Youth Services

Butterfly Count


In-Person, Off-site, Outdoor event

In partnership with the Forest Preserves of Cook County, the library is hosting a Butterfly Count! Self-guided butterfly counts will be done Saturday, July 10th. Check out the Butterfly Count page for information on training, how to participate and at which locations.

Multi Library Geocache Competition


June 1 – August 2

This is the library’s 3rd year participating in the ATLAS Multi-Library Geocaching Competition. We are one of 32 libraries participating this year. All library patrons are invited to use clues and geographic coordinates to find hidden “geocaches” at numerous participating area libraries. Due to Covid-19 we are going virtual this year! For each listed geocache you discover, you earn a chance to win a $25 Gift Card.

To be eligible for the prize drawing, your library card from a participating library must be in good standing. Also, you will need to have a QR code reader app on your smartphone to complete the log and prize drawing form.

All ages are welcome! Find all the official clues at starting June 1st. The competition ends Monday, August 2nd, so let the adventure begin! More information can also be found at

100 Books Before High School


For grades 4-8

What better way to prepare for high school than reading books? Keep track of the books you’ve read using Beanstack. Visit the library for a halfway prize when you’ve read 50 books. Once you reach your 100 book goal, stop in for a free book and other goodies to help you get ready for high school.

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 4 p.m. through our contactless curbside pickup. There is no reserving a kit.
We will post a notification on the online event calendar.

If you were not able to pick up a Take & Make kit, check this page for ALL the “Take & Make” kits directions.

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!

Learning Resources

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.

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.



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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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Programs

Take & Makes: Paper Hyacinths
When: Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Grades 3-5. Make a colorful bunch of daffodils to add to a vase.   ...
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Baby Storytime  
When: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Where: Zoom
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.  Ages Birth-24 months. Stories, songs, fi...
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Take & Makes: Magical Unicorns
When: Wednesday, July 28, 2021 - 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Grades K-2. Do you believe in unicorns? Create your own with some colo...
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Once Upon a Time Family Storytime
When: Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Where: Zoom
All Ages. Join Mr. Alex and Sailor Duck for this interactive s...
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Pokémon: Let’s Explore! Digital Escape Room
When: Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Thursday, July 29 at 2 p.m. Grades K – 5 Take a trip through t...
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Toddler Take & Makes: Where I Live
When: Friday, July 30, 2021 - 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM
24-36 months. Let's work on those fine motor skills as we create colla...
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Crayon Scavenger Hunt
When: Monday, August 02, 2021 - 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Month of August All Ages Our crayons have gone missing. Can you help...
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Take & Makes: Butterfly Craft 
When: Monday, August 02, 2021 - 04:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Grades K-2. What does a caterpillar turn into? A beautiful butterfly...
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Baby Storytime  
When: Wednesday, August 04, 2021 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM Where: Zoom
Wednesdays at 10 a.m.  Ages Birth-24 months. Stories, songs, fi...
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