Youth Services Programs
Summer Teen Volunteer Program
Incoming 7th-12th graders
June 3 – July 26
Application Deadline: Friday, May 24
Teens! The library needs your help this summer! Join us and gain valuable skills and experience to build your resume. We have fun for every interest level. Help is needed in Youth Services and Young Adult with Summer Reading Program sign-up, program assistance, arts and crafts, creating videos and more! Stop by Youth Services or the Young Adult Room to pick up an application.
Dig Into Reading
Monday, June 10 through Friday, July 26
Registration begins Monday, June 3
Dig in and uncover great books and fun programs at the library when you join the Summer Reading Program. Dig into Reading is a reading club open to toddlers through incoming sixth graders which includes programs, reading incentives, prize drawings and more. Children will receive a reading log and the rules for their age level when registering. We also have a fun interactive program for parents and their babies.
Registration for July Programs begins Monday, June 24.
A Caterpillar, a Ladybug and Some Pancakes
Ages 3 and 4
Monday, June 17, 2:00-3:00pm
Join us as we celebrate the stories and art of Eric Carle. We promise games, activities, treats and fun for all!
Preschool Music Performance by Laura Doherty
Preschool to age 7
Tuesday, June 18, 11:00-12:00pm
Laura Doherty acoustically rocks your kid’s world with breezy folk-pop tunes from her new Parent’s Choice award-winning CD, Shining Like a Star, which celebrates the many ways children express themselves and their uniqueness. This upbeat
program engages children in dancing, singing, puppets and more. Laura was a long-time early-childhood music teacher in the Old Town School of Folk Music Wiggleworms program.
Dig down deep! Mouse House presented by Imagine Art Studio
Ages 3- 5 with an adult
Wednesday, July 10, 11:00-12:00
Every mouse needs an underground house! First, enjoy making your very own pretend pet out of wood, felt, buttons, and wire. Next, build a special "underground” mouse house. Decorate your rodent abode with mini-mouse recycled material furniture and colorful candy wrapper wall paper!
Application deadline is Friday, June 14
Want to uncover the mystery of our past? Participants will love this pen-pal orientated program. Register for camp at the Youth Services desk. Once accepted, campers will be assigned to a cabin located at the "dig” of their choice with other bunkmates. Earn points by writing to one another and by completing fun assignments from your counselors. Then, on Monday, July 22, say good-bye to your friends at our Camp Farewell Party from 7:00-8:00 pm.
Read to the Dogs
Monday, May 20, June 17 and July 15, 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.
We will highlight books this summer by throwing parties to celebrate some of our favorites. Register and join the fun as we explore books through games, activities, crafts and snacks.
Thursday, June 13 11:00 – 12:00 pm
Roar! Stomp! Kids will pretend to be paleontologists and dig for dinosaur bones at our excavation site. They will hear some prehistoric stories, make fun crafts, and eat a dinosaur-inspired snack.
Harry Turns 15!
Grades 4 and up
Thursday, June 27, 7:00-8:30pm
Accio Wizards and Witches! Join us as we celebrate the beginning of Harry Potter. Once you are sorted into a Hogwarts house, you will be ready to participate in fun activities, games and more.
Franny K. Stein - A Mad Scientist Party
Wednesday, July 17, 1:00 -2:00 pm
You are invited to get to know wacky mad scientist, Franny K. Stein, through an afternoon of games and science experiments! Like Franny we will share a sophisticated snack and each mad scientist who attends will take home their own hand made slime!
Ages 6 and up
Monday, July 15, 2:00-3:00pm
Would you like to make a miniature garden in a jar? Prepare a clear container with dirt, sand, and stones. Add plants, sea shells and more. Have fun designing an insect-inspired creative-creature out of beads and wire to inhabit your terrarium. Take your lovely little landscape home to set in a window!
Registration for the May session begins May 1
Monday, May 6, 4-6:30pm and Monday, May 13, 4-5:30 or
Monday, June 17, 1:00-3:30 and Monday, June 24, 1:00-2:30
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. Registration, in-person, is limited to 16
Monday, June 10, 3:00-4:00pm
Get creative and design the perfect flower pot to showcase any summer bouquet. Then, plant a garden of pudding and Oreos to see what grows!
Thursday, June 13 and 20
Thursday, July11 and 18
Whether a novice, a pro or somewhere in-between, here is your chance to show-off your gaming skillz on the big screen.
Tuesday, July 9, 3:00-4:30
Make magical masks of creatures inspired by the National Book Award winner "Goblin Secrets”. Jeff Semmerling consulted on the book and will guide you through making masks of witches, goblins and other creatures.
PROGRAMS FOR EVERYONE
The Pharaoh, The Sphinx and the Curse of the Mummy presented by Kidworks Touring Theatre Co
Friday, June 7, 7:00-8:00pm
Come dig into reading and explore Ancient Egypt "hands-on" with Kidworks Touring Theatre. Build a pyramid, act out a mummification ceremony, dress as King Tut, bow to Cleopatra, and learn Egyptian Belly dancing and doumbek drumming. This performance is fun for the entire family and loaded with audience participation. This program is paid for through the generous donations to the Tyler Duelm fund.
Weeks of June 10 through July 19
Dig into the library this summer and check out our weekly themed display with books and an activity. Materials will be available for as long as supplies last. Challenge yourself to see how many of the six activities you can complete!
Tuesday, June 11 through July 16, 2:00 - 3:00pm
What would summer reading be without the rousing competition at M&M Bingo? Join the fun, have a chance to win great prizes and eat your bingo markers at the end of the hour. This is a drop-in program.
Fridays, June 11 through July 16, 2:00 pm
The La Grange Library’s "Movie Theater” will again open on Friday afternoons. Bring a pillow, a snack, and a friend or two and join us for a movie on the big screen. Check the movie marquee in Youth Services for that week’s feature or contact us at 215-3210.
Traveling World of Reptiles
Saturday, June 22, 2:00-3:00pm
The show is an up-close, live and extremely "hands-on” experience about reptiles and amphibians from around the world. Seeing and learning about these reptiles will give you a new respect for them and their importance to the environment in which we live. The entire family will enjoy this program which is every bit as entertaining as it is educational.
Wednesday, July 10, 7:00-8:00pm
If your child is ready for an adventure in dinosaur discovery, this is the program is for you! Encourage the discoverers and join us in this unique, hands-on exploration of dinosaur science and paleontology. Dinosaur fossil hunter, David Howe of T-Rexplorers, will take you on an investigation of authentic dinosaur fossils from numerous species including favorites like Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus-Rex. The program approaches the science of fossil hunting with humor and fun!
Hans My Hedgehog performed by Sea Beast Puppet Company
Friday, July 26, 7:00-8:00pm
This retelling of the Brothers Grimm story "Hans My Hedgehog” follows the life of a little boy who is very different and chronicles his struggles, victories, and adventures. Told through the art of shadow puppetry, this enchanting fairy tale will capture your imagination and heart.