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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

  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Summer StoryWalk
    When: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new summer story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the summer. Rain date: July 13.
  • Summer StoryWalk
    When: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new summer story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the summer. Rain date: July 13.
  • "See the Show! Become the Pro!" with Jason Kollum (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Kids with special needs and their families are invited to this fun show with juggler Jason Kollum. Balls, clubs, rings, giant beanbag chairs, and much more will all be sent flying through the air. Then, it's the total-participation, hands-on workshop where kids of all ages get to actually try out the skills they got to see in the show! Registration starts June 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 5 for nonresidents.
  • Stories in Maple Park
    When: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Maple Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Family PlayLab: Sneaky Art
    When: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Come have an Andy Goldsworthy experience at a nature art table and make art to hide in the library and the community. All ages.
  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Ben's Bubble Show (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Kids with special needs and their families are invited to this fun show with bubble sculptures, sleight of hand, and audience participation! Registration starts July 12 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 19 for nonresidents.
  • Stories in Vattmann Park
    When: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Family PlayLab: Life-sized Candyland
    When: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Follow the rainbow path around a life sized version of this classic board game. Complete the game and receive a royal lollipop. All ages.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    In this 1991 animated Disney fairy tale adaptation, a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman fall in love. Rated G.

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

  • Andertoons Cartooning: Creative Cartooning
    When: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Make your own cartoons with expressive faces, bodies in motion, and more! Grades 4-8. Registration starts June 15 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents and June 22 for nonresidents.
  • Club Hogwarts: House Colors Day
    When: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make friends and enjoy magical activities and snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Accio fun! Today, get sorted and tie dye a shirt in your Hogwarts house colors. Shirts provided. Grades 5-8. Registration starts July 3 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 10 for nonresidents.
  • Young Makers: Afternoon at the Spa
    When: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Get as much relaxation out of your summer as possible! Keep your body and mind healthy, happy, and calm at our spa night. Make bath bombs, aromatherapy sachets, lip balm, and more. Grades 5-9. Registration starts July 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth, July 13 for nonresidents.
  • Club Hogwarts: Wand Shop
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make friends and enjoy magical activities and snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Accio fun! Today, make your own wands -- edible and non! Grades 5-8. Registration starts July 10 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 17 for nonresidents.
  • Club Hogwarts: Potions Class
    When: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make friends and enjoy magical activities and snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Accio fun! Today, mix up some magic in Potions Class. Grades 5-8. Registration starts July 17 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 24 for nonresidents.
  • Tech Playground (Gr. 5-9)
    When: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Experiment with the library's tech tools such as Scratch, stop-motion animation, robots, and more. Parents are welcome to attend and tinker along. Grades 5-9. Registration starts July 18 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 25 for nonresidents.
  • Club Hogwarts: Green Screen Magic
    When: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make friends and enjoy magical activities and snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Accio fun! Today, don your robes for some photographic fun. Costumes encouraged. Grades 5-8. Registration starts July 24 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 31 for nonresidents.
  • Scratch with Digital Adventures
    When: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Design a game similar to dodgeball using this digital media design program. Staff from Wilmette's Digital Adventures, which offers coding classes and technology camps for kids, will lead the class. Grades 5-8. Registration starts August 3 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 10 for nonresidents.
  • Kids' Library Council: Suburban Camping Party
    When: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Go camping without leaving Wilmette! We'll say goodbye to summer with crafts and activities best done in the great outdoors and eat pizza under the stars. No tent required. Note: this program will take place at the Gazebo at Mallinckrodt Park, 1960 Elmwood Ave. Grades 5-9. Sign-up starts August 14 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 21 for nonresidents.

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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.

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.

 

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

  • WeDo
    When: Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Experiment with Lego robotics! Program and build your own cool contraptions. Grades 3-5. Registration starts June 22 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 29 for nonresidents.
  • Tech Playground (Gr. 1-4)
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Kids, show your parents what you can do! You'll both have the opportunity to play with the library's tech toys such as Lego WeDo, Scratch Jr., robots, and more. Grades 1-4 with an adult. Registration starts July 10 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 17 for nonresidents.
  • Tech Playground (Gr. 5-9)
    When: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Experiment with the library's tech tools such as Scratch, stop-motion animation, robots, and more. Parents are welcome to attend and tinker along. Grades 5-9. Registration starts July 18 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 25 for nonresidents.
  • Scratch with Digital Adventures
    When: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Design a game similar to dodgeball using this digital media design program. Staff from Wilmette's Digital Adventures, which offers coding classes and technology camps for kids, will lead the class. Grades 5-8. Registration starts August 3 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 10 for nonresidents.

Early Childhood Programs

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Storytimes last between 25 and 30 minutes. Participants enjoy songs and activities in addition to stories. This is a great opportunity for young children to hear good stories, learn, and have fun.

Please note: Advance registration is not necessary. All children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Summer Session: June 13—July 28

Babytime (Ages 0-24 months): Thursdays at 9:30. Songs, rhymes, tickles, and bounces. Followed by a 30-minute playtime.

Rhymetime (Ages 18 months and up): Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30. Fast-paced stories, rhymes, songs, and more.

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 and up): Tuesdays at 10:30. Longer books, songs, and movement for children who enjoy a good story.

More Early Childhood Events

  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Storybook Art: Hervé Tullet
    When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Share stories and create art using the techniques of a featured illustrator. This week, explore dots and lines in the style of Hervé Tullet. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 14 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 21 for nonresidents.
  • Storybook Art: Emma Garcia
    When: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Share stories and create art using the techniques of a featured illustrator. This week, explore using cut paper shapes in the style of Emma Garcia. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 21 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 28 for nonresidents.
  • Summer StoryWalk
    When: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new summer story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the summer. Rain date: July 13.
  • Summer StoryWalk
    When: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new summer story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the summer. Rain date: July 13.
  • Storybook Art: Ezra Jack Keats
    When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Share stories and create art using the techniques of a featured illustrator. This week, explore using stamping and spatter painting in the style of Ezra Jack Keats. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 5 for nonresidents.
  • Stories in Maple Park
    When: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Maple Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Storybook Art: Terry Border
    When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Share stories and create art using the techniques of a featured illustrator. This week, explore using photography and wire art in the style of Terry Border. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts July 5 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 12 for nonresidents.
  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Storybook Art: Lois Ehlert
    When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Share stories and create art using the techniques of a featured illustrator. This week, explore using found objects and natural materials in the style of Lois Ehlert. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts July 12 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 19 for nonresidents.
  • Stories in Vattmann Park
    When: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Drop-In Baby Playtime
    When: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 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.
  • Totally Untidy Toddlers
    When: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Dress for mess; this sensory playtime will be loads of fun, but it won’t be neat! Ages 1-3 with an adult. Siblings welcome.

 

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