Kids' Events

Our regular storytime schedule can be found on our Early Childhood page. You may also view our calendar.

Some events require advance registration. To sign up, please stop by the Youth Desk or call us at (847) 256-6945.

  • Lego Club
    When: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Your imagination is the limit as you build alone or with a friend at this fun monthly club. Grades K-4. Registration starts November 23 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, November 30 for nonresidents.
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club
    When: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Love, Amalia, by Alma Flor Ada. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Registration starts November 16 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, November 23 for nonresidents.
  • STEAM Lab: Paper Art (Gr. K-2)
    When: Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Combine math, engineering, and art as you create 3-D stars out of paper. Grades K-2. Sign-up starts November 25 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, December 1 for nonresidents.
  • 2nd Grade Book Club
    When: Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Missing Monkey!, by Mary Amato. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grade 2 with an adult. Registration starts November 17 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, November 24 for nonresidents.
  • Music Fun with Wendy Morgan
    When: Friday, December 09, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join special guest Wendy Morgan for singing, dancing, and fun with musical instruments. Ages 0-6 with an adult.
  • Family PlayLab: Cardboard Castle Maze
    When: Saturday, December 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for a fun and interactive monthly experience that is suitable for the whole family. Come help us build, decorate, and play in a huge cardboard creation. Building ends at 10:45, but the maze will remain in the Youth Program Room until 4:00 for play and exploration. All ages.
  • Youth Chess Drop-In
    When: Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Want to play chess with other kids who love the game? Drop by for informal, fun competition supervised by parent volunteers. Bring chess sets and pieces, if possible. All levels of players are welcome, but prior knowledge of the pieces and how they move is helpful. Space is limited to the first 24 players to arrive.
  • K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
    When: Wednesday, December 14, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Department

