Storytimes and Programs

TO REGISTER FOR ANY PROGRAM PLEASE SEE ARE EVENT PAGE HERE.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

This is an ongoing program.
Registration is required.

Be on the lookout for our exciting new program 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. This reading program encourages all Bloomingdale families and caregivers with young children before they enter Kindergarten. Studies have shown that families that start reading aloud to their children from birth strengthen language and vocabulary skills. Ask at the Youth Services Desk for more information or sign up online.


Looking For A Good Book?!

This is an ongoing program.

Choose a title from a very popular Monarch (K-2 grade), Bluestem (3-5 grade), or Caudill 94-8 grade) Illinois state award book lists! Join the Youth Services Department as we virtually discuss each title to help you pick something adventurous, mysterious, or even historical. Readers will be eligible to vote for their favorite titles in Spring 2021 when voting throughout the whole state of Illinois occurs. Many copies of of all titles are available at the library and videos of our book talks will be available on our YouTube channel.


Through Our Eyes Multi-generational Grant Program

Special Limited Registration starts March 15
Kit Pickup April 5-9
Return projects by April 16

Registration is required.

Ages 6 and up, to include 3 generations
Have some family fun that involves imagination, creativity, and free expression!

Through Our eyes is a Visual Arts Mini-Grant Program awarded to the Bloomingdale Public Library through the DuPage Foundation JCS Arts, Health, and Education Fund. The intention of the program is to show visual interpretation of a literary passage through the eyes of multiple generations. A passage is read by each participant and then visually interpreted and transposed onto paper and then canvas for the finished product using watercolor pencils.
Artwork must be returned to the library. These panting's will be on display in the Library through the months of April and Mau as our Artist of the Month Selection and then returned to the artists after their showcase.

Participants should include 3 family members (close family friend acceptable) in 3 different generations (i.e., Child: ages 6-19, Adult: 20-50, Older adult family member: 50+).

This kit will include several passage from children's books & poetry, drawing paper, specialty watercolor pencils, eraser, paint brushes, canvas for final product, and complete instructions.


Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Springtime Madness (Drop-In)

May
All Ages

Spring is just around the corner, which means our outdoor scavenger hunt is back! Visit outside of the library this month to see what kind of secrets await you! April: Flower Power. May: Let's Get Buggy!


Escape the Library!

April 4-10

Virtually visit the Bloomingdale Public Library - find all the clues and solve all the puzzles to disable the alarm and escape!


Virtual Storytime

Wednesdays
10:30 a.m.

Registration is not required.

Enjoy a special storytime from our Youth Services staff! We will share stories, songs, and fingerplays every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.


I Can Do It! An SEL-Based Storytime

Fridays, April 2 and May 7
10:30a.m.

Registration is not required.

Families
All emotions are good emotions! Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children acquire knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions. Learn about social and emotional learning in this interactive storytime. Each storytime, we will go through the emotion of the day so you can stand on the mountaintops and show off how awesome you are. Mini kits are available FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE beginning on the video release date.


Now Boarding: An International Storytime

Italy: Friday, April 16
Mexico: Friday, May 21
10:30a.m.
Registration is not required.

Families
Get your boarding passes ready! In this storytime, we will be travelling all around the world to learn about different languages, foods, and customs while reading books from the country of the day. Mini kits are available at the Youth Services Desk for pickup FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE beginning on the video release date.


STEM Club: Tech Time Online: YouTube How To

May 9-15
Registration is not required.

Grades 3-6
Learn how to film and edit your own videos then upload them to YouTube.



Take It, Make It

Registration is required.

Even though we're not doing programming in the library building, we want to continue to offer unique experiences that you can do from home. Please register for each program individually. All kits or parties will be available for pick up at the Youth Services Desk during their allotted time frame.


Circus at Home

April 12-16
Registration is required.

Grades K-6
Since we can't go to the circus, have a circus at home with clowning tricks and circus crafts. Registration begins March 22 at 9:00a.m.


We Are In a Bag!

April 19-23
Registration is required.

Ages 3-6
Crafts, stories, activities about our favorite elephant and pig...throw a party and share your best projects/costumes for a chance to win some Elephant and Piggie books! Registration begins March 22 at 9:00a.m.


Earth Day

April 19-23
Registration is required.

Grades K-3
Learn how to make seed balls and shapes from recycled paper. These can be planted this spring! Registration begins March 22 at 9:00a.m.


Sensory Activities

April 26-30
Registration is required.

All Ages
Includes materials to make fun, new sensory activities. Registration begins March 22 at 9:00a.m.


Crochet Along with Miss Carol

April 26-30
YouTube Video Premiere: April 26 and May 10
Zoom Meeting: May 24 at 5:00p.m.

Registration is required.

Grades 3-8
Learn to crochet along with Miss Carol. Intro kit includes crochet hook and yarn. Video 1 will show you how to hold your hook and yarn and how to crochet a chain, the foundation of most crochet projects. Video 2 will show you how to use your skills to make a simple dishrag. Then, come to our May Zoom meeting to show off your creations. Registration begins March 22 at 9:00a.m.


Mother's Day

May 3-7
Registration is required.

Grades K-6
Design and create a Mother's Day card and flowers to put into your real vase included in the kit. Registration begins March 22 at 9:00a.m.


Learn About Hawaii for Kids

May 3-7
YouTube Video Premiere May 7

Registration is required.

Grades K-6
Take an imaginary trip to Hawaii to learn about their volcanoes, culture, and traditions. Make a lei craft and your own volcano! Watch the accompanying storytime to learn even more about our 50th state! Registration begins March 22 at 9:00a.m.


Masterpiece Journal

May 10-14
Registration is required.

Grades K-2
Pick up supplies and instructions to make your own art while learning about famous artists. Registration begins March 22 at 9:00a.m.


A Tangle of Knots: Virtual Family Book Discussion

Book Pickup: As soon as you register starting March 22
Zoom Book Discussion: Monday, May 10 at 5:00p.m.

Registration is required.

Grades 4-6 and an adult
A Tangle of Knots explores families, self-esteem, peanut butter, a little bit of magic, and lots of cake. Read the book together with an adult and then join our Zoom discussion. If you'd like, try one of the cake recipes in the book to share at home during the discussion. Registration begins March 22 at 9:00a.m.


Paw Patrol

May 17-21
Registration is required.

Ages 2-6
Calling all Paw Patrol fans, join Ryder, Chase, Marshall, and the rest of the Paw Patrol gang for a Pawty Adventure! Kit includes crafts, games, and loads of fun! Registration begins March 22 at 9:00a.m.


Australian American Girl Doll Adventure

May 24-28
Registration is required.

Grades K-2
Learn about Australian culture and the 2021 American Girl doll who is from this exciting place. Registration begins March 22 at 9:00a.m.