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.

  • 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.
  • Boys and Books
    When: Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about One Dead Spy, by Nathan Hale. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Sign-up starts January 31 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, February 7 for nonresidents.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Storytime
    When: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Light up the night with glowing stories, songs, and games. Ages 3+.
  • Lego Club
    When: Wednesday, March 01, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Your imagination is the limit as you build alone or with a friend at this fun monthly club. Grades K-4. Registration starts February 15 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, February 22 for nonresidents.
  • Read Across America
    When: Thursday, March 02, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with games, activities, and, of course, cupcakes. All ages.
  • All Ages Movie Poster Contest and Exhibit
    When: Saturday, March 04, 2017 - All Day
    Where: Vestibule

    Fun Guaranteed...For REEL! Visit the Library today from 9am-4:15 pm to view an exciting, vibrant display on the Library's first floor of full size movie posters of popular films. Participate in a short, but fun matching activity - match several descriptions correctly to movie posters displayed at the Library for a chance to be the LUCKY WINNER of a $30.00 gift card supplied by the presenter!
  • Chris Fair's Laser Comedy Show
    When: Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Storytelling like you've never seen before! All ages. Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department on the day of the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 8 tickets per family.
  • Chris Fair's Laser Comedy Show (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Saturday, March 04, 2017 - 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Storytelling like you've never seen before! All ages. This performance is intended for children with special needs and their families. Registration starts February 18 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, February 25 for nonresidents.
  • Fairy Tale Fest
    When: Monday, March 06, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Off-site

    Join the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District in celebrating ScreenBreak Week with fun games and activities! All ages. PLEASE NOTE: This program will take place at the Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd., Wilmette.
  • K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
    When: Wednesday, March 08, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Department

