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 1st, unless noted.

Summer Reading Volunteers

Grades: 6-8 (the grade you are entering in the fall)

Sign up and information packets will be available beginning June 1st.
Looking for something to do this summer? Volunteer at the library and help run our Summer Reading Program, Every Hero Has a Story You will help summer readers register, record progress and hand out prizes.
Attendance at one of the following Volunteer Training Sessions is mandatory:
- Thursday, June 11th: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
- Friday, June 12th: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
- Saturday, June 13th: 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
- Saturday, June 13th: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

You must attend a training session to volunteer. Schedules will be available for qualified volunteers on Monday, June 15th. Call the library at 847-259-6050 x140 or visit the Ask Me Desk for more information.


Summer Reading ClubMonday, June 15th - Saturday, August 1st

Every Hero Has a Story

Read for FUN! Read for PRIZES!
Registration begins June 15th and is ongoing throughout the program. You must register in person. The last day to report is August 1st.

There are three reading clubs:

  • Read-To-Me for those children of any age who are not yet reading
  • Readers I for readers through grade 5
  • Readers II for readers in grades 6-8

  • A paperback book is awarded for reading ten hours and all reading counts. Reading silently, reading aloud to others, listening to others read, and recorded books are all included. Don't forget magazines and newspapers.

    More details will be given when you register.

     


    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

    Chess Club

    Ages: All
    When: Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    June 6th, July 11th & August 1st

    Casual play for those with an interest in the Game of Kings.

     


    Jr. Picassos Meets Elementary Einsteins

    Grades: 2-8
    When: Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    June 6th, July 11th & August 1st

    Learn how the exciting worlds of science and art collide! Perform mini science experiments and create unique science-themed artwork.

     


    Mini Heroes Hoopla!

    Ages: 24 months - 1st grade
    When: Monday, June 15th | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

    Come dressed in your favorite hero wear! Listen to heroic stories, make a super cape, and have a super snack.

     


    Be a Hero Celebration

    Grades: 2-8
    When: Tuesday, June 16th | 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

    Calling all heroes from the everyday to the super! Come dressed in your hero best! Learn about the latest graphic novels, write a hero origin story, draw your own hero, and have a super snack.

     


    Drop In Craft Fridays!

    Ages: All
    When: Fridays | from 9:00 a.m., while supplies last
    June 19th - July 31st

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

     


    June's Movie on the Big Screen

    Friday, June 19th | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 100 minutes

    Life is dandy in Bikini Bottom for SpongeBob Squarepants and his friends Patrick, Squidward, Mr. Krabs and Sandy. However, when the top-secret recipe for Krabby Patties is stolen, SpongeBob finds that he must join forces with perpetual adversary Plankton and come ashore to battle a fiendish pirate named Burger Beard, who has his own plans for the delicious delicacies.

     

     


    Explorers' Club

    Grades: 3-6
    When: Fridays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Session 1: June 19th - July 17th
    Session 2: July 31st - August 28th

    Travel the world from the comfort of the library. The Explorers' Club learns about geography and world cultures through books, music, crafts and food. Join the fun!

     


    July's Movie on the Big Screen | Cinderella

    Thursday, July 23rd | 1:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

    MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 112 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.

    *Another movie may be substituted if DVD is not available by the show date.

     


    August's Movie on the Big Screen | Interactive Movie

    Monday, August 17th | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

    MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 98 minutes

    Watch a favorite movie in a whole new way. We'll provide props and directions that make YOU an active participant in the film. Fun for the whole family.

    Hiccup is a teenager from the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. His progressive views and weird sense of humor make him a misfit, despite the fact that his father is chief of the clan. Tossed into dragon-fighting school, he endeavors to prove himself as a true Viking, but when he befriends an injured dragon he names Toothless, he has the chance to plot a new course for his people's future.

     


    Registration Required Programs

    Improv Games!

    Grades: 5-8
    When: Tuesdays | 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    June 16th, July 14th & August 11th

    Improvisation is the art of "being in the moment" working together to create scenes and stories without a script. Learn the basics of this exciting form of theater through fun and challenging games. Each session will be different and can be attended independently, but to get the most from this program, children are strongly encouraged to attend all three!

     


    Intro to Scratch

    Grades: 4-8
    When: Wednesday, June 17th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    OR
    Saturday, June 20th | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 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 (like animated videos and computer games) and try our hand at completing a short animation.
    Basic computer skills required.

