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 information on popular parenting topics such as potty training and child rearing.  Other popular materials in this section are workbooks on a variety of school topics, like math and science, along with teacher resources on creating preschool lesson plans.


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.

Homeschooling & curriculum

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

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 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. 

Preschool Fair

Every January, the Des Plaines Public Library has a Preschool Fair.  It is a chance for caregivers to meet representatives from local schools and see what makes each institution unique.  For 2017, we had over 30 schools represented at the fair.  Thank you to all who participated to help make it a success!  Here is a list of those schools. 

Our next preschool fair will be on Friday, February 2nd, 2018, in the evening.  Please keep an eye on this space for updates!