Dial-a-Story is here! Play a free pre-recorded story right from your phone, 24/7. No internet required.

We’re here to read to you, wherever you go! Stuck in line? Sitting down to a meal? Bored on the couch? Take a break from the computer screen, build skills, and have fun!

Remember, read-alouds are not just for younger children! Everyone, from a newborn infant to a senior citizen, reaps the benefits (from increased attention span to improved English comprehension and much more!) from listening to a story read aloud.

The time we spend reading aloud is like no other time. A miraculous alchemy takes place when one person reads to another, one that converts the ordinary stuff of life—a book, a voice, a place to sit, and a bit of time—into astonishing fuel for the heart, the mind, and the imagination.

The Enchanted Hour: The Miraculous Power of Reading Aloud in the Age of Distraction by Meghan Cox Gurdon

Call our Dial-a-Story line at 847-999-7600!

Current selections include:

Uncle Bobby's Wedding by Sarah S. Brannen; illus. by Lucia Soto.

Read for you by Mr. Rich.

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*And don’t forget to check out June’s Pride Month displays next time you’re in the library!*

Bedtime in the Jungle by John Butler

Read for you by Mr. Rich.

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Continue the fun with a Jungles-themed LIVE Zoom Storytime on Friday morning from 9:30-10:30am CST. Register to receive the Zoom link (and an e-mail reminder) here.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen; illus. by Mark Teague

Read for you by Ms. Ann.

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Continue the fun with a Dinosaurs-themed LIVE Drive-In Storytime on Thursday morning from 10:30am-11:15am CST. Register here. Can’t make it this week? We’ll be having another on July 22nd, and a third on August 26th.

Maybe Maybe Marisol Rainey by Erin Entrada Kelly.

Read for you by Ms. Eti.

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Like what you heard? To finish the story, click on the image of the book cover to find a copy at our library!

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Read for you by Ms. Ann.

Chapter 1: Press 6

Chapter 2: Press 7

Chapter 3: Press 8

Chapter 4: Press 9

Chapter 5: Press 10

Chapter 6: Press 11

Chapter 7: Press 12

Chapter 8: Press 13

Chapter 9: Press 14

Chapter 10: Press 15

Chapter 11: Press 16

Chapter 12: Press 17

Chapter 13: Press 18

Chapter 14: Press 19

Chapter 15: Press 20

Chapter 16: Press 21

Chapter 17: Press 22

Chapter 18: Press 23

*Note: This book contains depictions of ableism and child abuse. While still appropriate for all-ages, family listening, caregivers may want to be prepared to discuss these heavier issues with their child(ren).

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