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Summer Reader Programs
Don't be bored! Come and "Read to the Rhythm" at the Library!

**Please note** Summer Programs are offered to children participating in Summer Reading. Registration for Summer Reading ends JUNE 20th - Registration for Summer Programs is on a weekly basis. Please register at Youth Services Reference Desk - No phone call registration - registration is 1st come 1st served. 

Bridgeview residents are invited to register starting May 18th. Must show Library card or Driver's License for residency.

Outside community registration begins May 26th. 

****IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR REGISTRATION****Due to preparation needs and supplies, children must be registered at least 24hrs before event or program. We will no longer register children less than 24hrs before program begins. Please see a Youth Reference Associate for any questions. Thank you.

Summer Reading Programs
Join Summer Reading and be eligible to participate in Summer Programs!


Summer Programs start June 15th and ends July 25th.


Pre-K Craft at 1pm - 3 to 5yrs only. Learn a new song or poem and make a musical craft with Ms. Paula.

3rd to 6th grade Science at 2pm - These students are invited to dive deep into science with great weekly experiments and more! 

K-2 Science at 3:30 - Hands on science experiments to bring out the scientist in you!


Minecraft at 11am - Love Minecraft? Come and play with other gamers before the Library opens! Only 10 computers available, or bring your own device. Ages 10 and up only.

Beats and Brushes at 1pm - Ages 2nd to 6th grade only. This is a new creative outlet for the artist at heart. Let music inspire you while you paint with water colors.

4H Sewing Club at 4pm - Develop a talent for sewing! Led by Mary from 4H. Ages 10 and up. Parents must fill out a permission form provided by 4H.

Kids Craft at 6:30pm - Let your creativity flow! Be inspired each week by new possibilities in crafting. Children will learn to express themselves with new art mediums each week. Under 5yrs must attend with an adult.


Chess Club at 11am - Learn how to play or improve your skills at our weekly club. Bring a friend!

Pre-K Storytime at 1pm - Ages 3 to 5yrs. Music is in the air as we gather for stories that inspire appreciation for beats and rhythms.

K-2 Club at 2pm - Have fun with music! Make anew instrument each week while learning about famous composers.

Tween Book Club at 3pm - 3rd to 6th grade only. Two titles from the Justin Case series. Meet weekly for fun activities. Book and reading log will be distributed. 


**Registration for Drama is a six week commitment. No additional sign ups after the first week that program begins**

Pre-K Drama at 1pm - Preschoolers will be learning finger plays and actions to popular nursery rhymes to perform at Drama Showcase July 23rd.

K-2 Drama at 2pm - We will be learning stage direction and pantomine action for Jim Gill's SOUP OPERA. Must be able to participate for all rehearsals and Drama Showcase on July 23rd.

3rd to 6th grade Drama 1pm to 3pm - Ready to act? Join Miss Jasmine and be a part of the production of Aladdin. Must stay committed for 6 weeks of rehearsals and able to perform in Drama Showcase on July 23rd.


Book & Boogie at 11am - Our popular toddler program continues! Under the sea is the dancing theme for this toddler movement program. 

Family movie at 2pm - Popular family movies with popcorn each Friday. Please bring your own drink. Movie Line up: June 19th Monster University - June 26th Alexanders horrible day - July 3rd Box Trolls - July 10th Lego Movie - July 17th Dolphin Tale 2 - July 24th Paddington


Family Storytime at 1pm - Have the family come together for this story and puzzle time with Ms. Paula. Limit 10 families per week.


Special Programming
You don't want to miss these fun "extra" events this summer!

Thursday, July 2nd at 6:30pm - LEGO PLAY! If you love to build, this is the event to attend! Come and create with the Library's collection of LEGOs.


Thursday, July 2nd at 6pm - TALENT SHOW AUDITIONS -Do you have a special, entertaining talent you'd like to share? Are you a singer, play an instrument or have a dance routine with friends? Maybe you're an up and coming comedian with some fun jokes to tell. If any of the above applies or maybe something else, COME and audition for a chance to perform on July 9th TALENT SHOW.

**The staff reserves the right to choose which talents will be showcased in a public setting. Please know that only family friendly, all age content will be considered. Participants for this talent show is 12 years and younger.**

Thursday, July 9th at 6:30pm - TALENT SHOW! Come see Bridgeview library patrons perform their unique talents!

Thursday, July 23rd at 6:30pm - DRAMA SHOWCASE! The kids have been working hard all summer to put on a great show for the community. Bring the family as we showcase the talent of children big and small. A great time for the whole family!


**FREE** Summer Family Entertainment
Register at the Youth Services Reference Desk

 OomPah to Opaa

Thursday, June 18th at 6:30pm—A musical trip down the Danube from Germany to Bulgaria presented by popular Chicago vocalist/accordionist Mazurka Wojciechowska. She has been a staple of Chicago's ethnic and folk music scene for many years and is excited to have this opportunity to share her knowledge of European folklore with the patrons of the Bridgeview Public Library.


  A World of Stories

Thursday, June 25th at 6:30pm—From the moment she moves out onto the stage, Shanta encircles her audience in an unforgettable experience of culture. Shanta's performance features not only stories, but also poetry, chants and the spellbinding sounds of musical instruments of varying origin. Melding the work of her own creative spirit with African folktales and contemporary perspectives, Shanta's stories are about empowerment, peace, healing and self-discovery and the many ways in which people attain them. 


   Magic Show 

Saturday, June 27th at 4:30pm—Come watch a thrilling and entertaining magic show by Gary Kantor.  Gary's magic has been enjoyed by over 30,000 children.  The show is packed with vanishing acts, mind-reading tricks, and a variety of hilarious tricks that will have the children rolling on the floor with laughter.  The show is appropriate for all ages.


  Mid Eastern Music 

Music Saturday, July 11th at 2pm—Join multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Malley for an afternoon of music and storytelling about the history of Middle Eastern music and instruments such as the Oud and Darbuka. The program will include songs, a demonstration of instruments, and interactive music making.

  Multi Cultural Rhythms

Thursday, July 16th at 6:30pm—The Lenny Marsh duo will present folks songs, rhythms and stories from the African Diaspora. Lenny Marsh, drums/percussion, is a graduate of VanderCook College of Music. He has toured nationally with the Chicago based Big Shoulders band and and recorded on Rounder Records. Currently, he plays with the gospel-jazz outfit Come Sunday in Chicago and around the world.  He teaches children and adults at the Old Town School of Folk Music where he also spreads joy and cool on a daily basis.



Saturday, July 18th at 2pm—Maria y Yahví joyfully share music from various Mexican music traditions including music from the U.S./Mexico border, Son Jarocho (Veracruz), and Son Calentano (Michoacan/Guerrero).  They are both multi-instrumentalists and teach at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where they get to share their love of music by teaching both children and adults.  These players have deep roots and connections to the music and instruments they will be sharing with you; they have recently traveled to Mexico, connecting with local musicians and learning a handful of new tunes they are excited to share. Their instrumentation includes fiddle, guitar, jarana, voice, and marimbol.​ You can learn more about ​Maria y Yahví ​and their musical projects at

  Rhythm & Song: Music from diverse cultures

Saturday, July 25th at 2pm—Linda Robertson and James Warner will lead you in songs for your whole family. Mr. James has a collection of rhythm instruments from each culture we represent, and Ms. Linda will sing and play  guitar. Afterward, there will be time to explore the           instruments and talk with the performers