1,000 Books B4 Kindergarten

kindergartenRead to your child before he or she starts school, and give your child a head start! Find out more about this new family program - pick up a packet at the Youth Services desk today.

Chess Club

Wednesdays at 7pm, June 14-July 19

chessAges 6 and up. Play chess and get advice from our teen volunteers.

Lego Builders

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Ages 4+. You’re invited to make your Lego mess at the library and build, build, build! Creations will be displayed for one month at the library for all to enjoy.

Youth Services Programs

Palos Heights’ residents may register for programs upon receipt of the PageTurner in your mail delivery. Others may register starting the first week of each month.

Programs marked with an " R" require registration in order to attend. Programs marked with a " D 2400px" are drop-in programs, so no registration is needed.

Please follow the link below each program description to register, or call or stop by the youth services desk.

2017 Summer Reading Program for Youth & Teens

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Build a Better World

June 12 - July 29

How it works: Every child or teen is to read (or be read to) for 20 minutes, five days each week.

Starting June 12, kids check in weekly online or at the library. Everyone who meets their weekly goal receives a small reward, and up to 6 tickets to win something bigger. Starting July 17, all children who meet their summer goal receive a paperback book of their choice.

Attendance at all of our events earns each child additional tickets to drop into the prize bags!

Click here to download your Reading Log and Event Calendar Now!

Superb Summer Programs

Build a Better World

Help us Build a Better World by sharing some great books with others around the country! Going on vacation this summer? "Check out" one of our Book Crossing books, read it, and leave it for someone else to enjoy! It does not have to be returned to PHPL. Our limited quantity of specially designated books will be registered with BookCrossing.com so we can track them around the world. Let's see how far they travel!

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June 5 – August 5
Geocaching is treasure hunting using GPS technology. This is the sport where YOU are the search engine. Library patrons are invited to use clues and geographic coordinates to find hidden geocaches at participating area libraries. For each cache you find at a participating library, you earn a prize drawing ticket for a chance to win a $25 VISA Gift Card. To be eligible for the prize drawing, your library card must be in good standing. All ages welcome! Register and obtain your official clue card at a participating library starting June 5. Contact your library for more information at (708) 448-1473.

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Farmer's Market Story Times

Join the YTS staff at the local Farmer's Market on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month, 10am, for fun stories and a simple craft! Registration not required.

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Lego Builders

Tuesday at 7pm, June 13-July 18
Ages 4 and up. You’re invited to make your Lego mess at the library and build, build, build! Creations will be displayed for one month at the library for all to enjoy.

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Chess Club

Wednesdays at 7pm, June 14-July 19
Play chess and get advice from our teen volunteers.

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Reading Buddies

Thursdays, June 15 - July 13 at 7pm
Practice reading out loud to our teen volunteers. Readers can sign in when they arrive for a 15 minute time slot, read a story of their choosing, and improve their vocabulary with the help of a “big kid”!


The 1, 2, 3s

Mondays at 1:30pm
For children entering 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade. Please register for each date.

  • July 3 - The Library is Closed Today





Tuesdays at 1:30pm
For those entering 4th or 5th grade. Please register for each date.

  • July 4 - The Library is Closed Today





Thursdays at 1:30pm
For those entering 6th grade & up. Please register for each date.




Fun Fridays!

Fridays at 10am
Seven days of FREE family fun! Please register for each date.



Click here to register

Designing with Dad

Saturday, June 17 at 10am
It’s Dad’s turn to be celebrated! Kids, bring your dad, grandpa or special adult to the library for Father’s Day stories and a project, plus donuts, juice, and coffee. Kids and dads will work together to build their own catapult!


Click here to register

Fairy Garden Houses

Tuesday, June 20 at 4pm
Ages 3 and up. You can Build a Better Fairy World with this fun event! Create your own miniature fairy garden to take home, sprinkle with fairy dust, and wait for the magic to happen!


My First Book Club

Wednesday, June 28 and Wednesday, July 19 at 6pm
Calling all beginning readers! If you’re ready to read and discuss a short chapter book, please join us! We’ll talk briefly about the story line, characters, and setting and decide if the author gets a thumbs up. Readers who attend June 28 will help select the book for July 19. Please register for one or both dates.

Click here to register for July 19


I Build, I Make, iMovie

Fridays, July 7 & 14 at 1pm
Grade 4 and up. Have you always wanted to star in your own movie? Or have a great idea for other kids to act out? Join us for this 2 part workshop where kids will direct, film, act, and edit their own iMovie in our Media Lab! We will post the final piece on the PHPL YouTube site. 

Click here to register for July 14

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Story Book Walk at Lake Katherine

Wednesday, July 12 at 10am
Join us for nature stories and songs outdoors at beautiful Lake Katherine. After our group time, families can explore the trail and read a story that will be posted along the way, leading to the Children's Forest. Weather permitting, the Story Book Walk will be displayed for 3 weeks.


Click here to register

Teen Lock-In

Friday, July 28 6-10pm
6th grade & up. Teens are invited to our annual after-hours event where we connect with authors and other teens around the country. We'll have delicious pizza, ice cream treats, and a new escape room where teens will solve puzzles in order to "get out" and survive impending doom! Registration and parent permission required.

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