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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Storytime

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
  • 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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ReadThenWrite

An immersive reading, writing, and publishing experience for teenage authors.

  • 5th–12th grade students
  • Meets for 8–week sessions at selected schools
  • Volunteers serve as writing coaches
  • Ends with a gala Author Launch at the Open Books store
  • Includes a professionally published anthology of the class’s writing

Learn more about ReadThenWrite!

 

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Publishing Academy

A year-long writing and publishing experience for young novelists.

  • 7th–12th grade students
  • 5-week summer bootcamp followed by monthly weekend workshops at Open Books West Loop
  • Volunteers serve as writing coaches
  • Ends with a gala Author Launch at the Open Books store
  • Includes a professionally published copy of the student’s novel

Learn more about Publishing Academy!

 

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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!