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.

April Poetry Month Scavenger Hunt!


April 1 - April 30th, Main Library.


In Just -

spring    when the world is mud-



Elementary and middle school kids are invited to come to the Main Children's Room for a Poetry Scavenger Hunt to celebrate poetry month:

  • Stop by the the Main Children's Room desk to get a game card.
  • Find 20 of the 33 poems hidden around the room.
  • Copy down the poet's name, poem's title and first line.
  • Win a Gel Pen, color of your choice!

(One prize per child)


Green as a leaf.

Fast as a thief.

My olive eyes are



What is it? Come to the Main Children's Room to find out!



Spring Words! Nursery Rhymes Game at your library


April 1 - April 30, Main Children's Room, North Branch, and Chicago Avenue Main Street Branch


Bring your baby, toddler or preschooler to the library to play our Spring Words Nursery Rhyme Game in April, picking up your very own copies of rhymes as you go. Complete at least 10 of the rhymes posted and parents receive a keychain for holding all the nursery rhyme copies --  kids get a miniature notebook of their own. Take time for some special one-on-one with your little one. You may already know that singing rhymes is the single best way to prepare your child to be ready to learn to read, but this program is for having fun! One prize set per family.


An Evening with author Michael Tyler


Thursday, April 16, 7:30-8:30pm, Large Community Room, Main Library

Parents and educators are invited to come for a conversation with Michael Tyler, Chicago author of the Mom's Choice Award book, The Skin You Live In. Studies have shown that children can be imprinted by racism and sexism as early as age two.  Through his book, Tyler invites us to explore the relationship each child has with his/her skin through shared  experiences common to children around the world.  Tyler recounts the personal incident that led to the book's creation and discusses the semantics of discrimination as well as the idea that social activism is a personal decision that can initiate a social transformation.


Note: Copies of Michael Tyler's book, The Skin You Live In, can be purchased online or in retail stores. Bring your copy to be signed by the author.


No registration necessary.



Spring Registered Storytimes

titleRegister for Main Library storytimes starting the week of April 14!

Infant Rhymetime
Songs and fingerplays for babies 0-12 months and their caregivers.

Tuesdays at 9:30 am 4/14 - 5/5 Register online.

Book Babies Fast-paced books and movement for 1 year olds and their caregivers! Tuesdays at 10:30 am 4/14 - 5/5 Register online.
Time for Twos
Stories and songs geared just to 2 year olds and their caregivers. Fridays at 10:30 am 4/24 - 5/15 Register online.

All by Myself Stories and crafts for 3, 4, and 5 year olds, without parents. Mondays at 11:15am OR 1:30 pm 4/13 - 5/4.  Register for 11:15 or for 1:30

Family Storytime and Craft Bring your family to hear stories, sing songs and do crafts; craft appropriate for 3 and up. Mondays at 6:30 pm 4/13 - 5/4 Register online.


Free Comic Book Day

titleSaturday, May 2, 9am - until we run out, Children's Services

Free Comic Book Day is a single day - the first Saturday in May each year - when participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores. Special thanks to our generous partner Evanston's own Comix Revolution!
We will be giving away free comics, as long as they last, courtesy of the generosity of our own local comic store, Comix Revolution, 606 Davis Street, Evanston.  Stop in the Children's Room and then go visit and thank Comix Revolution!


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