The Children's Department, the Village of Lake Zurich Parks and Recreation Department and the Ancient Oaks Foundation are working together to bring you storywalks in area parks. Enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time! Our first walk is available at Oak Ridge Marsh. More information is available here.
Storytime @ Home
Ms. Anna & Ms. Jillian present a Storytime @ Home video with all your favorite songs, rhymes & books! A link to view this video will be emailed and available for two weeks.
For all ages. Please register by Friday, December 18th.
Have fun with a new letter every week. Each series in this program will explore several letters through videos and supplemental take home kits. You will receive an email when kits are ready to be picked up curbside. Scheduled videos will be emailed to registered participants each week. For ages 3-5.
Please register. December 9, 16, 30 and January 6 (Series 1: letters A-D)
Take Home Activity Kits
Due to high demand all kits require registration and are limited to Ela Area Library cardholders. Your library card number is required to register. Registration begins December 1st at 10am. Kits must be picked up curbside between December 13-31st.
Kids in the Kitchen
Do you love to cook? Then you will want a kitchen kit! Each kit will contain some essential chef tools and a surprise recipe to make at home, using your own ingredients. Be sure to let us know how your culinary masterpiece turns out. Please register. For ages 7 and up.
Each month we will feature two popular children's book series. Your kit will contain activities related to the series. You can also test your knowledge in our online Kahoot trivia contest.
Please register for only one: Frog and Toad OR Magic Tree House
Science Explorer Boxes
Using the materials and instructions provided along with a few items you already have at home, you will be able to create fun science projects and perform experiments.
Please register. For ages 3-6 and ages 7-10.
Do You Want to Draw a Snowman?
There’s snow time like December to learn to draw all things winter! Cartoonist Mark Anderson will guide you in drawing snow-tally awesome reindeer, elves, snow people, and more!
The link for this live Zoom program will be emailed to registered participants the day of the program. Monday, December 21 7:00pm
For grades K and up. Please register.
Gather your own supplies and join Christine Thornton online. Each class features an instructional video through YouTube and the chance to connect with the teacher and classmates on Facebook. A link to the video will be sent to your email. Register before 9:00am the day of each program.
Origami Winter Trees
Make a forest of origami paper trees. You will need scissors and paper cut into 9x9 inch squares. For ages 9 and up. Please register.
The link to the video will be sent on Thursday December 10 by 10am and will be available until Wednesday, December 16 at 9pm.
How To Draw Roblox
First we will draw easy faces and then move on to creating the Golden Unicorn. For all ages. Please register.
A link will be sent to registered participants on Thursday, December 17 at 10am and will be available until Wednesday, December 23 at 9pm.
Ebenezer Duke is an original mini-musical based on Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This pre-recorded program is great for all ages, especially families looking to enjoy something fun and festive this holiday season! The link to the program will be available here from Monday, December 14 at 10:00am through Monday, December 28 at 9:00pm. No registration is required.
Join the team from Minecraft Mania for a fun and interactive Minecraft session! Play Minecraft with teammates using multiplayer mode, work together to build something and solve in-game challenges. Learn basic coding, digital citizenship, problem solving, and critical thinking all through Minecraft. No experience necessary. A Minecraft account is required. If you need an account, please email email@example.com.
For grades 3-5. Please register. Tuesday, December 29 2:00-3:30pm
Books will be selected within two weeks from the date of the registration deadline and put at the drive-up window for pickup. You will be notified when they are ready.
Please provide a library card number and a valid email address at time of registration. This program will run every two weeks, sign up as many times as you like!
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
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
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
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 at Home
Rainbow Skittles - Ms. Stephanie shows you what happens when you mix warm water and Skittles!