Storytimes and Programs

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.


Valentines for Veterans

Tuesday, January 5-Thursday, January 28

Children are invited to make Valentine cards for men and women serving in the military and for veterans in Hine's Veterans Hospital. Art supplies will be available as a Take Itm, Make It, Return It craft at the Youth Services desk. Everyone is welcome to bring in cards made from their own craft supplies as well. There will be a drop-off box at the Youth Services Desk for completed items. Envelopes for cards are not required.


Somewhere Over the Rainbow: An Interactive Online Experience

Month of March
All Ages

Follow the rainbows to find all of the mischievous leprechauns. Which one will give up his pot o' gold? Find all 6 and earn the gold to win a special prize!


Outdoor Scavenger Hunt: Springtime Madness (Drop-In)

Month of March
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!


Riddle Me This! (Drop-In)

Month of March

Grades 1-6
Solve the weekly riddle on our Tween Space whiteboard for a chance to win a basket of prizes!


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, February 5 and March 5
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

Netherlands: Friday, February 19
Ukraine: Friday, March 19
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.


Design, Craft, & Share: Tool Time Edition

January 18-January 22
Registration is required.

Grades 3-6
For those of you who love to create something out of nothing, we have a fun new woodworking version just for you! Kit will include: goggles, hammer, screwdriver set, nails, screws, and building materials. Tune into Zoom on January 25 to join our virtual show and tell.


Design, Craft, & Share

March 15-March 19
Registration is required.

Grades 3-6
Zoom meeting Monday, March 22 at 4:15 p.m. For those of you who love to create something out of nothing, we have a fun project just for you! Kit will include various materials to help you create a one-of-a-kind craft. Tune into Zoom on March 22 to join our virtual show and tell. Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.


STEM Club: Tech Time Online: Tech Bingo

March 15-March 19
Registration is not required.

Grades 1-6
Print out a "Tech Bingo" card, then try the activities on the card and submit your answers to the library for a cool prize!


Dewey Decimal Scavenger Hunt (Drop-In)

Month of January
Drop-In.

Grades 1-6
Use your Dewey detective skills while visiting the library! Follow our clues and earn a prize.


Chinese New Year Celebration

Friday, February 12
10:30 a.m. on Facebook Live

Registration is not required.

Families
Join us Facebook Live to celebrate the Chinese New Year, the year of the Ox.


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.


Winnie the Pooh Day

January 18-January 22
Registration is required.

Grades K-2
Help celebrate National Winnie the Pooh Day by making your own "hunny" pot, character headbands, and more!


Ice Lanterns

January 25-January 29
Registration is required.

Grades K-3
Let Winter help you make these outside ice lanterns. This kit explores the science of ice and freezing.


All About Robots

January 25-29
Registration is requited.

Grades 1-6
Pick up a kit collecting materials to build your own low-tech robot, then participate in a Zoom meeting to code programs for our Robot Mouse. Participants will receive their Zoom link 2 days prior to the Zoom Meeting.


Carnivale In A Bag

February 1-February 5
Registration is required.

Ages 3-5
Crafts, stories, and activities in a bag for celebrating the colorful chaos that is Mardi Gras/Carnivale! Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.


Be my Valen-slime

February 8-February 12
Registration is required.

Ages 3-6
Enjoy making Valentine's Day themed slime with your favorite adult. Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.


Celebrate Pizza Day

February 8-February 12
Registration is required.

Grades K-6
YouTube video premiere Friday, February 12. Just about everyone love's pizza so let's celebrate Pizza Day! COme pick up a kit, then join us for a storytime on Friday, February 12. Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.


Storytelling Bag

Date February 15-February 19>
Registration is required.

Grades K-3
Make a story-disk chainm story dice, and construct your own children's book with the materials included in this kit. Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.


Biography Bonanza

February 15-February 19>
Registration is required.

Grades 3-6
Zoom meeting Monday, February 22 at 4:15p.m. Come meet some of the COOLEST, most EPIC people you've never heard of! Sign up to get a surprise true story, crafts, and a snack, and then join our Zoom hangout to share the fun stuff about your person! Participants will receive their Zoom link 2 days prior to show time. Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.


Fairy Tale Ball

February 22-February 26
Registration is required.

Ages 3-10.
Calling all princes, princesses, knights, and jesters! Sign up for this enchanting ball-in-a-bag that will give you an afternoon of fun and fantasy! Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.


Toddler Time Bag

March 1-March 5
Registration is required.

Ages 1-3
Make a sensory bottle, do a fine motor skills activity, and get ideas for activities using household items to use with your toddler. Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.


St. Patrick's Day in a Bag!

March 8-March 12
Registration is required.

Grades K-6
Includes all of the materials to have your own St. Patrick's Day party at home including decorations, activities, stories, and a snack! Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.


Roly Poly Pandas

March 15-March 19>
Registration is required.

Grades K-6
YouTube Video Premiere Friday, March 19. What is the cutest animal in the world? The panda of course! Panda lovers can pick up a kit to make fun panda crafts and learn cool panda facts. Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.


Brown Bear Flannel

March 22-March 26
Registration is required.

Ages 2-5
Brown Bear, Brown Bear is a classic children's story that helps develop early literacy skills through the use of repetitive and predictable language. This kit includes materials to create your own storytime flannel with your child. Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.


Colorful Plastic Flowers

March 22-March 26
Registration is required.

Grades 3-6
Add some color to the Winter blahs. You will need colored permanent markers and an adult to make these magical flowers bloom in your oven. Registration begins January 25 at 9:00a.m.