Community Members,

To keep our patrons and employees out of harm’s way, the Library will not be open for regular business until at least Wednesday, April 8. Of course this timeline is subject to change based on the latest recommendations from health professionals. By preventing people from gathering together, we can slow-down the spread of this dangerous virus.

The Library has stopped charging for overdue materials and we will waive existing fines. Due dates for checked-out items will adjust with our closure dates. For your safety and ours, please do not return materials while we are closed.

Though the building is not accessible for now, the Library still provides a number of resources you can use from home. Staff members are adding updates to our website and Facebook page on a daily basis. You may download e-books and audiobooks; stream movies, television shows and music; read digital newspapers and magazines; and participate in online classes. Explore the website for more information about virtual opportunities and be sure to check-out the Library’s Local History page. There are all kinds of great images and descriptions about Oak Lawn’s past.

We are now looking at ways to provide limited remote services to patrons. Be sure to stay connected through our website and our social media outlets for updates. And please, please, please continue to take all necessary precautions.

We hope to see you back at the Library very soon,
Jim Deiters, Director

Virtual Author Events for Kids

Your favorite authors and illustrators conduct storytimes and drawing lessons online!

Stories, conversation and drawing lessons from some of our favorite children’s authors and illustrators. Some events are on Facebook, others on the author’s website, YouTube, Instagram Live or Twitter Live. If parents follow an author on Instagram or Twitter, they will have access to the content the author posts.

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Learn how to draw characters like Pigeon, Elephant and Piggie, and more, every day at noon CST (Videos remain on the site).

Squiggles and Scribbles by Ben Clanton
Narwhal and Jelly author Ben Clanton talks about his drawing in Facebook Live videos on March 18 at 1:00pm CST and March 20 at 4:00pm CST. The videos remain online after the livestream (Go to the Facebook tab on his website, then to "Videos" on his Facebook page).

Jarrett J. Krosoczka’s Draw Every Day with JJK
Krosoczka’s many books include the Lunch Lady , Platypus Police Squad and Star Wars: Jedi Academy series. He’s drawing every weekday at 1:00pm CST on YouTube.

Mac Barnett, along with some surprise author guest-stars, reads a story each weekday at 2:00pm CST on Instagram Live; footage remains online for 24 hours.

Oliver Jeffers Stay at Home Storytimes
Jeffers reads one of his books each weekday at 1:00pm CST on Instagram Live, and then archives the readings on his website.

Dan Santat’s Instagram Online Survival School for the Pandemic , starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, offers a fun online program for kids and parents to learn skills, earn badges, and not panic!

James Dean's Pete the Cat Club Virtual Storytimes happens at 11:00 am CST on Instagram Live.
#petesclub #virtualstorytime #petethecat

Dan Gutman’s My Weird Readalouds is on Facebook Live, weekdays at 11:00am CST.

Bob Shea's Readaloud of Who Wet My Pants? is on YouTube and Twitter Live. The video is archived on YouTube.

Peter Reynold’s Facebook Live Readaloud happens daily at 11:00am CST. The videos remain on the site.

Books and art projects from Debbie Ridpath Ohi are on YouTube.

Jarrett Lerner’s website teaches kids to draw comics on its activities and art pages. He is also on Facebook.

Roda Ahmed reads her picture book May Among the Stars on Instagram Live.

Kids Ask Authors Podcast , hosted by Grace Lin, features children’s authors answering kids’ questions about writing. Most podcasts end with a review, poem or joke composed by a listener:

For middle-grade and YA readers, author Kate Messner has compiled an amazing online gathering of middle-grade and YA authors and illustrators . You’ll find videos with writing prompts, drawing lessons and shared bits from the creators’ backgrounds, cultures and creative process. If your tween or teen loves books and reading, they will find much to enjoy here.

Stimola Literary Studios , representing children’s and YA authors and illustrators, will host livestreamed readalouds, craft activities and drawing demonstrations weekdays between 8:00am and 3:45pm CST. Matt Tavares will launch the program at 8:00am on Monday, March 23. Programs will be archived on the Stimola Live YouTube channel .

Celebrities read children’s books at #savewithstories on Instagram.

HarperKids Storytime Read Alouds on YouTube and Instagram Live offers new content every day at 11:00am CST:

KidLit TV Read Out Loud offers picture book readalouds.

Created by Mary Donovan on Mar 20th, 2020 @ 11:57 AM.
Updated on Mar 20th, 2020 @ 4:27 PM.