Parents & Caregivers

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Early Literacy

Babies are born ready to learn. "Early literacy" sounds intimidating, but it is essentially all the things babies learn before they actually learn to read and write. The most important thing you can do to foster early literacy is to provide an atmosphere that’s fun, verbal, and stimulating. When you read, talk, and play with your child, you’re stimulating the growth of your child’s brain and building the connections that will become the building blocks for reading.

Read & Play Kits

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It’s time to read and play! Our new Read & Play Kits, intended for children under the age of five, are the perfect opportunity for adults to help children develop their early literacy skills. Each themed kit features a carefully curated set of books and toys for children to interact with. There's so many themes to choose from including bugs, construction, feelings, doctor, pets, and more!

For more information, visit our Read & Play Kits page.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Reading aloud to a child is the single most important factor in a child’s interest in reading and their readiness to learn to read when they start school. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a great way to build a love of reading, one book at a time!

Any child from birth to five years old, who has not started kindergarten, may join. This is a self-paced, ongoing program. No library card is required!

Children's Online Resources

The Library offers several online resources geared toward children that are free to use - just log in with your Naperville Public Library card number.


Homework Help

Take a look at our online resources related to Student Research for help with school assignments. For example, Brainfuse HelpNow! allows students to interact with live tutors in math, science, reading/writing, and social studies. It also includes a 24-hour online writing lab and Homework Question Center.

Standardized Tests (Grade 3 & Above)

The Library can help you prepare your child to take standardized tests.

For more information regarding the standardized tests taken by Naperville students, contact your child's teacher or your local school district (Naperville Community Unit School District 203 and Indian Prairie School District 204).


Does your child need a little extra help in one of their subjects in school? Check out our Student Research online resources, or see the Indian Prairie School District 204 Current Tutor List (PDF).

Museum Adventure Pass Program

Valid Naperville Public Library cardholders can receive free admission to a variety of exciting museums and cultural institutions throughout the Chicago area with the Museum Adventure Pass.