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 Sunday, March 2nd.


No Registration Required Programs
Dr. Seuss Celebration

When: Saturday, March 1st
Session 1: 10:30 a.m.
Session 2: 1:30 p.m.

Let your imagination run loose as we celebrate Dr. Seuss!
It is that time of year for a party!
Maybe with a Who, a Thing, a Cat in a Hat, some oobleck and you (such a smarty)!
Crafts, cake, games and stories await; so pick up your tickets and do not be late!
Free tickets are available at the Youth Services Ask Me Desk NOW!


Explorers' Club

Grades: 3-6
When: Fridays | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Session 1: March 7th - April 4th
Session 2: April 18th - May 23rd

Travel the world - right here at the library! Each week we'll learn about a different country through music, food, crafts and more!


Chess Club

Ages: All
When: Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Session 1: March 8th - April 5th
Session 2: April 19th - May 24th

Are you interested in the game of chess? Then come to the library and play! Check out our brand new chess club, and find out if YOU have what it takes to play the game of kings! All are welcome and no experience is necessary. This is a "drop-in" club.


Drop In Craft

Ages: All
When: Fridays | 9:00 a.m. while supplies last
March 21st, April 18th & May 16th

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


Spring Break Movie on the Big Screen | March

When: Monday, March 24th | 1:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Rated: PG; 108 Minutes

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.


The Anytime, Anywhere Library - BookFlix

Ages: All
When: Monday, March 24th | 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

BookFlix is a literacy resource for students in grades K-3 that pairs classic video storybooks with related nonfiction e-books to build a love of reading and learning.

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 anywhere, anytime tools can teach you new languages, help you travel the world, and bring books to life in new ways. Parents, teachers, and children -- come by for some delicious treats, and learn more about what the library has to offer.


Spring Break Movie on the Big Screen | March

When: Thursday, March 27th | 1:30 - 3:10 p.m.
Rated: G; 104 Minutes

Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn't always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. This movie unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.


Jr. Picassos' Art Club

Grades: 3-8
When: Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
March 29th, April 12th & May 10th

Be a part of the Club and channel your creativity through drawing, painting, and crafts.


The Anytime, Anywhere Library - Google Lit Trips

Ages: All
When: Monday, March 31st | 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

The short version is simple. Google Lit Trips are free downloadable files that mark the journeys of characters from famous literature on the surface of Google Earth. Come see what we can show you.

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 anywhere, anytime tools can teach you new languages, help you travel the world, and bring books to life in new ways. Parents, teachers, and children -- come by for some delicious treats, and learn more about what the library has to offer!


The Anytime, Anywhere Library - CultureGrams

Ages: All
When: Monday, April 28th | 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

CultureGrams is a leading reference for concise and reliable cultural information on the countries of the world. With world events increasingly affecting our lives, it's more important than ever to educate students about the world around them.

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 anywhere, anytime tools can teach you new languages, help you travel the world, and bring books to life in new ways. Parents, teachers, and children -- come by for some delicious treats, and learn more about what the library has to offer!


The Anytime, Anywhere Library - MUZZY Online

Ages: All
When: Monday, May 5th | 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

MUZZY is an internationally recognized language learning program created for children. It has won numerous awards and has grown to include eight world languages, classroom materials, books, toys and more. Now, with MUZZY Online, children can have immediate access to the same award-winning content and a new, fun format. Let us show you how it works!

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 anywhere, anytime tools can teach you new languages, help you travel the world, and bring books to life in new ways. Parents, teachers, and children -- come by for some delicious treats, and learn more about what the library has to offer!


Registration Required Programs
RML Secret Book Society

Grades: 4-5
When: Friday, March 28th | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

For Spring, we'll be reading Hoot, by Carl Hiassen. This hilarious mystery (which was made into a movie in 2006) involves barefoot runners, school bullies, alligators, snakes, student protestors, big business and the police - all to save the home of a few burrowing owls. An eco-adventure in honor of Earth Day!


Intro to Scratch

Grades: 4-8
When: Saturday, March 29th | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Community Room, upper level

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 (like animated videos and computer games) and try our hand at completing a short animation.
Basic computer skills required.


Annual Bookmark Contest for Children's Book Week

Grades: K-8
Contest Begins: Monday, April 7th

You could win a gift certificate to a local bookstore!
Share your creative ideas, promote a favorite book, draw a new cover for your favorite book and become a famous Rolling Meadows artist in the process!
Winning Bookmarks will be printed and handed out to the public during Children's Book Week: May 12-18, 2014.
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th and 7th-8th.
Entry forms and materials will be available April 7th at the Ask Me Desk.
Designs are due by April 30th.


Scratch Universe

Grades: 4-8
When: Saturday, April 19th | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Location: Community Room, upper level

Take your programming to the next level in the Scratch Universe! Share your projects with other programmers, get ideas for new projects, and get help "de-bugging" your codes.
Basic experience with Scratch required.


Earth Day Craft

Grades: K-8
When: Tuesday, April 22nd | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Come to the Library and make a Spring Time craft in celebration of the planet we all share! Little ones may need some help.


Children's Day Plum Crazy Puppet Show

Ages: All
When: Wednesday, April 30th | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us as we celebrate Children's Day with the Plum Crazy Puppets! Colorful puppets, live music, and stories expertly blended to create interactive fun. This show is especially geared towards audiences aged 2-8, but all are welcome.
Free tickets available beginning April 1st.


Summer Reading Volunteers

grades: 6-8 (the grade you will be in the fall)
When: Sign-up begins Monday, June 2nd

Looking for something to do this summer?
Volunteer at the library and help run our Summer Reading Program, Into Books and Out of This World! You will help summer readers register, record progress and hand out prizes.
Sign Up and Information Packets Available beginning June 2.
Call the library at 847-259-6050 x140 or visit the Ask Me Desk for more information.


Parent - Child Internet Training (in English or Spanish)

Grades: 3 and 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. 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: Friday mornings | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Session 1: March 7th - April 4th
Session 2: April 18th - May 23rd

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


Puppy Dog Tales

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

Session 1: March 6th - April 3rd
Session 2: April 17th - May 22nd

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.)
When: Tuesday mornings | 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Session 1: March 4th - April 1st
Session 2: April 15th - May 20th

OR
When: Wednesday afternoons | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: March 5th - April 2nd
Session 2: April 16th - May 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: Tuesday evenings | 7:15 - 7:45 p.m.
Session 1: March 4th - April 1st
Session 2: April 15th - May 20th

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


Hora del Cuento en Español/ Storytime in Spanish

Ages: Children under 5 years (with parent or caregiver, but all ages are welcome)
When: Wednesday evenings | 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Session 1: March 5th - April 2nd
Session 2: April 16th - May 21st

This program includes books, music, songs and much more.


Bilingual Storytime

Ages: 3-5 years (Including those going into kindergarten. Children should be able to attend without a parent.)
When: Thursday evenings | 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Session 1: March 6th - April 3rd
Session 2: April 17th - May 22nd

Introduce your child to a different language! Join us for great stories, music and songs in English and Spanish. This program is a time for the two of you, caregiver and child of five years old and younger.