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.


No Registration Required Programs
Explorers' Club

Grades: 3-6
When: Fridays | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Introduction to Scratch

Grades: 4-8
When: 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, 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.
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.


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 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 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 2: July 15th - August 12th

OR
When: Wednesday afternoons | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
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 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 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 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.