Discover & Explore for Grade Schoolers

Find resources and at-home activities related to our Discovery Kits, curated by Oak Park librarians.

See the latest activities for grade schoolers

Colorful gears

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Engineer some fun this winter!

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Engineering sounds like a big and overwhelming topic, especially for caregivers that aren’t as familiar or comfortable with science. But in fact, even babies and ...
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Discover & Explore: Salsa with music notes and la clave

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Salsa

By Children's Librarian José Cruz Let's explore Salsa! Salsa music is primarily a Caribbean rhythm that is enjoyed throughout Latin America. The word salsa also means sauce in English. Seems ...
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New tech learning for kids and tweens

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: New tech ebooks, activities & more

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr With a new year comes new tech learning! Find new ebooks, articles, a podcast, and activities all about technology below. Check out these ...
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Tabletop roleplaying game

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Tabletop roleplaying games

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott Have you ever wished you could explore the worlds of your favorite characters? Do you dream of running off on a grand adventure with your ...
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Wooden chess board with two players

New! Live virtual chess tutoring & more

With the explosion of interest in chess fueled by Netflix's The Queen's Gambit last fall, library resource BrainFuse HelpNow has responded by offering live chess tutoring with expert coaches. Expert ...
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How to draw a cardinal

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Virtual, at-home art activities

By Children's Librarian Genevieve Grove While we live very close to one of the most well-known art museums in the world, you don’t need to leave Oak Park, or even ...
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Mr. José in his neighborhood

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Exploring your neighborhood

Feeling stuck in your own neighborhood? Let's visit Mr. Jose as he walks us around his Chicago neighborhood, Belmont Cragin, and shows us some of his favorite places. If you were making ...
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Two kids with cell phone

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Using technology responsibly

By Middle School Services Librarian Beronica Puhr This winter, be safe with what you send over your digital device and where your devices end up after their lifespan ends. Check ...
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