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 Monday, June 2nd, unless noted.


Summer Reading Club Monday, June 16th - Saturday, August 2nd

Into Books and Out of This World!

Read for FUN! Read for PRIZES!
Registration begins June 16 and is ongoing throughout the program. You must register in person. The last day to report is August 2.

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.
    Details will be given when you register.

     

     


    No Registration Required Programs
    Explorers' Club

    Grades: 3-6
    When: Fridays | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Session 1: June 6th - June 27th
    Session 2: July 18th - August 15th

    Come discover the world one country at a time, through books, music, food, crafts, and more!


    The Anytime/Anywhere Library

    Ages: All
    When: Mondays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    June 16th, July 21st & August 18th

    A 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 ofer.


    Drop In Craft Fridays

    Ages: All
    When: Fridays | 9:00 a.m. while supplies last
    June 20th - August 1st

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


    Chess Club

    Ages: All
    When: Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    June 21st, July 19th & August 16th

    Join our chess club, and see if you have what it takes to master the "game of kings." All are welcome, and no experience is necessary. This is a "drop-in" club – come when you can, stay as long as you'd like!


    Jr. Picassos' Art Club

    Grades: 3-8
    When: Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    June 21st, July 19th & August 2nd

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


    Summer Break Movie on the Big Screen | June

    When: Wednesday, June 25th | 1:30 - 3:10 p.m.
    Rated: PG; 100 Minutes

    This original computer animated story follows Emmet, an ordinary, rules-following, perfectly average minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.


    Drop In Laboratory

    Ages: All
    When: Mondays | 9:00 a.m. while supplies last
    June 30th, July 28th & August 25th

    Drop in to the library and conduct a simple experiment! Little ones may need some help.


    Summer Break Movie on the Big Screen | July*

    When: Thursday, July 24th | 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.
    Rated: PG; 112 Minutes

    This film takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic.

    *If this movie is not released on DVD by the show date, another will be substituted.


    Registration Required Programs
    Exploring Outer Space

    Grades: 1-3
    When: Wednesdays | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    Attend one, two, or all three sessions!
    June 18: What’s Out There?
    July 9: The Milky Way
    July 30: On the Moon


    Paint Our Windows

    Grades: 4-8
    When: Friday, June 20th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Help us create some cool summer scenes. Space is limited, call to reserve a spot!


    Summer Science Mondays

    Grades: 4-8
    When: Mondays | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Attend one, two, or all three sessions!
    June 23: Observation
    July 14: Chemistry
    August 4: Engineering


    Introduction to Scratch

    Grades: 4-8
    When: Tuesday, June 24th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    OR
    Tuesday, August 19th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 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.
    Basic computer skills required.


    Scratch Universe

    Grades: 4-8
    When: Saturday, June 28th | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    OR
    Saturday, August 30th | 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, get ideas, and get help "de-bugging" your code.
    Basic experience with Scratch required.


    Readers Theater

    Grades: 2-5
    When: Mondays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    June 30th, July 28th & August 25th

    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.


    Little Laboratory-Explore Your Senses!

    Grades: Pre K-1
    When: Thursday, July 10th | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
    Monday, July 14th | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Learning is fun especially when it’s messy! Listen to good books, music, and have fun experimenting with magic scented foaming paint.


    Council of Book Readers

    Grades: 4-5
    When: Friday, July 11th | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    The YS Book Club will be reading Aliens on Vacation by Clete Barrett Smith. Poor David thinks he is in for a dull summer with his weird hippie grandmother. Little does he know that grandma’s Bed and Breakfast is a hot vacation spot for aliens visiting Earth! Join us for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading.


    Science Rocks!

    Grades: 2-6
    When: thursday, August 7th | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

    It's sedimentary my friends. Enjoy a treat, learn how the Earth's rocks were formed, and make a rock masterpiece!


    Talent Show

    Ages: All
    When: Monday, August 11th | 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 is invited to come and watch the performance.
    Note: if you are part of a group, only one person in the group needs to register.


    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: June 6th - June 27th
    Session 2: July 18th - August 15th

    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: June 5th - July 3rd
    Session 2: July 17th - August 14th

    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: June 3rd - July 1st
    Session 2: July 15th - August 12th

    OR
    When: Wednesday afternoons | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
    Session 1: June 4th - July 2nd
    Session 2: July 16th - August 13th

    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: June 3rd - July 1st
    Session 2: July 15th - August 12th

    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: June 4th - July 2nd
    Session 2: July 16th - August 13th

    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: June 5th - July 3rd
    Session 2: July 17th - August 14th

    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.