Kids' Events

Weekly Storytimes

Our weekly storytime schedule can be found on our Early Childhood page. You may also view our calendar.

Registration & Tickets

Some events require advance registration, as noted in the program decription. Unless otherwise noted, Wilmette and Kenilworth residents may register starting two weeks in advance; nonresidents may register 7 days later. To sign up, please stop by the Youth Desk or call us at (847) 256-6945.

Some performances require free tickets. Ticket availability is noted in the program description.

Upcoming Events

  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, June 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Writing by Design
    When: Monday, June 26, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Create stories, poems, and comics for the Youth Literary Magazine. Kids must attend at least two meetings. Grades 4-6. Registration starts May 30 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 5 for nonresidents.
  • Storytelling by Design: Emperor's New Clothes
    When: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Help some of your favorite stories come alive by acting them out! Together, we will read a fairy tale, folktale, or other popular story. Then we will act the story out, using dialogue, movement and props. Grades K-3. Registration starts June 13 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 20 for nonresidents.
  • Boys and Books (Gr. 3-4)
    When: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Love That Dog, by Sharon Creech. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Sign-up starts June 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 13 for nonresidents.
  • Storybook Art: Hervé Tullet
    When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Share stories and create art using the techniques of a featured illustrator. This week, explore dots and lines in the style of Hervé Tullet. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 14 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 21 for nonresidents.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    In this movie based on the classic Roald Dahl novel, orphaned Sophie meets a big friendly giant, and together they explore a magical world and collect dreams. Rated PG.
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club (Gr. 3-4)
    When: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Seaglass Summer, by Anjali Banerjee. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 3-4 with an adult. Registration starts June 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 14 for nonresidents.
  • Andertoons Cartooning: Alphabet Animals
    When: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Learn to draw 26 adorable cartoon animals using only the alphabet and simple shapes. Grades 1-3. Registration starts June 15 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents and June 22 for nonresidents.
  • Andertoons Cartooning: Creative Cartooning
    When: Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Make your own cartoons with expressive faces, bodies in motion, and more! Grades 4-8. Registration starts June 15 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents and June 22 for nonresidents.
  • Storybook Art: Emma Garcia
    When: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Share stories and create art using the techniques of a featured illustrator. This week, explore using cut paper shapes in the style of Emma Garcia. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 21 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 28 for nonresidents.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Wednesday, July 05, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    In this movie based on the classic Dick King-Smith novel, a pig raised by sheepdogs learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. Rated G.
  • WeDo
    When: Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Experiment with Lego robotics! Program and build your own cool contraptions. Grades 3-5. Registration starts June 22 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 29 for nonresidents.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 06, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week's program is full.
  • Summer StoryWalk
    When: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new summer story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the summer. Rain date: July 13.
  • Summer StoryWalk
    When: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 11:00 AM - 11:20 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Enjoy the outdoors, read the new summer story with your librarians, and finish up with a treat. Can't make it today? Don't worry! Our StoryWalk will stay up throughout the summer. Rain date: July 13.
  • Writing by Design
    When: Monday, July 10, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Create stories, poems, and comics for the Youth Literary Magazine. Kids must attend at least two meetings. Grades 4-6. Registration starts May 30 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 5 for nonresidents.
  • Storytelling by Design: Three Little Pigs
    When: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Help some of your favorite stories come alive by acting them out! Together, we will read a fairy tale, folktale, or other popular story. Then we will act the story out, using dialogue, movement and props. Grades K-3. Registration starts June 27 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 5 for nonresidents.
  • Storybook Art: Ezra Jack Keats
    When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Share stories and create art using the techniques of a featured illustrator. This week, explore using stamping and spatter painting in the style of Ezra Jack Keats. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 5 for nonresidents.
  • "See the Show! Become the Pro!" with Jason Kollum
    When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Balls, clubs, rings, giant beanbag chairs, and much more will all be sent flying through the air. Then, it's the total-participation, hands-on workshop where kids of all ages get to actually try out the skills they got to see in the show! Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department starting at 6:00 the evening before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 6 tickets per family.
  • "See the Show! Become the Pro!" with Jason Kollum (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Kids with special needs and their families are invited to this fun show with juggler Jason Kollum. Balls, clubs, rings, giant beanbag chairs, and much more will all be sent flying through the air. Then, it's the total-participation, hands-on workshop where kids of all ages get to actually try out the skills they got to see in the show! Registration starts June 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 5 for nonresidents.
  • "See the Show! Become the Pro!" with Jason Kollum
    When: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Balls, clubs, rings, giant beanbag chairs, and much more will all be sent flying through the air. Then, it's the total-participation, hands-on workshop where kids of all ages get to actually try out the skills they got to see in the show! Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department starting at 6:00 the evening before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 6 tickets per family.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week's program is full.
  • Stories in Maple Park
    When: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Maple Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Club Hogwarts: House Colors Day
    When: Monday, July 17, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make friends and enjoy magical activities and snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Accio fun! Today, get sorted and tie dye a shirt in your Hogwarts house colors. Shirts provided. Grades 5-8. Registration starts July 3 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 10 for nonresidents.
  • Storytelling by Design: Cinderella
    When: Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Help some of your favorite stories come alive by acting them out! Together, we will read a fairy tale, folktale, or other popular story. Then we will act the story out, using dialogue, movement and props. Grades K-3. Registration starts July 5 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 11 for nonresidents.
  • Storybook Art: Terry Border
    When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Share stories and create art using the techniques of a featured illustrator. This week, explore using photography and wire art in the style of Terry Border. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts July 5 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 12 for nonresidents.
  • Summer Movie
    When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Bruce Wayne must deal with the usual suspects as they plan to rule Gotham City, while discovering that he has accidentally adopted a teenage orphan who wishes to become his sidekick. Rated PG.
  • Mother-Daughter Book Club (Gr. 5-8)
    When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Summerlost, by Ally Condie. Copies of the books will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 5-8 with an adult. Registration starts June 28 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 5 for nonresidents.
  • Young Makers: Afternoon at the Spa
    When: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Get as much relaxation out of your summer as possible! Keep your body and mind healthy, happy, and calm at our spa night. Make bath bombs, aromatherapy sachets, lip balm, and more. Grades 5-9. Registration starts July 6 for Wilmette & Kenilworth, July 13 for nonresidents.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 20, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week's program is full.
  • Family PlayLab: Sneaky Art
    When: Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Come have an Andy Goldsworthy experience at a nature art table and make art to hide in the library and the community. All ages.
  • Stories in Thornwood Park
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Thornwood Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Club Hogwarts: Wand Shop
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make friends and enjoy magical activities and snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Accio fun! Today, make your own wands -- edible and non! Grades 5-8. Registration starts July 10 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 17 for nonresidents.
  • Tech Playground (Gr. 1-4)
    When: Monday, July 24, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Kids, show your parents what you can do! You'll both have the opportunity to play with the library's tech toys such as Lego WeDo, Scratch Jr., robots, and more. Grades 1-4 with an adult. Registration starts July 10 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 17 for nonresidents.
  • Storytelling by Design: Make Your Own Tale
    When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Help some of your favorite stories come alive by acting them out! Together, we will read a fairy tale, folktale, or other popular story. Then we will act the story out, using dialogue, movement and props. Grades K-3. Registration starts July 11 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 18 for nonresidents.
  • Boys and Books (Gr. 5-8)
    When: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Enjoy snacks, activities, and discussion about Ghost, by Jason Reynolds. Copies of the book will be available for checkout at the Youth Services Desk. Grades 5-8 with an adult. Sign-up starts July 5 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 11 for nonresidents.
  • Storybook Art: Lois Ehlert
    When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Share stories and create art using the techniques of a featured illustrator. This week, explore using found objects and natural materials in the style of Lois Ehlert. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts July 12 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 19 for nonresidents.
  • Ben's Bubble Show
    When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Enjoy bubble sculptures, illusions, and audience participation! Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department starting at 6:00 the evening before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 6 tickets per family.
  • Ben's Bubble Show (Sensory-Friendly)
    When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 4:45 PM - 5:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Kids with special needs and their families are invited to this fun show with bubble sculptures, sleight of hand, and audience participation! Registration starts July 12 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 19 for nonresidents.
  • Ben's Bubble Show
    When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 5:30 PM - 6:15 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Enjoy bubble sculptures, illusions, and audience participation! Free ticket required. Tickets are available in the Youth Services Department starting at 6:00 the evening before the program on a first-come, first-served basis. Limit 6 tickets per family.
  • Moana: Interactive Showing
    When: Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    Where: Auditorium

