After School Program
Volunteers provide free tutoring, homework help, and literacy activities on Mondays and Thursdays from 4-6 PM. This year, students will Take a Journey in a Book. Click here for details.
- Mardi Gras Children’s Ball: Cecile and Marie-Grace lived in New Orleans in 1853, exciting things were happening for these two friends. We’ll explore their world and the history of Mardi Gras through food, music, and crafts. During this lively celebration, you will get to make a float for the parade, decorate masks for you and your doll, and much more. Come with your most dazzling costume and enter for a chance to win an American Girl doll party kit!
Saturday, 2/14 | 2-3:30 PM | Grades K-8 | Registration is required.
Children will learn another language in our interactive story time, by playing, creating, and exploring. Click here for details.
Tuesday, 2/17 | 6-7 PM | Ages 3-8
Everyone is invited to play the world’s oldest war game and meet new people. Bring your own chess set or use one of ours. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Click here for details.
Wednesdays, 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, & 2/25 | 6:30-8 PM
Explore Your World
Calling all explorers in kindergarten through 4th grades! Each week brings a new adventure as we explore the world around us on. We’ll explore bridges, build with Legos, craft with paper, practice drama, and learn about frogs, butterflies, snakes, and lizards! Click here for details.
Wednesdays | 3:15-4:15 PM
ZB Robotics 4-H Club
Use your creativity and skills to create LEGO® robots in this club, for kids in grades 5-8. All materials are provided. Registration is required. Call 847.872.4680, x5 or register online. Sponsored by 4-H. Click here for details.
Mondays, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, & 2/23 • 3:30-5 PM
Saturday, 1/24 • 11 AM-3 PM
ZB Teens in grades 5-8 can learn career skills in this program funded through the Project Next Generation initiative of the Illinois State Library.
- Snap Circuits®: Snap Circuits® teaches you all about electronics. You can make an AM radio, a burglar alarm, or a siren! Click here for details.
Wednesday, 2/18 | 3:45-5:45 PM
- LEGO® MINDSTORM: Create your own LEGO® MINDSTORM. Click here for details.
Wednesday, 2/25 | 3:45-5:45 PM
Busy Bees Bunch
Help your child get ready to read in these half-hour sessions with stories, fingerplays and music. Caregivers are offered instruction and take-home sheets on child development and early literacy skills. One caregiver per child is encouraged.
Mondays, 1/26, 2/2, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, & 3/16 | 6-6:30 PM | Birth-Age 3 | Registration is requested.
Tuesdays, 1/27, 2/3, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, & 3/17 | 10:30-11 AM | Birth-Age 3 | Registration is requested.
Stories and More
Help your child get ready to read in these half-hour sessions with stories, fingerplays and music. Caregivers are offered instruction and take-home sheets on child development and early literacy skills. Sessions are offered three times a week. Come to one session or all of them! Registration is not required. Click here for details.
Mondays, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, & 3/16 | 10:30-11 AM | Ages 3-6
Tuesdays, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, & 3/17 | 9:30-10 AM | Ages 3-6
Thursdays, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, & 3/19 | 6-6:30 PM | Ages 3-6
Stuffed Animal Birthday Party
Bring a stuffed animal to celebrate with friends, cake, and party favors!
Saturday, 2/7 | 11 AM-12 PM | Birth-Age 6 | Registration is requested.
Guys–discover new and interesting reads, share awesome things you’re reading, play video games, and enjoy snacks.
Tuesday, 2/3 | 4:30-5:30 PM | Grades K-8 | Click here for details.
- Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah! Click here for details.
Tuesday, 1/27 | 3:30-4:30 PM | Grades K-8
- The Three Snow Bears. Click for details.
Tuesday, 2/24 | 3:30-4:30 PM | Grades K-8
- Hans Christian Andersen and Fairy Tales. Click here for details.
Tuesday, 3/31 | 3:30-4:30 PM | Grades K-8
Celebrate Black History
Bet You Can’t Eat Just One!
Join us as we take a savory look at black history. We’ll pair the story of George Crum and his invention of the potato chip with a potato chip tasting. Everyone is invited!
Tuesday, 2/10 | 5:30-7 PM | All Ages | Registration is requested.
25th Annual Black History Month Program
We’re teaming up with the Zion Park District to present a celebration the entire family will enjoy, with singing, dancing, guest speakers, and poetry! ZB Library will be sponsoring guest speaker Cynthia Lincke, from Princesses and Ladies, a non-profit organization that mentors young girls and empowers women to succeed. Lincke is the author of My Mommy’s Heart and My Daddy’s Heart. Click here for details.
Saturday, 2/21 | 11 AM-1:30 PM | All Ages | Zion-Benton Township High School
Earn prizes and vote for your favorite books! Register at the Youth Services desk and pick up your reading list of these award-winning books. Readers can win prizes for reading 5, 10, 15 or 20 books before 1/31/15.
Monarch Award Club
The club is designed to encourage children to read critically and become familiar with children’s books, authors and illustrators. Click here for the 2015 Monarch Award Reading List.
Bluestem Award Club
This club is named in honor of Big Bluestem, the state prairie grass. Click here for the 2015 Bluestem Award Reading List.
Win With Reading
Readers earn prizes and vote for their favorite books. Click here for the 2015 Win With Reading List.