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 family program - pick up a packet at the Youth Services desk today.

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.

Story Times

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Tales for Twos

Tuesdays, February 5 - 26, 10 am or 11 am
Toddle in for stories, songs, rhymes, and activities designed to introduce pre-reading skills to children aged 24 to 35 months, with their parent or caregiver. Register once for the 4 week session.
Click here to register for the 10am session
Click here to register for the 11am session

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Little Wigglers

Wednesdays, February 6 - 27, 10 am or 11 am
An introduction to story time for infants to 23-month-olds, this 30-minute interactive program will include stories, flannel board tales, songs and finger plays. Register once for the 4 week session.
Click here to register for the 10am session
Click here to register for the 11am session

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Kindergarten Ready!

Thursdays, February 7 - 28, 10 am or 1 pm
This story time is designed to help your preschooler prepare to make the transition into kindergarten. Children ages 3-5 years old will listen to stories, sing songs, and engage in learning activities about letters, numbers, and more. Register your child once for this 4 week session.
Click here to register for the 10am session
Click here to register for the 1pm session

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Robo Fun

Friday, March 8, 10am, Ages 3-5
Celebrate tech week with a story time all about robots! We’ll read stories, sing songs, and make a robo craft.
Click here to register

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It’s Not Easy Bein’ Green Story Time

Monday, March 13, 10 am, Ages 2-5
Come to this fun storytime that will be all about the color green!
Click here to register

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Welcome Spring!

Wednesday, March 20, 10 am, Birth to 23 months
Celebrate the first day of spring with this themed story time. We will read stories and sing songs all about what the season brings from flowers to baby animals.
Click here to register

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Story Time Safari

Friday, March 22, 10am, Ages 3-5
There are (stuffed) animals in the library! Keep your eyes open because after this story time featuring the animals found on safari, we will make binoculars out of paper towel tubes and head out into the Youth and Teen Services department to see how many animals we can spot!
Click here to register

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Farmer's Market Story Times

Wednesdays, August 1 & 15 at 10 am
Enjoy outdoor stories at the Palos Heights Farmer's Market, located at 12217 Harlem Ave.

March Programs

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Early Einsteins

Thursday, March 7, 4pm, Ages 3-6
Little ones will learn about the building blocks of STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, art, and math. We will read stories, do fun experiments, and make a craft. This month we are going to do experiments all about space!
Click here to register

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Lego Builders

Saturday, March 9, 11am, All Ages

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Toddler Art

Monday, March 11, 10am or 1pm, Ages 2-5
Get creative with your little ones with Toddler Art! Using a variety of materials, you and your child will create masterpieces worthy of the front of your refrigerator.
Click here to register for 10am
Click here to register for 1pm

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Panda Day

Wednesday, March 13, 4pm, Grades K-3
Learn about pandas and make a fun craft with paint. Pandas love bamboo, but we’ll be eating munchkins to celebrate.
Click here to register

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Leprechaun Treasure Hunt

Thursday, March 14, 4pm, Grades K-3
Leprechauns have hidden their gold in the library. Use the clues to find the pot o’ gold and keep the treasure.
Click here to register

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Bad Art Night

Thursday, March 14, 6pm, All Ages
Did you know that March 14th is national children’s craft day? Come to the library to enjoy all of the craft materials we have in the activity room closet for our second Bad Art Night. No need to make anything breathtaking, just make something completely new!

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Furry Readers

Wednesday, March 20, 4pm, All Ages
All readers and dog lovers are invited to grab a book, ruffle some fur, and read to a dog. Register to practice reading out loud to a certified therapy dog from WAGS Animal Assisted Therapy organization.
Click here to register

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Movie: Incredibles 2

Monday, March 25, 11am, All Ages
Helen is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet, Dash, and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. Rated PG.

