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Students and adults can join the competition at the library or online. Readers will choose a school to support at registration and the school with the most participation will win the grand prize (provided by the Coalition for Healthy Communities’ Literacy Task Force).

Eureka Discoveries: Good Vibrations [Rhythm, Waves, Sound and Light]
When Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys first performed the song “Good Vibrations” in 1966, they probably were unconcerned with the physics behind the vibrations. In this program, participants will learn how rhythmic vibrations are the basis for everything we see and hear. We’ll discover how light waves and sound waves differ and experiment with wave interference. We’ll use a giant slinky to show the difference between sound and light. We’ll illustrate the Doppler effect using a musical note generator. Kids will make a musical reed instrument, and see if they can get an aluminum rod to “sing” a loud note. Click here for details.
Tuesday, 6/30 ● 1-3 PM ● All Ages

Music and Rhythm
What is music? Discover how we use a combination of rhythm, beat, and notes to create a song. We’ll also make a musical instrument, play-along with songs, read some stories, and make our own music.

  • Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin by Lloyd Moss.
    Tuesday, 7/7 ● 1:30-3 PM ● Grades K-8
  • Going to the Zoo by Tom Paxton and The Zoo Band by Jill L. Donahue
    Tuesday, 7/14 ● 1:30-3 PM ● Grades K-8
  • Bats Around the Clock by Kathi Appelt and Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles-Think of That! by Leo Dillon
    Wednesday, 8/12 ● 1:30-3 PM ● Grades K-8

ZB Cinema: Now Playing @ Your Library
Bring a snack and enjoy Singing In The Rain. A joyous combination of music, dancing and comedy that recalls the early “talkies.” Rated G.
Monday, 7/13 ● 1-3 PM

Preschool Music Jam
Kids can dance along with favorite music selections and create a musical mural of vibrant colors.
Saturday, 7/18 ● 11 AM-12PM ● Infant-Age 6

Storyteller/Magician Bob Kann
Reading provides children with information, sparks their imaginations, and nurtures a love for language. Creative storytelling, juggling, and magic will inspire everyone to read!
Wednesday, 7/15 ● 1-2 PM ● All Ages

Storytime with King Elvis
Join us for a summer baseball story in the lobby and meet Kenosha Kingfish mascot, King Elvis!
Monday 7/20 ● 1-3 PM ● All Ages

Book of YA: The Musical
Everyone is invited to the ZB Teens production of The Book of YA: The Musical. Our ZB Teens have been hard at work all summer. Bring your entire family and enjoy the show!
Saturday, 7/25 ● 1-3 PM

ZB Cinema: Now Playing @ Your Library
Bring a snack and enjoy Into The Woods. With a modern twist, this humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel, all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Rated PG for thematic elements, fantasy action and peril, and some suggestive material.
Wednesday, 7/29 ● 6-8 PM

Read to the Rhythm: Full Score Quartet
Zion’s own FullScore Chamber Orchestra will introduce families to a variety of instrumental music. Come for music, stay for refreshments.
Saturday, 8/1 ● 10:30-11:30 AM ● All Ages

Dueling Pianospiano
Join Debra Stackhouse and students for this musical event!
Thursday, 8/6 ● 6:30-7:30 PM ● All Ages

Cowboy Randy
This show features cowboy music, folklore, history, and rope tricks with singing, yodeling, and “trick ropin’.”
Tuesday, 8/11 ● 3-4 PM ● All Ages

Fancy Nancy: The Musical Field Trip
Read 5000 minutes to qualify for free tickets and transportation to the Broadway in Chicago’s, Fancy Nancy: The Musical. Best suited for children ages 3 and up. Everyone must have a ticket, including babies.
Thursday, 8/13 ● 8 AM-1 PM ● All Ages ● R-Required

Read to the Rhythm Pool Party
Read 1000 minutes to qualify for a free ticket. Everyone must have a ticket to enter, including babies.
Saturday, 8/15 ● 6-8 PM ● Infant-Grade 4 ● Port Shiloh Pool ● R-Required

