Kids' Events

See the Children's Programs Calendar for a complete listing of events.

A minimum of 8 children is required for storytimes and programs to be held. Children must be residents of Evanston or attend school in District 65.  Book Babies and Time for Twos is limited to 12 children with a parent or caregiver. Time for Twos is meant to be a special time for a parent and child, so no older or younger siblings. Registration required unless otherwise noted.

2015 Best Picture Books Presentation with Betsy Bird and Brian Wilson

Saturday, November 14, 10:30 am, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Join collection development manager Betsy Bird and youth services librarian Brian Wilson as they share their picks for their Favorite Picture Books of 2015!   Brian, a member of the 2017 Randolph Caldecott Medal Selection Committee, will present his annual top 12 countdown of his favorite 2015 read-alouds for preschoolers. Joining him this year is Fuse #8 blogger, author, and former New York Public Library youth materials specialist Betsy, who will talk about a dozen recent picture books she considers absolutely great. Parents, teachers, child care workers, grandparents, and those seeking gift ideas will enjoy this lively, interactive program. Please note: This event is for adults, and is not a story time for children. No registration required.


October Family Nights!


Monday, October 12, 7 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library Family Night: Lego Night! Come make a family project together! What will you build? K - 5 only.  No registration required; drop in.

Thursday, October 15, 7 pm, Garden Gates area, Main Library

Family Night: Jammie Time Everyone in pajamas! The library does your bedtime storytime for you. Ages 2 -9. No registration required; drop in.

Read more: October Family Nights!


Sign up for November Storytimes!


Monday, October 19, 9 am,

Storytime registration begins!

Monday, November 3, November

Storytimes start.

Starting Monday October 19th, you can sign up your child for age-specific registered storytimes to develop their love of reading:

    Book Babies (1 year olds) - register here 10/19

    Time For Two's (2 year olds) - register here 10/19

    All By Myself (3-5 year old's) - register here for Monday and here for Thursday afternoon 10/19 

    Family Storytime and Craft (3 -7 year olds) -  register here 10/19.

    Working Parent-friendly; meets Monday nights at 6:30pm.

    Tail Waggin' Tutors (K and up) register 10/19  by calling 1-847-448-8610. Your child can practice his new reading skills by reading to specially trained dogs.


    The Young and the Restless Storytime


    Every Thursday at  9:30 am, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

    Bring your infant, 1 and 2 year old to The Young and the Restless, our popular sing-a-long storytime for the youngest library patrons. We meet in the Community Meeting Room, the big room off the library's lobby -- to accommodate more fun! Find us every Thursday for songs, rhymes and then free play. Drop In -- no registration is required. NO storytime December 24 or December 31.


    Drop-In Preschool Storytime at Main

    altWednesdays at 10:30 am, Children's Room, Main Library

    For children ages 3-5 years old and parent or caregiver.

    Drop-in; no registration required

    Note:  there will be no storytime on December 23 and December 30. 


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