The 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
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 12, in honor 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.
Science, 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
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! All clubs run from January 2 to March 2.
"Laugh Your Way Through Winter" for Adults & Teens
Laugh the winter blues away! Pick up your sign-up gift and reading log at the Recent Arrivals Desk any time between January 2 and March 2. Read or listen to at least three books. Return your reading log by March 2, and receive a gift card to a local business. Finishers will also be entered into the grand prize drawing for a gift card to the Wilmette Theatre!
"Dig Into Reading" for Kids
Kids up through 8th grade, pick up your reading log at the Youth Desk any time between January 2 and March 2. Independent readers, read or listen to at least 3 books; prereaders, read at least 10 days. Return your completed reading log by March 2, and receive a free book! Finishers will also be entered into the grand prize drawing for a gift certificate to Dave’s Down to Earth Rock Shop in Evanston!
T-Rexplorers Dinosaur Discovery
Join us on Monday, March 3, for our end-of-club celebration featuring T-Rexplorers. Sink your teeth into learning in this hands-on program that includes authentic dinosaur fossils!
Main performances: 4:00–5:00 and 6:00–7:00 in the Auditorium. Free ticket required. A limited number of tickets will be available. Priority tickets will be available to reading club finishers starting 2/24, while supplies last.
Sensory-friendly performance: 5:15–5:30 in the Auditorium. Intended for children ages 3–18 with special needs and their families. Registration required. Registration starts 2/17 for Wilmette and Kenilworth residents and 2/24 for nonresidents.
Early Childhood Programs
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.
Spring Session: April 7—May 8
Babytime (Ages 0-24 months): Thursdays at 9:15. Songs, rhymes, tickles, and bounces. Followed by a 30-minute playtime.
Rhymetime (Ages 18 months and up): Wednesdays at 9:15 and Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30. Fast-paced stories, rhymes, songs, and more.
Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 and up): Mondays at 10:30, Tuesdays at 9:30 and 4:00, Wednesdays at 10:30, and Thursdays at 10:30. Longer books, songs, and movement for children who enjoy a good story. Includes a craft suitable for ages 3 and up.