    Sign up for a 15-minute slot to read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only, grades 1-5. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program. Sign-up starts October 26.
  • Stop-Motion Animation
    When: Monday, December 19, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make your own movie with the guidance of a professional filmmaker! You'll learn basic stop-motion animation using clay. Grades 5-8. Sign-up starts December 5 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, December 12 for nonresidents.
  • Sock Snowmen (Gr. 5-8)
    When: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Using socks, felt, and other notions, make a unique snowman guaranteed not to melt! All supplies provided, but feel free to bring extras. Grades 5-8. (Siblings in different age groups may attend together; please ask when you register.) Sign-up starts December 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, December 13 for nonresidents.
  • Sock Snowmen (Gr. 2-4)
    When: Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Using socks, felt, and other notions, make a unique snowman guaranteed not to melt! All supplies provided, but feel free to bring extras. Grades 2-4. (Siblings in different age groups may attend together; please ask when you register.) Sign-up starts December 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, December 13 for nonresidents.
  • Totally Untidy Toddlers
    When: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Dress for mess – this sensory playtime will be loads of fun, but it won’t be neat! Drop in between 10:00 and 11:30. Ages 1-3 with an adult.
  • Midwinter Light
    When: Thursday, December 22, 2016 - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Celebrate the shortest days of the year by designing a lantern to light the dark! Enjoy stories about darkness and light, and then come to the craft table to make a working lantern you can bring home. Grades 1-4. Sign-up starts December 8 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, December 15 for nonresidents.
  • Pokemon Fun
    When: Friday, December 23, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Pokemon fans, come and join us for crafts and more. Make sure to bring your Pokemon cards to show or trade! Grades 1-5.
  • Friendship Bracelets and Key Chains
    When: Monday, December 26, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make string bracelets or key chains using macrame or finger weaving techniques. Grades 5-8. Sign-up starts December 12 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, December 19 for nonresidents.
  • The Jungle Book (Animated)
    When: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Join us in the morning for a sensory-friendly screening of the classic 1967 animated version (rated G), and then come back in the afternoon to see the 2016 live-action version (rated PG)! All ages.
  • The Jungle Book (Live-Action)
    When: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Join us in the morning for a sensory-friendly screening of the classic 1967 animated version (rated G), and then come back in the afternoon to see the 2016 live-action version (rated PG)! All ages.
  • Drop-In Baby Playtime
    When: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    What do you do when Babytime is on vacation, but your babies are raring to go? Stop by for baby playtime and adult conversation. Ages 0-24 months with an adult. Siblings welcome.
  • Lego WeDo
    When: Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Experiment with Lego robotics! Program and build your own cool contraptions. Grades 3-5. Sign-up starts December 15 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, December 22 for nonresidents.
  • Noon Year's Eve Celebration
    When: Friday, December 30, 2016 - 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Have your fun before the adults do. Ring in 2017 with us here at the Library – without staying up past bedtime! Ages 4-7.
  • Lego Club
    When: Wednesday, January 04, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Your imagination is the limit as you build alone or with a friend at this fun monthly club. Grades K-4. Registration starts December 21 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, December 28 for nonresidents.
  • Family PlayLab: Arctic Adventure
    When: Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for a fun and interactive monthly experience that is suitable for the whole family. Explore the creatures of the frozen tundra, play with snow dough, and build a snow house. All ages.
  • Youth Chess Drop-In
    When: Sunday, January 08, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Want to play chess with other kids who love the game? Drop by for informal, fun competition supervised by parent volunteers. Bring chess sets and pieces, if possible. All levels of players are welcome, but prior knowledge of the pieces and how they move is helpful. Space is limited to the first 24 players to arrive.
  • Kids' Library Council: Meet the K-9 Reading Buddies
    When: Monday, January 09, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Meet the K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore! Learn how the program runs, how the dogs are trained, and, best of all, interact with the dogs. Also, help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served. Grades 5-8. Sign-up starts December 26 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, January 2 for nonresidents.
  • School's Out Movie
    When: Monday, January 16, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    A rabbit police officer must work with a fox con artist to crack a major case. In honor of the National Day of Service, if you bring along a donation for the New Trier Food Pantry, we will deliver it for you. All ages.
  • Origami Workshop
    When: Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join some local kids who are origami experts to learn about the Japanese art of folded paper. Age range TBA. Sign-up starts January 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, January 14 for nonresidents.
  • Year of the Rooster Storytime
    When: Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Celebrate the Lunar New Year with this bilingual Korean-English storytime! Ages 3 and up.
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
    When: Saturday, January 28, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Celebrate the Chinese New Year with a show and tell of Chinese New Year traditions, legendary stories, Chinese calligraphy, and crafts. Ages 4 and up.
  • Lego Club
    When: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Your imagination is the limit as you build alone or with a friend at this fun monthly club. Grades K-4. Registration starts January 18 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, January 25 for nonresidents.
  • Family PlayLab: Rain Forest Expedition
    When: Saturday, February 04, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for a fun and interactive monthly experience that is suitable for the whole family. Traverse the rain forest obstacle course, make binoculars and use them to finds animals hidden in the jungle. All ages.
  • Youth Chess Drop-In
    When: Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Want to play chess with other kids who love the game? Drop by for informal, fun competition supervised by parent volunteers. Bring chess sets and pieces, if possible. All levels of players are welcome, but prior knowledge of the pieces and how they move is helpful. Space is limited to the first 24 players to arrive.
  • Scratch Open Studio
    When: Monday, February 20, 2017 - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make your own games and animations using this digital media design program. We'll get you started, and then you'll have free time to work on your own creations. Grades 4-8. Sign-up starts February 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, February 13 for nonresidents.
  • All Ages Movie Poster Contest and Exhibit
    When: Saturday, March 04, 2017 - All Day
    Where: Vestibule

    Fun Guaranteed...For REEL! Visit the Library today from 9am-4:15 pm to view an exciting, vibrant display on the Library's first floor of full size movie posters of popular films. Participate in a short, but fun matching activity - match several descriptions correctly to movie posters displayed at the Library for a chance to be the LUCKY WINNER of a $30.00 gift card supplied by the presenter!

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