STEMScience, Technology, Engineering & Math

While the Wilmette Public Library loves literature and language, we also recognize the importance of technological literacy. We offer many programs for children that build scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills, from simple chemistry experiments and animal visits to computer programming and Lego robotics.

Upcoming STEM Events

  • Hands-On Science: Balloons (Gr. K-2)
    When: Thursday, February 11, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Explore physics and chemistry through fun, hands-on activities using balloons. Grades K-2. Sign-up starts January 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, February 4 for nonresidents.
  • Youth Chess Drop-In
    When: Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Drop by for informal, fun competition with other kids who love the game, 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.
  • Engineering Challenge: Cup Stacking (Gr. 3-5)
    When: Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Sure, they're good for drinking, but cups are so much more than that! How fast can you stack a pyramid? How tall a structure can you create? Come and find out how much fun the humble cup can be. Grades 3-5. Sign-up starts February 25 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 3 for nonresidents.
  • Youth Chess Drop-In
    When: Sunday, March 13, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Drop by for informal, fun competition with other kids who love the game, 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.
  • Spring Break Science: Flubber (Ages 3-6)
    When: Monday, March 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 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. Ages 3-6 with an adult. Sign-up starts March 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 14 for nonresidents.
  • 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.
  • Light Painting (Gr. 4-5)
    When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Use digital cameras to capture amazing designs made with flashlights in the dark! Grades 4-5. Sign-up starts March 9 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 16 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.
  • Lego Club
    When: Wednesday, March 30, 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. Sign-up starts March 16 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 23 for nonresidents.
  • Engineering Challenge: Cup Stacking (Gr. K-2)
    When: Thursday, April 07, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Sure, they're good for drinking, but cups are so much more than that! How fast can you stack a pyramid? How tall a structure can you create? Come and find out how much fun the humble cup can be. Grades K-2. Sign-up starts March 24 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 31 for nonresidents.
  • Youth Chess Drop-In
    When: Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Drop by for informal, fun competition with other kids who love the game, 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 Jr.
    When: Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Take the very first steps towards learning computer programming by trying out this iPad app, a version of the digital media design program Scratch created for younger kids. We'll make games and animations. Grades K-2. Participants must be able to read. Sign-up starts April 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, April 14 for nonresidents.
  • Lego Club
    When: Wednesday, April 27, 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. Sign-up starts April 13 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, April 20 for nonresidents.

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