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:

Outside Inside by LeUyen Pham.

Read for you by Ms. Ann.

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We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom; illus. by Michaela Goade.

Read for you by Ms. Eti.

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To continue the fun and celebrate Earth Day, join Ms. Ann for two garbage/recycling storytimes on Facebook and Youtube (Monday at 1pm and Thursday at 6:30pm)! Recordings of storytimes will be available for viewing anytime after they premiere.

The Cloud Spinner by Michael Catchpool; illus. by Alison Jay.

Read for you by Mr. Rich.

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When Sue Found Sue: Sue Hendrickson Discovers Her T. Rex by Toni Buzzeo; illus. by Diana Sudyka.

Read for you by Ms. Ann.

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Click here to register to join us for our all-ages “Dinosaurs Rock!” event, Monday 4/19, from 6-7pm!

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

*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).

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig.

Part One (read for you by Mr. Lev): Press 19.

Part Two (read for you by Mr. Brian): Press 20.

Part Three (read for you by Ms. Paula): Press 21.

Part Four (read for you by Ms. Jackie): Press 22.

Part Five (read for you by Mr. Seth): Press 23.

Part Six (read for you by Ms. Emily): Press 24.

Click here to register to join us for our special author event with Matt Haig — this Wednesday, 4/21, from 6-7pm!

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