Review: Cook Park Library (Cook Memorial Public Library District)

Located in downtown Libertyville, this library has an excellent amount of books for the kids. Their kids section is well organized and super clean. There was a volunteer there cleaning the entire time we hung out at the place. They had great things that Matteo, my son, loves like a big fish tank and an I-Pad or two, but seemed a bit like on imaginative play and creative opportunities for a kid his age. It would have been nice to see an art or craft area or something a bit more physically involved. I understand that I am asking for a lot these days, but some libraries have definitely raised the bar on what makes for an educational and engaging library environment for kids. I won’t say that we didn’t enjoy the library, because we did. He looked at a bunch of books and did like every puzzle.  I just know that for Matteo, the best days at the library are when there are such a diversity of engaging activities that he passes out on the car ride home. 🙂

 

All in all, great library, but for a kid like Matteo I’d call it respectable.

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Cook Park Public Library

Cook Park Public Library
8

Website User Experience

8/10

    Space

    9/10

      Interactive Play

      7/10

        Imagination Promoting

        7/10

          Noise Friendliness

          9/10

            Activity Diversity

            8/10

              Board Books Section

              10/10

                Child Trackability

                10/10

                  Intriguing Child-Focused Events

                  8/10

                    Sensory Focused Play

                    6/10

                      Pros

                      • Large Children's Section
                      • Separate Room for pre-school aged activities
                      • Tons of Board and Picture Books Selection

                      Cons

                      • Not many Physical/Interactive Play items
                      • Low on Imagination and Creative Play Items
                      • It is hard to decifer on website what is for Aspen Dr and what is for Cook Park location