Programs for Kids (page 2 of 2)


newAfter School Book Club

Do you love to read books and discuss them with your friends?  Do you like to hear books read aloud?  Do you like cookies?  Then this is the club for you!  Our first two reading selections will be:

   8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel ÷ 1 Dog = CHAOS

8-class-petsby Vivian Vande Velde

  Abe Lincoln At Last

 abe-lincoln-at-last by Mary Pope Osborne

Registration opens January 2, 2017, visit the lower level YS Help Desk.  North Riverside residents in 2nd grade and up; limit of 15 participants.  Books will be provided.

Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Jan 12, 19, 26; Feb 2, 9, 16, 23.


Family Bingo & Loteria Familia

North Riverside residents age 3 and older.  Children under 7 must be accompanied with an adult.

Bring the whole family for an hour of classic fun!  All ages can play Bingo (with number cards) and Loteria (with picture cards) and win prizes!

Saturdays at 2:00 p.m:  Jan 21; Feb 18.


Mad Science

For 1st grade and older.  Please dress for mess!

Wednesday, December 14 at 3:30 p.m.: Tasty Towers

Tuesday, January 17 at 3:30 p.m.:  Super Snow, Slush & Sleet

Tuesday, February 21 at 3:30 p.m.:  Fantastic Foam


 newCool Reads Winter Reading Club

Calling all kids in kindergarten and up!  Read at least one book a week in this six-week program to earn the weekly prize.  Celebrate your favorite book by creating a book cover for a special display in the Youth Services Department!  For North Riverside residents only.

Registration opens: January 2, 2017.  Program runs January 9 through February 19, 2017.


BBC Hollydays Gingerbread House Craft

Make a delicious and unique holiday centerpiece!  All materials and instruction provided.

Cash or check payment (per house) is required at registration.  Residents: $15 (library pays $20); non-residents: $35 (full price).

Registration deadline is MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28.  Stop by the Help Desk to register in person.

Must be at least 6 years-old to participate; ages 6 to 11 must be with an adult; .  Maximum of two people per house.

Saturday, December 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Chris McBrien’s Holiday Happiness Family Fun Show! PLUS a Visit from Santa Claus

Get in the holiday spirit with Chris McBrien and enjoy the magic of the season with stories of Christmas elves and flying reindeer, illusions based on Christmas lore, and so much more! Enjoy the wackiest version of Jingle Bells EVER!  Audience participation included!  Bring your camera to catch those memories with the white-bearded fella, Santa Claus!  ALL ages welcome!

Tuesday, Dec 6 at 6:30 p.m.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover & Breakfast Bash

Stuffed animals can spend a fun-filled night at the library!  Drop off your stuffed animal on Thursday, Dec. 22 at the lower level Help Desk.   Come back on Friday, Dec. 23 at 10:30 a.m. for breakfast and a slide show of all the stuffed animals’ overnight adventures!   For kids ages 3 and up.

Drop off:  Thursday, Dec 22 between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. at Help Desk.  Contact info required at drop off.

Pick up:  Friday, Dec 23 at 10:30 a.m. 


RBHS Finals Survival Kits

Monday, Dec 19 through Wednesday, Dec 21

Finals aren’t fun, but tasty snacks and other goodies can help!  Available all day at the YS Help Desk to North Riverside high school students with ID.

CTWS“Storyville” presented by The Children’s Theatre of Western Springs

“Once upon a time…and they all lived happily ever after.”  Our cast of familiar (but very impatient!) characters need your help telling their wonderful stories!  Fun for the whole family; all ages welcome.  Please register online or at the YS Help Desk.

Saturday, February 11 at 2:00 p.m.



Junior Volunteers – 4th and 5th grade

North Riverside residents in 4th or 5th grade:  join the Junior Volunteers! Requirements:  attend a 20-minute training session to learn the basics of board book cleaning and shelf reading, and volunteer at least three times in the next six months.   Additional opportunities will be offered to “seasoned” Junior Volunteers.  See the YS Help Desk for more information.


Tween / Teen Year-Round Volunteering – 6th — 12th grade

Looking for community service hours?  We can help!

See the YS Help Desk for more information about our year-round volunteering opportunities, including the popular Adopt-A-Shelf program.  You can even join our Teen Advisory Board, and help choose and run teen/tween programming. (Leadership roles look great on your college and job applications!)


Thank You to our 2016 Summer Volunteers…

…for donating 300+ hours this summer!thank you

Sofia Belgin, Mariana Benitez, Tiffani Boone, Peggy Bork, Miranda Bucio, Ava Connerty, Gwen Dudzik, Jose Elizondo, Alisa Garcia, Amelia Garcia, Donna Goffron, Amaya Gonzalez, Alexa Herrera, Anya Hopek, Marta Janas, Erin Justus, Lauren Justus, Ayla Kohnke, Itzel Mancilla, Carlos Marquez, Samantha McDonald, Aja McKay, Liam McKenna, Emma McVicker, Migle Medelis, Alexandra Mercado, Evan Moyer, Olivia Moyer, Analiz Nunez, Molly O’Toole, Stephanie Ortiz, Aaron Ramos, Ana Santisteban, Damian Soria, Alexandra Svora, Anna Swade, Emma Tirpak, Deirdre Tomasek, Jocelyn Vasquez, Alexander Vazquez, Eric Watson, Rachel Watson, Clark Williamson, Alyssa Zavala.

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