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.
Read Around the County
Tuesday, May 23rd
It is that time of year again! This is a fun, free storytime event located down at Riverfront Park in the Amphitheater. You bring the blanket, we will bring the books! Listen to members of the community read and act out fun stories. All children will receive a snack, and each family will receive a goodie bag. Join us for a fun event. In case of inclement weather, see www.berrienresa
Father’s Day Dance
Friday, June 16 from 6:00-7:30pm
Dads are pretty awesome people. Let’s celebrate the wonderful men in our lives with a dance! This free event is for children, ages 0-12. We will have a DJ, crafts, and a snack. There will also be a place where you can take a memorable photo with your special guy. Please plan to arrive by 5:45 pm. The doors will be locked at 6:15 pm.
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 through 18 months, this baby-time program features a finger play, a song, a board book, and ten minutes of baby play complete with bubbles.
Wednesdays at 10:00 & 11:00 am
For kids ages 18 months through 5 years, this toddler time features calendar concepts, two short stories, instruments, and a coloring page.
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 am & 1:30 pm
For kids ages three through 5 years, storytime features the magic box, two stories, song, hand stamp, craft, and a coloring page to take home.
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!
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.
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.
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 of each month 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 1:00 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 lates
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, or text @ndlyouth to 81010 to receive text alerts about children’s programming.