.
Did you know that singing and fingerplays are great activities to promote early literacy with your children? Explore our collection of singalong videos, made with local preschool teachers and parents.
Puppets and book kits
We have more than 100 puppet sets available for parents to check out. It's a great way to keep children engaged. Our puppet/ book sets are located near the preschool play area. One of the librarians will be happy to help if you don’t see the one you want or you’d like more ideas for reading with your little one.
Books and reading
Get weekly emails with personalized reading recommendations for your kids. Recommendations also include helpful reading tips and activities to engage your children with books. Best of all, it's powered by your favorite librarians!
A collection of animated, narrated picture books that kids can follow along word for word.
Discover great books for children from kindergarten through grade 8. Browse lists of award-winning titles or search for books by grade level or Lexile score.
Skokie has many public and private schools. SkokieWiki’s Directory of K-12 Schools features a complete list of school websites and contact information. A comprehensive listing of Skokie preschools and child care centers is also available.