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Monday June 26, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM MIM: Great Wall Building  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Let’s get down to business, and build a wall.  Did they send me lumber, when I asked for none.  Spaghetti noodles and marshmallows are all I need to use.  Mister, I’ll build a wall with you!  

   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM World Travelers: Balloon Hovercrafts  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Design a hovercraft out of balloons and race them to find out if they are even remotely viable as a mode of transportation.


Tuesday June 27, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Ask the Experts: North American Wildlife with Midewin National Tall Grass Prairie  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Explore world cultures, traditions, and wildlife with a series of experts excited to take you on a worldwide adventure!

   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wacky Wonders:Pioneer Rug Weaving  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us while we learn about life on the prairie and try our hand at creating a rug in the same style used at the time.

   6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   amrubin@mpld.org
   

Join us to learn and share quilting skills.  Work on your own projects as well as community service projects.  See www.mpld.org for exact locations and times.


Wednesday June 28, 2017
   11:00 AM  -  12:00 PM Calling All Moms: Summertime Road Trip Activities/Crafts for Kids  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   amrubin@mpld.org
   

Join us as we present ideas for activities and crafs for your road trip with the kids in the car for your summer vacation.  (Storytime & activities provided for kids 2+ in the Children's Department).


Thursday June 29, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM FBPS: Paper Airplane  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Do it like the Wright Brothers and make airplanes out of the world’s most aerodynamic building material: paper.  Follow it up with a field test with obstacles.


Friday June 30, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Movie Matinee: Iron Giant  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

A giant robot crash lands on Earth from outer space and befriends a young boy.  Set in the United States during the Cold War.  


Saturday July 1, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 

Monday July 3, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM MIM: 3D Printed Totem Poles  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Learn about the indigenous peoples of North and South America along with some of the aspects of their culture in a modern way by 3D printing your own totem pole.   

   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM World Travelers: Nesting Doll Challenge  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Compete to see who can stuff each other into layers of giant cardboard boxes the fastest, Russian doll style.


Wednesday July 5, 2017
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Ask the Experts: Korean Culture  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Explore world cultures, traditions, and wildlife with a series of experts excited to take you on a worldwide adventure!

   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM A Dog's Purpose  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815/478-3987   amrubin@mpld.org
   

Join us for a movie and popcorn!


Thursday July 6, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM FBPS: Yo-Yo  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Learn the history of the Yo-Yo and then try out some crazy tricks.


Friday July 7, 2017
   1:30 PM  -  2:30 PM Adult Coloring  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815/478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Join us as we socialize and color!

   2:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Movie Matinee: Mulan  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

When the Huns invade China, one girl decides to sneak into the army and take them on. 


Saturday July 8, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Join us as we learn and share quilting skills.  Work on your own projects as well as community service projects.  See. www.mpld.org for exact locations and times.

   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 

Monday July 10, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  1:45 PM MIM: The Savanna  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Are lions really the king of the jungle?  Do they even live in jungles?  Come find out more about lions and the other wildlife that inhabits the Savanna.

   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM World Travelers: Mbira Music Lessons  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Stop by and make your own finger piano (or mbira) and learn some nifty tunes.


Tuesday July 11, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 
   1:00 PM Wacky Wonders: Solar Eclipse  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Get ready for the first total solar eclipse in almost 30 years! Join us as we host Michelle Nichols from the Adler Planetarium to learn more about eclipses and how you can enjoy this exciting event! Solar eclipse glasses will be provided to all who attend.

   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Tech Tuesday: Twitter  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   amrubin@mpld.org
   

Learn the basics of Twitter, how it works, and what you can do with it.


Wednesday July 12, 2017
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Ask the Experts: Coal Black Exotic Reptile Show  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Explore world cultures, traditions, and wildlife with a series of experts excited to take you on a worldwide adventure!


Thursday July 13, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 
   4:30 PM  -  5:15 PM Real Life Angry Birds  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Use a slingshot to lob ammunition at unsuspecting buildings.  


Friday July 14, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Movie Matinee: Lion King  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Hamlet, but with lions.  You’ve seen it.


Saturday July 15, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 
   1:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Wacky Wonders:Terrace Farming/ Aqueducts  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Come learn how the Incas revolutionized farming in the mountains with a hands on experiment where you can use aqueducts to see the difference that terrace farming makes.


Wednesday July 19, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Trivia Night-Fritz's  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815/478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Free to play, prizes to the winning team.  First question is at 7:00 p.m.


Thursday July 20, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Mo' Beat Blues Band  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Join us outside as Mo' Beat Blues performs in our new pavilion! Mo' Beat Blues is a duo that specializes in the blues and harmonica. Grab your lawn chairs or a blanket and bring the whole family for a night of music and fun!

 


Friday July 21, 2017
   2:00 PM  -  3:45 PM Movie Matinee: Emperor's New Groove  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

The emperor of Peru is a big meanie, then he gets turned into a llama and is a nicer guy for it.