Special Programs

Outdoor Library
Join us for some fun outdoor activities (weather permitting). We’ll meet outside near the library’s front entrance, where you can draw with sidewalk chalk, hula hoop and jump rope, or grab a book to read in the grass.
Thursdays, 7/2 & 7/23 ● 2-3 PM ● Grades K-8

Reptomania!reptile
Steve Schindler, of The Science Alliance and expert on all things reptilian, will introduce you to huge toads and frogs, colorful snakes, exotic skinks, and a humongous monitor lizard!
Thursday, 7/30 ● 1-2 PM ● All Ages

Fancy Nancy Soiree
Soiree is French for party (everything is fancier in French). Wear your fanciest outfit and we’ll learn fancy vocabulary, read a story, embellish extravagant accessories, and snack on sweet treats.
Monday, 8/10 ● 2:30-3:30 PM ● All Ages

End of Summer Celebrationsun
Say goodbye to summer with activities, guest appearances by favorite characters, games, prizes, and snacks. Cast your vote for the literary character(s) you would like to meet at the celebration! For details, visit the Youth Services desk.
Monday, 8/24 ● 2:30-4:30 PM ● All Ages

Celebrate Roald Dahl’s Birthday
Share your favorite stories and characters then create enormous crocodiles! We’ll watch a movie based on one of Dahl’s books while snacking on treats good enough to be from Willy Wonka’s own factory.
Saturday, 9/12 ● 10:30 AM-1 PM ● All Ages

Plant A Sensory Garden
Help us planting a sensory garden. We’ll provide the plants, you provide extra hands. Help us make a beautiful, fun area for the whole family to enjoy.
Thursday, 9/17 ● 4:30-6:30 PM ● All Ages

Ongoing Programs

American GirlAG-Star
Bring your favorite doll and be prepared to have fun and enjoy some snacks! For kids in grades K-8 and a parent or guardian.
Saturdays ● 2-3:30 PM

  • 7/18 – Felicity’s Summer Favorites: We’ll learn about a famous 1770’s composer, listen to his music, and make paper beads to create your own lucky coral necklace. R-Required
  • 8/29 – Julie’s Peace Party: We’ll learn about the peace movement of the 1970’s, listen to music from the era, and create a colorful peace sign sun catcher. R-Required
  • 9/26 – Josefina Celebrates Hispanic Heritage: We’ll learn about Hispanic heritage, listen to music from the 1820’s, and create pouch pockets and primroses! R-Required

Family Game Night
Bring the whole family to play games and puzzles together. Drop-in to enjoy classic favorites or challenge yourself and try to learn a new game.
Wednesdays, 7/8, 8/5, & 9/9 ● 3:30-6 PM ● All Ages

ZB LEGO® Club
Let your imagination run wild or use our monthly theme to create a LEGO® masterpiece! Tuesdays, 7/14, 8/4, & 9/1 ● 4-6 PM ● All Ages

Preschool Programs

Busy-Bees
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.

  • Spring Session
    Monday, 6/29 ● 6-6:30 PM ● Infant-Age 3 ● R-Requested
    Tuesday, 6/30 ● 10:30-11 AM ● Infant-Age 3 ● R-Requested
  • Summer Session
    Mondays, 7/20-8/10 ● 6-6:30 PM ● Infant-Age 3 ● R-Requested
    Tuesdays, 7/21-8/11 ● 10:30-11 AM ● Infant-Age 3 ● R-Requested
  • Fall Session
    Mondays, 9/14-11/16 ● 6-6:30 PM ● Infant-Age 3 ● R-Requested
    Tuesday, 9/15-11/17 ● 10:30-11 AM ● Infant-Age 3 ● R-Requested

SAM
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! Click here for details.

