Kids' Events

Our regular storytime schedule can be found on our Early Childhood page. You may also view our calendar.

Some events require advance registration. To sign up, please stop by the Youth Desk or call us at (847) 256-6945.

  • Park‐a‐Day Challenge
    When: Monday, June 06, 2016 - 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Join us for an outdoor storytime when you take the Park-a-Day Challenge to play, discover new play spaces, and promote children's unstructured play. In partnership with The Alliance for Early Childhood and area park districts and libraries.
  • Park‐a‐Day Challenge
    When: Thursday, June 09, 2016 - 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Townley Park

    Join us for an outdoor storytime when you take the Park-a-Day Challenge to play, discover new play spaces, and promote children's unstructured play. In partnership with The Alliance for Early Childhood and area park districts and libraries.
  • Drop-In Chess
    When: Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Drop by for informal, fun competition with other kids who love the game. Bring chess sets and pieces, if possible. All levels of players are welcome. Space is limited to the first 24 players to arrive. All ages.
  • Stories in Maple Park
    When: Monday, June 13, 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.
  • Summer Reading Kick-off Party
    When: Tuesday, June 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Library Lawn

    Start Summer Reading right with Mike Vondruska's Comedy Juggling Show. For all ages. If you wish, come at 6:30 and bring a picnic dinner. The performance starts at 7:00. In case of rain or extreme heat, the show will take place in the Library Auditorium.
  • Imagination Storytime: Vet
    When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for thematic stories, songs, and pretend play. Today, bring in your favorite stuffed animal to treat at our Veterinary Clinic. Ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 1 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 8 for nonresidents.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Marlin and his well-meaning but wacky friend, Dory, embark on an epic journey to find his son, Nemo. Rated G.
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club
    When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about The Great Cake Mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith. Grades 3-5 with an adult. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Sign-up starts May 25 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 1 for nonresidents.
  • 2nd Grade Book Club
    When: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake, by Katie Speck. Grade 2-3 with an adult. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Sign-up starts May 26 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 2 for nonresidents.
  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, June 20, 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.
  • Boys and Books
    When: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about The No 1 Car Spotter, by Atinuke. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-5 with an adult. Sign-up starts May 31 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 7 for nonresidents.
  • Imagination Storytime: Post Office
    When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for thematic stories, songs, and pretend play. Today, send, deliver, and receive letters at our Post Office. Ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 1 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 8 for nonresidents.
  • John Measner Magic
    When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Wit, charm and sleight of hand mix with some of the best stage illusions you are likely to ever see. Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department starting at 6:00 the evening before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 6 tickets per family.
  • John Measner Magic (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Wit, charm and sleight of hand mix with some of the best stage illusions you are likely to ever see. Registration is required for this sensory-friendly performance. Registration starts June 4 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 11 for nonresidents.
  • John Measner Magic
    When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Wit, charm and sleight of hand mix with some of the best stage illusions you are likely to ever see. Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department starting at 6:00 the evening before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 6 tickets per family.
  • Lego WeDo
    When: Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Experiment with Lego robotics! Program and build your own cool contraptions. Grades 3-5. Registration starts June 9 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 16 for nonresidents.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:00 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 Vattmann Park
    When: Monday, June 27, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Vattmann 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.
  • Imagination Storytime: Camping
    When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for thematic stories, songs, and pretend play. Today, we'll go indoor camping! (All the fun, none of the bugs.) Ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 1 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 8 for nonresidents.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Robotics whiz Hiro Hamada joins up with his tech-savvy friends and his robot companion Baymax to save San Fransokyo. Rated PG.
  • Scratch Multimedia Design
    When: Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Learn coding basics as you create a game in Scratch. Please bring a flash drive. Grades 5–9. Registration starts June 16 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 23 for nonresidents.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:00 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.
  • Imagination Storytime: Baby Care Center
    When: Wednesday, July 06, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for thematic stories, songs, and pretend play. Today, bring your favorite doll and help take care of it in our Baby Care Center. Ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 1 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 8 for nonresidents.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Wednesday, July 06, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    A military dog from Afghanistan is adopted by his late handler's family in the U.S., where he forms a close bond with the soldier's brother. Rated PG.
  • Scratch Jr.
    When: Thursday, July 07, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Take the very first steps towards learning computer programming with this iPad app. We'll make games and animations. Grades 1-4. Participants must be able to read. Registration starts June 23 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 30 for nonresidents.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 07, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:00 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.
  • Drop-In Chess
    When: Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Drop by for informal, fun competition with other kids who love the game. Bring chess sets and pieces, if possible. All levels of players are welcome. Space is limited to the first 24 players to arrive. All ages.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Reading a Work of Art: Van Gogh's Bedrooms
    When: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join art historian Lindy Rubin in an exploration of some world-famous works of art. Adults are invited to attend the last five minutes to see what the kids have learned. Ages 4-7. Registration starts June 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 5 for nonresidents.
  • Boys and Books
    When: Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-5 with an adult. Sign-up starts June 21 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 28 for nonresidents.
  • Imagination Storytime: Garden
    When: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for thematic stories, songs, and pretend play. Today, get ready to dig, plant, and play in the garden. Ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 1 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 8 for nonresidents.
  • Flying Fox Conservation Fund
    When: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Get an up-close look at ten animals from around the world, and then stay after to pet the animals. Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department starting at 6:00 the evening before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 6 tickets per family.
  • 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.
  • Flying Fox Conservation Fund
    When: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Get an up-close look at ten animals from around the world, and then stay after to pet the animals. Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department starting at 6:00 the evening before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 6 tickets per family.
  • 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 - 7:00 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.
  • 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.
  • Reading a Work of Art: Abstract Art
    When: Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join art historian Lindy Rubin in an exploration of some world-famous works of art. Adults are invited to attend the last five minutes to see what the kids have learned. Ages 4-7. Registration starts June 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 5 for nonresidents.
  • Imagination Storytime: Construction
    When: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for thematic stories, songs, and pretend play. Put on your hard hat and get ready to build – it's construction time! Ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 1 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 8 for nonresidents.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 5:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Beverly Cleary's characters come to life in this movie adaptation of the popular book series. Rated PG.
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club
    When: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Stuart Little, by Peggy Gifford. Grades 3-5 with an adult. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Sign-up starts June 29 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 6 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 - 7:00 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.
  • 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.
  • Reading a Work of Art: Sculpture
    When: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join art historian Lindy Rubin in an exploration of some world-famous works of art. Adults are invited to attend the last five minutes to see what the kids have learned. Ages 4-7. Registration starts June 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 5 for nonresidents.

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