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Youth Services Programs

We offer a variety of fun and educational programs for toddlers through sixth grade. We are always open to suggestions for the type of programs you would like to see at the library. Check out the Storytime Page for a weekly schedule of storytimes for children aged 6 months through second grade. Also, take a look at the Tyler's Time page for special programs. Go on the Calendar of Events for a full list of monthly programs.
You are now able to register for Youth Services' programs from your home computer in addition to in- person or by phone. Log onto the library website then click on the Calendar of Events tab. Find the first day of the program you wish to register for and click on the title of the program. Fill out the required lines on the registration form. If you need assistance registering online or would like to register by phone, contact Youth Services at 708.215.3210.

Youth Services Programs
Register by clicking here, or call Youth Services at 708-215-3210.
An "R" after the program means registration is required.
A "D" after the program mean it is drop-in and registration is not required.

Registration for September and October Storytimes and  Programs begins Tuesday, September 1.


Miss Jamie’s Farm
Ages 2-8.
Monday, September 14, 3:30-4:30pm
Perfect for preschoolers on up through age 8, Miss Jamie and her puppet friends from the farm take the audience on a magical barnyard adventure in a sing-along, dance-along show that's fun for kids and grownups alike. This program is brought to you through the generous donations to the Tyler Duelm Memorial Fund. D

Preschool Art Studio
Fridays, September 18-October 23, 10:00am-12:00pm
Stop by with your preschooler between 10:00-12:00 on Friday mornings for self-guided arts and craft time. Supplies will be available for that week’s art project. D

Fairy Tale Science
Ages 3-4: Tuesday, September 29, 3:45-4:45pm
After reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, you will build a parachute to help Jack escape the giant. R

Halloween Messy Art
Monday, October 26, 3:45-4:45pm
Ages 3 and 4
Stop by and let your preschooler discover and create.  Tables will be set up with various Halloween themed art projects. Stay for one or try them all. Dress to get messy!


Read to the Dogs
Monday, September 21 and October 19, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Readers are invited to stop by the library to read to a specially trained dog for 15 minutes. Dogs are great listeners no matter what your reading level! Advanced registration is not required, but you will need to stop by the youth services desk to reserve a time slot on the evening of the program. Reading time is a one- on -one experience, no parents or siblings allowed.

Thursday, September 17 and October 15, 3:45-4:45pm
Grades K and up
LEGO® enthusiasts are invited to meet and work individually or as a group. All supplies will be provided and your project will be on display until the next month. You only need to bring your imagination and creativity! D

Fairy Tale Science
Grades K-2nd: Thursday, September 24, 3:45-4:45pm
After reading the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, you will build a parachute to help Jack escape the giant. R

Haunted House Contest
All ages.
Entries due by Friday, October 23.
Create a haunted house and enter this creepy competition. Work as a group or create your own individual house. Prizes will be awarded in many categories including funniest, scariest, and best house based on a book. All entries will be displayed at the library.
Pumpkin Painting
Family Program
Friday, October 9, 6:30-8:00pm
We are gearing up for Halloween! Get in the spooky spirit by joining us to paint a pumpkin to take home. Pumpkins will only be available to those that register. Please register each child in your family. R

Day of the Dead
Saturday, October 24, 2:00-4:00pm
Ages 7 and up
Come and learn about the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. We will experience this unique celebration through storytelling, sugar skull making and more.R



Tween programs are open to those in grades 5-8.  To register visit and click on Calendar of Events, or call Young Adult Services 708.215.3228 or Youth Services at 708.215.3210.

Kite Making
Sunday, September 27, 2:00-3:30pm
Participants will construct colorful kites based on both ancient and modern design methods. Kite history and safety information will also be reviewed. R

Babysitting Class
Monday, September 21, 4:00-6:30pm and Tuesday, September 22, 4:00-5:30pm or
Monday, October 26, 4:00-6:30pm and Tuesday, October 27, 4:00-5:30pm
Ages 11-15
Instructor George Scukanec from the Willowbrook Park District will be your guide through this 4-hour, hands-on clinic, covering baby and child care, first aid, and babysitter training. If you attend both sessions, you will receive your official Babysitting Certification at the end of the second class! A fee of $20.00 is due at registration. Register in-person at the Youth Services desk, class size is limited to 16. R

Raspberry Pi Jam Session for Tweens
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 3:45-5:45pm
Participants will explore basic computer programming using the small but powerful Raspberry Pi computer. The versatility of the Raspberry Pi will be revealed by loading a variety of programs which will change its operations and functions. R

3-2-1 Rocket Science
Tuesday, Oct. 27, 3:45-5:15pm
Work like a NASA engineer assembling and testing a model rocket in preparation of a simulated launch.  This STEM program will expose participants to Raspberry Pi, Flora and Arduino minicomputers. Maximum of 10. R


Build Day
Family Program
Saturday, September 19 and October 17, 11:00am-2:00pm
In September, stop by the library with your family and friends to build amazing LEGO® creations! Sift through our thousands of LEGO®s and see what you can make. Then in October, visit the library and paint a huge, spooky mural to celebrate the very creepy month of October!

Incredible Bats
Family Program
Friday, October 16, 7:00-8:00pm
The folks from Incredible Bats will bring their live Egyptian Fruit Bats and African Straw-Colored Fruit Bats for an educational and memorable evening. A photo-op with the bats follows the presentation. This program is suitable for the entire family! D