Saturday July 22, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 
   12:00 PM  -  2:00 PM Ice Cream Social w/ Water Slide  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   (815)478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   
Nothing goes together quite like ice cream and water slides.  Party hardy with us as we end our Summer Fun!

Tuesday July 25, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 

Wednesday July 26, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Armchair Travel with Dolores Rowan: POLAND  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815/478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

We will travel the world with patrons as our speakers and will share stories, details and photos of their travels.

   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gross Family Story Time  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Bring the whole family to find out who has the weakest stomach each week with a silly, stomach-churning game.


Thursday July 27, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 
   6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Join us as we learn and share quilting skills.  Work on your own projects as well as community service projects.  See. www.mpld.org for exact locations and times.


Friday July 28, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Alled - Afternoon at the Movies  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815/478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Join us for a movie and refreshments!

   3:00 PM  -  4:30 PM Spy Day  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Ever wanted to live the super secret spy life like James Bond or Alex Rider?  Enjoy an exciting event filled with a “laser beam” maze, secret codes, and a case to solve.


Saturday July 29, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 

Monday July 31, 2017
   12:00 PM  -  3:00 PM Harry Potter Birthday Bash  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Come celebrate the Boy Who Lived with a Birthday Party for all ages.  Get a team together for a game of quidditch or stop by Ollivander's and create the perfect wand for you.  And don’t forget to find all the horcruxes hidden throughout the library in order to defeat You-Know-Who!


Tuesday August 1, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 
   6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   
Join us as we learn and share quilting skills.  Work on your own projects as well as community service projects.  See. www.mpld.org for exact locations and times.

Wednesday August 2, 2017
   6:00 PM  -  8:00 PM The Shack  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815/478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Join us for a movie based on the book The Shack.

   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gross Family Story Time  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Bring the whole family to find out who has the weakest stomach each week with a silly, stomach-churning game.


Thursday August 3, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 

Saturday August 5, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 

Tuesday August 8, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 
   5:00 PM  -  8:00 PM A Spooky Good Time  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Bring the whole family to Haunted Trails Joliet for a night of fun before school starts back up.  $5 covers two slices of pizza, pop, and a Game Play FunCard and for $13 get discounted wristbands for unlimited go-karts, rides, mini-golf and more.


Wednesday August 9, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Gross Family Story Time  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Bring the whole family to find out who has the weakest stomach each week with a silly, stomach-churning game.


Thursday August 10, 2017
   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 

Saturday August 12, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Join us as we learn and share quilting skills.  Work on your own projects as well as community service projects.  See. www.mpld.org for exact locations and times.

   11:30 AM  -  12:30 PM Story Time in the Park  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Join us for stories, activities, and crafts while enjoying beautiful outdoor locations in the area.  Bring along lunch and have a day filled with family fun while enjoying fantastic play areas.

Tuesdays: Round Barn Farm 11:30am

Thursdays: Elwood’s Children’s Garden 11:30am

Saturdays: Library Garden 11:30am

 

Tuesday August 15, 2017
   5:00 PM  -  6:00 PM Tech Tuesday: Silhouette Cameo iPhone Cases  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   amrubin@mpld.org
   

Learn to create your own unique iPhone case design with our silhouette machine.


Wednesday August 16, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Family Fort Night  
    Contact: Youth Services Department   815-478-3987   kids@mpld.org
   

Grab the family, a sheet, and get ready for a night of fun.  Build a blanket fort for the whole family to enjoy, and once it’s built grab a book off the shelf for family storytime.  


Thursday August 17, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  7:30 PM Armchair Travel with Helen Miller - TOKYO & BANGKOK  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815/478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

We will travel the world with patrons as our speakers and will share stories, details and photos of their travels.


Wednesday August 23, 2017
   7:00 PM  -  8:00 PM Trivia - Silver Dollar  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815/478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Free to play, prizes to the winning team. The first question is at 7:00 p.m.


Thursday August 24, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Join us as we learn and share quilting skills.  Work on your own projects as well as community service projects.  See. www.mpld.org for exact locations and times.


Friday August 25, 2017
   1:00 PM  -  3:00 PM La La Land - Afternoon at the Movies  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815/478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Join us for an afternoon at the movies.  Popcorn is provided.


Tuesday September 5, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   
Join us as we learn and share quilting skills.  Work on your own projects as well as community service projects.  See. www.mpld.org for exact locations and times.

Saturday September 9, 2017
   9:00 AM  -  4:00 PM Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Join us as we learn and share quilting skills.  Work on your own projects as well as community service projects.  See. www.mpld.org for exact locations and times.


Thursday September 28, 2017
   6:30 PM  -  9:00 PM Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group  
    Contact: Ann Rubin   815-478-3987   adults@mpld.org
   

Join us as we learn and share quilting skills.  Work on your own projects as well as community service projects.  See. www.mpld.org for exact locations and times.


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