Library Story Times in the Southwest Suburbs

The library is a great place to take your little one to get out of the house and jump start their imaginations. Almost all libraries offer story times for babies and toddlers. Furthermore, most of the local libraries offer puzzles, small tables for activities, and building blocks. Others have iPads, small theatre set-ups and more. Story times can vary by age and library. Most are drop-ins, but a few have registration processes or library card holder requirements. Be sure to check the library websites below for specifics!

photo credit: San José Public Library. If anyone has a local storytime photo, we would love to featured it!

Library Story Times

Alsip-Merrionette Park Public Library
11960 South Pulaski Road
Alsip, IL 60803
(708) 371-5666
Most children’s classes are first come, first serve. No registration required. Children with their own AMP library card may arrive 30 minutes before each class, each week, to secure a name tag.  Non-residents may receive a name tag 15 minutes before each class.

Fountaindale Public Library (Bolingbrook)
300 West Briarcliff Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440
(630) 759-2102
Storytimes for children newborn and up. Some are drop-in programs, others require registration. Check their online calendar for days, times and details.

Bridgeview Public Library
7840 West 79th Street
Bridgeview, IL 60455
(708) 458-2880
Bridgeview residents will be allowed to register 15 minutes before non-residents. Programs are first come, first serve.

Prairie Trails Public Library (Burbank)
8449 Moody Avenue
Burbank, IL 60459
(708) 430-3688
Some storytimes require registration and others don’t. Check the link above for details. A Prairie Trails Library Card is required at time of signup and must be presented at time of program.

White Oak Library District (Cresthill)
20670 Len Kubinski Drive
Cresthill, IL 60403
(815) 552-4270
See calendar link connected to the library name above for more information and filter by children’s programs.

Evergreen Park Public Library
9400 South Troy Avenue
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
(708) 422-8522
See calendar link connected to the library name above for more information and filter by youth programs.

Flossmoor Public Library
1000 Sterling Avenue
Flossmoor, IL 60422
(708) 798-3600
Registration required. See the website for more information.

Frankfort Public Library
21119 South Pfeiffer Road
Frankfort, IL 60423
(815) 469-2423
Walk-in registration allowed for each of their four storytimes.

Homer Township Public Library
14320 W. 151st Street
Homer Glen, IL 60491
(708) 301-7908
No registration required.

Homewood Public Library
17917 Dixie Highway
Homewood, IL 60430
(708) 798-0121
Registration required for 3+ year old storytimes, but not for the younger ones.

Joliet Public Library (two locations)

150 North Ottawa Street
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 740-2660

3395 Black Road
Joliet, IL 60431
(815) 846-6500

No registration required.

Lansing Public Library
2750 Indiana Avenue
Lansing, IL 60438
(708) 474-2447
Some programs required registrations, but no sign-up required for storytimes.

Lemont Public Library
50 East Wend Street
Lemont, IL 60439
(630) 257-6541
Winter reading program for ages 2-10 years old.

White Oak Library District (Lockport)
121 East 8th Street
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 552-4250
See calendar link connected to the library name above for more information and filter by children’s programs.

Matteson Area Public Library
801 South School Avenue
Matteson, IL 60443
(708) 748-4431
Online registration available.

Midlothian Public Library
14701 South Kenton Avenue
Midlothian, IL 60445
(708) 535-2027
Winter reading program through mid February.

Mokena Community Public Library
11327 W. 195th Street
Mokena, IL 60448
(708) 479-9663
No pre-registration is required for story hour. Parents of 2 year olds must remain in the activity room and parents of all children must remain in the library during story hours.

New Lenox Public Library
120 Veterans Parkway
New Lenox, IL 60451
(815) 485-2605
Registration for storytime is not required. Sign in on the Storytime Room door.

Acorn Public Library (Oak Forest)
15624 Central Avenue
Oak Forest, IL 60452
(708) 687-3700
Call or talk to a librarian to register for lapsit story time.

Oak Lawn Public Library
9427 Raymond Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
(708) 422-4990
Various story time options, including a sensory storytime.

Orland Park Public Library
14921 Ravinia Avenue
Orland Park, IL 60462
(708) 428-5100
Registration is open to patrons who have a current Orland Park Public Library Card.

Palos Heights Public Library
12501 South 71st Street
Palos Heights, IL
(708) 448-1473
Registration required.

Green Hills Public Library District (Palos Hills)
10331 Interlochen Drive
Palos Hills, IL 60465
(708) 598-8446
Registration required.

Plainfield Public Library
15025 South Illinois Street
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 436-6639
Drop-in and registration-required programs available.

White Oak Library District (Romeoville)
201 West Normantown Road
Romeoville, IL
(815) 552-4200
See calendar link connected to the library name above for more information and filter by children’s programs.

Shorewood-Troy Public Library
650 Deerwood Drive
Shorewood, IL 60404
(815) 725-1715
Check website or call for more information.

South Holland Public Library
16250 Wausau Avenue
South Holland, IL 60473
(708) 527-3150
Check website or call for more information.

Tinley Park Public Library
7851 Timber Drive
Tinley Park, IL 60477
(708) 532-0160
No registration required. Sign in at the Youth Services Desk prior to start time.

 

About the Author

Jill Kowalski
Jill is the mom of two energetic little girls, ages two and four, who keep her seriously busy. She and her husband grew up in Orland Park and are now raising their family there as well. When Jill and her family have free time, they love to check out local parks or drop-in at fests where their girls can take over a dance floor. She is always looking for cheap, yet entertaining and worthwhile things to do. When she is not wrangling her kids, Jill has a passion for starting, and sometimes finishing, do-it-yourself home improvement projects, trying out random recipes she finds on Pinterest, and organizing every nook and cranny of her life.

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