The Youth Services Department plans year-round events for children from birth through 8th grade and their families. These are some of the kinds of programs you can expect. For a full listing of events, please view our calendar.
Some events require advance registration, as noted in the program decription. Unless otherwise noted, registration begins 2 weeks in advance. To sign up, please register on our online calendar, stop by the Youth Desk, call us at (847) 256-6945.
Some performances require free tickets. Ticket availability is noted in the program description.
We offer weekday storytimes throughout the year, as well as periodic evening and weekend storytimes and other hands-on events for children ages 0–6.
Family book clubs provide an opportunity for meaningful intergenerational interaction. We offer three clubs: 2nd Grade Book Club, Boys & Books (for grades 3–4 and 5–8), and Mother-Daughter Book Club (for grades 3–4 and 5–8). Kids may attend any of these clubs with a special adult of any gender. Registration for family book clubs begins 3 weeks before the program date.
While we love literature and language, we recognize the importance of technological literacy and the arts. We have a monthly STEAM Lab for grades K–4, plus periodic workshops in coding, robotics, and art and crafts. We host a monthly Lego Club as well as a monthly chess program staffed by parent volunteers.
All children who meet program guidelines are welcome at any program, but we know packed performances are not right for every child. Sensory-friendly performances and movie screenings have smaller audiences, more light, and the ability to move around.
Tween events are for kids in grades 5–8. Programs include Maker and STEM programs, family book clubs, and the Kids' Library Council, which plans events and spaces for tweens.