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 2nd.


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 Touch and a Kindle Paperwhite 3G. 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 Wednesday, 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 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
September 5th - October 5th
October 17th - November 21st

Each week, we take a look at a different country (and sometimes a state!). 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 6th, October 25th & November 22nd

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


Chess Club

Ages: All
When: Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
September 13th, October 11th & November 8th

Are you interested in the game of chess? Then come to the library and play! Check out our chess club, and find out if YOU have what it takes to play the game of kings! All are welcome and no experience is necessary. This is a "drop-in" club.


Drop In Craft

Ages: All
When: Fridays | from 9:00 a.m., while supplies last
September 19th, October 17th & November 21st

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


Movie on the Big Screen | October

When: Monday, October 13th | 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.
Rated: PG; 112 Minutes

This film takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine-the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit-and his dastardly sidekick Dominic.


Movie on the Big Screen | November

When: Wednesday, November 26th | 1:30 - 3:15 p.m.
Rated: PG; 105 Minutes

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

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


Registration Required Programs
Readers Theater

Grades: 2-5
When: Mondays | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
September 22nd, October 27th & November 24th

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.


Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-5
When: Friday, September 26th | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Council is growing, so we'll be reading two books for the Fall!
For September, we're reading Boom!, a sci-fi novel by Mark Haddon (originally published as Gridzbi Spudvetch - really!)
Join the Council for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading.


The Very Ready Reading Program

Ages: 2-Kindergarten
When: Thursday, October 9th | 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.
OR
Friday, October 10th | 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

We will share with you seven easy ways to help your child be ready to read. Early literacy experiences are linked to children successfully learning to read later in life.


Introduction to SCRATCH

Grades: 5-8
When: Saturday, October 18th
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
OR 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Scratch is a programming language for kids that makes programming easy and fun! We'll get you started with the basics and complete some simple programs.
Basic computer skills required.


Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

Grades: K-8
When: Monday, November 3rd | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Come and listen to a story and decorate a sugar skull, a common symbol in the celebration of the Day of the Dead, a Mexican holiday.


Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-5
When: Friday, November 14th | 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Council is growing, so we'll be reading two books for the Fall!
For November, it's Alabama Moon, an exciting tale of survival and adventure by Watt Key.
Join the Council for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading.


Scratch Universe

Grades: 5-8
When: Saturday, November 29th | 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Community Room, upper level

Scratch Universe is for programmers who already have some experience with the basics of Scratch. We'll incorporate more advanced features of Scratch into our projects and learn more about how computers "think" along the way.
Prior use of Scratch is required to attend this program.


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! 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: September 5th - October 3rd
Session 2: October 17th - November 21st

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: September 4th - October 2nd
Session 2: October 16th - November 20th

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


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: September 2nd - September 30th
Session 2: October 14th - November 18th
OR
When: Wednesday afternoons | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: September 3rd - October 1st
Session 2: October 15th - November 19th

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: September 2nd - September 30th
Session 2: October 14th - November 18th

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: September 3rd - October 1st
Session 2: October 15th - November 19th

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: September 4th - October 2nd
Session 2: October 16th - November 20th

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.