Children - Programs

Program guidelines
Important Information on Program Participation Requirements
There will be No Pre-Registration for Programs, instead Registration for Bridgeview residents only will begin 30 minutes before the start of each program and event. Non-residents will be allowed to register 15 minutes before program. 
For example Toddler Playdate at 11am on Wednesday mornings, there are 20 spaces available for this program.  At 10:30am, the sign up sheet will be placed on the Youth Services reference desk for Bridgeiew Patrons to sign up. At 10:45am - if spaces are left, sign up is open to non Bridgeview patrons.
Once all 20 spaces are filled the program is closed.  Program admittance will close 10 minutes after the start of the program.  

* Bridgeview Residents will be allowed 15 minutes to register before Non-residents - *First come - First serve. 
* Please be advised that space is limited and a maximum capacity has been set for each program. Program materials will be prepared to accomodate the maximum amount of participants for each program, there will be no extra space. 
*Programs require that participants be within a certain age range, these guidelines are used to ensure a pleasant experience for all participants.  Age requirements will be enforced, thank you for your understanding. If a program is for all ages it will be stated in the brochure or on the website.
All families enrolled in school districts 109, 117, and 122 are invited to attend programs. Please stop in the library today for Brochures and Calendars at the Children's Desk.
Please make an effort to be On Time for Programs
Sign-up begins 30 minutes before start of program.  PLEASE BE ADVISED if you are more than 10 minutes late for a program or event you may not be able to participate. Please see a Youth Services Associate at the Youth Reference desk for any questions. 

Mondays at 2pm—Interactive Movies: Don’t just sit there, join in the fun of the movie! Each movie will have prompts and props to interact with the on-screen action.  Ages 5 years and older
  June 10th Alice in Wonderland    June 17th Toy Story
  June 24th Aladdin                      July 1st Frozen
  July 8th Lion King
Star Wars New Hope at 5:30pm
Tuesdays at 6:30pm—Summer Craft: Always a favorite at the Library! Come by yourself or as a family to do a creative craft! Under 5 years with an adult. MAX 25
Wednesdays at 1pm—Mini Mad Science:  Are you ready for some summer science fun? Join us at Pre-K Science! We will read a story each week and do fun experiments with bubbles!!  AGES Pre school 3-4 years— MAX 15
Wednesdays at 2pm—K-2 Science Lab: Come enjoy learning about science with your friends at the library this summer. We'll be doing a variety of experiments; color changing milk, skittles candy magic, slime and more! Ages 5 yrs to 8 yrs—MAX 20
Wednesdays at 3pm—Mad Scientist Club:  Do you enjoy creating and working with others? If so, make sure you sign up for our Mad   scientist program, where we conduct experiments through creative interaction with different materials. The science program focuses on a variety of activities; experimenting with Iron in Breakfast cereal, dissecting Owl pellets, making catapults and making our own slime! Come out and have some fun!   AGES 3rd to 6th grade only—MAX 20
Thursdays at 2pm—Take your show on the road Pre K—K drama:  This program is developed to help our pre- readers   develop literacy awareness through finger plays and rhymes. Each week we will learn a new finger play to accompany a   nursery rhyme, and create a little bag to take our show on the road to share with our family at home. Ages Pre School (3years) to   Kindergarten (5 years)—MAX 15
Thursdays at 3pm—Readers Theater: This program is developed for our early readers to be able to start acting out a story (When the cows come home) while strengthening their reading skills. Readers theater focuses primarily on fluency, comprehension, and reading with emphasis. AGES 1st through 3rd grade only—MAX 20
Thursdays at 4pm—Young Actors Theater: Do you like to act? Do you enjoy making skits and videos? Join this summer’s Young Actors’ Theater to channel your inner performer! Participants will spend five weeks studying and practicing a dramatic performance, which will be performed at the end of summer reading. AGES 4th through 12th grade only—MAX 20 **Special introduction meeting on June 11th at 5pm**
Fridays at 11am—Toddler dance party: It’s ShowTime at the Library this summer and we’re ready to dance!! Toddlers love to “perform” through music with dancing and singing, while using various instruments and props. AGES 18 months—  3 years only—MAX 20



Thursday, June 13th at 6:30pm—Noah’s Ark Workshop JOHNNY'S MOMMY'S MAGIC WORDS:  Developed to build confidence and self-esteem in young kids. Children will make their own Johnny giraffe to read to every day. This workshop also comes with Free self-esteem boosting activity sheets.  LIMIT 20—Must register 30 minutes before program. AGES 3 to 7 years only.

Saturday, June 22nd at 4pm—Memory Lane ponies & Petting zoo/Face painting by Mary Macaroni: Professional handlers will be on hand for pony rides and a well kept petting zoo.  Face painting by Mary Macaroni will add to the fun!! ALL AGES  No limit—West side parking lot.

Wednesday, June 26th at 6:30pm—Jeannie McQueenie’s Mikey’s Deep Sea Adventure: Mikey is excited because he is going deep sea diving for the first time all alone.  Of course his parents are close by, in the boat above the water. He meets many strange and wonderful fish who sing and dance and interact with the kids in the audience to share their stories. All Age show—No Limit

Thursday, June 27th at 6:30pm—Fantastic foam and more Science show: This show will even make your hair stand up! You will experience items disappearing in clear liquids with our refraction oil and see the power of a Van De Graaff generator, but no show is complete without foam, LOTS of foam with our fantastic foam experiment where the children are the stars! All ages—No Limit
Tuesday, July 2nd at 6:30pm—Magic Comedy Puppet show starring Chris McBrein: Non stop fun and laughs with Puppet skits and comedy! Vinny the Vulture's got gumption to READ! Super magic tricks too! All AGES—NO LIMIT

Saturday, July 13th at 2pm—Cosley Zoo: You won’t want to miss this one of a kind program, REPTILES! Learn more about the characteristics of these scaly creatures. A Cosley Zoo educator will be at our Library along with live reptiles as co-presenters. ALL AGES—NO LIMIT