Kids' Programs

 



There's always something going on in the Youth Services Department! Check out  Youth News to learn about new services and special events, and don't miss all of the ongoing programs we offer for children throughout the year!

Please see each program description for registration information.

If you prefer, you can also browse our programs in a calendar view.

Have questions? Please don't hesitate to contact us via email or by phone at 847-356-7711. See you at the library!
  



COMING THIS SUMMER
Lab-a-Story: A Reading Experiment

Another awesome summer reading program is coming this June—this time, put on your lab coats and get ready to investigate! We'll stretch our reading muscles, mix fiction and nonfiction, and discover new worlds. There's something for everyone and every interest, as well as challenges and rewards. Keep your eyes peeled for more information, coming soon!
  

SPECIAL EVENT!
Sharktastic Friday!
Friday, June 13
Sessions available from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Help us kick off our science-themed summer reading program by exploring some marine biology! First, meet Deanna LaSusa-Hotchner, a volunteer interpreter and diver at John G. Shedd Aquarium. She’ll show us “Toothless,” her life-sized great white shark model made out of recycled plastics, and share fascinating facts about these magnificent animals. Then, swim on down to the Wilton Room to make a sharktastic craft! Please visit or call the Youth Services Desk to register for one of the eight program times available. Registration begins May 1.

 

Sign Up to Receive Our Newsletter for Homeschoolers!

Are you a homeschooling family? Want information on library programs and resources available to you? Sign up to receive The Link, our new bi-monthly email newsletter just for homeschoolers! To find out more, visit us at the Youth Services Desk, or sign up now!

 

iPads are here!

Parents, did you know the Youth Services Department has iPads that your children can enjoy in the library? These iPads are pre-loaded with fun apps based on popular children’s books as well as other educational activities, including apps for older elementary age children. Visit us at the Youth Services Desk to find out more!

  

Look for the IDOL in the Youth Services Department

Parents, wouldn't it be great to have someone read to your preschoolers while you browse the children's collection in relative quiet? Or, do you have an emergent reader who could use some practice reading aloud? We have the solution! Our IDOL program (IDOL stands for Interact, Demonstrate, Offer and Link) gives middle- and early high-schoolers the opportunity to volunteer in the Youth Services Department and provide just these kinds of services. Know someone in grades 6-10 who might be interested in becoming an IDOL? Here's the info!

 



March-April Little Listeners
Ages 3 months - 24 months

Have a baby or toddler at home? Join us for Little Listeners—a fun, interactive experience to help strengthen your young child's early literacy skills. Due to the one-on-one nature of these programs, attendance is limited to the registered children and their caregivers. Registration for our March-April session in person or by phone beginning February 3.

Little Listeners A: 3 months-15 months
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., March 4-April 8
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., March 6-April 10

Little Listeners B: 12 months-24 months
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., March 4-April 8
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., March 6-April 10

Family Listeners
Ages 3 months-36 months

Have a child (or children) between the ages of 3 and 36 months? This early literacy program is for you! Registration for our March-April session begins February 3 and may be done in person or by phone.

Mondays, 10:30 a.m., March 3-April 7

 

March-April Storytimes
Ages 2 Years - Kindergarten

Come join the fun at storytime! All programs except the Family Drop-In programs require registration, which can be done in person or over the phone by calling 847-356-7711. Registration for March-April storytimes begins February 3.

Storytime for 2-3 year olds
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., March 5-April 9
Thursday, 10:30 a.m., March 6-April 10

Storytime for 4 year olds through Kindergarteners
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m., March 4-April 8
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., March 5-April 9

Family Storytime
Register up to three children from your family between the ages of 2-Kindergarten.
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., March 4-April 8
Thursdays, 1:00 p.m., March 6-April 10

Family Drop-In Storytime
No registration required, all ages welcome!
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., March 5-April 9
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., March 8-April 12
  

May-June Little Listeners
Ages 3 months - 24 months

Have a baby or toddler at home? Join us for Little Listeners—a fun, interactive experience to help strengthen your young child's early literacy skills. Due to the one-on-one nature of these programs, attendance is limited to the registered children and their caregivers. Registration for our March-April session in person or by phone beginning April 1.

