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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

  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 07, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week’s program is full.
  • Stories in Maple Park
    When: Monday, July 11, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Maple Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians in local parks. Please gather near the tennis courts at each park. 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.
  • Flying Fox Conservation Fund (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Get an up-close look at ten animals from around the world, and then stay after to pet the animals. Registration is required for this sensory-friendly performance. Registration starts June 29 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 6 for nonresidents.
  • Summer StoryWalk
    When: Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 3:50 PM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new summer story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Rain date: Thursday, July 21. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the summer. In partnership with the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Summer StoryWalk
    When: Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new summer story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Rain date: Thursday, July 21. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the summer. In partnership with the Friends of the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week’s program is full.
  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, July 18, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians in local parks. Please gather near the tennis courts at each park. 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.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week’s program is full.
  • StoryBus
    When: Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Off-site

    Meet us at the Wilmette Summerfest in Downtown Wilmette, and step into the world of the Little Red Hen. The StoryBus is a project of the Dolores Kohl Education Foundation.
  • Ben's Bubble Show (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Enjoy bubble sculptures, illusions, and audience participation! Registration is required for this sensory-friendly performance. Registration starts July 13 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 20 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.

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

  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 07, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week’s program is full.
  • Write - For the Win!
    When: Monday, July 11, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Stretch your imaginative muscles as you create stories, poems, comics, and more for this year's Youth Literary Magazine. Kids must attend at least two meetings. Grades 4-9. Registration starts June 27 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 3 for nonresidents.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week’s program is full.
  • Write - For the Win!
    When: Monday, July 18, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Stretch your imaginative muscles as you create stories, poems, comics, and more for this year's Youth Literary Magazine. Kids must attend at least two meetings. Grades 4-9. Registration starts June 27 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 3 for nonresidents.
  • 3D Printing Design
    When: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Design your own simple creation to be 3D printed. Participants will pick up their projects at a later date. Grades 5-9. Registration starts July 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 14 for noresidents.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week’s program is full.
  • Write - For the Win!
    When: Monday, July 25, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Stretch your imaginative muscles as you create stories, poems, comics, and more for this year's Youth Literary Magazine. Kids must attend at least two meetings. Grades 4-9. Registration starts June 27 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 3 for nonresidents.
  • Kids' Library Council
    When: Monday, July 25, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Calling all Harry Potter fans! Brainstorm all things Hogwarts as we get ready for the Library's interactive showing of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Snacks will be served. Grades 5-9. Registration starts July 11 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 18 for nonresidents.
  • Water Bottle Design
    When: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make a water bottle awesome! Use design software and our vinyl cutter to create decorations for a water bottle. We'll supply the water bottles, you supply the good ideas! Grades 5–9. Registration starts July 14 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 28 for nonresidents.
  • Write - For the Win!
    When: Monday, August 01, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Stretch your imaginative muscles as you create stories, poems, comics, and more for this year's Youth Literary Magazine. Kids must attend at least two meetings. Grades 4-9. Registration starts June 27 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 3 for nonresidents.
  • Interactive Movie
    When: Monday, August 01, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday by cheering, booing, and casting spells along with the first movie of the series. Costumes encouraged! Wizarding-themed snacks will be served. Grades 5–9. Rated PG.

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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