The following Cook Library programs and events are free and open to the public. Unless noted otherwise, registration is not required.
Design a Bookmark Contest
September 30–October 26
Kids in grades K–8 are invited to create a bookmark inspired by a favorite book or character. Blank bookmarks and contest rules are available at participating schools, Cook Park Library (413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville), Aspen Drive Library (701 Aspen Dr., Vernon Hills) and on the Bookmobile. Completed bookmarks must be returned by 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 26.
The principals return: Administrators from Hawthorn District 73 read their favorite stories to kids of all ages. Refreshments served. 6:45 p.m. at Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.
Monday, October 21: Dr. Martin, Hawthorn Elementary South
Thursday, October 24: Dr. Kieffer, Hawthorn Townline School
Family Play and Learn Center
Saturdays, October 12, 19 and 26; 9 a.m.–12 noon
Featuring a rotating selection of engaging toys, activities and games for children of all ages, with a focus on developing early literacy skills. Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.
Star Wars Celebration, Open House
Saturday, October 12, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
The library’s third annual celebration of the Star Wars books and movies features games, crafts and activities for fans of all ages; plus appearances by storm troopers, Jedi knights and Darth Vader. Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.
Movie: “Hotel Transylvania” (PG; 91 min.)
Monday, October 14, 12 noon
The Hotel Transylvania is a fancy resort for the finest monsters and their families. Trouble begins when a human stumbles upon the hotel for the first time. Bring a bag lunch (optional); popcorn will be served. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.
Tween Get-Together: Food Festival
Monday, October 14, 3:45–4:45 p.m.
Grades 4–6. Play with your food and eat it, too. Tweens under age 10 may attend independently as long as the responsible adult remains in the library during the program. Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. REGISTER: Call 847-362-2330 or go to webres.cooklib.org.
Bedtime Math PJ Party
Friday, October 18, 6:30-8 p.m.
After-hours family party of math games and stories inspired by author Laura Overdeck’s “Bedtime Math: A Fun Excuse to Stay Up Late.” Wear your pajamas and be ready for fun. Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.
Story Time at Capt. Daniel Wright Woods Forest Preserve
Saturday, October 19, 10:30 a.m.
Cook Memorial Public Library hosts story time outdoors: Meet at the forest preserve to take the half-mile hike around Wright Woods pond, pausing for stories along the trail. Park in the lot nearest the Wright Woods entrance, St. Mary’s Rd. & Everett Rd., Mettawa. Wear walking shoes and dress for the weather; event will be held rain or shine.
Are You an Artist at Heart? (age 7 and up)
Monday, October 21, 4:15 p.m., Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills
Tuesday, October 22, 4:15 p.m., Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville
Celebremos el Día de los Muertos/Celebrate Day of the Dead
Saturday, October 26, 2 p.m.
Learn about this Mexican holiday through stories, a craft and tasty treats. Aspen Drive Library, 701 Aspen Drive, Vernon Hills.
Prezi: Presenting with Pizzazz (grade 4 and up)
Tuesday, October 29, 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 29, 5 p.m.
Make school presentations pop with Prezi. Learn the basics, plus tips and tricks for using this engaging alternative to standard slide show presentations. Parents should create a free Prezi account at www.prezi.com before their child attends. Cook Park Library Computer Lab, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. REGISTER: Call 847-362-2330 or go to webres.cooklib.org.