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 Thursday, June 1st, unless noted.

Summer Reading Program
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 Summer Reading Program, Get a Clue... At the Library.
Help summer readers register, record progress and hand out prizes.
Sign up and information packets will be available beginning Thursday, June 1st.
Call the library or visit the Ask Me Desk for more information.
Attendance at one of the following Volunteer Training Sessions is mandatory:

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

  • You must attend a training session to volunteer. Schedules will be available for qualified volunteers on Sunday, June 11th.
    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 Thursday, June 1st.


    Summer Reading ClubMonday, June 12th - Sunday, August 6th

    Get a Clue...At the Library!

    Read for FUN! Read for PRIZES!
    Registration begins June 12th and is ongoing throughout the program. You must register in person. The last day to report is August 6th.

    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 audio books are all included. Don't forget magazines and newspapers.

    More details will be given when you register.

     


    Book Bundles!
    NEW!

    What's a Book Bundle?
    It's a bundle of 5 books on a topic that are hand-picked by our awesome librarians and tied with a ribbon. Check them out like regular books, but faster!
    Topics available include: Trains, Colors, Feelings, Siblings, and Achoo!
    If there is a topic you'd like to request we'd be happy to make it - just for you!
    We love suggestions!
    Remember, all books count towards 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!!


    Book B I N G O !
    NEW!

    For parents and caregivers
    Pick up a bingo package of books, check them out, bring them home.
    If you read them all you'll complete a line for B I N G O !
    When you return your books, bring back your completed BINGO card for a small parent prize. We'll have BINGO packages for ages 0-3 and ages 3-4.
    Remember, all books count towards 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!!


    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 http://rmlysfavorites.blogspot.com/.

     


    No Registration Required Programs

    Explorers' Club

    Grades: 3-6
    Fridays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    June 2nd, July 7th & August 4th

    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!


    Jr. Picassos' Art Club

    Grades: 2-8
    Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    June 3rd, July 8th & August 12th

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


    Drop In Coloring

    Ages: All
    Tuesday, June 13th | 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Stop by and spend some time coloring scenes with other cool kids! When complete, we'll display it!

     


    Drop In Craft

    Ages: All
    Fridays | Starts at 9:00 a.m. whiles supplies last
    June 16th - July 28th

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

     


    June's Movie on the Big Screen | The LEGO Batman Movie

    Wednesday, June 28th | 1:30 - 3:40 p.m.

    MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 129 minutes

    There are big changes brewing in Gotham, but if Batman wants to save the city from the Joker's hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Maybe his superhero sidekick Robin and loyal butler Alfred can show him a thing or two.

     


    July's Movie on the Big Screen | SMURFS: The Lost Village

    Friday, July 21st | 1:30 - 3:05 p.m.

    MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 91 minutes

    Best friends Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty use a special map that guides them through the Forbidden Forest, an enchanted wonderland that's filled with magical creatures. Their adventure leads them on a course to discover the biggest secret in Smurf history as they race against time and the evil wizard Gargamel to find a mysterious village.

     


    August's Movie on the Big Screen | Beauty and the Beast*

    Wednesday, August 2nd | 1:30 - 3:45 p.m.

    MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 139 minutes

    Belle, a bright, beautiful and independent young woman, is taken prisoner by a beast in its castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle's enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the beast's hideous exterior, allowing her to recognize the kind heart and soul of the true prince that hides on the inside.

    * Another movie will be substituted if the DVD has not been released by the first show date.

     


    Registration Required Programs

    Paint Our Windows

    Grades: 4-8
    Wednesday, June 7th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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

    Sign up for this program begins May 30th at the Ask Me Desk.

     


    Minecraft Mania

    Grades: 3-5
    Saturday, June 10th | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    Come learn how to create your own Minecraft sculptures. All players will have an unlimited supply of blocks and materials to build and decorate with.
    The challenge will be to create objects that relate to the theme that will be revealed on the day of the program.
    No previous experience or Minecraft account necessary.
    Full instruction provided.

     


    Gamibots

    Grades: 6-8
    Friday, June 16th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Origami is the ancient art of paper folding.
    Robotics is the modern science of engineering smart machines. We'll learn a bit about both and combine them to create simple robotic creatures.

     


    Learn Coding With Scratch

    Grades: 4-8
    Saturday, June 17th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Scratch is a kid-friendly computer language that makes learning programming skills easy and fun!
    We'll explore some of the cool things you can do with Scratch and try our hand at completing a short animation.

