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:

Virtual Programs


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.

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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

Learn more about Storytime!


Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies

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

Learn more about Reading Buddies!


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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

Learn more about Wordshops!


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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

Learn more about Creative Writing Club!


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Book Grants

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

Learn more about Book Grants!