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.

Toddler Art

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Monday, November 19, 10 am & 1 pm, Ages 2-5

Get creative with your little ones! You and your child will create masterpieces worthy of the front of your refrigerator.

Lego Builders

legosSaturday, November 10 at 11am

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.

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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Firefighter Story Time

Friday, October 12, 10 am, All Ages
We are celebrating Fire Prevention Week with the Palos Heights Fire Department. Come listen to stories read by a real firefighter, watch as they demo their protective gear, and get a picture with a real hero.
Click here to register

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Night Critters Story Time

Thursday, October 18 at 6 pm, Ages 1-6
Come in your pajamas for a fun nocturnal animal story time all about bats, owls, raccoons and other animals that are awake all hours of the night.
Click here to register

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Tales for Twos

Tuesdays, November 6 - 27, 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 10 am
Click here to register for 11 am

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Little Wigglers

Wednesdays, November 7 – 28, 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 10 am
Click here to register for 11 am

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Kindergarten Ready!

Thursdays, November 8 – 29, 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 10 am
Click here to register for 1 pm

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Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Thursday, November 15, 6pm, Ages Birth – 6
Bring your favorite stuffed animal to this storytime and activity at the library. After we wrap up, you will have the option to leave your animal behind for an evening full of fun at the library! Be sure to look at our Facebook page for surprises and pictures the next morning!
Click here to register

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Kindergarten Ready!

Thursdays, September 6 – September 27, 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 10 am session
Click here to register for the 1 pm session

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Elephant Story Time

Friday, September 21, 11 am, Ages 3-5
Celebrate all things elephant for Elephant Appreciation Day! We will read books with elephants, make elephant crafts, and pretend that we are the gentle giants of the Savannah.
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.

October Programs

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Halloween Countdown

Wednesdays, October 3 – 17, 5pm, Grades K-3
No tricks, just treats here! Each week we will read about a different spooky character, make a craft, decorate and then eat a sweet treat based on them. Register once for this 3 week session.
Click here to register

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Toddler Art

Monday, October 15, 10 am or 1 pm, 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

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Goosebumps Party

Tuesday, October 23, 4 pm, Grades K-3
The new Goosebumps movie is coming out, and it looks spooky! Come to the library to prepare to be in for a scare. We will have some goosebumps games, listen to some creepy music, and have a spooky snack!
Click here to register

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Early Einsteins

Thursday, October 25, 4 pm, Ages 3-6
Little ones will learn about the building blocks of STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math. We will read stories, do fun experiments, and make a craft. This month will be all about spooky science and will make slime for everyone to take home.
Click here to register

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Incredible Bats

Saturday, October 27, 10 am, All Ages
See live Egyptian Fruit Bats and African Straw-Colored Fruit Bats up close! Adults and children will learn how beneficial these creatures are to us and our world.
Click here to register

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Monster Mash

Tuesday, October 30, Birth – 6 years, 10 am
Drop in at the library for a spooky good time. We will have games, crafts, and snacks. Be sure to show off your costume at this Halloween themed party!
Click here to register

November Programs

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Nutcracker: Four Realms Movie Celebration

Thursday November 1, 4 pm, Grades K-3
Celebrate the release of Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms as we read The Nutcracker, play games with fellow little Sugar Plum Fairies and Nutcracker Princes, and make (and eat) popcorn crafts to kick off the holiday season!
Click here to register

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Play-Doh Creations

Monday, November 5, 5pm, Grades K-5
You can cut, roll, and sculpt the Play-Doh into anything you want! Bring your creativity and create your own unique model.

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Bad Art Night

Tuesday, November 6, 6pm, All Ages
Have a creative spirit that just can’t be tamed? Come to our Bad Art Night where you can use whatever supplies we have in the activity closet to create something completely unique. You don’t have to worry about following any directions here!

