Programs & Events for Kids

The Rolling Meadows Library offers its patrons year-round entertainment with various programs and events. No matter what your interests are, we are sure you will find something that educates, informs, enriches, inspires, and entertains you!

Persons with disabilities can arrange for special assistance by calling the library at least two weeks prior to any program.

For more information about programs, or to register for children's programs please call the Youth Services Ask Me Desk at 847-259-6050, extension 140.
Those programs in the registration required section may be signed up for beginning Wednesday, June 1st, unless noted.

Summer Reading Volunteers

Grades: 6-8 (the grade you are entering in the fall)

Looking for something to do this summer? Volunteer at the library and help run our seven week Summer Reading Program, Read for the Win! You will help summer readers register, record progress and hand out prizes. Sign up and information packets will be available beginning Wednesday, June 1.
Attendance at one of the following Volunteer Training Sessions is mandatory:

  • Thursday, June 9, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, June 10, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 11, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 11, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

  • You must attend a training session to volunteer. Schedules will be available for qualified volunteers on Sunday, June 12.
    Call the library at 847-259-6050 x140 or visit the Ask Me Desk for more information.

    Sign up and information packets will be available beginning Wednesday, June 1.

    Summer Reading ClubMonday, June 13th - Saturday, July 30th

    Read for the Win!

    Read for FUN! Read for PRIZES!
    Registration begins June 13th and is ongoing throughout the program. You must register in person. The last day to report is July 30th.

    There are three reading clubs:

  • Read-To-Me for those children of any age who are not yet reading
  • Readers I for readers through grade 5
  • Readers II for readers in grades 6-8

  • A paperback book is awarded for reading ten hours and all reading counts. Reading silently, reading aloud to others, listening to others read, and recorded books are all included. Don't forget magazines and newspapers.

    More details will be given when you register.


    Our Favorite Things...

    Materials from our collection we think you should know about!

    Did you know the Youth Services department has a blog? You can read about staff favorites from the collection, and even tell us what you think of our picks! We talk about new stuff, classics, movies, picture books, you name it. Check it out! You can find a link to the blog on the Youth Services Homepage or go to


    No Registration Required Programs

    Jr. Picassos

    Grades: 2-8
    When: Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    June 4th & July 9th

    Do you like to doodle, create, and have fun? Come share your creativity through drawing, painting, and crafting with like-minded kids.


    June's Movie on the Big Screen | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

    Tuesday, June 7th | 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 159 minutes

    Brush up on your Harry Potter! There are two new Harry Potter stories in the works: A new play, Harry Potter the Cursed Child will premier July 20th and a new movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be released in theatres November 18, 2016. Refresh your memory of your favorite characters, beasts and all things magical with the first Harry Potter movie. Then check out all the rest with your library card!


    Drop In Craft Fridays

    Ages: All
    When: Fridays | Starts at 9:00 a.m. whiles supplies last
    June 17th - July 29th

    Drop into the library on Fridays and create a fun craft. Little ones may need some help.


    Explorers' Club

    Grades: 3-6
    When: Fridays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Session 1: June 17th - July 22nd
    Session 2: August 19th - September 23rd

    Travel the world from the comfort of the library. The Explorers' Club learns about geography and world cultures through books, music, crafts and food. Join the fun!


    Movie on the Big Screen | July

    Friday, July 22nd | 1:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

    MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 100 minutes

    Living large and loving life, Po realizes that he has a lot to learn if he's going to fulfill the next challenge from his beloved instructor. After reuniting with his long-lost father, Po must transition from student to teacher and train a group of fun-loving, clumsy pandas to become martial-arts fighters. Together, the kung-fu brethren unite to take on the evil Kai, a supernatural warrior who becomes stronger with each battle.


    August's Movie on the Big Screen | Zootopia

    Friday, August 12th | 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

    MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 108 minutes

    From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder.


    Registration Required Programs

    Council of Book Readers | June

    Grades: 5-7
    When: Friday, June 17th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    We'll start the summer with a light-hearted adventure through the lands of words and numbers in Norton Juster's The Phantom Tollbooth in June.


    Paint Our Windows

    Grades: 4-8
    When: Friday, June 17th | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Help us create some cool summer scenes. Call the Ask Me Desk to reserve your spot - space is limited!


    Readers' Theater

    Grades: 3-8
    When: Monday, June 20th | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Catch the acting bug! We're looking for kids who want to laugh and have fun reading and acting out stories in Readers Theater.
    All are invited to the 8:00 p.m. performance.


    Summer Special Event # 1

    Bubble Wonders: Anything is Possible! - FULL

    Ages: All
    When: Thursday, June 30th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Everybody's favorite Bubble-expert Geoff Akins brings us an evening of magic and wonder. He inspires audiences to follow their dreams, one bubble at a time! Watching the amazing things he does with bubbles, you'll soon realize that anything is possible!

    Tickets are Required to attend this program.
    This program is completely full.


    Poetry and Pictures in 60 Minutes or Less

    Grades: 5-8
    When: Wednesday, July 13th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    A picture's worth a thousand words,
    Whether sunsets, lizards, cars, or birds.
    But words are tricky, and can amuse;
    Take special care with those you choose.

