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Library Nature Programs for Kids

We are offering two great programs this week for kids who love nature (especially animals!).

wolvesTomorrow (Thursday, July 17) animals from the Big Run Wolf Ranch will be visiting the Central Park Pavilion behind the Annerino Community Center from 2:00-3:30 p.m.


bee pollinatingSaturday, July 19, we will be showing a Disneynature movie all about how birds, bees, butterflies, and bats help pollinate flowers.  The movie starts at 1:30 p.m. in Meeting Room A.  Stay after the movie to plant a seed in a CD case.  It’s a great way to see what happens as a seed grows, giving you a view underground (kind of like an ant farm).

Both programs are free and for all ages and do not require registration.  Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.

Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog book jacketCome to the library on Saturday, June 28, to see your favorite big red dog!

Coloring pages will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Storytime is from 11:00-11:30 a.m.  Clifford will appear at storytime, so bring your camera!

Drop in between 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. to make a Clifford Craft.

Clifford appears courtesy of Barnes & Noble at the Bolingbrook Promenade.

No registration is necessary.  All ages are welcome, but preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.


Writers’ Workshop

writers workshop image

Are you an aspiring young writer? Would you like to become one? Join us for the Young Writer’s Workshop and release your creative side. We will put away our inner editors, explore our creativity and discover the writer in us all.

Children going into grades 3-5 can join us for this series of four workshops Monday July 7, July 14, July 21 and July 28 from 1:30-3:00 p.m.

“But Miss Chris” you say “it is summer…I don’t want to do anything  like school work…”

Well I know it says Writers’ Workshop but perhaps we really should change the name because it’s a lot more fun than it is work. Cloud watching, mystery writers CSI, writer’s charades and writing and performing a short plays are just a few of the things we’ve “worked” on.

Here’s a fun example of one of our warm up games you can try yourself.

“What if….”

Where do writers come up with such wonderful ideas?  What made them think up the story in the first place?  There are as many different ways of writing and getting ideas for writing as there are writers.  One of my favorites is just to think “What if…”

What if a boy found out on his birthday that he was a wizard?

What if there was a magical land where animals could talk?

What if you woke up one day and found that you were invisible?

All these ideas might have sounded silly when the authors first thought of them but they became some of the most memorable stories of all time.  Take some time and write your own list of “what ifs”. The sillier they are the better.  You’ll be on your way to your own amazing story in no time.

So come join us and see how much fun creative writing is in the Writers’ Workshop.  Bring your list of “what ifs” if you like.

Hope to see you there.

- Miss Chris

Fizz! Boom! Read! programs away from the library

We’re bringing each of these programs to a big Park District site.  That means there will be plenty of space and you don’t need to register or get tickets!  The programs are designed to be fun for all ages when preschoolers are accompanied by an adult.

Ben’s Bubble Show

Come to a magical show with Ben Jimenez that is all about soap bubble sculptures! You will see smoke bubbles, spinning belt bubbles, and geometric bubbles. www.bensbubbleshow.biz

Day: Thursday

Date: June 26

Time: 2:00-2:45 pm

Location: Annerino Community Center



Edison: The Wizard of Menlo Park

Come see an interactive musical about the life and creations of Thomas Edison, who said, “Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” Presented by Face to Face Productions, Inc.

Day: Tuesday

Date: July 15

Time: 2:00-2:45 pm

Location: Annerino Community Center


Big Run Wolves

Don’t miss this fantastic program! The magnificent animals of Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport, Illinois, will visit Bolingbrook. What beautiful creatures you will see!   www.bigrunwolfranch.org

Day: Thursday

Date: July 17

Time: 2:00-3:30 pm

Location: Central Park (201 Recreation Drive, behind the Annerino Community Center)


test tubes
Getting Excited About Science

Scientist Steve Belliveau presents a show based on physics, with many unexpected happenings! The principles of static electricity, weight distribution, air and water pressure, friction, and others are presented in unique ways. Children will be invited to participate in the program. www.getscience.net

Day: Tuesday

Date: July 29

Time: 2:00-2:45 pm

Location: Annerino Community Center


Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show

This show is unique, rollicking entertainment that features magic, slapstick comedy, and the world’s biggest balloon props! www.SmartyPantsWorld.com

Day: Thursday

Date: July 31

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Annerino Community Center

Fizz! Boom! ACTION!

