Wednesday, May 15 at 7pm. Grades 6 & up. Meet a friend at the Library to watch Here Comes the Boom (PG, 105 minutes).
Our story times are designed to develop literacy skills, promote language development and instill a life-long love of reading in our children. Registration for all programs begins on May 1st. The six week summer session starts June 10th and ends July 18th.
(Birth to 23 months with an adult)
Mondays at 10am
(Ages 24 months to 35 months with an adult)
Tuesdays at 10am
(Ages 3 to 6)
Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10am
Spring Drop In Story Times
Just because our regular story times are on a break doesn’t mean the stories have to stop. Stop by for one of our Drop In Story Times at 10am or 1pm. Ages 2 to 6.
May 7 – Not-so-Scary Monsters
May 16 – Library Favorites
May 20 – Butterflies
After School Club
Tuesdays at 4pm
Grades 1 to 3. Enjoy stories, activities, crafts and snacks with your friends.
May 14 – "Book Tasting" of the 2014 Monarchs
Friday Morning Fun
Ages 2 to 6. Drop in at the Library for some stories, music, treats and fun.
May 17 at 10am – Children’s Book Week
Read to the Dogs
Wednesday, June 12 & 19 at 10am
Ages 6 and up. Cuddle up and read with a trained therapy dog. Each child will get 15 minutes. Space is limited, so please register early.
Friday, June 7 & 21, 10am – 11:30am
Ages 4 and up. Stop in at the Library to create something new with our Lego collection
Jeanie B! Live in Concert
Friday, June 7 at 1:30pm
All ages. Described by music critics as “velcro for kids”, Jeanie B! will bring her own brand of Kindie Rock to Palos Heights. Enjoy dancing, sing-a-longs and music that kids and parents love.
Friday, June 14 at 10am
Ages preschool and up. Celebrate the Man of Steel with games, stories and more
Animals for Awareness
Friday, June 21 at 1:30pm
All ages. Have you ever seen a kinkajou? The whole family can meet some exotic animals and learn about what makes a good pet. Bring a can of mixed veggies or mixed fruit to send home with the animals.
Children’s Choice Book Awards
Vote for your favorite children’s book of the year! Kids, vote from home at bookweekonline.com/ voting or come into the Library to get a paper ballot. Last day to vote is May 8th. Winning titles will be announced at the start of Children’s Book Week.
Mothers’ Day Teas
Friday, May 10 at 1pm
Saturday, May 11 at 10am
Bring your mother, aunt, grandmother or other special person to this dress-up event. Space is limited, please register early.
Wednesday in June at 7pm
Entering grade 1 and up and like to play chess? We’re starting a weekly chess group, led by teen volunteers, to play and learn from each other. Register for the Chess Scholars Program on June 19th (space is limited), then drop in at Chess Club starting June 26th.
Design a bookmark for Children’s Book Week! Stop by the Youth Services Department all week to get an entry form, then bring your bookmark back before 5pm on Saturday, May 18th. Winners in several age groups will be chosen and results will be announced at Pajama Time on Tuesday, May 21st. All winning entries will be printed and given out, while supplies last!
Drop In Craft: Bookmarks!
Monday, May 13, 10am – 8pm
Stop by our Story Time Room to design a bookmark for Children’s Book Week! All bookmarks can be entered into our contest.
Thursday, May 16 at 4pm
Grades K and up. Make your own Children’s Book Week bingo card, then play to win!
Children's Choice Book Awards Voting Now Open
What were your favorite children's books last year? Children can vote for their favorite books now through May 8 at www.bookweekonline.com/voting. We'll also have paper ballots at the Youth Services desk. Winners will be announced at the start of Children's Book Week, May 13-19. Be sure to watch for more Children's Book Week programs in May!
"Find a Book" Returns
Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White and Illinois School Superintendent Christopher Koch are urging libraries to promote “Find a Book,” a free online book search tool that allows children and their parents to quickly and easily select books that will match a child’s reading level and interests and find their selections at their local library.
Find a Book is located at www.lexile.com/findabook and is designed to make reading and libraries part of our children’s summertime fun. One review of the impact of summer reading loss found that children can lose up to 60 percent of their skills during a summer vacation. Children who read during the summer months, however, can sustain their reading gains and are better prepared when school resumes in the fall.
The Find a Book tool uses a child’s Lexile® measure, a measure of reading ability and text complexity derived from state standardized tests, including the ISAT. Information about Lexile® is also available at http://www.isbe.net/find-a-book/default.htm .
Families are also urged to participate in the Illinois Library Association’s iRead Summer Reading Program . This year’s iRead theme is “Have a Book — Will Travel.” Learn more at http://www.ireadprogram.org/ .