Kids Events

DIY Nature Journals

Thursday, July 29, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:30am
geared for grades K-6 with caregiver
Make your own nature journal and start filling it with decorations and found items in the great outdoors! To help us social distance, please bring a blanket or towel for your group to sit on. We'll provide all of the supplies.
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Children

Storytime: K-2 (virtual)

Thursday, July 29, 2021 -
3:00pm to 3:30pm
geared for grades K-2
Join us for a special storytime for early elementary students. We'll read and play together over Zoom! Please include your email address for connection details.
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Children

Canvas Art (Virtual)

Friday, July 30, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:30am
grades K-6
Join us over Zoom for a canvas art project! Registered participants can pick up an art kit from the library beginning July 16. Please include your email address for connection details.
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Children

National Coloring Book Day

Monday, August 2, 2021 (All day)
grades 6 and under
Happy National Coloring Book Day! Stop by the Youth Services department for a free coloring book along with some coloring stations. Limited coloring books will be available on a first come, first serve basis.
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Children

Lego Challenge

Tuesday, August 3, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:30am
grades K-6 with family
Are you up to the challenge? Join us on the West Plaza for some quick Lego builds. What will we be building? It's a secret until the program starts! We'll provide the Legos. Please bring a blanket/towel for your family to sit on to help us social distance.
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Children

Pop-up Project: Magic Nuudles

Wednesday, August 4, 2021 -
10:00am to 11:00am
grades 6 and under with caregiver
We're creating on the West Plaza. Have fun playing with Magic Nuudles and bring your creation home. Please bring a blanket or towel for your family/group to sit on. We'll provide all of the supplies!
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Children

Bring Your Own Blanket Sticker Bingo: 10am

Thursday, August 5, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:30am
geared for children with caregiver
Join us on the West Plaza for a game of sticker bingo. To help us practice social distancing, please bring a blanket, beach towel, etc. for your family or group to share. One registration per family/group. Registered participants will receive bingo kits when they arrive for the program.
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Children
Storytime

Bring Your Own Blanket Sticker Bingo: 10am

Thursday, August 5, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:30am
geared for children with caregiver
Join us on the West Plaza for a game of sticker bingo. To help us practice social distancing, please bring a blanket, beach towel, etc. for your family or group to share. One registration per family/group. Registered participants will receive bingo kits when they arrive for the program.
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Children
Storytime

Circuit of Fun

Friday, August 6, 2021 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
geared for K-6
Visit the Youth Services department for some weird and wonderful stations you can navigate at your own pace.
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Children

Circuit of Fun

Monday, August 9, 2021 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
geared for K-6
Visit the Youth Services department for some weird and wonderful stations you can navigate at your own pace.
Event Type: 
Children

Pop-up Project: Decorate an Apple

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 (All day)
It's almost school time! Stop by the Youth Services department and help us get our bulletin boards ready for the fall by decorating an apple or two!
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Children

DIY Storytime Stations

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
geared for birth-preschool
Visit stations around the Youth Services department to create your own storytime! Stations will focus on Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking, and Playing as you navigate activities at your own pace and practice social distancing. This activity is for adults and children to participate in together.
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Children

Concert on the Park: Kaleidoscope Eyes (In-Person)

Tuesday, August 10, 2021 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm
Chicago’s premiere acoustic Beatles tribute band; come sing along to all your favorite Beatles songs!

Attendees must bring their own seating. In case of inclement weather, rain-out date will be Wednesday, August 11 at 7pm.
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Concert
Adults
Drop-in Program

Bucket Drum Jam

Wednesday, August 11, 2021 -
10:00am to 11:00am
grades K-6
Are you ready to rock out? Come join us on the West Plaza as we learn some fun and easy drum drills and rhythms. Buckets and sticks will be provided, but feel free to bring your own!
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Children

Rockin' Rhythm Sticks

Thursday, August 12, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:30am
geared for toddlers and preschoolers
Let's make some music on the West Plaza with our rhythm sticks. We'll learn some songs, rhymes, and counting activities we can do with our rhythm sticks. The library will provide rhythm sticks but you are welcome to bring your own. Please bring a blanket or towel for your family to sit on.
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Children

