ZB Kids

Read for the Win!

Online Registration is Open
Register now for the 2016 Summer Reading Club, using our NEW, easy-to-use site, powered by Beanstack! Sign up today to receive book recommendations, lists of educational apps, and more. Add multiple readers to your account so you can easily track your family’s progress. The Read for the Win! 2016 Summer Reading Club runs 6/4-8/13 and includes clubs for all ages. Click here for details.

Holy Spokes BMX Biker Demo
Learn how to maintain and repair your bike then watch X-Games champion Matt Wilhelm, as he shows off moves.
Saturday, 7/30 | 1-2:45 PM

Skateboarding: Tips and Tricks
5 Star Sports instructors will show you basic skateboarding tips and tricks.
Bring your skateboards to practice and design a decal. Snacks will be served.
Saturday, 8/6 | 1-3 PM

Cheerleading Squad Visit
Meet the ZBTHS cheerleaders, learn what it takes to be on the squad, and enjoy some of their routines.
Wednesday, 8/10 | 3-4 PM

Healthy Hip Hop Showhip-hop-show
Chicago’s Movement Revolution Dance Crew will be in to thrill and entertain with hip hop music and street dance. This program will focus on the value of positive art, peace, love, unity, and having fun!
Thursday, 8/11 | 7-8 PM

Get Hip to Health!
The Science Alliance is back to get us pumped up about the wonders of the human body.
Saturday, 8/13 | 2:30-3:30 PM

End of Summer Pool Party
Join us at Port Shiloh Pool for swimming, snacks, and music! Requires at least 500 minutes of reading before 8/13 for Read for the Win! to earn your pass to this event.
Saturday, 8/20 | 6-8 PM | R-Required

Special Programs

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Join us for another exciting performance from the Improv Theater! We’ll watch as the three billy goats team together to bring this classic tale to life with comical genius.
Thursday, 7/28 | 2-3 PM | All Ages

4th Annual ZB Inked Short Story Contest
Enter for a chance to win a grand prize of $50! All submissions are due by 9 PM on Saturday, 7/30. Winners will be announced by 8/20.
Division: Grades 1-4
Categories: Original Fiction with the theme Read for the Win!
Prizes: $50 for 1st place | $25 for 2nd Place | $15 for 3rd Place
Click here for complete rules (PDF).

Reading Programs

Guys Read
Discover new reads, share what you’re reading, and talk about favorite books. We’ll play video games, eat snacks and hang out. zombie boy
Tuesdays | 4-5:30 PM | Grades K-8

  • 8/16: Cityscaping & Zombies—Plan and build a 3D city, and then we’ll discuss what could happen in a zombie scenario!
  • 9/20: Dancing Raisins—Find out how and why you can make a raisin dance in a glass.

Reading Clubs for Kids
Earn prizes and vote for your favorite book! Read or listen to one book from the list, then register (on or after 7/31). Earn prizes for reading up to 20 books before 1/31/17. Details are at the Youth Services desk.

Reading is Grand!
Join us for snacks, stories, and games as we celebrate reading together as a
family! Special focus will be on grandparents as caregivers, and connecting generations through stories and culture. Every family who attends will receive a FREE book!
Saturday, 9/10 | 12-2 PM | All Ages

Ongoing Activities

American Girlstar
Bring your favorite doll and a parent or guardian for activities and treats.
Saturdays | 2-3:30 PM | Grades K-8 | R-Suggested

  • 9/24: Kit Kittredge – Enjoy an afternoon with Kit Kittredge, a girl from the 1930s when making do was a necessity and an adventure!

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Learn how to code with SCRATCH and create your own computer programs. No experience is necessary, but a free SCRATCH account is required. Visit the Youth Services desk for information.
Wednesdays: 7/20 & 8/17 | 3-4:30 PM | Grades 3-8
Tuesday, 8/2 | 3-4:30 PM | Grades 3-8
Tuesday, 9/6 | 4-5:30 PM | Grades 3-8

Minecraft Club Junior
Use a computer in Youth Services to play in the library’s Minecraft world. Click here to request a Minecraft Alias.
Mondays: 7/25, 8/22, & 9/26 | 3-5 PM | Grades K-4 | R-Suggested

Let your imagination run wild or use the monthly theme to create a LEGO® masterpiece! This drop-in program encourages creativity and develops planning and constructing skills.
Thursdays: 8/4 & 9/15 | 4-6 PM | All Ages

Preschool Programs

Active Play Date
Hands-on exploration helps to strengthen and develop motor skills. While the kids play, adults can network!
Tuesdays: 8/9-9/6 | 10-11 AM | Infant-Age 6

Early Learning Clubabc
Together, families will develop the basic skills that kids need to learn. Have fun discovering colors, shapes, counting, and the alphabet. Each family gets books and tools to take home! Sponsored by the library and United Way of Lake County.
Infant-Age 6 | R-Required
Monday, 8/15 | 5:30-7 PM
Saturday, 9/17 | 1:30-3 PM

Preschool Storytimes

  • Busy Bees Bunch: Get your little ones ready to read with these fun-filled sessions. One caregiver per child is recommended. R-Suggested
    Mondays: 7/11-8/1 | 6-6:30 PM | Infant-Age 3
    Tuesdays: 7/12-8/2 | 10:30-11 AM | Infant-Age 3
  • Stories and More:Stories, fingerplays, and music get children ready to read. Come to one session or all of them!
    Mondays: 7/11-8/1 | 10:30-11 AM | Ages 3-6
    Tuesdays: 7/12-8/2 | 9:30-10 AM | Ages 3-6
    Wednesdays: 7/13-8/3 | 6:30-7 PM | Ages 3-6