Are you going to the Cavalcade of Planes this weekend?  You can also enjoy planes at the library on Saturday, June 7, starting at 1:30 p.m.  We will be showing a free children’s movie that was in theaters last year*, and then making paper planes!

Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration is not necessary; patrons can drop in to Meeting Room A until the room capacity of 90 is reached.

*Call 630-685-4181 for the movie title.

Party in your PJs!

Bedtime Math

Children aged 6 to 9 can sign up now for the Bedtime Math Pajama Party on Tuesday, April 8, from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Come enjoy snacks, wacky math problems, and tangrams and giant dominoes you can take home to keep!  Pajamas are encouraged, but not required.


Spring Break Fairy Fun

Fairy Gardens
April 9
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
For grades 1 – 5
Register now!  Limit 20.

What a fanciful way to welcome spring!  Floral designer Kathleen Obirek will guide you as you create a plant arrangement complete with a little winged figurine!  Ms. Obirek furnishes all materials at no cost to you, so just register and come to the program.

Here are a few books to inspire you:

Fairy Houses and Beyond
Fairy Houses and Beyond by Barry and Tracy Kane

The Fairy Ring
The Fairy Ring, or, Elsie and Frances Fool the World by Mary Losure

Afternoon of the Elves
Afternoon of the Elves by Janet Taylor Lisle

Fairy World Crafts
Fairy World Crafts by Kathy Ross

Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child
Jethro Byrd, Fairy Child by Bob Graham





Special Programs during Valley View Spring Break

Sign up now for special programs the second week of April!  Each of these programs is free.

Bedtime Math Pajama Party
Tuesday, April 8
7:00-8:00 p.m.
Ages 6-9
Put on your pajamas and come to a party!  We’ll enjoy snacks, wacky math problems, and puzzles and dominoes you can take home.

Fairy Gardens
Wednesday, April 9
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Grades 1-5
Floral designer Kathleen Obirek will guide you as you create a fantasy plant arrangement complete with a little winged figurine!

Spring Stuffed Animal Sleepover and Snack Time
Wednesday, April 9, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 10, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Ages 4-7 with an adult
Children ages 4 – 7 years can bring a stuffed animal and a caregiver!  The stuffie will spend the night at the library.  When the lights go out, the toys will be having wild escapades in the dark.  The children will pick up their toy friends the next day at Snack Time and see what mischief they all got into in the night!

Diary Party
Friday, April 11
2:00-3:00 p.m.
Grades 4-6
Join us for a party celebrating some of our popular book series including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dork Diaries, and Dear Dumb Diary!

We will also offer drop-in programs that do not require registration; please see our calendar for more details.

Fancy Nancy Party


Monday March, 3
(a day off for Valley View schools!)
from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

in  Meeting Room A

Grades K-3

Come dressed in your finery to this party based on the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O’Connor.  We’ll have a frou-frou frolic with special activities, crafts, and a snack!

Wear your best finery for runway pictures by Studio 300!

Learn French, read stories and have a fancy time!

Register now!  Limit 30.

Meet Spot the Dog this Saturday!

Where's Spot? book cover
Where’s Spot?  At the library!

We will have special activities from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. this Saturday, February 22.  You can also check out the Preschool Round-Up from noon to 3:00.

From 10:00-4:00, enjoy Coloring Pages in the Creativity Park (all ages, no registration needed).

11:00-11:30, come to Storytime!  Be sure to bring your camera, because Spot will be stopping by for a brief visit.  All ages can enjoy stories and music in the Storytime Room.  You do not need to sign up, but preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.

From 1:00-4:00, come to the Creativity Park to make a simple origami dog Craft you can take home!  Drop in.  Preschoolers must be accompanied by an adult.