     


    Summer Special Event

    Alina Celeste

    When: Thursday, June 18th | 7:00 p.m.

    Join internationally acclaimed performer Alina Celeste for a joyous blend of family-friendly sing-alongs, dance-alongs, and family jams.
    Get your FREE tickets at the Ask Me Desk.

     


    Council of Book Readers

    Grades: 4-5
    When: Friday, June 19th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    First up is The Mouse With the Question Mark Tail, by Richard Peck.
    The Council is meeting monthly for the Summer! Because Every Hero Has a Story, we'll be reading books featuring a variety of heroes, from a tiny mouse, to a famous fairy tale character, to a kid who feels like a loser.
    Come celebrate the love of reading!

     


    Summer Science Mondays

    Grades: 4-8
    When: Mondays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    Attend one or both sessions

    June 22: Playful Polymers
    Polymers are chemical compounds with a variety of qualities (chewing gum is a polymer, but so is Styrofoam!) We'll create some polymers of our own: some slimy, some fizzy, and some bouncy!

    July 13: Unique You
    Each of us is a unique individual with our own special qualities. We'll examine the ways in which people differ from each other and attempt to look at our DNA - the molecules that make us each the special individuals we are.

     


    Paint Our Windows

    Grades: 4-8
    When: Friday, June 26th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Help us create some cool summer scenes. Call the Ask Me Desk beginning June 8 to reserve your spot - space is limited!

     


    Readers Theater

    Grades: 2-5
    When: Mondays | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    June 29th & August 17th

    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.

     


    Council of Book Readers

    Grades: 4-5
    When: Friday, July 17th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    Our second book is Rump : The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, by Liesl Shurtliff.
    The Council is meeting monthly for the Summer! Because Every Hero Has a Story, we'll be reading books featuring a variety of heroes, from a tiny mouse, to a famous fairy tale character, to a kid who feels like a loser.
    Come celebrate the love of reading!

     


    Talent Show

    Grades: 1-8
    When: Monday, July 27th | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
    Location: Community Room, upper level

    Do you have a special talent you'd love to show off? Can you sing, dance, tell jokes, play an instrument or do magic tricks? The possibilities are endless - we've even got a piano! Everyone can come and watch the performance.
    If you are part of a group, only one person in the group needs to register.

     


    Scratch Program: Whack-A-Mole

    Grades: 4-8
    When: Tuesday, July 28th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Together we'll build a "Whack-A-Mole" type game, personalized to your own liking, of course. Although we'll take it step-by-step, some background with Scratch programming is highly recommended.

     


    Summer Special Event

    Ralph's World

    When: Thursday, July 30th | 7:00 p.m.

    Ralph Covert of "Ralph's World" comes to the library for an evening of fun and music. Rock 'n' Roll for the whole family!
    Get your FREE tickets at the Ask Me Desk.

     


    Junior Science Monday

    Grades: 1-3
    When: Monday, August 3rd | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    We live in a world full of colors. Starting with just three colors, we can create the entire rainbow! Come learn about the interesting ways in which colors work together.

     


    Council of Book Readers

    Grades: 4-5
    When: Friday, July 17th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

    Our last book is Loser, by Jerry Spinelli.
    The Council is meeting monthly for the Summer! Because Every Hero Has a Story, we'll be reading books featuring a variety of heroes, from a tiny mouse, to a famous fairy tale character, to a kid who feels like a loser.
    Come celebrate the 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: Friday mornings | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    Session 1: June 19th - July 17th
    Session 2: July 31st - August 28th

    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 1: June 18th - July 16th
    Session 2: July 30th - August 27th

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


    Sensory Storytime

    Ages: 3-7 years
    When: Monday mornings | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

    June 29th, July 27th & August 3rd

    Explore all your super 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: Tuesday mornings | 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

    Session 1: June 16th - July 14th
    Session 2: July 28th - August 25th
    OR
    When: Wednesday afternoons | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
    Session 1: June 17th - July 15th
    Session 2: July 29th - August 26th

    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 1: June 16th - July 14th
    Session 2: July 28th - August 25th

    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 1: June 17th - July 15th
    Session 2: July 29th - August 26th

    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 1: June 18th - July 16th
    Session 2: July 30th - August 27th

    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.