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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

  • Family PlayLab: Life-sized Candyland
    When: Saturday, August 19, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Follow the rainbow path around a life sized version of this classic board game. Complete the game and receive a royal lollipop. All ages.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Auditorium

    In this 1991 animated Disney fairy tale adaptation, a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman fall in love. Rated G.
  • Fall StoryWalk
    When: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new fall story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the fall. Rain date: September 13.
  • Fall StoryWalk
    When: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 4:50 PM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new fall story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the fall. Rain date: September 13.
  • Pajama Storytime
    When: Wednesday, September 13, 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.
  • Family PlayLab: Wind & Air
    When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Take the paper airplane challenge, experiment with a wind tunnel, and make a simple kite. All ages.
  • Family PlayLab: Monster Mash
    When: Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Help us build a giant box creature, make monster costume accessories, and play "feed the beast." All ages.
  • Halloween Storytime
    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Ghosts and goblins and witches, oh my! Enjoy seasonal stories and songs that are more silly than spooky. Costumes encouraged. Ages 3 and up.
  • Halloween Storytime
    When: Monday, October 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Ghosts and goblins and witches, oh my! Enjoy seasonal stories and songs that are more silly than spooky. Costumes encouraged. Ages 3 and up.

Tweens

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

  • Scratch with Digital Adventures
    When: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Design a game similar to dodgeball using this digital media design program. Staff from Wilmette's Digital Adventures, which offers coding classes and technology camps for kids, will lead the class. Grades 5-8. Registration starts August 3 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 10 for nonresidents.
  • Kids' Library Council: Suburban Camping Party
    When: Monday, August 28, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Off-site

    Go camping without leaving Wilmette! We'll say goodbye to summer with crafts and activities best done in the great outdoors and eat pizza under the stars. No tent required. Note: this program will take place at the Gazebo at Mallinckrodt Park, 1960 Elmwood Ave. Grades 5-9. Sign-up starts August 14 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 21 for nonresidents.
  • Kids' Library Council: Meet a Chicken
    When: Monday, September 18, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Chicken consultant Jennifer Murtoff will introduce you to a chicken and a quail. She'll answer all your questions about chickens and how to care for them. Also, help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served. Grades 5-8. Sign-up starts September 5 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, September 12 for nonresidents.
  • Kids' Library Council: Halloween Stickers
    When: Monday, October 16, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Help us decorate the Library for Halloween! You’ll make creepy stickers using our vinyl cutter and special software. Also, help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served. Grades 5-8. Sign-up starts October 2 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, October 9 for nonresidents.

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Children's Bookmark Contest

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

Starting March 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 March 31.

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 April 10, in celebration of National Library Week. 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.

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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Kids' Club: "Every Hero Has a Story"

Kids up through 8th grade, pick up your reading log at the Youth Desk any time between January 2 and February 20. Your goal is to read at least 20 minutes on 10 days. Return your completed reading log by February 29, and receive a free book! Finishers will also be entered into our grand prize drawing for a gift card to Lawrence Deans Bake Shop.

 

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Adult and Teen Club

New year, new Winter Reading Club with weekly drawings! For each book that you read or listen to from January 2 through February 29, come into the library, fill out a slip with the book title(s) and your contact information to be entered into the weekly drawing for the entire duration of the club. The more books you read, the more chances you'll have to win the weekly drawings and the grand prize drawing of assorted literary-themed prizes. Have you read some books and can't make it in? Then simply submit each book online to be entered. Click here to submit your reading online.

 

STEMScience, Technology, Engineering & Math

While the Wilmette Public Library loves literature and language, we also recognize the importance of technological literacy. We offer many programs for children that build scientific knowledge and problem-solving skills, from simple chemistry experiments and animal visits to computer programming and Lego robotics.

Upcoming STEM Events

  • Scratch with Digital Adventures
    When: Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Design a game similar to dodgeball using this digital media design program. Staff from Wilmette's Digital Adventures, which offers coding classes and technology camps for kids, will lead the class. Grades 5-8. Registration starts August 3 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 10 for nonresidents.
  • Youth Chess Drop-In
    When: Sunday, September 10, 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.
  • STEAM Lab: Cardboard Tube Construction (Gr. 3-5)
    When: Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for cardboard tube construction. Build tall and wide, and any shape you want! Grades 3-5. Sign-up starts August 31 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, September 7 for nonresidents.
  • Lego Club
    When: Wednesday, September 20, 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 September 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, September 13 for nonresidents.
  • Youth Chess Drop-In
    When: Sunday, October 08, 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.
  • STEAM Lab: Cardboard Tube Construction (Gr. K-2)
    When: Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for cardboard tube construction. Build tall and wide, and any shape you want! Grades K-2. Sign-up starts September 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, October 5 for nonresidents.
  • Lego Club
    When: Wednesday, October 18, 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 October 4 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, October 11 for nonresidents.

Early Childhood Programs

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Storytimes last between 25 and 30 minutes. Participants enjoy songs and activities in addition to stories. This is a great opportunity for young children to hear good stories, learn, and have fun.

Please note: Advance registration is not necessary. All children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Fall Session Starts September 11

Babytime (Ages 0-24 months): Thursdays at 9:15. Songs, rhymes, tickles, and bounces. Followed by a 30-minute playtime.

Rhymetime (Ages 18 months and up): Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30. Fast-paced stories, rhymes, songs, and more.

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 and up): Mondays at 10:30, Tuesdays at 9:30 and 4:00, and Thursdays at 10:30. Longer books, songs, and movement for children who enjoy a good story.

More Early Childhood Events

  • Totally Untidy Toddlers
    When: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Dress for mess; this sensory playtime will be loads of fun, but it won’t be neat! Ages 1-3 with an adult. Siblings welcome.
  • Calling All Kindergartners!
    When: Saturday, September 09, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make the Library your 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 kindergarteners. This is the perfect time to register for a library card if you don't already have one. For kindergartners with an adult. Registration starts August 26 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, September 2 for nonresidents.
  • Fall StoryWalk
    When: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new fall story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the fall. Rain date: September 13.
  • Fall StoryWalk
    When: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 4:30 PM - 4:50 PM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new fall story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the fall. Rain date: September 13.
  • Pajama Storytime
    When: Wednesday, September 13, 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.
  • Bilingual Storytime
    When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for stories, songs, and fun in Spanish and English! All ages.
  • Bilingual Storytime
    When: Saturday, October 07, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for stories, songs, and fun in Spanish and English! All ages.
  • Halloween Storytime
    When: Saturday, October 28, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Ghosts and goblins and witches, oh my! Enjoy seasonal stories and songs that are more silly than spooky. Costumes encouraged. Ages 3 and up.
  • Halloween Storytime
    When: Monday, October 30, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Ghosts and goblins and witches, oh my! Enjoy seasonal stories and songs that are more silly than spooky. Costumes encouraged. Ages 3 and up.

 

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