    Discover your inner poet and craft a poem from a surprise collection
    of words. Illustrate it with a collage of magazine pictures.


    Council of Book Readers | July

    Grades: 5-7
    When: Friday, July 15th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    We'll switch it up in July with Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, a creepy yet heart-warming tale of a boy raised by ghosts.


    The Amazing Race, Dewey Style

    Grades: 4-8
    When: Monday, July 18th | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

    Learn about the Dewey Decimal System (the way we organize things in the library), and have some fun at the same time. Teams will race to complete various challenges as they tour all the categories of human knowledge! Teams will be organized at the start of the program.


    Summer Special Event # 2

    Jeanie B!
    Keep on Rockin
    Sign-up here

    Ages: All
    When: Thursday, July 21st | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Parents' Choice award winner Jeanie B! has been called "Velcro for Kids." Everyone will enjoy this high energy, upbeat, interactive musical program, jammed-packed with sing-a-longs & dancing!

    Tickets are Required to attend program.
    Available at the Ask Me Desk, by phone or Online!


    Talent Show

    Grades: 1-8
    When: Monday, July 25th | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

    Do you have a special talent you'd love to show off? Can you sing, dance, tell jokes, play an instrument or do magic tricks? The possibilities are endless - we've even got a piano! Everyone can come and watch the performance.
    If you are part of a group, only one person in the group needs to register.


    Council of Book Readers | August

    Grades: 5-7
    When: Friday, August 12th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    To end the summer, we'll tackle Animal Farm, George Orwell's classic tale of farm animals trying to run their own society.


    Family Olympics Kick-Off

    Ages: All
    When: Friday, August 12th | 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    Bring the entire family to a fun night of games, refreshments, and competition to celebrate the upcoming Games of the XXXI Olympiad! Come dressed in your favorite sports jerseys or colors to show your family team spirit.


    Call to Schedule Programs
    Discover Online Resources

    Grades: 3 & up with parent
    When: Call to schedule! 847-259-6050, extension 140

    The library is more than just books in a building. We have online resources that you can access and use from the comfort of your own home. These anytime, anywhere tools can teach you new languages, help you travel the world, and access worlds of information.

    Parent - Child Internet Training (in English or Spanish)

    Grades: 3 & up with parent
    When: Call to schedule! 847-259-6050, extension 140

    Librarians use the Internet everyday. Learn some of our tricks, safety tips, and more!

    Visit the Library and Check Out a Museum!

    Ages: All ages
    When: Ongoing

    The Rolling Meadows Library is a participant in the Macy's Museum Adventure Pass program. Rolling Meadows Library cardholders will be able to check out passes to participating museums and cultural organizations throughout the Chicago Metropolitan area. Passes will be valid for a full seven days from checkout. There will be four (4) passes available per museum per week.

    Specifics on entry vary by museum/cultural organization, and this information will be prominently listed on the passes - e.g. 4 people, 2 people, by car (Botanical Garden); if admission/parking is free, or it could be an incentive such as a free audio tour (Oriental Institute).

    For a list of participating museums, click here.

    Find out which passes are currently available for check out by calling the Library at 847-259-6050.

    There is no need to register for any of the Storytimes at the Library, just drop in!

    The Cradle Will Rock

    Ages: 6-23 months
    When: Fridays | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Session 1: June 17th - July 22nd
    Session 2: August 19th - September 23rd

    Join us for books, music, songs and fingerplays for caregiver and baby.

    Puppy Dog Tales

    Ages: 2-3 years
    When: Thursdays | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Session 1: June 16th - July 21st
    Session 2: August 18th - September 22nd

    This program is a time for the two of you, caregiver and child, to enjoy books, songs, games, and a simple craft.


    Ages: 3-5 years including those going into kindergarten.
    Children should be able to attend without a parent.
    When: Tuesdays | 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

    Session 1: June 14th - July 19th
    Session 2: August 16th - September 20th
    When: Wednesdays | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
    Session 1: June 15th - July 20th
    Session 2: August 17th - September 21st

    Join us for stories, a simple craft and lots of fun!

    Family Storytime

    Ages: 3-5 years, but siblings and caregivers are invited to participate.
    When: Tuesdays | 7:15 - 7:45 p.m.

    Session 1: June 14th - July 19th
    Session 2: August 16th - September 20th

    We'll have stories, a simple craft, and lots of fun!

    Sensory Play and Stories

    Grades: Preschool - 2nd Grade
    When: Thursdays | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

    June 16th & July 28th

    Explore all your senses, play some learning games, listen to some interactive stories, and make a masterpiece craft! This program is designed to be accessible to children of all abilities.


    One Two Three... Music and More!

    Ages: Preschool-Grade 2 with caregiver, but all ages are welcome.
    When: Mondays | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

    June 27th & July 25th

    Join us for this monthly program full of music, traditional stories, songs, crafts and games.
    This program will be conducted in Spanish.

    ¡Un Dos Tres!... ¡Música y Más!

    Siglos: Preescolares-2do. Grado y un acompañante, pero todas las edades son bienvenidas.
    Cuando: lunes | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

    27 de junio y 25 de julio

    Acompáñanos en este programa mensual lleno de música, canciones, manualidades y juegos tradicionales.
    Este programa se llevará a cabo en español.