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Youth Services Program Registration Information

Space is limited and a maximum capacity number has been set for each program.
Some programs require that participants be within a certain age range.
Age requirements will be enforced to ensure a pleasant experience for all.
Age requirements will be stated in the brochure or on the website.
Thank you for your understanding.

Please stop by the Youth Services desk or call 708-458-2880 x106 with any questions. 
Brochures and Calendars are available at the desk.


Tuesday, June 20th at 2pm—Find your Animal Voice and Bingo: Did you know that animals have voices, too? Together we’ll discover different animals voices, play a game of guess who, and we’ll also play a few rounds of Animal sound Bingo!  AGES 3-5 years (Caregiver must attend with child) MAX 15
Monday, June 26th at 4pm—Shadow Science: We’ll be learning about Light and then we’ll do experiments to learn how light travels, and what creates  shadows. This is a great program for kids who will be attending our Shadow Puppet show on June 27th at 6:30pm.  AGES 5 to 8 years old MAX 20
 Friday, June 30th & July 21st at 11am—Toddler Time: Summer fun at the Library for our littlest patrons! Together we will read a story, dance and sing to music, and learn how to play together while doing toddler sensory activities. AGES 18 months to 3 years (Caregiver must attend with child) MAX 15
Tuesday, July 11th at 4pm—Sing a-long Story Time and Craft:
Bring your singing voice! We’ll begin by reading a few books that can be sung, then we will do finger plays and rhymes that can also be sung together.  Afterwards, we will be creating our own music instrument to take home. AGES 3-5 years (Caregiver must attend with child) MAX 15
Thursday, July 13th at 6:30pm—Summer Craft:
Beat the heat at the end of the day and join us for a craft to celebrate Summer! Making crafts can get messy—be sure to wear your play clothes! AGES 5-12 years MAX 20

  Saturday, July 15th at 4pm—Disney’s Little Mermaid Interactive Movie: You're invited to act out favorite scenes, shout out favorite lines, and sing along to favorite songs. Snack included! AGES 6-12 years (children under 6 must attend with a caregiver 16 years+) MAX 20
 Monday, July 17th at 2pm—SLIME TIME: Do you love Slime? Do you love Slime of all kinds? Then this program is for you! We’ll have a variety of slimes for you to choose to create and take home. AGES 5-12 years (children under 6 must attend with a caregiver 16 years+) MAX 20

 Wednesday, July 19th at 3pm—Cozy Critter’s Blanket Project:  This is a wonderful opportunity to give comfort to animals living in a shelter while waiting for their forever home! We are going to create blankets for the South Suburban Animal shelter! AGES 9-12 years MAX 20
 Tuesday, July 25th at 6:30pm—USE Your Words:
This program will help preschoolers identify emotions and present some social-emotional learning based ways for them to use their words—and find their voices! We’ll also create Calm down bottles.  AGES 3-5 years (Caregiver must attend with child) MAX 15

  Wednesday, July 26th at 2pm—Who’s That Superhero?: Use your superpowers of creative writing and imagination. Children are going to use their own voices and create a new superhero. AGES 6 to 8 years MAX 20






  Saturday, June 24th & July 22nd at 10:30AM- ARABIC Story Time hosted by The Language Labs: The Language Lab’s energetic and vibrant Story time Tellers will share an Arabic story, songs and traditions, all spoken in the Arabic language. AGES 3-7yrs (children under the age of 5 must attend with caregiver)  MAX 15

Saturday, July 1st & July 8th at 10:30am—
SPANISH Story Time: Join Ms. Victoria for stories, dancing, and crafts, all spoken in the Spanish language. AGES 3-7 years (children under the age of 5 must attend with caregiver) MAX 15

Saturday, July 15th & 29th at 10:30am— 
POLISH Story Time: Join Ms. Weronika for stories, songs and simple interactive activities, all spoken in the Polish language. Ages 3—7yrs (children under the age of 5 must attend with caregiver) MAX 15




 Thursday June 22nd at 6pm— The Science of OZ: Join science teacher Steve Belliveau for science experiments related to The Wizard of OZ book. Other activities demonstrate bicycle wheel gyroscopes and the optics of green glasses. This family show also includes a skit about using your brain, heart and courage to follow your dreams and find home sweet home. This show is recommended for children 6 years and older.

