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Early Learning

Cook Park & Aspen Drive Early Learning Areas

Building the foundation for future learning begins at birth – with YOU. 

Activities, services and resources for caregivers and children ages birth to 5 years old.


Early Learning Programs, Services, and Resources

Baby Story Time (birth-12 months with caregiver):

Activities stimulate brain development with emphasis on caregiver-child interaction as we guide you through bounces, songs, movement rhymes, and stories.


Family Story Time (birth-5 years with caregiver):

Activities provide fun and meaningful caregiver-child interaction. With selected stories, songs, rhymes, and movement, we model practices that families can repeat at home.


Family Story Time Weekly eNewsletter:

Subscribe to receive weekly story time updates, book suggestions, songs, and activities to share with your little one.


Toddlers on the Go!:

Support your toddler as they flex their newly-acquired gross and fine motor skills with these fun activities and games. For walkers to 35 months of age.


Mini Makers:

A take-home craft activity ideal for children ages 18 months-K with caregiver that includes interactive ideas that support your little one’s early learning development!


1000 Books Before Kindergarten:

If you read three books a day to your child, in just one year you’ll have read 1,095 books. Reading to your child supports the development of language and early literacy skills they will use later when they learn to read. Progress at your own pace and earn a rubber duckie for every 100 books read! Visit us at Cook Park Library, Aspen Drive Library, or on the Bookmobile to sign up!


Preschool Activity Sheets:

Free monthly activity sheets are an enjoyable way for preschool children to explore math and literacy concepts and develop fine motor skills. Visit us at Cook Park Library or Aspen Drive library monthly to pick up new activity sheets.



An online collection of Scholastic picture books, paired with nonfiction texts.



Explore a variety of children’s music available for check out on CD, and through Hoopla, our online resource.


Kanopy Kids:

Use your library card and receive free access to kid friendly movies and TV shows.


2023 Preschool & Childcare Directory (PDF)


Learn About Your Child’s Development

Get a snapshot of your child’s development with a simple screening tool.

The Ages and Stages Questionnaire offers a series of questions you can answer and score to determine if your child is meeting typical milestones. This tool is the same one used by health care providers and early education professionals.

If interested, please reach out to Early Learning Coordinator Terri Norstrom through email or phone 847-362-2330 x1182.


Don’t Miss Out!

Subscribe here to receive email lists of new books, movies and more. Make sure to check the Family Story Time eNewsletter for weekly updates, book suggestions and songs to share with your little one.

Set goals, track books, and earn prizes along the way with your child, age birth to the start of kindergarten. Sign up the next time you visit Cook Park Library, Aspen Drive Library, or the Bookmobile.