Our interactive, creative programming captures children’s imaginations and introduces them to an age-appropriate world of entertainment and knowledge. Because our programs are ever changing, be sure to consult our events listing every week so you don’t miss out on something new.
Summer Boot Camp
July 10-August 19: Mondays & Wednesdays from 9:30-11:30 am OR Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Have a child who needs some extra help with first grade phonics? The Niles District Library will be hosting First Grade Reading Bootcamp this summer. The camp runs from July 10th-August 17th. There is a morning session on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30am-11:30am, and a Tuesdays and Thursdays session from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Both sessions are the same. Classes are capped at 20 students. For more information, call Youth Services at 683-8545 *106.
Click here to register: Summer Boot Camp Registration
Family Nerf Night
First Saturday of each month, 5:30-7:30 pm
(Following the May 6th Nerf Night, we will be on hiatus for the summer months and will resume on October 7th.)
Think you’re a crack shot? Come find out! Grab your Nerf gear and bring it to this after-hours event! Participants will have full run of the main floor of the library to compete in a series of team and free-for-all Nerf activities. You must bring your own gear to participate. This event is open to all ages, but participants under 12 must have a parent/guardian present in order to attend. A waiver must be signed at the event by either the participant or their parent/guardian and eye protection is encouraged. Doors lock at 6:00 so be sure to arrive before then.
Our storytimes offer something for every age child – and you will find them just as fun as their names suggest.
Wednesdays at 9:30 am
For babies birth—18 months, this lapsit program for babies and their caregivers features: a fingerplay, song, board book, and 10 minutes of baby play and bubbles.
Wednesdays at 10:00 am
For kids ages 18 months-3 years, this transitional storytime is for little ones who are in the in-between baby and toddler stage. This will be a short storytime with 1 book, a fingerplay, and a song. We will end with bubbles. We will work on skills like sitting quietly, listening to a story independently, and following directions.
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
For kids ages 18 months– 5 years, this storytime program is structured like the beginning of a preschool class. We do calendar, letter of the day, and a color song, with two books and music and movement.
Wednesdays at 11:00 am & 1:30 pm and Thursdays at 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
For kids ages 3 and up, this storytime features three books, a color song, and music and movement. The program will end with a hand stamp, coloring sheet, and a craft.
Fourth Saturday of the month, 10:30 am
Wee Readers is our new Saturday storytime for children ages 0 to 5. This storytime will teach our young learners a story, nursery rhymes, counting to 5, and music and movement.
Tuesdays, 10:30 am
Join us each Tuesday for a special storytime tour of the world. Each week, we will have books, songs, a craft, and other super surprises relating to the special country of the month…and don’t forget to stamp your passport!
Tour Schedule for Passport Pals:
June 27: United States of America
July 18: Canada
August 22: Africa
GeoTreckers is on hiatus for the summer and will return this fall.
Fourth Tuesday of each month, 2:00 and 5:00 pm
Join us as we take a tour of our wonderful world. Each month, we will focus on a different country through stories, crafts, a snack, and other fun surprises. Treckers will also leave with a list of books and additional activities in case they want to explore that country more on their own. This group meets at 2:00 and 5:00 pm on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Ages 6 and older.
Tuesday Night Fun
Chips and Chapters
Every Tuesday at 6:00 pm
This is a fun, new, read-aloud storytime. Every Tuesday, Ms. Tara will read aloud from a chapter book while you eat chips and follow along. This is fun for all ages!
Second and fourth Tuesdays, 6:30 pm
Kids ages 0 through 12, feel free to wear your jammies to this evening story time! We will have three books, music and a craft for your sleepy time entertainment.
Lego Free Play
First and third Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm
We have a bucket of Legos, you have the creativity. Make any creation and show it to the Youth Services staff. We just may take a picture to show all of our followers on Facebook!
Clubs and Parties
Junior Garden Club
Second Saturday of each month at 1:00 pm (initial registration required)
This club for youth ages 8 through 12 is the perfect way to introduce your child to the satisfaction of gardening. To ensure we are prepared with the appropriate tools, please stop by the Youth Services department to register for this club. April is all about garden markers!
First and third Saturday (September- May) from 10 am to 12 pm
You don’t have to be a master chess player – all ages and abilities are welcome!
Toddler Dance Party
Second Saturday at 10:30 am
For children ages birth to 5, this party is not only the cutest thing on the planet, but it also teaches your young child balance and large muscle development.
Tween Book Club
Second Friday of each month at 2:30 and 4:30 pm
Kids ages 8 to 12, join us for snacks, great conversation and a book discussion on the second Friday of each month. Stop by the Youth Services Desk for your copy of our latest read!
Every season brings something new for children to the Niles District Library. Our crafts for children of all ages include such fun projects as cape and mask making, cupcake decorating, and designing personalized t-shirts and plaster animals. While engaging children, our craft projects are designed to also inspire their imaginations and hone their fine motor skills. Our contests bring lots of laughs, food and prizes while teaching children about friendly competition. Our events are both educational and entertaining, including activities such as Daddy/Daughter dances, drawing lessons, wellness exercises, and unique activities inspired by popular media themes . . . and much, much more. Whether your child wants to be a superhero or an artist, a magician or an inventor, a gardener or a juggler, your child will be inspired at the Niles District Library. Check our calendar frequently for information about children’s programming.