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 Tuesday, March 1st, unless noted.

Save the Date for DR. SEUSS! Sign-up here

When: Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Our 15th annual Dr. Seuss Celebration is just around the corner. Don't miss the fun!

Crafts, cake, games and stories await; so pick up your tickets and do not be late!

We will have tickets available at the Ask Me Desk and Online NOW!


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' Art Club

Grades: 3-8
When: Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
March 12th, April 9th & May 14th

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


Drop In Craft

Ages: All
When: Fridays | from 9:00 a.m., while supplies last
March 18th, April 15th & May 20th

Drop in to the library 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: March 18th - April 15th
Session 2: April 29th - May 27th

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


Spring Break's Movie on the Big Screen | March 23rd

Wednesday, March 23rd | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

MPAA Rating: G | Duration: 88 minutes

Life always seems complicated for good ol' Charlie Brown, the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her. Meanwhile, his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure in a fantasy world. As a World War I flying ace, the lovable beagle pursues his nemesis, the Red Baron, while also trying to win the heart of a beautiful poodle named Fifi.


Spring Break's Movie on the Big Screen | The Good Dinosaur

Friday, March 25th | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 93 minutes

Luckily for young Arlo, his parents and his two siblings, the mighty dinosaurs were not wiped out 65 million years ago. When a rainstorm washes poor Arlo downriver, he ends up bruised, battered and miles away from home. Good fortune shines on the frightened dino when he meets Spot, a Neanderthal boy who offers his help and friendship. Together, the unlikely duo embark on an epic adventure to reunite Arlo with his beloved family.



Registration Required Programs

Dr. Seuss Celebration! Sign-up here

All Ages/Families
When: Saturday, March 5th
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. OR 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Don't miss the fun! There are two sessions to choose from. Tickets are available at the Ask Me Desk or request them online at


Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-5
When: Friday, March 18th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Mysteries abound this Spring! First up is Fuzzy Mud, a suspense-filled story centered around the threat of bio-terrorism.
Come join the Council for snacks and discussion as we share our love of reading. (Stop by the Ask Me Desk in advance for help getting copies of the titles we'll be reading.)


Annual Bookmark Contest

Grades: K-8
Contest Begins March 28

You may 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 2 - 8, 2016. Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th and 7th-8th. Entry forms and materials will be available March 28th at the Ask Me Desk.
Designs are due on April 22nd.


Council of Book Readers

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

In April, it's The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict, which tells the story of a young boy sent to a new orphanage where he encounters tough bullies, callous adults, and a life-changing mystery (it's also the prequel to the popular Mysterious Benedict Society series).
Come join the Council for snacks and discussion as we share our love of reading. (Stop by the Ask Me Desk in advance for help getting copies of the titles we'll be reading.)


Readers' Theater

Grades: 3-8
When: Monday, April 18th | 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. No acting experience necessary.
Friends and families are invited to join us at 8:00 p.m. for the group's performance.


Day of the Children
Dia de los Niños
Sign-up here

Ages: All
When: Thursday, April 28th | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Dia 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. Free tickets will be available at the Ask Me Desk.


Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-5
When: Friday, May 20th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Last up is The Fourth Stall, in which we meet professional problem-solvers Mac and Vince, who have their "office" in the boys' bathroom at school. When a particular third-grader comes to them for help, the boys get wrapped up in a mystery involving a high-school gambling ring, a graffiti ninja, and the Chicago Cubs.
Come join the Council for snacks and discussion as we share our love of reading. (Stop by the Ask Me Desk in advance for help getting copies of the titles we'll be reading.)


Introduction to

Grades: 4-8
When: Saturday, May 21st | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room, upper level

Learn the basics of computer programming with Scratch, a kid-friendly programming language developed by MIT. We'll cover everything you need to get started designing your own games, animations, and more.
Basic computer skills are required.


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, ext 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
When: Fridays | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Session 1: March 18th - April 15th
Session 2: April 29th - May 27th

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: March 17th - April 14th
Session 2: April 28th - May 26th

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: March 15th - April 12th
Session 2: April 26th - May 24th
When: Wednesdays | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: March 16th - April 13th
Session 2: April 27th - May 25th

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: March 15th - April 12th
Session 2: April 26th - May 24th

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

Sensory Play and Stories

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

March 24th, April 21st & May 19th

Explore all your senses, play some learing games, read some super stories, and create a colossal 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 - 7:30 p.m.

March 28th, April 25th & May 23rd

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 - 7:30 p.m.

28 de marzo, 25 de abril y 23 de mayo

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