    Sing and cheer along to this interactive version of Moana. Brought to you by the Kids' Library Council. Snacks will be served. Rated PG. Grades 2 and up. Registration starts July 13 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 20 for nonresidents.
  • Book Buddies
    When: Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 7:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Older children pair up with younger ones to share books, crafts, and fun. Older buddies should be entering grades 6 and up; younger buddies should be ages 4 to 7. Registration begins each Monday morning and continues until that week's program is full.
  • Stories in Vattmann Park
    When: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Families are invited for stories and songs with Wilmette librarians. Please gather near the tennis courts. In case of rain or extreme heat, storytimes will take place at the Library. If in doubt, please call 847-256-6945. Cosponsored by the Wilmette Public Library and the Wilmette Park District.
  • Club Hogwarts: Potions Class
    When: Monday, July 31, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make friends and enjoy magical activities and snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Accio fun! Today, mix up some magic in Potions Class. Grades 5-8. Registration starts July 17 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 24 for nonresidents.
  • Tech Playground (Gr. 5-9)
    When: Tuesday, August 01, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Experiment with the library's tech tools such as Scratch, stop-motion animation, robots, and more. Parents are welcome to attend and tinker along. Grades 5-9. Registration starts July 18 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 25 for nonresidents.
  • Summer Reading Finishing Party: Danny Orleans Magic
    When: Thursday, August 03, 2017 - 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    Where: Library Lawn

    Danny Orleans brings magic to enchant both the young and the young-at-heart. Audience participation and laughter abound as young volunteers join Danny on stage to hold a wand, a jumbo crayon, or to see what’s inside his black magic hat. Families are invited to bring a picnic dinner beginning at 6:00. There will be face painting and free ice cream from Homer's from 6:00-6:45. The performance starts at 7:00. In case of rain or extreme heat, the show will take place in the Library Auditorium.
  • Club Hogwarts: Green Screen Magic
    When: Monday, August 07, 2017 - 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Make friends and enjoy magical activities and snacks inspired by the world of Harry Potter. Accio fun! Today, don your robes for some photographic fun. Costumes encouraged. Grades 5-8. Registration starts July 24 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, July 31 for nonresidents.
  • Drop-In Baby Playtime
    When: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    What do you do when Babytime is on vacation, but your babies are raring to go? Stop by for baby playtime and adult conversation. Ages 0-24 months with an adult. Siblings welcome.
  • Pom-Pom Wall Hanging
    When: Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 4:00 PM - 4:45 PM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Use lots of colorful pom-poms to create a fun wall hanging for your room or anywhere! Grades 3-5. Registration starts July 27 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, August 3 for nonresidents.
  • Chalk Art in the Park
    When: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Join us at Vattmann Park to decorate the sidewalks with your own unique style. All ages. Rain date: Thursday, August 17.

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