Little Listeners A: 3 months-15 months
Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m., May 6-June 10
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., May 8-June 12

Little Listeners B: 12 months-24 months
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., May 6-June 10
Thursdays, 9:30 a.m., May 8-June 12

Family Listeners
Ages 3 months-36 months

Have a child (or children) between the ages of 3 and 36 months? This early literacy program is for you! Registration for our March-April session begins February 3 and may be done in person or by phone.

Mondays, 10:30 a.m., May 5-June 9

 

May-June Storytimes
Ages 2 Years - Kindergarten

Come join the fun at storytime! All programs except the Family Drop-In programs require registration, which can be done in person or over the phone by calling 847-356-7711. Registration for March-April storytimes begins February 3.

Storytime for 2-3 year olds
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., May 7-June 11
Thursday, 10:30 a.m., May 8-June 12

Storytime for 4 year olds through Kindergarteners
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m., May 6-June 10
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., May 7-June 11

Family Storytime
Register up to three children from your family between the ages of 2-Kindergarten.
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., May 6-June 10
Thursdays, 1:00 p.m., May 8-June 12

Family Drop-In Storytime
No registration required, all ages welcome!
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., May 7-June 11
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., May 10-June 14

 

 

See below for information on upcoming free performances at the library!

 



Friday Fun Faire
Ages 3 Years - Kindergarten

Books and crafts—that's what Friday Fun Faire is all about! After enjoying a story, your child will work with you to make a project to take home. Choose one of several Friday Fun Faire opportunities each month! Register in person or by phone.

April sessions (registration begins March 3)
Friday, April 4: 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
Friday, April 18: 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

May sessions (registration begins April 1)
Friday, May 2: 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
Friday, May 16: 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.

June sessions (registration begins May 1)
Friday, June 6: 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
Friday, June 20: 10:30 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
  

 

March-April Storytimes
Ages 2 Years - Kindergarten

Come join the fun at storytime! All programs except the Family Drop-In programs require registration, which can be done in person or over the phone by calling 847-356-7711. Registration for March-April storytimes begins February 3.

Storytime for 2-3 year olds
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., March 5-April 9
Thursday, 10:30 a.m., March 6-April 10

Storytime for 4 year olds through Kindergarteners
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m., March 4-April 8
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., March 5-April 9

Family Storytime
Register up to three children from your family between the ages of 2-Kindergarten.
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., March 4-April 8
Thursdays, 1:00 p.m., March 6-April 10

Family Drop-In Storytime
No registration required, all ages welcome!
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., March 5-April 9
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., March 8-April 12

 

May-June Storytimes
Ages 2 Years - Kindergarten

Come join the fun at storytime! All programs except the Family Drop-In programs require registration, which can be done in person or over the phone by calling 847-356-7711. Registration for March-April storytimes begins February 3.

Storytime for 2-3 year olds
Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., May 7-June 11
Thursday, 10:30 a.m., May 8-June 12

Storytime for 4 year olds through Kindergarteners
Tuesdays, 1:00 p.m., May 6-June 10
Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., May 7-June 11

Family Storytime
Register up to three children from your family between the ages of 2-Kindergarten.
Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., May 6-June 10
Thursdays, 1:00 p.m., May 8-June 12

Family Drop-In Storytime
No registration required, all ages welcome!
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., May 7-June 11
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m., May 10-June 14

See below for information on upcoming free performances at the library!

 



 

Wednesday Afternoon Club
Grades 1-3

Wednesday Afternoon Club is all about sharing great books, poems, riddles and songs—and building vocabulary skills along the way! Don't miss out on the fun! Registration  can be done in person or by phone.

March-April Session (Registration begins February 3):
Wednesdays, March 5-April 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

May-June Session (Registration begins April 1):
Wednesdays, May 7-June 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  

The Write Stuff
Grades 3 - 6

Attention, aspiring authors! Join us the third Saturday of every month for an hour-long workshop all about creative writing. And look for our literary magazine, coming soon!

April 19, 1:00 p.m.
Think Like a Poet
"Spill some ink" with published poet Tania Runyan!
Registration begins March 15.
Register online

May 17, 1:00 p.m.
Games Writers Play
Fun games to spark your creativity!
Registration begins April 19.
Register online

June 21, 1:00 p.m.
Blam! Zowie! Pow!
Create your own comic strip!
Registration begins May 17.
Register online

 

Scooby, DO READ!
Grades 1-3
Does your child need practice reading aloud? They can strengthen their skills by reading to certified therapy dogs—an appreciative and nonjudgmental audience!

