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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.


Story Times

Baby Story Time (birth-18 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.


See schedule for times and locations and check out our Family Story Time Newsletter to see what we’ve been up to!


Writing Center

Children as young as 2 years old begin to imitate the act of writing by creating drawings and symbolic markings that represent their thoughts and ideas. Our writing centers at both library buildings provide opportunities for you and your child to practice writing together. Using our toy mailbox, your child can “mail” us their work; they might see their writing and drawing put on display.


Let’s Play!

Play is a simple yet powerful daily activity that supports a child’s brain development starting at birth. 

Our library buildings provide play space for the enjoyment and development of our youngest patrons and their caregivers. Visit The Room to Grow at our Cook Park location in Libertyville and The Play and Learn area at our Aspen Drive location in Vernon Hills.



Wee Explorers: Let your little ones engage in sensory exploration of the world around them.  For little ones ages 15 months to 2 years with their caregivers. Offered quarterly.

Tiny Tinkers: Enjoy the process of creating something with your child in this make & play group for caregivers and children ages 8-15 months. Offered quarterly.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten: Reading program geared towards families with children birth-K, with the goal of reading 1,000 books before starting kindergarten. Visit the Reference Desk or sign up online!


Other Resources

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

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

Welcome Baby! Gift Bag: We would like to welcome your new baby to the library with a free gift bag. For expectant parents, as well as those with children up to 12 months of age, we’ve included early literacy development information and library services designed for young families. Stop by and ask for your free bag at the children’s desk at our Cook Park location or the reference desk at Aspen Drive.


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.

Visit the Reference Desk to pick up a questionnaire appropriate for your child’s age


Early Literacy Tips

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter to receive weekly tips offering simple and powerful activities you can do with your child to encourage their brain development.


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 online or the next time you visit Cook Park Library, Aspen Drive Library, or the Bookmobile.