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 Thursday, September 1st, unless noted.

Children who apply for a library card during the month of September will receive a small gift, while supplies last.

Rolling Meadows Library cardholders of all ages can enter our drawing for an iPod Touch and a Kindle Voyage eReader when they check out any books, audio books, CDs, DVDs or other library materials.
Come to the library and check out atleast one item each day in September for 28 possible chances to win!
Limited to one entry per person, per day throughout September.
Two lucky winners will be chosen on Monday, October 3rd.


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

Explorers' Club

Grades: 4-8
When: Fridays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Session 1: August 19th - September 23rd
Session 2: October 14th - November 18th

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 10th, October 8th & November 12th

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


Roald Dahl's Birthday Week

Ages: All
Starts Monday, September 12th | 9:00 a.m. while supplies last

The beloved author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda (and SO many more), would have turned 100 years old this year on September 13th. We'll have an assortment of crafts to celebrate all things Dahl, so stop on by to make something fun and grab a book to pay tribute to one of the world's favorite children's authors!


Drop In Craft

Ages: All
When: Fridays | Starts at 9:00 a.m. whiles supplies last
September 16th, October 21st & November 18th

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


October's Movie on the Big Screen | The Angry Birds Movie

Monday, October 10th | 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 97 minutes

Flightless birds lead a mostly happy existence, except for Red, who just can't get past the daily annoyances of life. His temperament leads him to anger management class, where he meets fellow misfits Chuck and Bomb. Red becomes even more agitated when his feathered brethren welcome green pigs to their island paradise. As the swine begin to get under his skin, Red joins forces with Chuck and Bomb to investigate the real reason behind their mysterious arrival.


November's Movie on the Big Screen | Finding Dory*

Wednesday, November 23rd | 1:30 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 105 minutes

Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity.

*Another movie will be substituted if the DVD has not been released by show date.


Registration Required Programs

Council of Book Readers | September

Grades: 4-6
When: Friday, September 16th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Join us for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading. In September, we'll discuss Gary D. Schmidt's Vietnam- war era novel The Wednesday Wars.

During the 1967 school year, on Wednesday afternoons when all his classmates go to either Catechism or Hebrew school, seventh-grader Holling Hoodhood stays in Mrs. Baker's classroom where they read the plays of William Shakespeare and Holling learns much of value about the world he lives in.


Sabor Hispano-Family Fun Nights

Ages: All/ Families
When: Monday, September 19th | 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month we invite everyone to come and learn about Hispanic culture, traditions, and famous Hispanics who have shaped our history. A light snack will be served and different topics will be explored at each session so don't miss out!


Introduction to SCRATCH

Grades: 5-8
When:Saturday, September 24th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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.


Pokémon Scavenger Hunt

Grades: Preschool - 5th
When:Monday, October 3rd | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Catch them all at Rolling Meadows first Pokémon Scavenger Hunt.
Claim your prize, and make a craft!


Sabor Hispano-Family Fun Nights

Ages: All/ Families
When: Monday, October 10th | 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month we invite everyone to come and learn about Hispanic culture, traditions, and famous Hispanics who have shaped our history. A light snack will be served and different topics will be explored at each session so don't miss out!


Council of Book Readers | October

Grades: 4-6
When: Friday, October 14th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Join us for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading. October's selection is the comically-creepy Constable and Toop by Gareth P. Jones.

In Victorian London, an undertaker's son who can see ghosts and is haunted by their constant demands for attention must decide whether to help when a horrible disease imprisons ghosts into empty houses in the world of the living.


Readers Theater - Halloween Edition!

Grades: 3-7
When: Tuesday, October 25th | 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.


Scratch Games

Grades: 5-8
When:Saturday, October 29th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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


Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

Grades: K-8
When: Wednesday, 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.


Pigeon Party!

Grades: Preschool - 2nd
When: Monday, November 7th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Do you love Mo Willems?
Then come to our playful Pigeon Party for stories, games, snacks and crafts!

Council of Book Readers | November

Grades: 4-6
When: Friday, November 18th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Join us for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading. in November, we'll share our thoughts on Joseph Bruchac's Code Talker, about the Navajo Marines who helped win World War II. Come be part of the Council!

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.


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: August 19th - September 23rd
Session 2: October 14th - November 18th

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: August 18th - September 22nd
Session 2: October 13th - November 17th

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: August 16th - September 20th
Session 2: October 11th - November 15th
When: Wednesdays | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: August 17th - September 21st
Session 2: October 12th - November 16th

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.

August 16th - September 20th

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

Sensory Play and Stories

Grades: Preschool - 2nd
When: Thursdays | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

September 15th & October 27th

Explore all your senses, play some learning games, listen to some interactive stories, and make a masterpiece craft!
This program is designed to be accessible to children of all abilities.


One Two Three... Music and More!

Grades: Preschool - 2nd with caregiver, but all ages are welcome.
When: Mondays | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

September 26th & October 24th

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 - 7:15 p.m.

26 de septiembre y 24 de octubre

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