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Friends of the Library Children's Art Show

October is Arts Awareness Month!

Kids, show off your best painting, drawing, collage, or photo. Bring an original piece of artwork to the Youth Desk from September 8 through 26. Art will be exhibited in the Youth Department throughout October.

Submission Guidelines

The show is open to children in preschool through 8th grade. One piece of art per participant, please.

Work must be no larger than 24"x36". Please mount artwork on paper or lightweight poster board; pushpins will be used to hang the pictures.

Artists' Reception

A reception for artists and their families will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2:00-3:30, in the Youth Program Room.

The Children's Art Show is sponsored by the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.

Special NeedsSensory-Friendly Events for Kids with Special Needs

We welcome all children who meet program guidelines to our events. However, we understand that some kids have special needs that make attending certain programs challenging.

Listed below are sensory-friendly movie screenings and encounters with outside performers. Also listed are programs that, while not designed specifically for kids with special needs, may have particular appeal.

Sensory-Friendly Events

  • School's Out Movie (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Meet Pete and his dragon Elliot in this sensory-friendly screening of the classic 1977 animated version (rated G). All ages.
  • Hansel and Gretel (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Improv Playhouse presents this interactive retelling of the classic tale. This performance is intended for children with special needs and their families. Registration starts March 18 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 25 for nonresidents.
  • Pajama Storytime
    When: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Come in your PJs and bring your favorite blankie or lovie for bedtime stories, songs, and a craft. Ages 3 and up.

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Children's Bookmark Contest

This March, design a bookmark for the Wilmette Public Library!

Starting March 1, pick up an entry form at the Youth Services Desk, or download it here and print it out. Entries must be completed on this form. Designs must be turned in by March 31.

The contest is open to kids in grades K-8. Winners will be chosen in three categories: grades K–1, grades 2–4, and grades 5–8.

Artwork should relate to books, reading, or libraries. All art must be original and becomes the property of the Wilmette Public Library.

Winning bookmarks will be printed and distributed at the Library starting April 10, in celebration of National Library Week. All entries will be displayed in the Youth Services Department.

The Children's Bookmark Contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library.

Download a contest entry form.


tweensThe Wilmette Public Library offers programs for kids in grades 5–8. The Kids’ Library Council meets regularly to do art, technology, and book-related activities and also to plan events and spaces for the Library. We also offer technology programs and occasional special interest activities.

Got an idea for a program for grades 5–8? Contact us!

Upcoming Tween Events

  • DIY Phone Stickers
    When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Decorate your phone or other gadget with stickers you make yourself using our vinyl cutter and design software. Grades 5-8. Registration starts March 14 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 21 for nonresidents.
  • Kids' Library Council: Meet a Therapy Cat
    When: Monday, April 03, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Meet Max, the reading therapy cat! A representative from pet therapy group Love on a Leash will introduce you to this amazing feline and explain how their program works. Also, help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served. Grades 5-8. Sign-up starts March 20 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 27 for nonresidents.

Winter Reading Club

Wilmette and Kenilworth readers of all ages, and students who attend Wilmette and Kenilworth schools, are invited to join a Winter Reading Club!

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Kids' Club: "Snow Better Time to Read"

Kids up through 8th grade, pick up your reading log at the Youth Desk any time between January 2 and February 24. Your goal is to read at least 20 minutes on 10 days. Return your completed reading log by March 5, and receive a free book! Finishers will also be entered into our grand prize drawing for a cozy blanket. Complete up to two additional reading logs by March 5 for additional entries in the prize drawing.

Chris Fair's Laser Comedy Show

Saturday, March 4, 11:00-11:45, Library Auditorium
Join us for an end-of-club celebration featuring storytelling like you’ve never seen before! Everyone is welcome, but space is limited. Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department on the day of the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 8 tickets per family.



Adult and Teen Club: "A Feast for the Senses"

New year, new Winter Reading Club! Visit the library from January 2 through March 5th and pick up your reading log and sign-up gift. Return your completed log (it's only 3 books!) by March 5th for a $5.00 gift card to either Lawrence Deans or the Rock House. Completed logs will be entered in the grand prize drawing of assorted literary-themed prizes.



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