As parents, you know what your kids like and where their interests lie. We hope you take advantage of the following information and opportunities.

Online resources

We have online resources with age-appropriate content specifically geared to K-8 curriculum. These are especially helpful for subjects with limited print resources. All of the online resources are available through our website from home or school with a library card.

Parent-Teacher Collection

Our parent-teacher collection of materials assists parents with child development from infancy through adolescence. It includes a variety of magazines and appropriate information for sensitive parenting issues.


We have a list of preschools and daycares in the area and elementary and middle schools.

Storytimes and programs

Every week we offer fun, interactive storytimes and programs for kids and families.

Looking for tips on how to read to your baby?  Check out our Rhymes and Bounces handout for information about early literacy, and great songs and activities to share with baby. 

Homeschooling & curriculum

Resources for homeschooling families can be found in our homeschooling collection of materials in the library and here on the website.

Explore More Illinois

Explore More Illinois is a free service provided by your library that grants instant online access to free and discounted tickets to museums, science centers, sporting events, zoos, park districts, theatres, and other fun and local cultural venues. Here is a guide with frequently asked questions. Click here to get started. 

Museum Pass Program

The Museum Pass Program allows Des Plaines Public Library card holders to check out one pass per family for 7 days. You can download a list of the participating museums in English or Spanish; or visit their website for more information on what each pass allows. Some museums use the pass for buy-one-get-one admission or completely free admission into the facility.

Free publications

We have free parenting publications such as Chicago Parent, Oaklee's Family Guide, and Chicago Suburban Family available on the 2nd floor in the Youth Services department, right behind the desk. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please ask a staff member.