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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, June 23, 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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