Library Kits

Preschool Kits 

Teachers and caregivers of preschoolers can create a storytime or explore a topic with these “one-stop shop” kits. Each themed kit comes with an activity guide, four to six books, multimedia, and puppets or flannelboards chosen by our Youth Services librarians to promote the development of early literacy skills. 

Activity Guides
Guides come with three themed topical activities to do with your preschooler or classroom. Rhymes, songs, and a list of more recommended books chosen by Youth Services librarians are also included.

Flannelboards & Puppets
Kits that have flannelboards and puppets come with Activity Cards to get you started using the props. 

Loan Period: 2 weeks 

Online: Click here to select your kit and place a hold. 

In the Library: Kits are located in the Parent/Teacher collection at the north end of Youth Services. Ask a librarian for help locating the collection.  


Youth STEAM Kits 

Full STEAM ahead! Get inspired to create, play, and discover with Youth STEAM kits. Experiment and learn together as a family with educational and fun materials that support STEAM-based learning.  

Loan Period: 2 weeks (no renewals)

Kits available for checkout by any patron. Only GPL cardholders can place holds.


Book Club in a Bag 

DIY Kits for Book Discussion GroupsPerfect for established book clubs, informal discussion groups, or just a group of friends who want to share ideas and lively conversation. Book Club in a Bag provides the tools your group needs for a great discussion in one easy kit. Titles have been carefully selected to meet a full range of literary interests. 

Each Kit Contains: 

  • 10 copies of the title
  • Book discussion guides with questions 

Loan Period: 6 weeks

If the kit you would like is currently checked out, you may place a hold and will be notified when the title is returned. For more information, visit the Reader Services Desk or call 847-729-7500 x7600. Please note: the person who checks out the bag is responsible for its return and all of the contents.


Tales & Travel Memory Kits 

These multimedia kits are designed to help caregivers stimulate and entertain loved ones living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. Embark on an imaginary trip to another country using books, music, props, folktales, and DVDs to provide new ways to encourage conversation and reminisce.  

Kits can be used one-on-one or in small groups. Funding provided by a grant from AgeOptions.  

Loan Period: 3 weeks