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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

  • Winter Kids' Concert
    When: Saturday, March 05, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Sing and dance along with Parents' Choice Award winners Wendy Morgan and DB! All ages. 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.
  • K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
    When: Wednesday, March 09, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Department

    Read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only, call or stop by to sign up for one 15-minute slot for March OR April beginning February 24. Grades 1-5. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program.
  • Spring Break Science: Flubber (Gr. 1-4)
    When: Monday, March 21, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    It stretches. It bounces. It oozes. Is it a solid? Is it a liquid? No, it's flubber! Come mix up a batch and explore the properties of this intriguing substance. Grades 1-4 with an adult. Sign-up starts March 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 14 for nonresidents.
  • Preschool Dance Party
    When: Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Shake your sillies out with bubbles, scarves, and more. It'll be a blast! Ages 1-5 with an adult.
  • Pajama Storytime
    When: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 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+.
  • Dads and Donuts Storytime
    When: Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Calling all dads, uncles, grandpas, and other all-around great guys! Stop on by for a special treat -- stories and donuts just for you and your favorite preschooler. Ages 2-5 with an adult.
  • K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
    When: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Department

    Read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only, call or stop by to sign up for one 15-minute slot for March OR April beginning February 24. Grades 1-5. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program.

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Children's Bookmark Contest

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

Starting April 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 April 30.

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 May 15. 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.

Tweens

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

  • Kids' Library Council
    When: Monday, February 22, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Design and make your own stickers using our new vinyl cutter! Also, help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served. Grades 5-8. Sign-up starts February 8 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, February 15 for nonresidents.
  • Kids' Library Council
    When: Monday, March 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make and eat candy sushi. Plus, help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served. Sign-up starts February 29 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 7 for nonresidents.
  • Light Painting (Gr. 6-8)
    When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Use digital cameras to capture amazing designs made with flashlights in the dark! Grades 6-8. Sign-up starts March 9 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 16 for nonresidents.
  • Kids' Library Council
    When: Monday, April 25, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Create an I Spy Aquarium to decorate the Youth Services Department. Plus, help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served. Sign-up starts April 11 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, April 18 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: "Every Hero Has a Story"

Kids up through 8th grade, pick up your reading log at the Youth Desk any time between January 2 and February 20. Your goal is to read at least 20 minutes on 10 days. Return your completed reading log by February 29, and receive a free book! Finishers will also be entered into our grand prize drawing for a gift card to Lawrence Deans Bake Shop.

 

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Adult and Teen Club

New year, new Winter Reading Club with weekly drawings! For each book that you read or listen to from January 2 through February 29, come into the library, fill out a slip with the book title(s) and your contact information to be entered into the weekly drawing for the entire duration of the club. The more books you read, the more chances you'll have to win the weekly drawings and the grand prize drawing of assorted literary-themed prizes. Have you read some books and can't make it in? Then simply submit each book online to be entered. Click here to submit your reading online.

 


 

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