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 Friday, September 1st, unless noted.

Book Bundles!

What's a Book Bundle?
It's a bundle of 5 books on a topic that are hand-picked by our awesome librarians and tied with a ribbon. Check them out like regular books, but faster!
Topics available include: Trains, Colors, Feelings, Siblings, and Achoo!
If there is a topic you'd like to request we'd be happy to make it - just for you!
We love suggestions!
Remember, all books count towards 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!!

Book B I N G O !

For parents and caregivers
Pick up a bingo package of books, check them out, bring them home.
If you read them all you'll complete a line for B I N G O !
When you return your books, bring back your completed BINGO card for a small parent prize. We'll have BINGO packages for ages 0-3 and ages 3-4.
Remember, all books count towards 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten!!

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

Rolling Meadows Library cardholders of all ages can enter our drawing for an iPod Nanoand a Kindle Voyage eReader.
Each day you come into the library during the month of September and check out any library materials (including books, audiobooks, 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 Monday, October 2nd.


Explorers' Club

Grades: 3-8
Fridays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
September 1st, October 6th & November 3rd

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

Loteria! Bingo!

Ages: All children & their families
Thursdays | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
September 14th, 21st, 28th & October 5th

Join us to play Loteria (BINGO) a traditional board game of Latin America in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
The whole family will enjoy playing! We will also share highlights of our book, movie & music collections!

Drop In Craft

Ages: All
Fridays | Starts at 9:00 a.m. whiles supplies last
September 15th, October 20th & November 17th

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


October's Movie on the Big Screen | Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

Monday, October 9th | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 89 minutes

George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two overly imaginative pranksters who spend hours in a treehouse creating comic books. When their mean principal threatens to separate them into different classes, the mischievous boys accidentally hypnotize him into thinking that he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.


November's Movie on the Big Screen | Cars 3*

Wednesday, November 22nd | 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.

MPAA Rating: G | Duration: 109 minutes

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast cars, the legendary Lighting McQueen finds himself pushed out of the sport that he loves. Hoping to get back in the game, he turns to Cruz Ramirez, an eager young technician who has her own plans for winning. With inspiration from the Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns, No. 95 prepares to compete on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage.

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


Registration Required Programs

Celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day

Grades: 1-3
Tuesday, September 19th | 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Aaargh, it's International Talk Like a Pirate Day we'll be celebratin', Mateys!
Come aboard to get your pirate name, learn how to talk like a pirate, and hunt for buried treasure.
We'll read some stories about pirates, and learn about real-life pirates, as well.
Pirate games, pirate music, and snacks are all part of carousin'.
Shiver me timbers!


Council of Book Readers | September

Grades: 4-6
Friday, September 22nd | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

The Council meets once a month to share thoughts about a book we've read. Join us for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading.

For September, we'll be reading Lemons, by Melissa Savage. Lemonade Liberty Witt’s mama always told her: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But Lem can't possibly make lemonade out of her new life in Willow Creek, California-the Bigfoot Capital of the World-where she's forced to live with a grandfather she's never met after her mother passes away.

Then she meets eleven-year-old Tobin Sky, the CEO of Bigfoot Detectives Inc., who is the sole Bigfoot investigator for their small town. After he invites Lem to be his assistant for the summer, they set out on an epic adventure to capture a shot of the elusive beast on film. But along the way, Lem and Tobin end up discovering more than they ever could have imagined. And Lem realizes that maybe she can make lemonade out of her new life after all.

Be sure and stop by the Ask Me Desk if you need help getting a copy of the books!


Introduction to Scratch

Grades: 5-8
Saturday, September 23rd | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Scratch is a programming language for kids that makes programming easy and fun!
Designed by MIT, Scratch teaches the elements of computer programming without the need for memorizing tedious and confusing code.
In this introductory class, we'll be creating short animated videos to get familiar with the basics of Scratch.
We'll also have a look at some of the amazing things that Scratch can do, and learn how we can become part of the world-wide Scratch community.

Basic computer skills are required.


Captain Underpants DVD Party

Grades: K-5
Tuesday, September 27th | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

What could be more deserving of a bash than Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie being released on DVD?
We are having a celebration of all things Captain Underpants!
We will have stories, games and activities inspired by the popular series.


Minecraft Mania!

Grades: 3-5
When: Saturday, October 14th | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Our good friends Scotty and Mitchell are back for another fun-filled session of Minecraft Mania!
Come learn how to create your own sculptures with the popular game.
All players will have an un-limited supply of blocks and materials to build and decorate with.
The challenge will be to create objects that relate to the themes that will be revealed on the day of the program.

No previous experience necessary.
Full instruction provided.


Grades: K-5
Wednesday, October 18th | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Come build with our LEGO® bricks while you learn about our LEGO® book and movie collection.
The library will provide the LEGO® bricks, while YOU provide the imagination!
All materials must stay at the library, so bring a camera to capture your adventures.

Please leave your LEGO® bricks at home.
(We don't want you to lose your favorite pieces!)


Council of Book Readers | October

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

The Council meets once a month to share thoughts about a book we've read. Join us for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading.

With Halloween approaching, we'll be reading a horror novel for October. Ever since the morning Molly woke up to find that her parents hadvanished, her life has become filled with terrible questions. Where have her parents gone? Who is this spooky old man who's taken her to live with him, claiming to be her great-uncle? Why does he never eat, and why does he lock her in her room at night? What are her dreams of the Skeleton Man trying to tell her? There's one thing Molly does know. She needs to find some answers before it's too late. Join us for a discussion of Joseph Bruchac's Skeleton Man...if you dare!

Be sure and stop by the Ask Me Desk if you need help getting a copy of the books!


Scratch Games

Grades: 5-8
Saturday, October 21st | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

In this more advanced session, we'll be looking at some of the design and programming elements needed to create computer games.
Going step-by-step we'll construct several games from a simple guessing game to a more advanced arcade-style games.

Some experience with Scratch (especially Introduction to Scratch) is highly recommended.


Spooky Snacks and Ghoulish Goodies

Grades: 6-8
Saturday, October 28th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Mad Scientist or Master Chef?
Whet your appetite for fun in the kitchen as we whip up some easy-to-prepare Halloween-themed snacks and treats (no tricks, just treats!)
All ingredients and equipment will be provided.
Taste your creations here, then take the recipes home to make in your own, kitchen.

It's DINO-VEMBER at the Library!

We'll have dinosaur related activities throughout the month. Come to the library and see what's planned!


Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

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

Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday that has its roots in the pre-Columbian cultures of North America.
It is a celebration in remembrance of friends and ancestors who have died, and a time for families and communities to come together.
Sugar skulls are an important symbol of the festival.
Join us to decorate your own sugar skull, and listen to a story.

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, extension 140.

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
Fridays | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Session 1: September 8th - October 6th
Session 2: October 20th - November 17th

Join us for books, music, songs and fingerplays for caregiver and baby.

Puppy Dog Tales

Ages: 2-3 years
Thursdays | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Session 1: September 7th - October 5th
Session 2: October 19th - November 16th

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.
Tuesdays | 10:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Session 1: September 5th - October 3rd
Session 2: October 17th - November 14th
Wednesdays | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: September 6th - October 4th
Session 2: October 18th - November 15th

Join us for stories, a simple craft and lots of fun!

Sensory Play and Stories

Grades: Preschool - 2nd with caregiver
Mondays | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

September 18th, October 23rd & November 13th

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.
Mondays | 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

September 25th, October 30th & November 27th

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.

25 de septiembre, 30 de octubre y 27 de noviembre

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