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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Pajama Storytime
    When: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Come in your PJs and bring your favorite blankie or lovie for bedtime stories, songs, and a craft. Ages 3 and up.
  • 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.

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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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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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