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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

  • Pajama Storytime
    When: Wednesday, December 02, 2015 - 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.
  • K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
    When: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Sign up for a 15-minute slot to read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program. Grades 1-5. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only. Sign-up starts October 28.

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Children's Bookmark Contest

This April, design a bookmark for the Wilmette Public Library!

Starting April 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 April 30.

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 May 15. 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

  • Kids' Library Council
    When: Monday, December 07, 2015 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Decorate cookies with Lawrence Deans Bake Shop. Also, help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served. Grades 5-8. Sign-up starts November 23 for residents, November 30 for nonresidents.
  • Viking Crafts
    When: Tuesday, December 22, 2015 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Tuesday, December 22, 3:30-4:30, Youth Program Room,
    Join us for some fun Viking crafts, inspired by Rick Riordan's new Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series. Grades 4-8. Sign-up starts December 8 for residents, December 15 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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"Fizz, Boom, Read!" for Kids

Kids up through 8th grade, pick up your reading log at the Youth Desk any time between January 2 and February 15.Your goal is to read at least 20 minutes on 10 days. Return your completed reading log by February 28, and receive a free book! Finishers will also be entered into our grand prize drawing for the following prizes:

  • PBS Kids Architectural Blocks
  • Clifford the Big Red Dog Bubble Science Kit
  • Qwirkle Board Game
  • Steve Spangler's Geyser Tube


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"Escape the Ordinary!" for Adults & Teens

This year’s Adult and Teen Winter Reading Club theme is “Escape the Ordinary!” and extends from January 2 to March 1. Pick up your sign-up packet at the Recent Arrivals desk, read any three books, and receive your completion prize. All completed log sheets will enter you to win the grand prize!

Teen Grand Prize

Escape the Ordinary Teen Grand Prize


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