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Curiosity Zone

Tuesdays, November 6-27, 5pm, Grades K-3
Have you ever seen something at the library that you have been dying to try? Want to show off a new game that you learned at school? Want to just come and hang out with your friends at the library? Curiosity Zone is the place for you! Register once for this 4 week session.
Click here to register

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Mini Paleontologists

Friday, November 9, 10am, Ages 2-5
Dinosaurs in the library! All young scientists ages 2-5 are invited to join us at the library for a dino egg hunt and excavation.
Click here to register

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Lego Builders

Saturday, November 10, 11am, All Ages
Click here to register

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Wreck-It Like Ralph

Wednesday, November 14, 4pm, Grades K-3
Our favorite video game friend is heading back to the big screen and we are celebrating with a program all about knocking things down! Children will build structures using items provided by the library. Then we will try wrecking them with different soft and hard materials to see which ones will knock the structures down.
Click here to register

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Sea Beast Puppetry – Hans My Hedgehog

Saturday, November 17, 10 am, All Ages
Everyone is born a little bit different and no one knows that better than Hans. 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.
Click here to register

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International Games Day

Saturday, November 17, 1 pm, All Ages
November 19 is International Games Day! Bring your family or friends to the library to play your favorite board or video game, or try something completely new.

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Toddler Art

Monday, November 19, 10 am or 1 pm, 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

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Books N’ Bites

Thursday, November 29, 4 pm, Grades 3-5
Each month we will read a book from the Bluestem 2019 nominee list. Then we will make treats related to the food in the book. At each program you will get to choose next month’s book we will read.
Click here to register

Teen and Tween Corner, October-November

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Manga/Anime Club

Tuesday, October 9, 4 pm, Grades 4-12
Enjoy the library’s new collection of manga or just come to talk about manga and anime that you have enjoyed and want to share! This group is for anyone who likes to watch or draw anime, read or write manga books, or would just like to enjoy the library’s new manga collection. Snacks will be provided.
Click here to register

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Super Smash Bros. Smackdown

Thursday, October 11 at 6pm, Grades 6-12
Think you’re the best smasher out there? Come pit your skills against others in this tournament of champions! The winner will receive a prize.
Click here to register

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Zombie Night

Tuesday, October 16 at 4 pm, Grades 4-8
Beware of the undead! There will be a make-up demonstration of how to transform ourselves into zombies. We will learn how to walk, talk and then enjoy some tasty brains.
Click here to register

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Escape the Upside Down

Wednesday, October 24, 4 pm, Grades 6-12
Can you solve puzzles, clues, and riddles to escape from the Upside Down? Travel back to the 80s to escape from the clutches of the Demogorgon before time runs out!
Click here to register

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AR Murder Mystery

Thursday, October 25, 4pm, Grades 4-8
Calling all sleuths! The librarians need your help to solve a murder using clues found throughout the entire Youth and Teen Services Department. Participants will have to use smart phones and tablets to find clues that are invisible to the naked eye. Can you find all the clues and be the first to solve the mystery? Come find out!
Click here to register

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Books to Flicks

Ready Player One - Tuesday, October 30, 4pm, Grades 6-12
If you liked the book then come check out the movie! Bring your friends and enjoy the show. Popcorn will be provided.

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Hogwarts Spelling Bee

Wednesday, November 7, 4pm, Grades 4 – 8
Calling all muggles, squibs, and wizards! How well do you know the world of Harry Potter? Find out at our Hogwarts Spelling Bee! The champion will receive movie tickets and major bragging rights.
Click here to register

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DIY Jewelry

Thursday, November 8 at 5pm, Grades 6-12
Create amazing and beautiful jewelry right in our very own activity room. We will have supplies for bracelets, necklaces, and anything else you’d like to create.
Click here to register

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Fantastic Feast!

Thursday November 15 at 6 pm, Grades 4-8
The new Fantastic Beast movie is coming out! Watch the first movie and enjoy some sweet treats. We will make butter beer and pumpkin pasties and other wizard food creations.
Click here to register

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Word Puzzle Masters

Monday, November 19, 4 pm, Grades 4-8
Think that you could win the ultimate word puzzle challenge? In honor of NaNoWriMo, we will be playing with words in this head-to-head wordsmith competition including alphabet antics such as word scrambles, anagrams, and mad libs to see who will be the ultimate word puzzle master!
Click here to register

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Manga/Anime Club

Tuesday, November 20, 4 pm, Grades 4-12
Enjoy the library’s new collection of manga or just come to talk about manga and anime that you have enjoyed and want to share! This group is for anyone who likes to watch or draw anime, read or write manga books, or would just like to enjoy the library’s new manga collection. Snacks will be provided.
Click here to register

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Books to Flicks

Everything, Everything – Wednesday, November 28, 4pm, Grades 6-12
If you liked the book then come check out the movie! Bring your friends and enjoy the show. Popcorn will be provided.

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