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Dumbo’s Paper Airplane Workshop

Tuesday, March 26, 1pm, Grades K-3
Dumbo’s back on the big screen and we are celebrating with this program all about flight. Show off your paper airplane skills and learn how to create new models. Will your paper airplane fly the farthest? Will it do the most tricks? Come find out at this workshop!
Click here to register

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Dinosaur Tea Party

Wednesday March 27, 10am, All Ages
Are you ready to dine with a dinosaur? Come listen to stories all about dinosaurs. Then we will enjoy tasty treats and all while enjoying the company of your favorite dinosaur.
Click here to register

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Gross Me Out!

Thursday, March 28, 2 pm, Grades K-3
It’s time to get gross at the library! We will read books about creepy crawlies, learn about freaky mummies, play weird games, and even make a gross out craft. Ew!
Click here to register

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Knuckleball Comedy

Friday, March 29, 11am, Grades 4-12
Kids will learn the basics of improvisation and performance through mind games and interactive play. At the end of the session, kids will also produce and star in their very own improv comedy show which is sure to receive lots of laughs from both the audience and participants!
Click here to register

Teen and Tween Corner

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Instagram Crafts

Thursday, February 7, 4pm, Grades 6-12
Use your favorite insta photo or take a new pic using our green screen! Then use our supplies to turn your photo into a new decoration for your room or choose a few pics to create a laminated book mark of your favorite photos. Having an Instagram account is not a requirement for participation.
Click here to register

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Manga/Anime Club

Tuesday February 12, 4pm, Grades 6-12
Join us as we watch and learn about all of the romance in anime and manga, and learn about different lucky characters from our favorite shows.
Click here to register

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Weird Pizza Night

Wednesday, February 13, 4pm, Grades 6-12
Do you like pizza with bacon on it? How about pineapple? Or chicken? Or hot giardiniera peppers? Or meatballs? You’ll find out at our weird pizza night!
Click here to register

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Roses Are Red, Violets Are Blue, We’ve Got a Party For You!

Thursday, February 14, 4pm, Grades 4-8
You can’t have love without history’s most famous star-crossed lovers. Miss Juliet will be hosting a Valentine’s Day party filled with music, chocolate, games, and Valentine crafts to make the winter a little bit lovelier.
Click here to register

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Nintendo Labo

Wednesday, February 20, 4pm, Grades 4-5
The library has a brand new Nintendo Switch, and a new Nintendo Labo set! Come to our Teen Room to test it out, learn to build different things out of cardboard, and play with the creations.
Click here to register

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Mug Meals

Monday, February 25, 4pm, Grades 4-8
Cooking doesn't have to be complicated. Come to the library to learn how to make a meal using just a mug, a microwave, and simple ingredients. Participants will leave with a tasty meal and a brand new mug to hold their hot beverages for the rest of the chilly winter.
Click here to register

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Mandala Craft

Wednesday, February 27, 4pm, Grades 4-12
Create your own design with glue and chalk. Your patterns can be as simple or intricate as you want them to be.
Click here to register

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Coding at the Library

Tuesday, March 5, 4pm, Grades 4-5
Come to the library to learn and get a hands on experience all about coding. We will have Ozobots, use coding websites, and have some non-technological coding activities to try. You’ll be a coding master in no me.
Click here to register

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Green Screen Fun

Wednesday, March 6, 4 pm, Grades 6-12
In celebration of Teen Tech Week, the library is opening up the Media Lab for some green screen fun! Try different backgrounds. There’s only one rule. Don’t wear green.
Click here to register

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Manga/Anime Club

Tuesday March 12, 4pm, Grades 6-12
Join us in February and March as we watch and learn about all of the romance in anime and manga, and learn about different lucky characters from our favorite shows.
Click here to register

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DIY Dog Toys for the Anti-Cruelty Society

Tuesday, March 19, 4pm, Grades 4-8
Come help make toys for the dogs and cats currently making their home at The Anti-Cruelty Society in Chicago. Donations will be brought to the center on March 23rd in honor of National Puppy Day!
Click here to register

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Donut Bulletin Board

Wednesday, March 27, 1pm, Grades 4-12
Donut stress! We’ll be making our own sweet donut bulletin boards with sprinkle push pins and we’ll have some tasty treats.
Click here to register

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