Wilmette Public Library Upcoming Kids Events

On this page, you’ll find upcoming kids’ events scheduled in the next few weeks. For a full listing of all our upcoming events, please visit our online calendar.

  • Drop-In Chess
    When: Sunday, May 08, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 6:00 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.
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club
    When: Wednesday, May 11, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Lady Lollipop, by Dick King-Smith. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Sign-up starts April 20 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, April 27 for nonresidents.
  • 2nd Grade Book Club
    When: Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about The Case of the Lost Boy, by Dori Hillestad Butler. Grade 2 with an adult. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Sign-up starts April 21 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, April 28 for nonresidents.
  • Spring StoryWalk
    When: Monday, May 16, 2016 - 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new spring 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 spring.
  • Spring StoryWalk
    When: Monday, May 16, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 4:50 PM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new spring 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 spring.
  • Kids' Library Council
    When: Monday, May 16, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make your own buttons, plus help plan library spaces and programs for kids in grades 5-8. Snacks will be served. Grades 5-8. Registration starts May 2 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, May 9 for nonresidents.
  • Lego Club
    When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 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. Sign-up starts May 4 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, May 11 for nonresidents.
  • Pajama Storytime
    When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 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.
  • Bike to the Library Day
    When: Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Where: Library Lawn

    Bike on over to the Library to decorate your bike for the season and learn more about biking in Wilmette. Wear your helmet and get a free water bottle! In case of rain, we will meet in the Youth Program Room. For all ages.
  • Youth Improv
    When: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Applaud the youth members of the Wilmette Park District Improv Troupe as they perform original interactive sketch comedy. Ages 3 and up.
  • 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.
  • Drop-In Chess
    When: Sunday, June 12, 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, 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.
  • Imagination Storytime
    When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for thematic stories, songs, and pretend play. Today, bring in your favorite stuffed animal to treat at our Veterinary Clinic. Ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 1 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 8 for nonresidents.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Marlin and his well-meaning but wacky friend, Dory, embark on an epic journey to find his son, Nemo. Rated G.
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club
    When: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about The Great Cake Mystery, by Alexander McCall Smith. Grades 3-5 with an adult. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Sign-up starts May 25 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 1 for nonresidents.
  • 2nd Grade Book Club
    When: Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake, by Katie Speck. Grade 2-3 with an adult. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Sign-up starts May 26 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 2 for nonresidents.
  • 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.
  • Boys and Books
    When: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about The No 1 Car Spotter, by Atinuke. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-5 with an adult. Sign-up starts May 31 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 7 for nonresidents.
  • Imagination Storytime
    When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Join us for thematic stories, songs, and pretend play. Today, send, deliver, and receive letters at our Post Office. Ages 2-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 8 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 15 for nonresidents.
  • John Measner Magic
    When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Wit, charm and sleight of hand mix with some of the best stage illusions you are likely to ever see. 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.
  • 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.
  • John Measner Magic
    When: Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 5:00 PM - 5:45 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Wit, charm and sleight of hand mix with some of the best stage illusions you are likely to ever see. 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.
  • Lego WeDo
    When: Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Experiment with Lego robotics! Program and build your own cool contraptions. Grades 3-5. Registration starts June 9 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 16 for nonresidents.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:00 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.
  • Imagination Storytime
    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 15 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 22 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 - 7:00 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 - 7:00 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.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 7:00 PM - 7:00 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 - 7:00 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.

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