In order to protect the health of our customers, staff, and community Open Books in-person programs are cancelled through the school year. We have transitioned to virtual programming, which can be found here:
Programs are the heart of Open Books. From one-on-one reading practice with young students and book grants to school classrooms all the way through intensive novel-writing sessions and celebrations of our newly published authors, we transform thousands of lives each year through reading, writing, and the power of used books.
Participatory read-aloud stories, songs, and book-based activities for pre-readers.
- Pre-K children and their caregivers
- Meets Thursdays and Saturdays at 10am at Open Books West Loop
- No registration necessary
- Led by the Open Books team of storytellers
One-on-one reading support for elementary students
- 2nd–3rd grade students
- Meets twice weekly at selected schools
- Volunteers serve as Big Buddy coaches
- Includes book giveaways
Wordshops (Field Trips)
Guided workshops for young storytellers and poets.
- 3rd–12th grade students
- Meets weekdays year-round at Open Books West Loop
- Volunteers serve as writing coaches
- Includes instruction, published anthologies of class writing, and a free book from our store
Creative Writing Club
A free drop-in writing experience for aspiring authors.
- 4th–12th grade students
- Weekly after-school sessions at Open Books West Loop on Wednesdays
- Led by the Open Books team
- Includes writing games, prompts, prizes, and more
- No advance registration required
Free books for educators and nonprofit partners.
- Customizable for all ages, from pre-readers through adults
- High-quality and engaging books
- Hand-selected by the Open Books team, or come pick your own at Open Books Pilsen