ZB Kids

Special Programs

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
This is your invitation to a great celebration! Dress as your favorite character, listen to stories, play games, make a craft, and enjoy some refreshments.
Wednesday, 3/4 | 6-8 PM | Grades K-8| R-Required

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 will be available at the youth desk.
3/23-4/13 ● Grades K-8

Spring Break @ your library
Celebrate all week long with special programs for all ages. Click here for details.

Easter Eggs and Bunny Tales
Have a hopping good time and let your creativity blossom while you listen to bunny tales and create extraordinary Easter eggs.
Wednesday, 4/1 | 6-8 PM | Grades K-8 | R-Required

El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)
This program emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. We’ll celebrate with a series of events – click here for details.

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.

  • Samantha’s Spring Celebration
    Celebrate spring with Samantha. During this blooming celebration, we will explore the turn of the century through food, music and activities. Bring your favorite doll and come prepared to let your creativity blossom as you make a spring bonnet for you and your dolls.
    Saturday, 3/28 | 2-3:30 PM | Grades K-8 | R-Required

Bilingual Children
Children will learn another language in our interactive story time, by playing, creating, and exploring. Click here for details.
Tuesday, 3/24 | 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. Click here for details.
Wednesdays, 3/11, 3/25, 4/8, & 4/22 | 6:30-8 PM

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! Click here for details. Explorers do not meet on 3/25.
Wednesdays | 3:15-4:15 PM

Guys Read
Discover new and interesting reads, share awesome things you’re reading, play games, and enjoy snacks. Click here for details.

  • Night Crawlers
    Tuesday, 3/10 | 4:30-5:30 PM | Grades K-8
  • 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. Call 847.872.4680, x5 or register online. Sponsored by 4-H. Click here for details.
Mondays, 3/2, 3/9, 3/16, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, & 4/27 | 3:30-5 PM
Saturday, 3/14 | 11 AM-3 PM
Saturday. 4/11 | 1-4 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.

  • LEGO® MINDSTORM: Create your own LEGO® MINDSTORM. Click here for details.
    Wednesday, 2/25 | 3:45-5:45 PM
  • Simple Machines: Learn about the beginning of engineering by building trebuchets and other simple machines. Click here for details.
    Wednesday, 3/4 | 3:45-5:45 PM
  • Aeronautical Engineering: Make gliders and rockets to learn about the properties of aircraft and physical forces. Click here for details.
    Wednesday, 3/11 | 3:45-5:45 PM
  • Web Design: Learn more about coding while you design your own website on our iPads. Click here for details.
    Wednesday, 3/18 | 3:45-5:45 PM
  • Civil Engineering: Create your own rollercoaster with a K’Nex® computer control kit. Click here for details.
    Wednesday, 3/25 | 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, 3/2, 3/9, & 3/16 | 6-6:30 PM | Birth-Age 3 | R-Requested
Tuesdays, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, & 3/17 | 10:30-11 AM | Birth-Age 3 | R-Requested

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, 3/2, 3/9 & 3/16 | 10:30-11 AM | Ages 3-6
Tuesdays, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, & 3/17 | 9:30-10 AM | Ages 3-6
Thursdays, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, & 3/19 | 6:30-7 PM | Ages 3-6

The Crafty Fox
The Crafty Fox brings something fun for kids to create and take home. Click here for details.
Monday, 3/30 | 6-6:30 PM | Infant-Age 6
Tuesday, 3/31 | 10:30-11 AM | Infant-Age 6

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

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

Lift Every Voice and Read Family Reading Club
Read 300 pages out loud together and earn a free book for each participant.
March 1-31 ● Grades K-8 and Adults

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!