Nursery Rhyme Time
In recognition of National Poetry Month, National Library Week as well as the Week of the Young Child (April 12-18), the Coalition for Healthy Communities is sponsoring Nursery Rhyme Time. Between 4/6 and 5/2, children between the ages of 2 and 8 in Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion can visit participating businesses to receive a trading card with a nursery rhyme on it. If they read the rhyme, with the help of an adult, they will receive a small treat or gift from that business. Children who collect at least five different trading cards can show them at the library before 5/2 and receive a bag of six books provided by Bernie’s Book Bank. The goal of this project is to increase awareness of the importance of rhyming in the development of early literacy. To participate, visit the following businesses beginning 4/6: Ace Hardware, Black Cat Stitchery, Callie’s in the Square, Campbell’s Barber Shop, Culver’s, Dairy Queen, El Azteca Mexican Restaurant, El Lago, Great Lakes Credit Union, Harbor Headlines, Liberty Cleaners, N&T’s, NortStates Bank, Omni, Soul 4 Real, Upscale Resale Shop, Walgreens in Beach Park and Zion. For more information, visit http://www.zbchc.com.
2015 Bookmark Contest
Design a bookmark, using the summer reading club theme, “Read to the Rhythm.” Cash prizes will be awarded, with the overall winning design printed and given to local students. Details are available at the Youth Services desk.
3/23-4/13 ● Grades K-8
Día! Diversity in Action
El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day) emphasizes the
importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. We’ll
celebrate with a series of events, exploring a variety of cultures, including New Mexico, Chile, Pretoria, Greece, Mongolia, and Spain.
Tuesdays, 4/7 & 4/14; Monday, 4/20; and Thursdays, 4/9, 4/16, & 4/23 ● 4-5:30 PM ● All Ages ● R-Required
El Día Finale
Join us for ethnic foods, interactive bilingual stories, and the “El Día Art Exhibit.” Children who are registered for and attend the El Día Finale will receive a free book!
Saturday, 4/25 ● 12-3 PM ● All Ages ● R-Required
Funds provided by The Association for Library Services for Children and The Dollar General Literacy Foundation through the Building STEAM with Día mini-grant. Click here for details.
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.
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, 4/8 & 4/22 ● 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
Discover new and interesting reads, share awesome things you’re reading, play games, and enjoy snacks. Click here for details.
- Mysteries of the World: Tuesday, 4/28 ● 4:30-5:30 PM ● Grades K-8
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. Sponsored by 4-H. Click here for details. This club is now full. Please contact Youth Services for waiting list information.
Mondays, 4/6, & 4/13 ● 3:30-5 PM and Saturday, 4/11 ● 1-4 PM
Fun With Flannel
In this hands-on class, kids will listen to and retell a story using flannel characters and parts they’ve made.
Saturday, 4/11 ● 11 AM-12 PM ● Infant-Age 6 ● R-Requested
- Magic School Bus and science. Click here for details.
Tuesday, 4/21 ● 4-5:30 PM ● Grades K-8