    Sign up for a 15-minute slot to read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only, grades 1-5. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program. Sign-up starts February 22.
  • STEAM Lab: Fractals (Gr. 3-5)
    When: Thursday, March 09, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Explore the never-ending patterns of fractals using straws and pipe cleaners! Grades 3-5. Sign-up starts February 23 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 2 for nonresidents.
  • Fun with Math!
    When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Don't think math and fun go together? Think again! Play games, explore symmetry, and more as you learn how to engage your kids in mathematical exploration. Ages 3 to 6 with an adult.
  • Youth Chess Drop-In
    When: Sunday, March 12, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Want to play chess with other kids who love the game? Drop by for informal, fun competition supervised by parent volunteers. Bring chess sets and pieces, if possible. All levels of players are welcome, but prior knowledge of the pieces and how they move is helpful. Space is limited to the first 24 players to arrive.
  • Kids' Library Council: Get Ready for April Fools' Day
    When: Monday, March 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Come to this program and get a free iPhone! Find out whether or not we're joking, and prepare your own pranks and hoaxes ahead of April Fools' Day. Also, help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served. Grades 5-8. Sign-up starts February 27 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 6 for nonresidents.
  • Boys and Books: Middle School & Junior High Edition
    When: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about The Boys in the Boat Young Readers Edition, by Daniel James Brown. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 5-8 with an adult. Sign-up starts February 21 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, February 28 for nonresidents.
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club
    When: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Riding Freedom, by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Registration starts February 23 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 1 for nonresidents.
  • Maker Monday: Spring Green Party!
    When: Monday, March 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    At this celebration of all things green, we'll help you get ready for gardening season with a seed craft project and take your picture against a green screen. Also, we'll be having a swap. Bring your puzzles, games, and craft supplies to trade with other attendees. Anything left over will be donated to charity. To register, call 847-256-6945 or 847-256-6930, or go online to the Library events calendar.
  • Boys and Books
    When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Invisible Inkling, by Emily Jenkins. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Sign-up starts February 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 7 for nonresidents.
  • Youth Improv
    When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Applaud the youth members of the Wilmette Park District Improv Troupe as they perform original interactive sketch comedy. Ages 3 and up.
  • 2nd Grade Book Club
    When: Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Dory Fantasmagory, by Abby Hanlon. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grade 2 with an adult. Registration starts March 2 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 9 for nonresidents.
  • Italian Storytime
    When: Monday, March 27, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join Insieme a Chicago for an Italian-language storytime and craft. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Siblings welcome. Registration starts March 13 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 20 for nonresidents.
  • DIY Phone Stickers
    When: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Decorate your phone or other gadget with stickers you make yourself using our vinyl cutter and design software. Grades 5-8. Registration starts March 14 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 21 for nonresidents.
  • School's Out Movie (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Meet Pete and his dragon Elliot in this sensory-friendly screening of the classic 1977 animated version (rated G). All ages.
  • School's Out Movie
    When: Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Meet Pete and his dragon Elliot in this screening of the 2016 live-action version of the classic story (rated PG). All ages.
  • Shopkins Fun Fair
    When: Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Drop in for for crafts and more. Bring your Shopkins to show or trade! Grades 1-5.
  • Bead to the Beat
    When: Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Don't get the Spring Break Blues! Design your own beaded key chains and jewelry to our feel-good playlist. Grades 1-4. Registration starts March 17 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 24 for nonresidents.
  • Hansel and Gretel (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Improv Playhouse presents this interactive retelling of the classic tale. This performance is intended for children with special needs and their families. Registration starts March 18 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 25 for nonresidents.
  • Hansel and Gretel
    When: Saturday, April 01, 2017 - 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    Improv Playhouse presents this interactive retelling of the classic tale. All ages. Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department on the day of the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 8 tickets per family.
  • Kids' Library Council: Meet a Therapy Cat
    When: Monday, April 03, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Meet Max, the reading therapy cat! A representative from pet therapy group Love on a Leash will introduce you to this amazing feline and explain how their program works. Also, help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served. Grades 5-8. Sign-up starts March 20 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 27 for nonresidents.
  • Lego Club
    When: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Your imagination is the limit as you build alone or with a friend at this fun monthly club. Grades K-4. Registration starts March 22 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, March 29 for nonresidents.
  • Pajama Storytime
    When: Wednesday, April 05, 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.
  • Youth Chess Drop-In
    When: Sunday, April 09, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Want to play chess with other kids who love the game? Drop by for informal, fun competition supervised by parent volunteers. Bring chess sets and pieces, if possible. All levels of players are welcome, but prior knowledge of the pieces and how they move is helpful. Space is limited to the first 24 players to arrive.
  • K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
    When: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Department

    Sign up for a 15-minute slot to read some of your favorite stories to a trained therapy dog. Wilmette and Kenilworth residents only, grades 1-5. K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore is a Therapy Dogs International Children Reading to Dogs Program. Sign-up starts February 22.
  • STEAM Lab: Fractals (Gr. K-2)
    When: Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Explore the never-ending patterns of fractals using straws and pipe cleaners! Grades K-2. Sign-up starts March 30 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, April 6 for nonresidents.
  • Maker Monday: Word Art
    When: Monday, April 17, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Try calligraphy, block printing, and more as you turn words into all kinds of art! To register, call 847-256-6945 or 847-256-6930, or go online to the Library events calendar.
  • Boys and Books
    When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about The Terrible Two, by Mac Barnett and Jory John. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Sign-up starts March 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, April 4 for nonresidents.
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club
    When: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Like Carrot Juice on a Cupcake, by Julie Sternberg. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Registration starts March 29 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, April 5 for nonresidents.
  • 2nd Grade Book Club
    When: Thursday, April 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Toys Go Out, by Emily Jenkins. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grade 2 with an adult. Registration starts April 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, April 13 for nonresidents.
  • Día de los Niños Storytime
    When: Saturday, April 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join Wilmette Language Stars staff for stories and songs in Spanish in celebration of Día de los Niños, Children's Day. Ages 2-5.

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