Programs for Kids (page 1 of 2)

Youth Services
Summer 2020

 Hey Teens and Tweens!  Programs are on the Teen Page – Check it out here


We miss all of you and hope you are well and safe!  No Programs at the Library until further notice.

Summer Reading Program

Imagine Your Story with the North Riverside Public Library!  Summer Reading will run from June 1 through August 31, 2020.

Keep track of your reading anytime, anywhere with Beanstack!

All ages can register for Summer Reading on the Beanstack website, or download Beanstack Tracker on iOS or Android and search for our library.

We strongly encourage online tracking, but paper or PDF formats are available (for the Kids’ and Teen/Tween programs only).

Children ages newborn through 5th grade in the fall:

Read at least 20 minutes a day for 30 days to earn a book and fun prizes!  Doing activities and writing book reviews earns more prizes, and reading past 30 days helps local food pantries!  The more you read, review and do, the better your chances to win one of ten $25 Gift Cards!  All prizes will be distributed AFTER summer reading ends.  Must be a North Riverside resident or Komarek student to participate.

Paper or PDF Formats

While we strongly encourage everyone to participate in the online Kids’ or Teen/Tween Summer Reading Programs, PDF and paper formats are also available.

For the PDF or paper formats of the Kids’ or Teen/Tween Summer Reading Program, please follow these steps:

1) Click the link below to access the Registration Form
2) Download the Registration Form using the “Download File” button at the upper right of the screen
3) Once the form is filled out, click on “Print Form” at the top left of the form, and save it to your device as a PDF
4) Send an email to with your saved PDF attached
5) If you’re registering more than one reader, click “Clear Form” and repeat steps 3 and 4

Registration Form (PDF)

Click here for our online programs — more each week!

Online resources: 

Summer Bookmarks   Print some free summer bookmarks here!

Popsicle Stick Bookmarks    Make your own book mark with just a printout and a popsicle stick.

Cloud Dough   Made with just 3 ingredients!

Early Literacy May Activities   Daily fun with your little one.

Mondays READ ALONG with Michelle Obama    Check out PBS Kids every Monday.

Barnes & Noble National Children’s Short Story Contest   Showcase your creativity and get published! Ends May 29, 2020.

Would You Rather…   Play this fun game with a friend over the phone or a family member!

LEGO Build, Unbuild, Rebuild   Learn and build an Emoticon out of 30 bricks and much more!

Harry Potter at Home    All sorts of activities for all you Harry Potter Fans, updates regularly!

Spanish Storytime on Instagram Live every day at 12:30 MDT / 1:30 CDT !! 

Musical Straw  Make music from a straw!

Bubble Catching   Learn how to catch bubbles!

Virtual School Activities  A collection of sites to live webcams, virtual tours/trips, and other miscellaneous fun educational sites. 

Ice Cream in-a-bag   Make Ice Cream with this fun recipe.

NASA and STEM for kids   Explore NASA STEM for home and students.

Paper Flowers   Make simple paper flowers for Spring!

Handprint Butterfly   Using your own hand, you can make a beautiful butterfly!

Perfect Pom Pom  Make pom pom animals with this easy trick.

Easy Creative Drawing   Be creative with these easy drawing hacks.

Jigsaw Explorer   Have fun working on puzzles!

Virtual Tour of the White House   Tour one of our Historic monuments.

Maker Stations   3 Weeks of Maker Stations, check out the variety!

15 Spring Stem Activities  Have fun and learn STEM activities.

Pokemon Color by Number    Print and color your favorite Pokemon character.

Puffy Sidewalk Paint   Make puffy sidewalk paint with just a few ingredients.

Flower Power   Connect-the-dots and see your creation!

DIY Harry Potter Floating Candles   …just like the dining hall at Hogwarts.

Watch “Happy, Healthy Ajay!” being read.  How do you stay healthy?

Stay Happy and Healthy   A few fun ways to stay happy and healthy.

Watch “Scrubba Dub, Carlos” being read.   How do you wash your hands?

Wash Your Hands   Follow these easy steps when washing your hands!


Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for more!



Would you like to sign-up for text messages or emails about upcoming Children’s programs?

Sign up with REMIND!  Enter class code nrplinfant for ages 2 and under  OR  nrplchild for ages 3 to 5th grade.


Project Next Generation classes – not available until further notice.

Project Next Generation (PNG) is a program for Teens/Tweens in grades 5 through 12 who want hands-on experience with some amazing new technology. PNG strives to introduce new technologies and information in a tremendously fun and relaxed environment.  Funding for the project was awarded by the Illinois State Library, a Department of the Office of the Secretary of State, Jesse White, using funds provided by the U.S. Institute of Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA).



1000 Books Before Kindergarten

For newborn through age 5. A year-round, ongoing reading program based on research that has shown that the more books children from birth to age 5 have had read to them, the more prepared they will be to learn to read. Upon registration, you’ll receive a simple reading log, a list of recommended books and more. Limited to North Riverside residents. Visit the YS Help Desk to register your child today!


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