Volunteers of the Academia Cultural Xilotl will be conducting a “Calaveritas de Azúcar” decoration workshop as well as educating you on the traditional Hispanic celebration, Day of the Dead. Everyone is invited to come learn more about Day of the Dead and decorate their own candy skull. There will also be storytelling and face painting! Everyone is welcome on Saturday, 10/25 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Registration is recommended. Call 847.872.4680, ext. 5 or click here to register.
ZB Robotics 4-H Club
Use your creativity and skills to create LEGO® robots in this club, open to kids in 5th-8th grades. All materials are provided. The club meets on Mondays, 11/10, 11/24, and 12/8 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Registration is required. Call 847.872.4680, x5 or register online. Sponsored by 4-H.
Kids in K-8th grades and a parent or guardian are invited to join local author Cynthia Lincke as she reads from her books My Mommy’s Heart and My Daddy’s Heart on Saturday, 11/15 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Create your own thankful heart to be entered to win one of Cynthia’s books! A book signing will follow the program with books available for purchase. Click here for details.
Minecraft and LEGOs
Kids and Teens in 3rd-12th grades can play Minecraft on iPads, laptops, and Xbox or build worlds with LEGOs®. Earn points through games and competitions for a chance to win a Minecraft foam pickaxe and a Minecraft book on Wednesday, 11/26 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.
ZB Library and Z-shots team up to showcase the work of talented local youth photographers. Everyone is invited to the premiere opening of this special exhibit on Tuesday, 12/9 and Wednesday, 12/10 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Click here for details.
After School Program
Volunteers provide free tutoring, homework help, and literacy activities on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. This year, students will Take a Journey in a Book. Click here for details.
Children between the ages of 3-8 years old can learn another language in our interactive story time. Kids will learn by playing, creating, and exploring on Tuesdays, 10/21, 11/18, and 12/16 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Click here for details.
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. Wednesdays, 10/22, 11/12 and 12/10 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Click here for details.
Kids in 4th through 8th grades can build on their skills with this more advanced group on Thursdays, 10/16 and 11/20 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Click here for details.
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 Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15 p.m. We’ll explore bridges, build with Legos, craft with paper, practice drama, and learn about frogs, butterflies, snakes, and lizards! Click here for details.
Explore Your World – Music
In December, we’ll explore the world around us through music. Singers in K-4th grades are invited to practice for ZB Kids Glee Club on Wednesdays, 12/3 and 12/10 from 3:15-4:15 p.m. Our final performance for friends, family, and visitors is on Wednesday, 12/17 at 3:30 p.m. Click here for details.
Hooked on Yarn
Kids in 4th through 8th grades will learn basic crocheting skills on Thursday, 11/6 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Click here for details.
These fun-filled half-hour sessions offer stories, fingerplays and music. Adults are given instruction and take-home sheets on child development and early literacy skills.
- Busy Bees Bunch: For kids up to age 3. Mondays at 6:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., from 10/27 to 11/18 .Busy Bees Bunch is designed for one child and one parent, grandparent, or caregiver. Registration is requested. Call 847.872.4680, x5 or click here to register.
- Stories and More: For kids ages 3 to 6 on Mondays at 10:30 a.m., Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., through 11/20. Click here for details.
The Crafty Fox
The crafty fox brings something fun for kids (up to age 6) to create and take home on Tuesday, 12/16 from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Click here for details.
For kids in K-8th grades and a parent/guardian on Saturdays from 2:00-3:30 p.m. Registration is required. Register online or call 847.872.4680, x5.
- 11/8: Kaya’s Adventures: Celebrate an American Girl Thanksgiving with Kaya! As a Nez Perce girl growing up in 1764, Kaya is determined to become a better person. We’ll craft a dreamcatcher, make art with leaves, and more. Bring your favorite doll for crafts and treats! Click here to register.
- 12/20: Molly’s Jolly Christmas: Tis the season to be Jolly! We’ll warm up with hot chocolate, craft a Christmas present, and much more. Click here to register.
Cocoa & Classics
Join us for a daylong Christmas Movie Marathon! We’ll provide hot cocoa while you enjoy classics old and new, like Rudolph, Frosty, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Santa Clause and It’s a Wonderful Life! Everyone is invited on Saturday, 12/6 from 9:00-4:30 p.m. Click here for details.
FROZEN Winter Festival
Bring the whole family to our FROZEN Winter Festival. Get your face painted by Ms Anna Art, decorate cookies, play Pin the Nose on Olaf, and make a winter craft. You can even meet Elsa and Anna in person! Everyone is invited on Saturday, 12/13 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center, a 2014 Partner in Reading.
Junior Hardcover Society
Readers in 3rd through 5th grades are invited to this monthly book discussion group on Mondays, from 4:30-5:30 p.m. The first three to register at the Youth Services desk with a parent or guardian will get a free book!
- 10/20: Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo – Rescuing a squirrel after an accident involving a vacuum cleaner, comic-reading cynic Flora Belle Buckman is astonished when the squirrel, Ulysses, demonstrates astonishing powers of strength and flight after being revived. Click here for details.
- 11/24: Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown – My whole life I planned on going to pilot school like the rest of my friends–then I got rejected! Along came a little green guy named Yoda who invited me to Jedi Academy. Click here for details.
- 12/22: The Long Haul (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 9) by Jeff Kinney – Greg Heffley and his family hit the road. Click here for details.
Guys in K-8th grades will read awesome books and talk ‘em over with other dudes. Hang out, munch on snacks and have fun playing games on Tuesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.
- 11/4: Aliens and Strange Phenomena. Click here for details.
- 12/9: All Things Slimy and Gross. Click here for details.
Kids – If you’ve ever been tempted to stay up all night reading a good book, then this club is for you! Night Owls meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and we’re sure to have a hoot!
- 10/28: We’ll start a book by Nic Bishop. Click here for details.
- 11/25: A Good Day by Kevin Henkes. Click here for details.
- 12/23: Mercer Mayer’s books. Click here for details.
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 for readers in K through 3rd grades and 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
Named in honor of Big Bluestem, the state prairie grass, this club is for readers in 3rd through 5th grades. Click here for the 2015 Bluestem Award Reading List.
Win With Reading
Readers in 4th through 8th grades to earn prizes and vote for their favorite books. Click here for the 2015 Win With Reading List.