Kids' Events

Weekly Storytimes

Our weekly storytime schedule can be found on our Early Childhood page. You may also view our calendar.

Registration & Tickets

Some events require advance registration, as noted in the program decription. Unless otherwise noted, Wilmette and Kenilworth residents may register starting two weeks in advance; nonresidents may register 7 days later. To sign up, please stop by the Youth Desk or call us at (847) 256-6945.

Some performances require free tickets. Ticket availability is noted in the program description.

Upcoming Events

  • Solar Eclipse Day
    When: Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

    Stop in between noon and 3 for refreshments and information about the solar eclipse scheduled to begin at approximately noon in our area. The NASA live stream of the event will be running on our big screen in the Auditorium. A limited supply of approved glasses for viewing the solar eclipse will be available. Materials for making a pinhole viewer will be available.
  • Stuffed Animal Sleepover
    When: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for this special evening storytime for you and your favorite stuffed pal. We'll listen to stories and do a craft before we tuck our friends in for the night. Come back the next day to pick up your stuffed animal and find out what the animals did in the Library while you were sleeping. Ages 4 to 7. Registration starts August 10 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 17 for nonresidents.
  • Celestial Suite - Cosmos in Concert
    When: Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Featuring the award-winning quintet, Axiom Brass, Celestial Suite is a multimedia show with narration, astronomy visuals, and live music. The show explores the beautiful rings of Saturn, the most distant galaxies in the universe, the mysteries hidden within black holes, and more! Celestial Suite was developed by Kyle Kremer through the Cosmos in Concert initiative in Northwestern University's Center for Interdisciplinary Exploration and Research in Astrophysics (CIERA).
  • Happy Moving
    When: Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 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 founder of The Art of Happy Moving. Grades 1-4. Registration starts August 12 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 19 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.
  • 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.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    In this 2017 live-action Disney fairy tale adaptation, a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman fall in love. Rated PG.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Astonomy for Everyone: Size and Scale of the Universe
    When: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    An exciting family program (adult oriented) for ages 8 to 100 about the universe from the very small to the very large that lasts approximately 1 ½ hours. Following our indoor formal presentation, we all go outdoors to view celestial objects in the night sky through a powerful telescope, such as the rings of Saturn, craters on the Moon, etc., weather permitting.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • All Ages Movie Poster Contest and Exhibit
    When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    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!
  • 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.
  • Maker Monday: Mosaics
    When: Monday, September 25, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Use materials from Perler beads to Post-it Notes to create your own mosaics. You’ll make and decorate practical items such as coasters and picture frames. All ages. To register, call 847-256-6945 or 847-256-6930, or go online to the Library events calendar.
  • Boys and Books (Gr. 3-4)
    When: Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about CatStronauts: Mission Moon, by Drew Brockington. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Sign-up starts September 5 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, September 12 for nonresidents.
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club (Gr. 3-4)
    When: Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about The Year of the Book, by Andrea Cheng. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Registration starts September 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, September 13 for nonresidents.
  • 2nd Grade Book Club
    When: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Mrs. Noodlekugel, by Daniel Pinkwater. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grade 2 with an adult. Registration starts September 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, September 14 for nonresidents.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • K-9 Reading Buddies of the North Shore
    When: Wednesday, October 11, 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 September 27.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maker Monday: No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating
    When: Monday, October 23, 2017 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Decorate pumpkins without using a knife! We’ll bedeck pumpkins with glitter, paint, and more. Pumpkins will be provided. All ages. To register, call 847-256-6945 or 847-256-6930, or go online to the Library events calendar.
  • Boys and Books (Gr. 3-4)
    When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Dying to Meet You, by Kate Klise. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Sign-up starts October 3 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, October 10 for nonresidents.
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club (Gr. 3-4)
    When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth, by E. L. Konigsburg. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Registration starts October 4 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, October 11 for nonresidents.
  • 2nd Grade Book Club
    When: Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about The Miniature World of Marvin & James, by Elise Broach. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grade 2 with an adult. Registration starts October 5 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, October 12 for nonresidents.
  • 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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