Early Childhood Programs

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Storytimes last between 25 and 30 minutes. Participants enjoy songs and activities in addition to stories. This is a great opportunity for young children to hear good stories, learn, and have fun.

Advance registration is not necessary. All children 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Spring Session: April 3—May 5

Babytime (Ages 0-24 months): Thursdays at 9:15. Songs, rhymes, tickles, and bounces. Followed by a 30-minute playtime.

Rhymetime (Ages 18 months and up): Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:30 and 10:30. Fast-paced stories, rhymes, songs, and more.

Preschool Storytime (Ages 3 and up): Mondays at 10:30, Tuesdays at 9:30 and 4:00, and Thursdays at 10:30. Longer books, songs, and movement for children who enjoy a good story.

More Early Childhood Events

  • Movin' and Groovin' in the Morning: Urban Yoga Chicago's Sacred Playground
    When: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Stories, movement, and mindfulness. Ages 0-6 with an adult. Space is limited. Free day-of tickets will be available at the Youth Services Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Movin' and Groovin' in the Morning: Urban Yoga Chicago's Sacred Playground
    When: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Stories, movement, and mindfulness. Ages 0-6 with an adult. Space is limited. Free day-of tickets will be available at the Youth Services Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Movin' and Groovin' in the Morning: Urban Yoga Chicago's Sacred Playground
    When: Thursday, June 01, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Stories, movement, and mindfulness. Ages 0-6 with an adult. Space is limited. Free day-of tickets will be available at the Youth Services Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Movin' and Groovin' in the Morning: Urban Yoga Chicago's Sacred Playground
    When: Friday, June 02, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Stories, movement, and mindfulness. Ages 0-6 with an adult. Space is limited. Free day-of tickets will be available at the Youth Services Desk on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • "Let's Play!" Storytime
    When: Tuesday, June 06, 2017 - 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    Where: Vattmann Park

    Come early to meet friends old and new for unstructured play time. We'll join you at 11:00 for stories and songs. In partnership with the "Let's Play!" initiative of The Alliance for Early Childhood.
  • Intergenerational Storytime
    When: Wednesday, June 07, 2017 - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Off-site

    We're bringing Storytime on the road! Meet us at Mather Place of Wilmette (2801 Old Glenview Road) to brighten up the residents' morning with stories, songs, and fun. All ages.
  • Storybook Art: Eric Carle
    When: Wednesday, June 14, 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 tissue paper collage in the style of Eric Carle. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts May 31 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 7 for nonresidents.
  • Stories in Maple Park
    When: Monday, June 19, 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.
  • Storybook Art: Lauren Thompson
    When: Wednesday, June 21, 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 printmaking in the style of Lauren Thompson. Ages 3-5 with an adult. Registration starts June 7 for Wilmette & Kenilworth residents, June 14 for nonresidents.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Totally Untidy Toddlers
    When: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    Where: Youth Program Room

    Dress for mess; this sensory playtime will be loads of fun, but it won’t be neat! Ages 1-3 with an adult. Siblings welcome.

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