earlylitEarly Literacy


We are your family’s partner in early childhood learning. We have so much to offer our youngest library users. Your Early Literacy expert is Lexy T. For questions, email lexyt@ippl.info.

Drive-Up Selection

We know that kids are visual browsers and might have a hard time choosing books from the online catalog. We are here to help! Let us know if your kids love Paw Patrol, dinosaurs, princesses, or just want something silly. Whatever it is, our staff would love to do the browsing for you. Email us at youthservices@ippl.info or call the desk at 630/887-0718 to request materials via pick-up.

Reading Challenges

We have reading challenges, especially for young children. Learn more about 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and Baby Book Bees. In addition, we have our annual Seasonal Challenges, which provides additional reading goals.

LittleShop at Home

Missing the LittleShop activities while the space is closed? Get on our weekly email list with new activities you can create with your child using things you already have at home. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get on the list. We also have surprise bags ready for pickup, which include activities for you and your child. 


Explore Creativebug for arts and crafts projects young kids can do with their families.

Kids Technology

We have Leap Pads, STEM kits, and other devices specially designed for kids.


Explore digital options on our online program calendar.

VOX Books

Picture books with an attached audio player so kids can listen to the story while they read along. They do not require a WiFi connection or use any data. There’s a headphone jack for solo listening.


Through hoopla, eMediaLibrary, and Tumblebooks, we have 1,000 of age-appropriate titles available for instant download on your device.


Through hoopla and eMediaLibrary, download 1,000 age-appropriate titles instantly.


Download and read the latest issues of magazines like Highlights.


Stream and download 100s of family-friendly soundtracks through hoopla.

Reading Suggestions

Our staff is continuously creating reading lists.
Also, discover what to read next with title and author readalikes, series lists, book discussion guides, award winners, and audiobooks.

You can find all of your favorite storytime songs and listen anytime using Spotify.

Through Spotify, it’s easy to listen to music, create playlists, and connect with others - on your phone, computer, or tablet. Follow Miss Heather's selections.