ZB Kids

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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. Our final performance for friends, family, and visitors is on Wednesday, 12/17 at 3:30 p.m. Click here for details.

American Girl – Molly’s Jolly Christmas: Tis the season to be Jolly! We’ll warm up with hot chocolate, craft a Christmas present, and much more.
Saturday, 12/20 | 2:00-3:30 PM | Grades K-8 and a parent/guardian| Registration is required.

Special Programs

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Party
In The Long Haul, the 9th installment of this series, the Heffley family hits the road. Are you wimpy enough to handle the excitement? Join us for geeky gags, nerdy games, and all-around weirdo fun. The first 15 to attend will win a Diary of a Wimpy Kid car window decal. Be one of the first to own it!
Saturday, 1/3 | 2-3:30 PM | All Ages | Registration is requested.

Ongoing Programs

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.

American Girlstar
Bring your favorite doll and a parent or guardian for crafts and a treat.

  • Kit’s Railway Adventure: All Aboard! Discover new places along the way and make a stop in Chicago for the 1934 World’s Fair! Bring your favorite doll as we craft a souvenir and have a treat in the train’s dining car.
    Saturday, 2/14 | 2-3:30 PM | Grades K-8 | Registration is required.
  • 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.

Bilingual Children
Children will learn another language in our interactive story time, by playing, creating, and exploring. Click here for details.
Tuesdays, 12/16, 1/20, & 2/17 | 6-7 PM | Ages 3-8

Chess Night
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, 1/14, 1/28, 2/11, & 2/25 | 6:30-8 PM | Click here for details

Explore your worldExplore 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!
Wednesdays | 3:15-4:15 PM |Click here for details.

ZB Robotics 4-H Club 4H-Robots
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.
Mondays, 1/5, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, & 2/23 • 3:30-5 PM
Saturday, 1/24 • 11 AM-3 PM

ZB University
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!
    Wednesday, 2/18 | 3:45-5:45 PM
  • LegO® MINDSTORM: Create your own LEGO® MINDSTORM.
    Wednesday, 2/25 | 3:45-5:45 PM

Preschool Programs

bee_and_honeyBusy 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, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2,  2/23, 3/2, 3/9, & 3/16 | 6-6:30 PM | Birth-Age 3 | Registration is requested.
Tuesdays, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, & 3/17 | 10:30-11 AM | Birth-Age 3 | Registration is requested.

The Crafty Fox
The crafty fox brings something fun for kids to create and take home.
Tuesday, 12/16 | 10:30-11:00 AM | Birth-Age 6 | Click here for details.

Stories and Morestory
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, 1/12, 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, & 3/16 | 10:30-11 AM | Ages 3-6
Tuesdays, 1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, & 3/17 | 9:30-10 AM | Ages 3-6
Thursdays, 1/15, 1/22, 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.

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 Read
Guys–discover new and interesting reads, share awesome things you’re reading, play video games, and enjoy snacks. Drop in!

  • Superman
    Tuesday, 1/6 | 4:30-5:30 PM | Grades K-8
  • Spies
    Tuesday, 2/3 | 4:30-5:30 PM | Grades K-8

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!

Celebrate Black History

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join us for a special storytime and help us craft our own Dream and Peace Mural. Everyone is invited! Click here for details.
Monday, 1/19 | 1-3 PM | All Ages

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! Click here for details.
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 | Remind me!

Reading Rewardskids-read

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.
Grades K-3

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.
Grades 3-5

Win With Reading
Readers earn prizes and vote for their favorite books. Click here for the 2015 Win With Reading List.
Grades 4-8