Events for Kids

Storytime at Home

Weather with Ms. Anna
Raindrops Fall All Around by Charles Ghigna, When the Storm Comes by Linda Ashman, Rain by Linda Ashman and May I Come In? by Diane Arnold

Bugs with Ms. Stephanie
Rhymes and fingerplays used in this video
Recommeded book pairings: Bugs, Bugs, Bugs by Bob Barner available in ebook, movie, and audiobook format, One More Bug by Martha E.H. Rustad, What Kind of Bug am I? by Taylor Farley, I'm Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton

Frogs with Ms. Jillian
Recommended book pairings: I Don't Want to Be A Frog by Dev Petty, Ah Ha! by Jeff Mack, Frog on a Log? by Kes Gray

Spring Animals with Ms. Anna
Recommended book pairings: I Love You Funny Bunny by Sean Julian, Duck and Goose by Tad Hills, Wee Little Bunny by Lauren Thompson, Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na

Butterflies with Ms. Stephanie
Rhymes and fingerplays used in this video
Recommended book pairings: Butterflies ebook and audiobook by Martha E.H.D Rustad, Butterflies by Christina Leaf, Butterflies by Grace Hansen

Rainbows with Ms. Stephanie
Rhymes and fingerplays used in this video
Recommended book pairings: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert (audiobook and video available too), How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeny, The Little Raindrop by Joanna Gray

Colors with Ms. Anna
Recommended book pairings: A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni, The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt, Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin, Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See by Bill Martin Jr., Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson

Rain with Ms. Jillian
Recommended book pairings: Tap Tap Boom Boom by Elizabeth Bluemle, Good Night, Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle, Raindrops Fall All Around by Charles Ghinga, Cloudette by Tom Lichtenheld, The Little Raindrop by Joanna Grey

Flowers with Ms. Anna
Recommended book pairings: Lola Plants a GardenWhat does Bunny See?Mrs. Peanuckle's Flower AlphabetPlanting a RainbowMy Garden

Spring with Ms. Stephanie
Rhyme and fingerplays used in this video
Recommended book pairings: Spring is Here by Will Hillenbrand and Spring by Ann Herriges

Dinosaurs with Ms. Jillian 
Recommended book pairings: Tea Rex by Molly Idle and Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug by Jonathan Stutzman

Crafternoon at Home

Toilet Paper Tubes - Ms. Anna shows you how to get creatve at home with just an empty toilet paper tube, scissors, paint and markers!
Recycled Self Portrait -Learn how to turn cardboard boxes, scissors, glue and markers into a fun self portrait!

Science Experiments

Rainbow Skittles - Ms. Stephanie shows you what happens when you mix warm water and Skittles!

Books and Reading

All Ages Summer Reading Challenge
On a computer? Sign up on Beanstack
On a tablet or mobile device? Download the Beanstack app on your smart phone or other device to register and to log your reading. Search for "Ela Area Public Library" to join the challenge. This free app is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Intergenerational Pen Pal Program
A new friendship is only one letter away! The library will be pairing up young folks (grades 2-8) with local senior living residents for a letter-writing exchange. Librarians will deliver letters from the library to senior residences and back again. Please email your child(s) full name, and grade to We will reply with additional information including age appropriate guidelines and writing prompts.

Six Feet of Fun!  ¡Seis pies de diversiĆ³n!
Did you complete the Six Feet of Fun library activity challenge? Show this coupon for a FREE scoop of frozen custard at the Lake Zurich Culver's! Please use the coupon only once per participant.


Farmer Dave from Animal Farm
Join Farmer Dave for an interactive live-stream concert for all ages. Farmer Dave engages viewers with original songs about learning, community, the environment, and self-expression through the eyes of animals.
10am Wednesday, July 22. This will be a live-stream concert via Zoom Meeting. The link to the program will be available by the start of the program.

Art Programs

Realistic Owls: An Online Drawing Program - with Christine Thornton
We'll warm up by drawing owl eyes. Then you'll choose your favorite owl to make into a final drawing. This online class includes an instructional video, and a chance to connect with the teacher and classmates on Facebook. Register and a link to the online instructional video will be sent to your email and will be available for use from Thursday, July 16 through Weds, July 22 at 9pm. This program is recommended for ages 9 and up.

Chibi Harry Potter: An Online Art Workshop - with Christine Thornton
Learn how to draw Harry Potter and Hermione in the adorable chibi style. This online class includes an instructional video, and a chance to connect with the teacher and classmates on Facebook. Register by 9am and a link will be sent to your email by 10am. Watch and re-watch as many times as you like from Thursday, July 30 through Weds, August 6 at 9pm. This program is recommended for ages 7 and up.

Cooking Classes

Sticky Fingers Cooking Classes
Release your inner chef with the Sticky Fingers master cooking instructors! The link to the class and the grocery list will be emailed to registered participants on Tuesday before the class. Valid email address is required. Registration is limited to Ela Cardholders.
Thursday, July 16 for ages 4-6 at 10am OR 3pm
Thursday, July 23 for ages 7-12 at 10am OR 3pm
Thursday, July 30 for families at 10am OR 3pm


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