Educator Info

We’re delighted to offer a range of exciting programs for all levels. Have a question about any of our programs or a suggestion for a new one? Let us know at [email protected]!

Program Grade Levels Location Days/Times
Storytime Storytime
One-on-one reading with volunteer mentors.
Pre-K Open Books West Loop Thursdays and Saturdays from 10-11am
Reading Buddies Reading Buddies
One-on-one reading with volunteer mentors.
2nd-3rd grades Schools Varies by location
Creative Writing Field Trips Wordshops
2.5 hour creative nonfiction writing and performance field trips for 3rd-12th graders
3rd-12th grades Open Books West Loop Tuesdays-Fridays from 10am-12:30pm
Creative Writing Club
Drop-in after-school writing club.
4th-12th grades Open Books West Loop Wednesdays from 4-5:30pm
ReadThenWrite ReadThenWrite
Reading, writing, and publishing experience where each student contributes to a class anthology.
5th-12th grades Schools (program sessions) and Open Books West Loop (launch) Varies by cohort
Publishing Academy
An intensive writing workshop experience that takes students from blank page to finished – and published – novel.
8th-12th grades Open Books West Loop Summer intensive: Mondays-Thursdays, 9am–12:30pm July 9 to August 9. Rest of program: Second Saturday of each month from September-April.
Book Grants
Free books for students, educators, and nonprofit partners.
All ages, from pre-readers through adults. Citywide