Race to Reading (Virtual)

Thursday, August 12, 2021 -
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Vroom! Vroom! Are you as fast as a race car? Join us for an action-packed storytime over Zoom! Please enter your email address for connection details.
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Children

Bring Your Own Blanket Summer Shorts

Friday, August 13, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:30am
Join us on the West Plaza as read summer themed stories together! Please bring a blanket or towel for your family/group to sit on to help us social distance. One registration per family/group.
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Children

Cartooning: Bizarre Bugs and Irregular Insects (Virtual)

Saturday, August 14, 2021 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Grades K-6
one registration per family or device
Get your paper and pencils ready for a virtual drawing class led by cartoonist Mark Anderson! Kids will play all sort of fun drawing games and create their own creepy crawlies! A bug with as many eyes are you are years old! An insect made entirely of the letter Q! The laughable little brother longlegs! Even if you don’t like bugs, you’ll love drawing these!
Please enter your email address for connection details.
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Children

DIY Storytime Stations

Monday, August 16, 2021 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
geared for birth-preschool
Visit stations around the Youth Services department to create your own storytime! Stations will focus on Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking, and Playing as you navigate activities at your own pace and practice social distancing. This activity is for adults and children to participate in together.
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Children

Firefly Storytime (Virtual)

Monday, August 16, 2021 -
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Let’s read, sing, and celebrate fireflies together over Zoom! Please include your email address for connection details.
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Children

Pop-up Project: Back to School Folders

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
geared for elementary school students
It's back to school time! Stop by the Youth Services department to decorate a folder that you can use during your school year! We'll provide one folder per child along with a variety of craft materials. Folders are on a first come, first serve basis while supplies last.
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Children

Virtual Bilingual Storytime: French

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:30am
children of all ages
Join a storyteller from Language Labs for a virtual bilingual storytime! We'll read, sing, and learn colors together in French. Please include your email address for connection details.
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Children
Storytime

Virtual Bilingual Storytime: French

Tuesday, August 17, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:30am
children of all ages
Join a storyteller from Language Labs for a virtual bilingual storytime! We'll read, sing, and learn colors together in French. Please include your email address for connection details.
Event Type: 
Children
Storytime

Back to School Pencil Cases

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:30am
grades K-6 with caregivers
It's back to school time! Join us on the West Plaza to decorate a cloth pencil case with fabric markers and use it for your school supplies this year! We'll provide all of the supplies and washing instructions.
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Children

Back to School Bingo

Wednesday, August 18, 2021 -
6:30pm to 7:15pm
geared for grades 6 and under with family
Let's play Bingo on the West Plaza! If you get a bingo, choose a school supply of your choice! Please bring a blanket or towel for your family to sit on. One registration per family.
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Children

Back to School Storytime

Thursday, August 19, 2021 -
10:00am to 10:30am
geared for preschool-elementary school with family
It's almost time to head back to school! Join us for a special storytime on the West Plaza celebrating the beginning of a new school year and all the fun it can bring! Please bring a blanket or towel for your family/group to sit on.
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Children

Circuit of Fun

Friday, August 20, 2021 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
geared for K-6
Visit the Youth Services department for some weird and wonderful stations you can navigate at your own pace.
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Children

Stupendous School Stations

Monday, August 23, 2021 -
2:00pm to 9:00pm
It's the first day of school! What are you looking forward to this year? What is your favorite thing to do in school? Stop by the Youth Services department for stations to vote, draw, and much more! You can also pick up a Back to School brag tag while supplies last.
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Children

DIY Storytime Stations

Tuesday, August 24, 2021 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
geared for birth-preschool
Visit stations around the Youth Services department to create your own storytime! Stations will focus on Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking, and Playing as you navigate activities at your own pace and practice social distancing. This activity is for adults and children to participate in together.
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Children

Daniel Tiger Party (Virtual)

Wednesday, August 25, 2021 -
11:00am to 11:30am
Join us on Zoom as we celebrate everything Daniel Tiger! Please enter your email address for connection details.
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Children

