When the weather is frigid and you just need to escape from your home, a library is usually a good (and free) bet. So we take a look at what the Sugar Grove Public Library offers for children and their parents.
The Little Free Library movement encourages “curbside literacy” by placing free book exchanges worldwide. We have quite a few that your family can visit in the western suburbs.
Here’s what you need to know about the newest library on the scene, the $28 million, state-of-the-art Santori Public Library in downtown Aurora.
You know how you can be inside some libraries and almost not know whether it’s day or night? When I take my toddler to the library nowadays, we’re more in the mood for light and charming than dark and cozy. Light and charming is definitely what you’ll find at the Montgomery campus of the Oswego Public Library. This location only opened about 1 ½ years ago, and it is a real beauty, with a stone front and a low-slung quality that reminded me of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style architecture.
The West Chicago Public Library has a train, a wooden structure in the Youth Services department that kids can play on and climb through. The sign says it’s for children 6 and under but it would probably most appeal to toddlers through age 3. My 2 1/2-year-old daughter certainly loved it. The play area at West Chicago is smaller than those at the other libraries I’ve featured so far, but it’s cheerful, the librarians were very friendly and there is quite a bit to do packed in a small space.