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 Thursday, December 1st, unless noted.

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: 4-8
When: Fridays | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
December 2nd, January 6th & February 3rd

Come discover the world one country at a time, through books, music, food, crafts, and more!
Come join the Explorers Club and tell us!


Drop In Craft

Ages: All
When: Fridays | Starts at 9:00 a.m. whiles supplies last
December 16th, January 20th & February 17th

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


December's Movie on the Big Screen | The Secret Life of Pets

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

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 90 minutes

Max is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that's bound for the pound. Luckily, a rebellious bunny named Snowball swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who've done them wrong.

Winter Reading Club

Grades: K-8
When: January 2nd - February 18th.

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.

January's Movie on the Big Screen | Kubo and the Two Strings

Monday, January 16th | 1:30 - 3:25 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 102 minutes

Young Kubo's peaceful existence comes crashing down when he accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past. Now on the run, Kubo joins forces with Monkey and Beetle to unlock a secret legacy. Armed with a magical instrument, Kubo must battle the Moon King and other gods and monsters to save his family and solve the mystery of his fallen father, the greatest samurai warrior the world has ever known.

Jr. Picassos' Art Club

Grades: 2-8
When: Saturday, February 11th | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

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


February's Movie on the Big Screen | Pete's Dragon

Monday, February 20th | 1:30 - 3:15 p.m.

MPAA Rating: PG | Duration: 103 minutes

Mr. Meacham, a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete, a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie, Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true.


Registration Required Programs

Family Holiday Craft Workshop

Ages: All
When: Thursday, December 15th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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


Council of Book Readers | December

Grades: 4-6
When: Friday, December 16th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

The Council is all about animals this Winter!
We’ll start in December with Firstborn, Lamar the wolf finds the courage to be himself as his pack struggles to survive in Yellowstone National Park.


Stories, Songs, and Gingerbread Men

Grades: Preschool-2nd
When: Tuesday, December 20th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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


The Strongest Igloo

Grades: 3-6
When: Tuesday, January 17th | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Using nothing but Styrofoam packing peanuts, toothpicks, and water, we'll learn about engineering and construction to see who can build the strongest igloo.


Council of Book Readers | January

Grades: 4-6
When: Friday, January 20th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

The Council is all about animals this Winter!
In January, we'll head to Africa with Endangered, and follow the adventures of a girl named Sophie as she searches for her mother in the war-torn Congo, while trying to keep the bonobos (close relatives of chimpanzees) in her care safe.


Adventure Storytellers

Grades: K-3
When: Thursday, January 26th | 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Take an interactive journey with us as we make classic children's stories leap from their pages and come to life in '4-D'! Participants will not only help tell the story but also help decide how it ends!


Minecraft Mania!

Grades: K-5
When: Saturday, January 28th | 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Come learn how to create your own Minecraft sculptures, and learn how to play the game in the process!
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 necessary.
Full instruction provided.

Valentine Creations

Grades: K-
When: Wednesday, February 8th | 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.


Readers' Theater

Grades: 3-8
When: Monday, February 13th | 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 | February

Grades: 4-6
When: Friday, February 17th | 4:00 - 4:45 p.m.

for February we'll be reading Pax, which tells the tale of best friends Pax (a fox) and Peter (a boy), torn apart by circumstances beyond their control.


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: December 2nd - December 16th
Session 2: January 13th - February 17th

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

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: November 29th - December 13th
Session 2: January 10th - February 14th
When: Wednesdays | 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
Session 1: November 30th - December 14th
Session 2: January 11th - February 15th

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

Sensory Play and Stories

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

January 23rd & February 13th

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.

January 30th & February 27th

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.

30 de enero y 27 de febrero

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