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

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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Transgender spelled out on cubes

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Gender identity

By Children's Librarian Hal Patnott It's Transgender Awareness Week, an annual event dedicated to educating our communities about the lives of transgender people. Transgender Awareness Week is celebrated every year ...
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Mr. Luis and Honor

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Math

By Children's Librarian Shelley Harris Math. Did you just shudder? Or grin? Most people have a strong reaction to math, one way or the other. When I was growing up, ...
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Toy person on a map

Discover & explore for grade schoolers: Physical & human geography

By Children's Librarian Genevieve Grove I have always loved looking at maps and studying about other countries and cultures my whole life. Could it be because my last name was ...
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