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, December 1st.

Join the Winter Reading Club!
Read to Succeed

Grades: K-8
When: January 5th - February 28th, 2015

Join our annual winter reading club sponsored by the Chicago Wolves. Set your own goals for chances to win Wolves tickets and other cool prizes. For details and to sign up come to the Ask Me Desk.


Save the Date for DR. SEUSS!

When: Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Our 14th annual Dr. Seuss Celebration is just around the corner. Don’t miss the fun!
We'll have tickets available at the Ask Me Desk beginning February 9th.


No Registration Required Programs
Explorers' Club

Grades: 4-8
When: Fridays | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
January 16th - February 20th

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

Chess Club

Grades: 1-8
When: Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
December 13th, January 10th & February 14th

Stop by the library and play "the game of Kings." All experience levels are welcome. This is a "drop-in" club - come when you can, stay as long as you'd like!

Drop In Craft

Ages: All
When: Fridays | from 9:00 a.m., while supplies last
December 19th, January 16th & February 20th

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

Movie on the Big Screen | December

When: Monday, December 29th | 1:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
Rated: PG; 83 Minutes

Dusty, the famous racing airplane, learns that his engine is damaged, so he must shift gears and find a new career. He joins an elite corps of firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park. When a massive wildfire threatens the park, Dusty - with the help of his fearless colleagues Blade Ranger, Dipper, Windlifter, Cabbie and the Smokejumpers - learns what it takes to become a real hero.

Jr. Picassos' Art Club

Ages: All
When: Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
January 17th & February 21st

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

Movie on the Big Screen | January

When: Monday, January 19th | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
Rated: PG; 92 Minutes

Mr. Peabody, the most accomplished canine in the world, and his boy, Sherman, use a time machine called the Wabac to embark on outrageous adventures. However, when Sherman takes the Wabac without permission to impress his friend Penny, he accidentally rips a hole in the universe and causes havoc with world history. It's up to Mr. Peabody to mount a rescue and prevent the past, present and future from being permanently altered.

Movie on the Big Screen | February*

When: Tuesday, February 17th | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Rated: PG; 96 Minutes

Eggs, an orphan, lives with the Boxtrolls - a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who inhabit a cavern beneath the city of Cheesebridge. When villainous Archibald Snatcher hatches a plan to get rid of the pretty harmless beings, Eggs decides to go above ground, where he meets and befriends feisty Winnifred. Together, Eggs and Winnifred devise a daring plan to save the Boxtrolls from extermination.

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

Registration Required Programs
Family Holiday Craft Workshop

Ages: All
When: Saturday, December 6th | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Craft projects for the whole family to work on together - just in time for the holidays!

Intro to Scratch

Grades: 4-8
When: Saturday, December 20th | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 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 required.

Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-5
When: Friday, January 16th | 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

The Council will meet to discuss Masterpiece by Elise Broach. This fast-paced mystery/adventure takes place in the art world, and involves a friendship between a boy and a very talented beetle. Join us for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading.

It Might Get Loud: The Science of Sound

Grades: 2-5
When: Tuesday, January 20th | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sound is all around us every day, but what do we really know about it? Through some simple experiments, we'll discover the properties of sound - we'll even make a Sound Sandwich!

Readers Theater

Grades: 2-5
When: Mondays | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
January 26th & February 23rd

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 Universe

Grades: 4-8
When: Saturday, February 7th | 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 with other programmers, get ideas for new projects, and get help "debugging" your codes.
Prior use of Scratch is required to attend this program.

Valentine Creations

Grades: 1-8
When: Friday, February 13th | 4:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Create a card for someone special for Valentine's Day! We'll provide inspiration, supplies and free snacks.

Discover Online Resources

Grades: 3 and 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 and up with parent
When: Call to schedule!
Call 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: Friday mornings | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Session 2: January 16th - February 20th

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: January 15th - February 19th

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: Tuesday mornings | 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Session 2: January 13th - February 17th
When: Wednesday afternoons | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 2: January 14th - February 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: Tuesday evenings | 7:15 - 7:45 p.m.

Session 2: January 13th - February 17th

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

Hora del Cuento / 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: January 14th - February 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: Thursday evenings | 7:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Session 2: January 15th - February 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.