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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

  • Halloween Storytime
    When: Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Ghosts and goblins and witches, oh my! Enjoy seasonal stories and songs that are more silly than spooky. Costumes encouraged. Ages 3 and up.
  • Halloween Storytime
    When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Ghosts and goblins and witches, oh my! Enjoy seasonal stories and songs that are more silly than spooky. Costumes encouraged. Ages 3 and up.

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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.


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

  • Halloween Window Decorations
    When: Friday, September 30, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Design and cut Halloween decorations for your windows or walls. Using our vinyl cutter and special software, you'll make cobwebs, jack o'lanterns, or ghosts to stick wherever scaring is required. Grades 5-8. Registration starts September 16 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, September 19 for nonresidents.
    [Limit 10 kids]
  • Kids' Library Council
    When: Monday, October 10, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Do you love the Library? Do you have lots of ideas to make it even better? Join us for a meeting of our Kids' Library Council to do fun activities and plan library spaces and programs for kids in 5th to 8th grades. This month, make stop-motion animation and time-lapse videos using the recently remodeled library's new toys and installations. Grades 5-8. Registration starts September 26 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, October 3 for nonresidents.
  • Halloween Makeup
    When: Monday, October 24, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make your Halloween costume fabulously scary with makeup! Learn to apply Halloween makeup—both gory and gorgeous—with professional makeup artist Allison Halver. She'll demonstrate how to make wounds and prosthetic applications and offer tips on how to apply Halloween makeup on your own. Participants will be able to try on some of the makeup. Please note that we will be working with latex. Grades 5-8. Registration starts October 10 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, October 17 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.



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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