  • Spring Session
    Monday, 6/29 ● 10:30-11 AM ● Ages 3-6
    Tuesday, 6/30 ● 9:30-10 AM ● Ages 3-6
    Thursdays, 6/25 & 7/2 ● 6:30-7 PM ● Ages 3-6
  • Summer Session
    Mondays, 7/20-8/10 ● 10:30-11 AM ● Ages 3-6
    Tuesdays, 7/21-8/11 ● 9:30-10 AM ● Ages 3-6
    Thursdays, 7/23-8/13 ● 6:30-7 PM ● Ages 3-6
  • Fall Session
    Mondays, 9/14-11/16 ● 10:30-11 AM ● Ages 3-6
    Tuesdays, 9/15-11/17 ● 9:30-10 AM ● Ages 3-6
    Wednesdays, 9/16-11/18 ● 6:30-7 PM ● Ages 3-6

Preschool Music Jam
Kids can dance along with favorite music selections and create a musical mural of vibrant colors.
Saturday, 7/18 ● 11 AM-12PM ● Infant-Age 6

Crafty-Fox
The Crafty Fox brings something fun for kids to create and take home.
Monday, 8/17 ● 6-6:30 PM ● Infant–Age 6
Tuesday, 8/18 ● 10:30-11 AM ● Infant–Age 6

Reading Clubs

The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. – See more at: http://zblibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/821960035_the_tale_of_despereaux#sthash.gfvHHlAp.dpuf
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. – See more at: http://zblibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/821960035_the_tale_of_despereaux#sthash.gfvHHlAp.dpuf
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. – See more at: http://zblibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/821960035_the_tale_of_despereaux#sthash.BynT4USm.dpuf
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. – See more at: http://zblibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/821960035_the_tale_of_despereaux#sthash.BynT4USm.dpuf
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. – See more at: http://zblibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/821960035_the_tale_of_despereaux#sthash.BynT4USm.dpuf
The adventures of Desperaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin. – See more at: http://zblibrary.bibliocommons.com/item/show/821960035_the_tale_of_despereaux#sthash.BynT4USm.dpuf

Guys Readguys_read_sign_logo
Join us to discover new reads and share what you’re reading. We’ll play video games, eat snacks, and hang out.
Tuesdays ● 3:30-5 PM ● Grades K-8

  • 7/21 – Ancient Ballistics: Create catapults and forts and have a battle!
  • 8/18 – Delicious Designs: Combine architecture and aesthetics to construct buildings using edible materials.
  • 9/15 – Egg Armor: Design contraptions to protect eggs and test them with an egg drop.

Night OwlsNight-Owl
Kids – If you’ve ever been tempted to stay up all night reading a good book, then this club is for you! We’re sure to have a hoot! Click here for details.

  • The Deaf Musicians by Pete Seeger, and Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra by Stephen Costanza.
    Tuesday, 7/28 ● 3:30-4:30 PM ● Grades K-8
  • We’ll read and learn about jazz.
    Tuesday, 8/25 ● 4 -5 PM ● Grades K-8
  • The Music Teacher from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler.
    Tuesday, 9/29 ● 4-5 PM ● Grades K-8

Back to School

School Supply Driveschool-supply
Give local children the tools they need for a successful school year by donating pencils, rulers, notebooks, markers, and more. Sponsored by ZB Library and Catholic Charities.
7/20-8/3

After School Program
Volunteers from the Zion Community Focus Group provide free tutoring, homework help, and literacy activities, starting in mid-September.
Mondays & Thursdays ● 4-6 PM ● Grades 3-12

Explore Your World
Calling all explorers! Join us on a new adventure each week as we explore the world around us through fun activities and crafts.
Wednesdays ● 3:15-4:15 PM ● Grades K-4

  • 9/16 – Learn all the buzz about bees!
  • 9/23 – Explore the Korean holiday Chuseok. We’ll discuss similarities to US holidays, spell our names using Hangul (the Korean alphabet), play one of Korea’s most popular games, and taste test some Korean food.
  • 9/30 – Discuss The Wonderful Cellar Band.