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, September 1st, unless noted.


September is National Library Card Sign-up Month

It's always a good time to come to the library, but in September there is even more incentive!

Rolling Meadows Library cardholders of all ages can enter our drawing for an iPod Nano and a Kindle Fire HDX 7. Each day you come into the library during the month of September and check out any library materials (including books, audio books, magazines, CDs, or DVDs), you will get an entry slip for the drawing.
Limited to one entry per person, per day.
Two lucky winners will be chosen on Thursday, October 1st.

Enter our raffle celebrating RML cardholders of all ages!

 


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: 4-8
When: Fridays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Session 1: September 11th - October 9th
Session 2: October 23rd - November 20th

Each week, we take a look at a different part of the world. Through books, music, crafts and food we learn about the larger world we live in. What country would YOU like to learn about? Come join the Explorers Club and tell us!

 


Jr. Picassos' Art Club

Grades: 3-8
When: Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
September 12th, October 17th & November 21st

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
September 18th, October 16th & November 20th

Drop in to the library and create a fun craft! Little ones may need some help.

 


October's Movie on the Big Screen | Cinderella

Tuesday, October 13th | 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 105 minutes

After her father unexpectedly dies, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and stepsisters, who reduce her to scullery maid. Despite her circumstances, she refuses to despair. An invitation to a palace ball gives Ella hope that she might reunite with the dashing stranger she met in the woods, but her stepmother prevents her from going. Help arrives in the form of a kindly beggar woman who has a magic touch for ordinary things.

 


November's Movie on the Big Screen | Inside Out

Friday, November 27th | 1:30 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 102 minutes

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

 

 

 


Registration Required Programs

Intro to SCRATCH

Grades: 5-8
When: Saturday, September 26th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room, upper level

Scratch is a programming language for kids that makes programming easy and fun! You can do all sorts of cool things with Scratch, like create your own games and presentations - even animated cartoons! We'll get started with the basics and complete some simple programs.
Basic computer skills required.

 


Sabor Hispano - Family Fun Nights

All Ages/Families
When: Mondays | 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
September 28th, October 5th & October 12th

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month we invite you and your family to come and learn about Hispanic culture, traditions, and famous Hispanics that have shaped our history. A light snack will be served and different topics will be explored at each session so don't miss out! Please sign up at the Ask Me Desk.

 


Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-6
When: Friday, October 9th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

The Council will be stepping back in time this Fall as we focus on Historical Fiction. First up is the story of two Korean siblings, forced to adopt Japanese culture in the years before World War II: When My Name Was Keoko, by Linda Sue Park.
Join the Council for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading.

 


Readers Theater

Grades: 3-7
When: Monday, October 19th | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 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.

 


Scratch Games

Grades: 5-8
When: Saturday, October 24th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room, upper level

Together we'll build some simple games (Guessing Game, Maze, Shooting Gallery), which you can customize to your own liking. Although we'll take it step-by-step, some background with Scratch programming is highly recommended.

Some Scratch programming background experience is highly recommended.

 


Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

Grades: K-8
When: Monday, November 2nd | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Come and listen to a story and decorate a sugar skull, a common symbol in the celebration of Day of the Dead, a holiday of Mexico.
For supply purposes, registration is required.

 


Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-6
When: Friday, November 20th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

The Council will be stepping back in time this Fall as we focus on Historical Fiction. For our second book, we'll go back even further in time to read about the adventures of two orphan brothers making their way through the American Civil War: The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg, by Rodman Philbrick.
Join the Council for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading.

 


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.


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: September 11th - October 9th
Session 2: October 23rd - November 20th

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: September 10th - October 8th
Session 2: October 22nd - November 19th

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


Sensory Storytime

Grades: Preschool - 2nd Grade
When: evenings | 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Thursdays, September 3rd & October 15th
Monday, November 16th

Explore all your senses, read some super stories, and create a colossal craft! This program is designed to be accessible to children of all abilities.

 


Storytime

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: September 8th - October 6th
Session 2: October 20th - November 17th
OR
When: Wednesdays | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: September 9th - October 7th
Session 2: October 21st - November 18th

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: September 8th - October 6th
Session 2: October 20th - November 17th

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: Wednesdays | 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Session 1: September 9th - October 7th
Session 2: October 21st - November 18th

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: Thursdays | 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Session 1: September 10th - October 8th
Session 2: October 22nd - November 19th

Would you like to introduce your child to a different language? Join us for great stories, music and songs in English and Spanish. This program is for the two of you, caregiver and child under 5 years old.