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 Wednesday, March 1st, unless noted.

Save the Date for DR. SEUSS! Sign-up here

When: Saturday, March 4th, 2017 | 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. sessions

Our 16th annual Dr. Seuss Celebration is just around the corner. Don't miss the fun!
Let your imagination run loose as we celebrate Dr. Seuss! It is that time of year for a party!
Maybe with a Who,
a Thing, a Cat in a Hat,
some oobleck and you (such a smarty)!
Crafts, cake, games and stories await; so pick up your tickets and do not be late!
Tickets are available at the Ask Me Desk and Online NOW!!


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

Explorers' Club

Grades: 4-6
When: Fridays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
March 3rd, April 7th & May 5th

Come discover the world one country at a time, through books, music, food, crafts, and more!
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.
March 11th, April 8th & May 13th

Do you like to doodle, create, and have fun? Come share your creativity through drawing, painting, and crafting.


Drop In Craft

Ages: All
When: Fridays | Starts at 9:00 a.m. whiles supplies last
March 17th, April 21st & May 19th

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


Drop In Coloring

Ages: All
When: Tuesday, March 28th | 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Stop in anytime to color our 4' x 6' farm mural! When complete, we'll display it!



Spring Break Movie on the Big Screen | Trolls

Wednesday, March 29th | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 93 minutes

After the Bergens invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born, and the overly-cautious, curmudgeonly Branch set off on a journey to rescue her friends. Their mission is full of adventure and mishaps, as this mismatched duo try to tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.

Spring Break Movie on the Big Screen | Moana


Friday, March 31st | 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 113 minutes

The epic journey continues for "Moana" fans as Walt Disney Animation Studios introduces an all-new sing-along version of the hit, critically-lauded comedy-adventure "Moana." From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes "Moana," a sweeping, CG-animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors' unfinished quest. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together, they traverse the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.

Personal Storytime - Just For You!

Ages: All
When: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Monday, April 10th
Wednesday, April 12th
Friday, April 14th

Just drop in to the library during the times listed, and one of our librarians will read you a great story!


Lego® Day

Ages: All
When: Tuesday, April 25th | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Build with our Legos® and learn about the Lego® items in our collection. We'll provide the Legos®, YOU provide the imagination! Bring a camera to capture your creations!
Please leave your Legos® at home (we don't want you to lose your favorite pieces!).



May's Movie on the Big Screen | Sing

Thursday, May 4th | 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 110 minutes

Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life's ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a mouse, a timid elephant, a pig, a gorilla and a punk-rock porcupine.

***Free Comic Book Day***

Ages: All
When: Saturday, May 6th | while supplies last!


Registration Required Programs

BLOCK That Bully! Sign-up here
YOUTH PROGRAM, Grades 3-8, with parent/caregiver

Wednesday, March 22nd | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Bullying can be a big problem for kids, especially when they go online. Internet safety experts from the University of Chicago will be here to teach us how to identify cyber-bullying, and most importantly, how to BLOCK that bully to keep yourself safe when you're on the Internet.


Council of Book Readers | March

Grades: 4-5
When: Friday, March 24th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Three very different books for the spring! We start off with Laura Resau's The Indigo Notebook, about a girl (and her flaky mom) adjusting to a new life in Ecuador.


Annual Bookmark Contest

Grades: K-8th
Contest begins: Monday, March 27
Designs are due: Friday, April 21

Share your creative ideas, promote a favorite book, draw a new cover for your favorite book and become a famous Rolling Meadows artist in the process!
Winning Bookmarks will be printed and handed out to the public during Children's Book Week: May 1st - 7th
Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th and 7th-8th.
Entry forms and materials will be available at the Ask Me Desk.


Behind the Scenes at the Library

Ages: All
When: Tuesday, April 11th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.
Wednesday, April 12th | 7:00 - 7:45 p.m.

Ever wondered about the inner workings of the library?
Where do the books come from? How do we keep track of them?
What's REALLY involved in running a public library?
For National Library Week, we're opening up ALL the areas of the library, to give you a tour of what goes on behind the scenes!


Council of Book Readers | April

Grades: 4-5
When: Friday, April 21st | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Three very different books for the spring! Next up is Silverwing, by Kenneth Oppel, the tale of a bat who gets separated from his flock, and his adventures as he tries to re-join them.


Readers' Theater

Grades: 3-8
When: Tuesday, May 16th | 7:00 - 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.


Council of Book Readers | May

Grades: 4-5
When: Friday, May 26th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

Three very different books for the spring!
Finally, we'll tickle our funny-bones with James Patterson's hilarious I Funny, about a middle-school kid's quest to become the world's greatest stand-up comedian (even though he can't actually stand up, since he's in a wheelchair!).


Summer Reading Volunteers

Grades 6-8(the grade you will be in the fall)
Looking for something to do this summer?
Volunteer at the library and help run our Summer Reading Club, Get a Clue... At the Library.
You will help summer readers register, record progress and hand out prizes.
Attendance to one of the following Volunteer Training Sessions is mandatory:
Thursday, June 8th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, June 9th, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 10th, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 10th, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

You must attend a training session to volunteer.
Schedules will be available for qualified volunteers by Sunday, June 11th.
Call the library at 847-259-6050 x140 or visit the Ask Me Desk for more information.

Sign up and information packets will be available beginning Thursday, June 1st.

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: March 17th - April 14th
Session 2: April 28th - May 26th

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: March 16th - April 13th
Session 2: April 27th - May 25th

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: March 14th - April 11th
Session 2: April 25th - May 23rd
When: Wednesdays | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: March 15th - April 12th
Session 2: April 26th - May 24th

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

Sensory Play and Stories

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

March 20th, April 24th & May 22nd

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.

March 27th, April 17th & May 15th

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.

27 de marzo, 17 de abril y 15 de mayo

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