Youth Services

Books Alive!: Book Talks


For grades K-5th

Tune in to hear all about our newest, most exciting books for kids.
Check the web-page for a list of all the titles discussed in each video.

Check Youth Programs for each video’s exact day and time.

Back to School Reading Challenge


Challenge your kids to read their way into the school year! Reading is one of the learning areas most impacted by summer slide. Kids of all ages can benefit from some additional independent reading practice as they transition from summer break back into the school year.
Register for the 2020 Back to School Challenge, and Beanstack will award three grand prizes to libraries and schools with the most minutes read, worth $500 each.
Log your minutes during the month of September, track that time in Beanstack, and earn new badges. This challenge runs from Sept. 1 – 30. Minutes read are logged in your patron online Beanstack profile here:

Take and Make


We might not have any crafts for you to do at the library this summer, but we do have crafts for you to do at home. Each Take and Make kit is created with a specific age group in mind. They are only available to our patrons who are entering that grade in the fall or that current age from our younger patrons. Each Take and Make kit has a limited amount. They are first come, first served.
We will start handing them out at 9 a.m. through our contactless curbside pickup. There is no reserving a kit.
We will post a notification on the online event calendar.

Ask A Librarian-Youth


Hey kids!  Do you have any questions for our librarians?  They can be serious questions like ‘what’s the tallest mountain in the world’ or silly questions like ‘what’s the librarian’s favorite ice cream.’  If you submit your question, a librarian will answer it through a video!  We want to answer your questions, even when you are at home.
Guardians: Please include your email or phone number so that we can let you know when your child’s answer will be posted.

Family Storytime Kits


Missing Storytime at the Library? Now you can have Family Storytime from the comfort of your home with our new Family Storytime Kits.
You can read, create, dance, and explore with these themed kits using links to ebooks, online music, crafts, and age-appropriate informational resources!

Dog Man: On The Case!

This is an interactive virtual program intended for readers between Kindergarten and Fifth Grade. While all readers are welcome to participate, this program’s challenge level is best for readers around 3rd grade and older. Feel free to work as a team to succeed! For younger readers, it would be ideal to do this program with aid from an older reader or guardian. We also have Baby Monkey: On The Case which is a new program that will debuting in the future which is perfect for younger readers around ages 3 to 7!
Visit this link to participate.


This escape room is designed for small children with the help of parents. It can be done by anyone though.
Have the escape room pulled up on one device. Each individual can help answer all of the questions. If you are playing long distance with others, have one person be in charge of inputting the solutions for the rest of the group.

Learning Resources

Learning Resources provided a variety of interactive websites and videos including authors, musicians, museums, and even national parks. From online storytimes to virtual field trips, this collection of resources will provide you with new content to experience in your own home.


Learn what you need to know to start homeschooling this fall.

Story WalkOrland Park Public Library StoryWalk®

The OPPL StoryWalk® is Open!

Located on the outdoor path off of Ravinia Ave., adjacent to Village Center North Pond, the Orland Park Public Library StoryWalk® is a delightful new way to read and enjoy a story.

Pages from a children’s book have been framed and attached to wooden posts which have been installed along the path. Walk and read while enjoying the beautiful outdoors with your friends and family.

The stories will change four times a year, just like the seasons. There will also be fun activity suggestions, book recommendations, and a calendar of events that will rotate with each new book.

This reading adventure has been made possible through the collaboration of the Orland Park Public Library and the Village of Orland Park.


Homework Help

Let the Orland Park Public Library help you anytime of the day with your homework needs! We offer 24 hour access to databases that will help you with your homework and projects.

Upcoming Programs

Toddler Time
When: Monday, September 28, 2020 - 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Ages 24-35 months. Are you ready for some stories? We will be using t...
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Once Upon a Time Storytime with Mr. Alex
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
All Ages. Join Mr. Alex for this interactive storytime for all ages...
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Take & Make: Cupcake Liner Octopus
When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM Where: Youth Services Department
Grades K-2. Who lives deep down in the ocean? Octopi! Create one of yo...
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Baby Storytime
When: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Ages Birth-24 months. Stories, songs, fingerplays and fun all while b...
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Books Alive!: Book Talks for Grades K-2
When: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 02:00 PM - 02:30 PM
Tune in to hear all about our newest, most exciting books for kids in ...
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Take & Make: Slingshot Straw Rocket
When: Thursday, October 01, 2020 - 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM Where: Youth Services Department
 Grades 3-5. Create your very own straw rocket you can launch across ...
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Virtual Night Owls
When: Thursday, October 01, 2020 - 06:30 PM - 07:00 PM
All Ages. Come hear stories and songs with Ms. Darnetta. The video wi...
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STEAM Online
When: Friday, October 02, 2020 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
All Ages. Join Ms. Vanessa to learn Science, Technology, Engineering, ...
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Toddler Time
When: Monday, October 05, 2020 - 09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
Ages 24-35 months. Are you ready for some stories? We will be using t...
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