    Basic computer skills required.

     


    Día de los Niños

    Ages: All
    Saturday, June 17th | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Día de los Niños is a celebration of children, families and reading.
    Our celebration emphasizes the importance of books and reading for all children.
    Come join us!
    A snack will be served.
    This celebration is usually held in Spring, but due to library construction, we are celebrating in Summer.

     


    SPECIAL EVENT: Alina Celeste Sign-up here

    Ages: All
    Thursday, June 22nd | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Community Room
    Tickets available: June 1st

    Join internationally acclaimed performer Alina Celeste for a joyous blend of parent-friendly singalongs, dance-alongs, and family jams.

    Get your FREE tickets at the Ask Me Desk or reserve them online beginning June 1st.

     


    Council of Book Readers | June

    Grades: 5-8
    Friday, June 23rd | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    We're diving into mysteries!
    We start off with Kate Milford's Greenglass House.
    At Greenglass House, a smuggler's inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers' adopted son, plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook's daughter, on an adventure.

    Put on your Detective hats and join the Council!

     


    PJ Storytime

    Grades: Preschool-2nd with caregiver
    Monday, July 10th | 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.

    Come dressed in your favorite pajamas for a sleepy little storytime.
    We'll make a very cozy craft and have a tasty snack.


    Readers' Theater

    Grades: 3-8
    Tuesday, July 12th | 7:00 - 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.

     


    PJ Storytime

    Grades: Preschool-2nd with caregiver
    Thursday, July 13th | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

    Come dressed in your favorite pajamas for a sleepy little storytime.
    We'll make a very cozy craft and have a tasty snack.


    SPECIAL EVENT: Kevin Farris Sign-up here

    Ages: All
    Tuesday, July 18th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Location: Community Room
    Tickets available: July 1st

    Join us for this highly interactive, all-ages concert-tale: Prince K's Rock n' Roll Adventure!
    Kevin is our own Miss Julie's son!
    He will take us on adventures filled with infinite possibilities through storytelling and songs!

    Get your FREE tickets at the Ask Me Desk or reserve them online beginning July 1st.

     


    Council of Book Readers | July

    Grades: 5-8
    Friday, July 21st | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    We're diving into mysteries!
    For July we are reading Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright's The Cheshire Cheese Cat.
    A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.

    Put on your Detective hats and join the Council!

     


    Minecraft Mania

    Grades: 3-5
    Saturday, July 22nd | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    Come learn how to create your own Minecraft sculptures. All players will have an unlimited supply of blocks and materials to build and decorate with.
    The challenge will be to create objects that relate to the theme that will be revealed on the day of the program.
    No previous experience or Minecraft account necessary.
    Full instruction provided.

     


    Learn Coding With Scratch

    Grades: 4-8
    Saturday, July 29th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Scratch is a kid-friendly computer language that makes learning programming skills easy and fun!
    We'll explore some of the cool things you can do with Scratch and try our hand at completing a short animation.

    Basic computer skills required.

     


    Pokémon Scavenger Hunt

    Grades: Preschool-5th

    Tuesday, August 8th | 1:00 p.m. session
    | 1:30 p.m. session
    | 4:00 p.m. session
    | 4:30 p.m. session

    Back by popular demand!
    Catch them all at the 2nd Annual Rolling Meadows Library Pokémon Scavenger Hunt.
    Claim your prize, and make a craft!

    Sign up for one of four sessions.

     


    Council of Book Readers | August

    Grades: 5-8
    Friday, July 21st | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    We're diving into mysteries!
    For July we are reading Carmen Agra Deedy & Randall Wright's The Cheshire Cheese Cat.
    A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London's Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.

    Put on your Detective hats and join the Council!

     


    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, extension 140.


    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
    Fridays | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Session 1: June 9th - July 7th
    Session 2: July 21st - August 18th

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


    Puppy Dog Tales

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

    Session 1: June 8th - July 6th
    Session 2: July 20th - August 17th

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


    Storytime

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

    Session 1: June 6th - June 27th
    Session 2: July 18th - August 15th
    OR
    Wednesdays | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
    Session 1: June 7th - July 5th
    Session 2: July 19th - August 16th

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


    Sensory Play and Stories

    Grades: Preschool - 2nd with caregiver
    Mondays | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

    June 19th, July 17th & August 21st

    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!

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

    June 26th, July 24th & August 28th

    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.

    26 de junio, 24 de julio y 28 de agosto

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