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 Monday, March 2nd.


Save the Date for
Day of the Children/Dia de los Niños

Featuring Chris Fascione!
Sign-up here

Ages: All
When: Thursday, April 30th | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a celebration of children, families and reading! Professional storyteller extraordinaire Chris Fascione will entertain and we'll have snacks.
Free tickets are available at the Ask Me Desk or online.

 


No Registration Required Programs

Jr. Picassos' Art Club

Grades: 3-8
When: Saturdays | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
March 14th, April 11th & May 9th

Be a part of the 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
March 20th, April 17th & May 15th

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

 


Explorers' Club

Grades: 3-6
When: Fridays | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
March 20th - April 17th
May 8th - May 29th

Travel the world - right here at the library! Each week we'll learn about a different country through music, food, crafts and more!

 


Chess Club

Ages: All
When: Saturdays | 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
March 21st, April 18th & May 16th

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.

 


Movie on the Big Screen | Spring Break

When: Wednesday, March 25th | 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Rated: PG; 93 Minutes

Robotics prodigy Hiro lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro's closest companion is Baymax, a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago, Wasabi, Honey Lemon and Fred into a band of high-tech heroes.

 


Movie on the Big Screen | Spring Break

When: Friday, March 27th | 1:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Rated: PG; 81 Minutes

Gum stuck in his hair signals the start of a disastrous day for 11-year-old Alexander. One calamity follows another, but when Alexander tells his family about his misadventures, he finds little sympathy. Alexander begins to wonder if bad things happen only to him, but he soon learns that he's not alone when his mother, father, brother and sister all find themselves living through their own calamitous days.

 


Registration Required Programs

DR. SEUSS Celebration! Sign-up here

Ages: All
When: Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Our 14th 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!
We have tickets available at the Ask Me Desk and Online!

 


Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-5
When: Friday, March 13th | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The Council celebrates humor for the Spring! First up is Daniel Pinkwater's The Neddiad, a cross-country adventure through time to save the world, involving a shaman, a ghost, and a sacred turtle.
Come join the Council for snacks and discussion of this wacky & weird story.

 


It Might Get Loud: The Science of Sound

Grades: 2-5
When: Tuesday, March 24th | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
OR
Thursday, March 26th | 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Back by popular demand! Sound is all around us every day, but what do we really know about it? Through some simple experiments, we'll discover the properties of sound - we'll even make a Sound Sandwich!

 


Annual Bookmark Contest

Grades: K-8
Contest begins: Monday, March 30th

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 distributed to the public during Children's Book Week: May 4th - 10th. Prizes (local bookstore gift card) will be awarded in the following categories: K-1st, 2nd-3rd, 4th-6th and 7th-8th. Entry forms and materials will be available March 30th at the Ask Me Desk.
Designs are due on April 24.

 


Intro to Scratch

Grades: 4-8
When: Saturday, April 4th | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 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 required.

 


Readers Theater

Grades: 2-5
When: Monday, April 13th | 7:00 p.m. - 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.

 


Cardboard Cityscapes

Grades: 1-4
When: Thursday, April 23rd | 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Learn about architecture and building as you create your own cityscape using everyday materials. Space is limited!

 


The Very Ready Reading Program

Ages: 2-Kindergarten with parent
When: Monday, April 27th | 6:30 p.m. - 7:45 p.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.

 


Day of the Children/Dia de los Niños
Featuring Chris Fascione!
Sign-up here

Ages: All
When: Thursday, April 30th | 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Join us for a celebration of children, families and reading! Professional storyteller extraordinaire Chris Fascione will entertain and we'll have snacks.
Free tickets will be available at the Ask Me Desk or online.

 


Council of Book Readers

Grades: 4-5
When: Friday, May 8th | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

The Council celebrates humor for the Spring! We'll read A Whole Nother Story by Cuthbert Soup. This time, the adventure involves outwitting international spies with the help of a psychic dog and a sock puppet.
Come join the Council for snacks and discussion of this wacky & weird story.

 


Scratch Universe

Grades: 4-8
When: Saturday, May 23rd | 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Community Room, upper level

Take your programming to the next level in the Scratch Universe! Share your projects with other programmers, get ideas for new projects, and get help "debugging" your codes.
Prior use of Scratch is required to attend this program.

 


Summer Reading Volunteers

Grades: 6-8 (the grade you will be in the fall)
Registration starts: Monday, June 1st

Looking for something to do this summer? Volunteer at the library and help run our Summer Reading Club, Every Hero has a Story. You will help summer readers register, record progress and hand out prizes.
Sign-Up and Information Packets Available beginning Monday, June 1.
Call the library at 847-259-6050 x140 or visit the Ask Me Desk for more information.

 


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: Friday mornings | 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Session 1: March 20th - April 17th
Session 2: May 8th - May 29th

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: March 19th - April 16th
Session 2: May 7th - May 28th

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: March 17th - April 14th
Session 2: May 5th - May 26th
OR
When: Wednesday afternoons | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: March 18th - April 15th
Session 2: May 6th - May 27th

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: March 17th - April 14th
Session 2: May 5th - May 26th

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: March 18th - April 15th
Session 2: May 6th - May 27th

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: March 19th - April 16th
Session 2: May 7th - May 28th

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.