DIY Storytime Stations

Thursday, August 26, 2021 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
geared for birth-preschool
Visit stations around the Youth Services department to create your own storytime! Stations will focus on Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking, and Playing as you navigate activities at your own pace and practice social distancing. This activity is for adults and children to participate in together.
Event Type: 
Children

Pop-up Project: Sun Prints

Thursday, August 26, 2021 -
4:00pm to 5:00pm
grades 6 and under with caregiver
Make your own sun prints with items found in nature on the library's West Plaza. We'll provide all of the supplies!
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Children

Pop-up Project: Speed Draw Stations

Friday, August 27, 2021 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm
geared for elementary school students
How fast can you draw your favorite food? Can you draw a zebra in one minute? Try out some of our speed draw stations in the Youth Services department for some fast fun!
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Children

Hauptmann Pop-up Performance (In-Person)

Sunday, August 29, 2021 -
2:00pm to 2:30pm
Join us for this exciting preview of Wheaton Drama's upcoming production of Hauptmann (September 17-October 3, 2021). This play explores the riveting jail cell story of the man convicted of kidnapping and murdering aviator Charles Lindbergh's infant son. Was he guilty of the "Crime of the Century"?
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Drop-in Program

DIY Storytime Stations

Monday, August 30, 2021 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
geared for birth-preschool
Visit stations around the Youth Services department to create your own storytime! Stations will focus on Reading, Writing, Singing, Talking, and Playing as you navigate activities at your own pace and practice social distancing. This activity is for adults and children to participate in together.
Event Type: 
Children

Sunset Camp Out

Monday, August 30, 2021 -
7:00pm to 7:30pm
grades 6 and under with family
Let’s celebrate the last days of summer with a family storytime camp out on the West Plaza! Bring a blanket or towel for your family to sit on.
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Children

Tween Wrapped Earbuds (Virtual)

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 -
4:00pm to 4:30pm
geared for grades 3-6
Let’s give our earbuds a creative twist over Zoom! Craft kits (including earbuds) will be available to pick up at the library starting August 17. Please include your email address for connection details.
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Children

Cartooning: Action Animals (Virtual)

Saturday, September 25, 2021 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Grades K-6
one registration per family or device
Get your paper and pencils ready for a virtual drawing class led by cartoonist Mark Anderson! Learn to draw all sorts of amazing cartoon animals in action! Running! Jumping! Flying! Pouncing! It’s pure zoological zaniness! Please enter your email address for connection details.
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Children

Cartooning: Draw Your Own Haunted House (Virtual)

Saturday, October 30, 2021 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Grades K-6
one registration per family or device
Get your paper and pencils ready for a virtual drawing class led by cartoonist Mark Anderson! Do you like your cartoons a little bit spooky? Then this is the class for you!
Students will tell the cartoonist where to go, what will happen, what to do, and draw along! Will there be werewolves? Maybe. Vampires? Possibly. Frankensteins? Who can say...
Toon in and find out. (Insert spooky laugh here.)
Please enter your email address for connection details.
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Children

Cartooning: Secret Spies, Goofy Gadgets (Virtual)

Saturday, November 20, 2021 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Grades K-6
one registration per family or device
Get your paper and pencils ready for a virtual drawing class led by cartoonist Mark Anderson! Meet Agent 327 and help him create secret spy gadgets for his next mission.
Laser watches! Flying cars! Secret code glasses! Anti-gravity socks! And anything else you can come up with!
Oh no! I’ve been discovered! Run! And sign up now!
Please enter your email address for connection details.
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Children

Cartooning: Wild World of Wacky Winter Sports (Virtual)

Saturday, December 11, 2021 -
10:30am to 11:30am
Grades K-6
one registration per family or device
Get your paper and pencils ready for a virtual drawing class led by cartoonist Mark Anderson! Cartoonists will draw all sorts of silly winter sports!
Snowman bobsled! Reindeer ski jump! Turtle slow-skating! And the freestyle snowball fight!
See you there, sports fans.
Please enter your email address for connection details.
Event Type: 
Children