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, December 1st, unless noted.

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

When: Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Our 15th annual Dr. Seuss Celebration is just around the corner. Don't miss the fun!

Crafts, cake, games and stories await; so pick up your tickets and do not be late!

We will have tickets available at the Ask Me Desk and Online NOW!


Winter Reading Club

Grades: K-8
When: January 4th - February 20th

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.


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: 4-8
When: Fridays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Session 1: December 4th - December 18th
Session 2: January 15th - February 19th

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


Jr. Picassos' Art Club

Grades: 2-8
When: Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
December 5th, January 9th & February 6th

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


Drop In Craft

Ages: All
When: Fridays | from 9:00 a.m., while supplies last
December 18th, January 15th & February 19th

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


December's Movie on the Big Screen | Shaun the Sheep Movie

Tuesday, December 29th | 1:30 p.m. - 2:55 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 85 minutes

All is well at Mossy Bottom Farm, except for the fact that the animals will do anything to get out of work. So, Shaun the sheep and his scheming friends devise a plan to put their master to sleep. However, the ruse backfires when the poor farmer finds himself transported to the big city, having lost his memory. Now, it's up to Shaun, Timmy the lamb, Shirley the ewe and the rest of the gang to travel to the metropolis and get him back, while not landing in even more trouble themselves.


January's Movie on the Big Screen | Minions

Monday, January 18th | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 91 minutes

Evolving from single-celled yellow organisms at the dawn of time, Minions live to serve, but find themselves working for a continual series of unsuccessful masters, from T.Rex to Napoleon. Without a master to grovel for, the Minions fall into a deep depression. But one minion, Kevin, has a plan; accompanied by his pals Stuart and Bob, Kevin sets forth to find a new evil boss for his brethren to follow. Their search leads them to Scarlet Overkill, the world's first-ever super-villainess.



Registration Required Programs

Family Holiday Craft Workshop

All Ages/Families
When: Monday, December 7th | 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Craft projects for the whole family to work on together - just in time for the holidays!
For supply purposes, registration is required.


Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-6
When: Friday, December 11th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

In December, we will discuss Cosmic, by Frank Cottrell Boyce a riveting story of how the unusually tall Liam ends up lost in space with a bunch of other children.
Join the Council for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading.


Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-6
When: Friday, January 15th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

For January, we go back in time to the 1970s and a controversial experiment dealing with teaching chimpanzees language in Half Brother, by Kenneth Oppel.
Join the Council for conversation and snacks while we share our love of reading.


Introduction to

Grades: 4-8
When: Saturday, January 16th | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 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 are required.


Readers' Theater

Grades: 3-7
When: Mondays | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
January 18th & February 29th

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.


The Awesome Power of... Lemons?!?

Grades: 4-6
When: Tuesday, February 9th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

We use batteries all the time - in our toys, our cell phones, even in our cars!
But how do they work? What makes them stop working?
Learn the basics as we generate electricity from lemons.
That's right, lemons. What do you suppose we could power that way?
Let's find out!!
For supply purposes, registration is required.


Valentine Creations

Grades: 1-8
When: Wednesday, February 10th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

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


Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-6
When: Friday, February 12th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

in February, we'll sink our teeth into Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. It's the emotional and inspirational story of a boy with severe facial deformities starting school for the first time in the 5th grade (tear-jerker alert!)
Join the Council for conversation and snacks while we share our 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, ext 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
When: Fridays | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Session 1: December 4th - December 18th
Session 2: January 15th - February 19th

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: December 3rd - December 17th
Session 2: January 14th - February 18th

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: December 1st - December 15th
Session 2: January 12th - February 16th
When: Wednesdays | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: December 2nd - December 16th
Session 2: January 13th - February 17th

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: Tuesdays | 7:15 - 7:45 p.m.

Session 1: December 1st - December 15th
Session 2: January12 - February 16th

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

Sensory Play and Stories

Grades: Preschool - 2nd Grade
When: Thursdays | 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.

December 17th, January 21st & February 11th

Explore all your senses, play some learing games, read some super stories, and create a colossal craft! This program is designed to be accessible to children of all abilities.


One Two Three... Music and More!

Ages: Preschool-Grade 2 with caregiver, but all ages are welcome.
When: Mondays | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

December 14th, January 25th & February 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 - 7:30 p.m.

14 de diciembre, 25 de enero y 15 de febrero

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