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, December 1st, unless noted.


Book Bundles!
NEW!

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 !
NEW!

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 http://rmlysfavorites.blogspot.com/.

 


No Registration Required Programs

Explorers' Club

Grades: 4-8
Fridays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
December 1st, January 5th & February 2nd

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!

 


Drop In Craft

Ages: All
Fridays | Starts at 9:00 a.m. whiles supplies last
December 15th, January 19th & February 16th

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

 


December's Movie on the Big Screen | Despicable Me 3

Thursday, December 28th | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 90 minutes

The mischievous Minions hope that Gru will return to a life of crime after the new boss of the Anti-Villain League fires him. Instead, Gru decides to remain retired and travel to Freedonia to meet his long-lost twin brother for the first time. The reunited siblings soon find themselves in an uneasy alliance to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a former 1980s child star who seeks revenge against the world.

 


January's Movie on the Big Screen | The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

Monday, January 15th | 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 91 minutes

Surly the squirrel and his animal friends find out that the corrupt mayor of Oakton plans to bulldoze their beloved Liberty Park to make way for an amusement park. Hoping to save the place they call home, Surly, Andie, Buddy and the rest of the gang join forces with Mr. Feng, a seemingly cute and innocent mouse who happens to be a fierce master of kung fu.

 


February's Movie on the Big Screen | My Little Pony: The Movie*

Monday, February 19th | 1:30 - 3:10 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 99 minutes

Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy and Rarity embark on an epic journey to save Ponyville from a dark force. Along the way, the Mane 6 meet new friends and face exciting challenges as they travel beyond Equestria to defeat the evil Storm King and his minion unicorn - Tempest Shadow.

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

 


Registration Required Programs

Family Holiday Craft Workshop

Families with children through 8th grade
Monday, December 4th | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 7th | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

A night of holiday crafting fun for the whole family!
Join us as we also sing seasonal songs and drink some hot chocolate.

 


Stories, Songs and Gingerbread Men

Grades: PreK-3
Tuesday, December 12th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Decorate, decorate just as fast as you can!
We are hosting our 2nd annual Gingerbread Man cookie decorating event including gingerbread themed songs and stories, too!
We will provide the gingerbread cookies and supplies.

 


Council of Book Readers | December

Grades: 5-8
Friday, December 15th | 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 December, we'll be reading I Am A Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President, by Josh Lieb. Omaha, Nebraska, twelve-year-old Oliver Watson has everyone convinced that he is extremely stupid and lazy, but he is actually a very wealthy, evil genius, and when he decides to run for seventh-grade class president, nothing will stand in his way

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

 


Muzzy Club Orientation

Parents/Caregivers of Muzzy Club Participants who want help getting started (with or without the kids!)
Saturday, December 23rd | 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Learning a foreign language has many benefits, including improved analytical skills, increased creativity, a greater understanding of other cultures, and vastly increased job opportunities.
Get your child started with a guided tour of the Muzzy Club website.
Get an overview of all the educational tools available and how to make the best use of them.

 


"Noon" Years Eve Party

Kids of all ages, and their families
Thursday, December 28th | 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Come ring in the "noon" year at the library!
There will be snacks, crafts, music and more!

 


Minecraft Mania!

Grades: 3-5
Friday, December 29th | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Our good friends Scotty and Mitchell are back for another fun-filled session of Minecraft Mania!
Learn how to create your own Minecraft sculptures.
All players will have an unlimited supply of blocks and materials to build and decorate with. The challenge will be to create objects that relate to the theme that will be revealed on the day of the program.
No previous experience or Minecraft account necessary.
Full instruction provided.

 


Muzzy Club Orientation

Parents/Caregivers of Muzzy Club Participants who want help getting started (with or without the kids!)
Friday, December 29th | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Learning a foreign language has many benefits, including improved analytical skills, increased creativity, a greater understanding of other cultures, and vastly increased job opportunities.
Get your child started with a guided tour of the Muzzy Club website.
Get an overview of all the educational tools available and how to make the best use of them.

 


Join the MUZZY Club!

Grades: K-8
January 2nd - February 10th

Want to learn a foreign language?
Then meet Muzzy and his friends!
Through playful video lessons, they make learning fun.
To get you started, we'll be offering prizes to kids who give it a try - you can learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Korean, or English.
Which language will you choose? Sign up at the Ask Me Desk.

 


Muzzy Club Orientation

Parents/Caregivers of Muzzy Club Participants who want help getting started (with or without the kids!)
Wednesday, January 3rd | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Learning a foreign language has many benefits, including improved analytical skills, increased creativity, a greater understanding of other cultures, and vastly increased job opportunities.
Get your child started with a guided tour of the Muzzy Club website.
Get an overview of all the educational tools available and how to make the best use of them.

 


Ozobots!

Grades: 3-8
Friday, January 5th | 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Ozobots are tiny robots that respond to the instructions YOU give them.
Come learn the basics of coding, as you program your Ozobot to do your bidding.

Space is limited!

 


Renovate your Room

Grades: 4-8
Tuesday, January 16th | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Create decor to decorate your room with!
We'll provide the supplies!

 


Council of Book Readers | January

Grades: 5-8
Friday, January 19th | 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 January, we'll be reading The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud. Nathaniel, a magician's apprentice, summons up the djinni Bartimaeus and instructs him to steal the Amulet of Samarkand from the powerful magician Simon Lovelace

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

 


Save the Date for Dr. SEUSS!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Our 17th annual Dr. Seuss Celebration is just around the corner.
Don't miss the fun!

We'll have tickets available at the Ask Me Desk and online at www.rmlib.org
beginning February 5th!

 

Valentine Creations

Grades: 1-8
Tuesday, February 13th | 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 | February

Grades: 5-8
Friday, February 16th | 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 February, we'll be reading Death on the River of Doubt, by Samantha Seiple. In October 1913, Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on a tour of South America. The thrill-seeking adventurer had no idea that he would soon receive an offer he couldn't refuse: the chance to lead an expedition deep into the Amazon jungle to chart an unmapped river with his son Kermit and renowned Brazilian explorer Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon. Death on the River of Doubt takes readers inside the thrilling journey that unfolds as Roosevelt, Rondon, Kermit, and their companions navigate an unpredictable river through an unforgiving jungle. With new threats at every turn, from blood-thirsty piranhas and raging rapids to starvation, disease, and a traitor in their own ranks, it seems that not everyone will make it out alive. Through it all, the indomitable Teddy Roosevelt remained determined to complete their mission and rewrite the map of the world. Or die trying.

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

 


Elephant and Piggie Party

Grades: PreK-3
Tuesday, February 20th | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Do you love Gerald and Piggie?
Then come to our first ever Elephant and Piggie party for stories, snacks and crafts!

 


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: December 1st - 15th
Session 2: January 12th - February 16th

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: November 30th - December 14th
Session 2: January 11th - February 15th

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

Session 1: November 28th - December 12th
Session 2: January 9th - February 13th
OR
Wednesdays | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: November 29th - December 13th
Session 2: January 10th - February 14th

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.

January 22nd & February 12th

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.

January 29th & February 26th

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.

29 de enero y 26 de febrero

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