The Evanston Public Library has planned a number of special programs and activities for school-age children during the spring break that is scheduled for March 25-April 2.

Activities are slated for all three library locations, including the main library at 1703 Orrington Ave., the North Branch at 2026 Central St., and the Chicago Avenue/Main Street Branch at 900 Chicago Ave.

Some programs require advance registration, while others are drop-in. 


Here’s the list:

Code Club: Look at different kinds of secret codes used through history, learn how to crack them, and make a useful coding device to send secret messages. For grades 3-5.  Register. Saturday, March 25, 11 am, Main Library. 

Plant a Seed at the North Branch. Welcome the spring by planting your very own seed at North Branch. A vegetable farmer will teach kids about gardening and how to plant seeds to take home and cultivate. For grades K-3. Register. Saturday, March 25, 2 p.m, North Branch Library.

Lights, Camera, Action: Stop Motion Animation. Dive into stop motion animation. Register your K-2nd grader or 3rd – 5th grader for a class in stop motion animation run by Steve and Kate’s Camp. All computers supplied — just bring great ideas. The K-2nd grade class lasts 30 minutes; the 3rd–5th grade class lasts a full hour. Registration required. Registration opens Monday, March 13, at 9 a.m. Call 847-448-8610 to register. Monday, March 27 at 1 p.m. for K-2 and 1:35 p.m. for grades 3-5.

Spring Break Movie Monday: Moana. Monday, March 27, 3-5 p.m. Chicago Ave/Main St. Branch.  

Puppet Making: Make a set of your own Popsicle stick puppets! There will be supplies to make a bunny, frog, lion, and/or tiger puppet so you can tell your own animal stories. For grades K-2. Register. Tuesday, March 28, 10 a.m., Main Library.

Drop-In Sock Creatures. Socktopuses, fingerless gloves, and owls are just some of the things you can make at this event. The library will provide the supplies; you bring the creativity. Grades 4 and up. Wednesday, March 29, 1-4 p.m., Chicago Ave/Main St. Branch. 

Recycled Crafts. What can you do with a plastic bottle? Make cuff bracelets, butterflies, and more! The library will provide the supplies; you bring the creativity. Grades 4 and up. Wednesday, March 29, 1-4 p.m., North Branch. 

Wii Wednesday. To celebrate spring break, they’ll be breaking out the Mario Kart! They’ve also got Super Smash Bros. Come on down for some gaming fun. Wednesday, March 29, 3-4:30 p.m., Chicago Ave/Main St. Branch.  

Afternoon at the Drive-In You will have the chance to make and decorate your very own cardboard car to sit in as you enjoy a movie. Ages 4 and up welcome. Register. Thursday March 30, 2 p.m. North Branch. 

Graphic Novel Book Club for Kids. The first discussion will be of Faith Erin Hick’s new book, The Nameless City. Stop by the Children’s Desk to check out a copy. Register.  Thursday, March 30, 2 p.m., Children’s Public Conference Room, Main Library. 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Ever wonder what your stuffed animals do at night while you’re sleeping? To find out, come to the Chicago Ave/Main St. Branch with your favorite stuffed animal for a special story time, sleepover craft (you will be making sleeping bags out of pillowcases) plus a showing of the movie The Secret Life of Pets. Then leave your stuffed animal for a night of fun! Register. Friday, March 31,  2:30 p.m., Chicago Ave/Main St Branch.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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