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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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!