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.

  • 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 - 7:45 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 - 7:45 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 - 7:45 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 - 7:45 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.
  • Ben's Bubble Show
    When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Enjoy bubble sculptures, illusions, and audience participation! 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.
  • Ben's Bubble Show (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Enjoy bubble sculptures, illusions, and audience participation! Registration is required for this sensory-friendly performance. Registration starts July 13 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 20 for nonresidents.
  • Ben's Bubble Show
    When: Wednesday, July 27, 2016 - 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Enjoy bubble sculptures, illusions, and audience participation! 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.
  • Water Bottle Design
    When: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make a water bottle awesome! Use design software and our vinyl cutter to create decorations for a water bottle. We'll supply the water bottles, you supply the good ideas! Grades 5–9. Registration starts July 14 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 28 for nonresidents.
  • 2nd Grade Book Club
    When: Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Hamster and Cheese, by Colleen A. F. Venable and Stephanie Yue. Grade 2-3 with an adult. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Sign-up starts July 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 14 for nonresidents.
  • Reading a Work of Art: African Art
    When: Saturday, July 30, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    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.
  • Write - For the Win!
    When: Monday, August 01, 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.
  • Interactive Movie
    When: Monday, August 01, 2016 - 6:00 PM - 8:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Celebrate Harry Potter's birthday by cheering, booing, and casting spells along with the first movie of the series. Costumes encouraged! Wizarding-themed snacks will be served. Grades 5–9. Rated PG.
  • Reading a Work of Art: Impressionism
    When: Tuesday, August 02, 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.
  • Rock On!
    When: Wednesday, August 03, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Create one-of-a-kind art using rocks and other natural materials. Grades 1-4. Registration starts July 20 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 27 for nonresidents.
  • End of Summer Celebration
    When: Thursday, August 04, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Library Lawn

    Celebrate the end of Summer Reading as you sing and dance with award-winning musician Laura Doherty. If you wish, come at 6:30 and bring a picnic dinner. Performances begin at 7:00. In case of rain or extreme heat, the show will take place in the Library Auditorium.
  • Wire Art
    When: Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Explore your creativity as you create art with colorful wires. Grades 1-4. Registration starts July 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 4 for nonresidents.
  • Drop-In Chess
    When: Sunday, August 14, 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.
  • Calling All Kindergartners!
    When: Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make the Library the first stop in your exciting journey to elementary school! Kids will have a storytime and craft while adults get a special tour of Library resources for kindergartners. This is the perfect time to register for a library card if you don't already have one. Kindergartners with an adult. Registration starts August 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 13 for nonresidents.
  • Happy Moving
    When: Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Are you new to Wilmette? Getting ready to start a new school? Learn about settling into a new place and making new friends with Ali Wenzke, Moving Expert and Kind Kids Club Director at The Kindness Connection. Grades 1–4. Registration starts August 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 13 for nonresidents.
  • Calling All Kindergartners!
    When: Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make the Library the first stop in your exciting journey to elementary school! Kids will have a storytime and craft while adults get a special tour of Library resources for kindergartners. This is the perfect time to register for a library card if you don't already have one. Kindergartners with an adult. Registration starts August 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 13 for nonresidents.

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