We offer two 3-week sessions, each with 18 spots in 15-minute increments; please choose either Session 1 or Session 2. Register in person beginning 9:00 a.m. on February 3; we will begin taking registrations by phone starting at 10:00 a.m. the same day.

Session 1: Mondays, March 3-17
Session 2: Mondays, March 24-April 7

 

Eureka: Invent the Newest Fashion!
Grades 3-8

Future fashion designers and inventors will work with newspaper to design a piece of clothing or an accessory (such as a hat or a gizmo to carry things on your bike). We'll design our prototype, test it and redesign it. Come join the fun! Registration began March 3 and can be done in person or by phone.

Monday, April 21, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

 

Art Exchange
Grades 1-3

Calling young artists! Each week we'll study amazing picture book art and try out different techniques. The fun is in the exploration! Registration begins April 1 and can be done in person or by phone.

Monday, May 5-June 9, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

 

See below for information on upcoming free performances at the library!
  



Novel Thoughts+
A Book Discussion
Grades 4 - 6

Read the book, form an opinion and join us in the Conference Room on the third Wednesday of the month for a lively discussion! Please note, we've added an extra 15 minutes so we have more time to talk books!

April 16, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
Masterpiece by Elise Broach
Registration began March 19.
Register online

May 21, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
The Ghost in the Tokaido Inn by Dorothy Hoobler
Registration begins April 16.
Register online

June 18, 7:00-8:15 p.m.
The Book Without Words by Avi
Registration begins May 21.
Register online

 

The Write Stuff
Grades 3 - 6

Attention, aspiring authors! Join us the third Saturday of every month for an hour-long workshop all about creative writing. And look for our literary magazine, coming soon!

April 19, 1:00 p.m.
Think Like a Poet
"Spill some ink" with published poet Tania Runyan!
Registration begins March 15.
Register online

May 17, 1:00 p.m.
Games Writers Play
Fun games to spark your creativity!
Registration begins April 19.
Register online

June 21, 1:00 p.m.
Blam! Zowie! Pow!
Create your own comic strip!
Registration begins May 17.
Register online

Science Specialists
Grades 4-6

Join us for hands-on experiments and guided discussion as we examine the many aspects of the scientific world. Register in person or by phone beginning April 1; in response to high demand we offer two classes to choose from!

Tuesday, May 6-June 10, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
or
Thursday, May 8-June 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  

Eureka: Invent the Newest Fashion!
Grades 3-8

Future fashion designers and inventors will work with newspaper to design a piece of clothing or an accessory (such as a hat or a gizmo to carry things on your bike). We'll design our prototype, test it and redesign it. Come join the fun! Registration began March 3 and can be done in person or by phone.

Monday, April 21, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
  

See below for information on upcoming free performances at the library!

 



Tickets for the following free events are available in person at the Youth Services Desk starting on the dates listed below. We also take a limited number of online reservations for tickets, follow the links. Please note, you must register each person ages 2 and older who will be attending, including caregivers.


ScribbleMonster
Tuesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m.
Sing, dance and laugh along with ScribbleMonster! This award-winning music group presents creative play concerts that stimulate young children's creative expression. Tickets will be available starting March 3, including a limited number by online registration. Please note, if online registration is filled, there may still be tickets available at the Youth Services Desk.)

Teddy Bears' Picnic
Friday, May 23, 10:30 a.m.

Join us for a picnic-style party with Plum Crazy Puppets! This preschooler-friendly show features live music, colorful puppets, stories and lots of movement. Be sure to bring your teddy bear! Tickets will be available starting April 1, including a limited number by online registration. Please note, if online registration is filled, there may still be tickets available at the Youth Services Desk.)

SPECIAL EVENT!
Sharktastic Friday!
Friday, June 13
Sessions available from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Help us kick off our science-themed summer reading program by exploring some marine biology! First, meet Deanna LaSusa-Hotchner, a volunteer interpreter and diver at John G. Shedd Aquarium. She’ll show us “Toothless,” her life-sized great white shark model made out of recycled plastics, and share fascinating facts about these magnificent animals. Then, swim on down to the Wilton Room to make a sharktastic craft! Please visit or call the Youth Services Desk to register for one of the eight program times available. Registration begins May 1.

 

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