Tuesday, June 27th at 6:30pm—A Wild Goose Chase Shadow Puppet Show:
Poetry springs hilariously to life as soon as shadow puppets hit the screen! A Wild Goose Chase comprises a series of interactive vignettes and verses that illustrate key poetic devices to elementary audiences.  ALL AGES WELCOME!

Saturday, July 8th at 4pm—Pocket Circus
: A One Man Circus is a high energy and very interactive show for kids of all ages. Just imagine an entire circus show performed by one man only! The show is at times hilariously funny, but most of all, incredibly gripping. In fact, the most important performers emerge from the audience. ALL AGES WELCOME!

 Saturday, July 22nd at 4pm—Dave’s Traveling Reptile Show: This show can be best described as an up-close, live, extremely interactive or "hands on" experience about reptiles and amphibians from around the world. The show blends education and a unique style of humor to form a totally original experience that makes this presentation every bit as entertaining as it is educational! ALL AGES WELCOME!
Saturday, July 29th at 4pm—Culture Shock Chicago: Don’t miss this end of Summer  Reading event! Culture shock Chicago will show us how hip hop culture and the elements of hip hop dance can help us be  successful in school and in life! We’ll also learn about how we use dance to make Positive Choices in health and fitness. If you’re ready to get up and dance, this is the show for you! ALL AGES WELCOME!




Take home Pre K bag (Ages 3-4years): Pre-school is the time to learn and explore! Each week there will be a literacy activity or craft.

Take home mystery craft bag (Ages 5—8 years): Do you like surprises? Come and get a MYSTERY CRAFT! All materials will be provided. 

Take home CBK –(CREATIVE BIG KID) bag (Ages 9 to 12 years): This take home activity craft is for our older elementary kids who like to discover new ways to be creative! STEAM driven activities. All materials provided.

Take home Jr. High Activity bags (13 to 14 years): Beat being bored at home—pick up a Jr. High activity bag!  Different projects each week that are sure to keep you busy!

Each take home activity program is structured to fit the developmental skills of different ages. 
One Activity bag- per child, per week

Starting June 19th—Please call (708) 458-2880 ext. 106 to request take home activity. We encourage phone call requests to guarantee a reserved bag, however, we will accept Drop in requests ONLY if supplies are available.

Deadline for phone call requests/drop in requests will be every Thursday by 6pm. You may request the next weeks activity bag starting on the following Monday.

When leaving a voicemail to request an activity bag, please specify which activity bag, and leave your child(ren)’s 1st name, last name initial, age, and return phone number.
Once the activity bag is ready, a staff member will contact you.


Getting Started:

1. Download the FREE Beanstack app to your mobile device and search for Bridgeview Library OR on your PC, Go to the Library’s Beanstack URL:
2. The homepage will show you the available reading programs at the library. Choose the one that is right for you—Toddler/Pre K/K,  Elementary, Teen, or Adult. *Tip* Multiple readers can be added to the same account, even if they are registered for different challenges.
3. Decide who will be the “Account Creator” - meaning that person’s sign-in information will be used to access all accounts registered. *Example* If a parent wishes to sign a child up for a reading program, they may make the child the “Account Creator” and register themselves for the Adult program as a “Reader” OR the parent may sign up for the Adult program as the “Account Creator” and add children as “Readers”. Both the “Account Creator” and “Reader” will use the same sign-in information.
4. Account Creator: Select the green “Register” button. Your first name, last name, year of birth (necessary due to age restrictions for programs), and a password are required for registration.
5. Once the Account Creator selects the “Next” button, Beanstack will ask if you would like to register another adult (select ‘yes’ or ‘no’) and then whether you would like to register another child (select ‘yes’ or ‘no’). 
6. A green band at the bottom of the screen will alert you that you are successfully registered.
Now you’re ready start exploring Beanstack!


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