Archive for Preschool

Dance With Me, Toddler!™ – Hip Circle Studio – Starts April 19

This is a great way to start creating an active lifestyle for your family, and is fun to boot! Your toddler will have the freedom to follow the ebb and flow of their interest, while you get to learn to move your body. 

Looking to get your workout in? This class will do it so come dressed comfortably and be prepared to sweat! We’ll be barefoot for the class, so feel free to bring grippy socks (for you or your toddler) if that’s more comfortable for you.

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Let The Children Play! – Playwork Workshop – March 8 – Please note the time change!

Parents, early (and not so early) childhood educators, park and rec staffers, children’s librarians, nature and forest educators, play therapists, and anyone interested in livable and child-friendly environments – come and hear about this unique professional approach to children’s play!

The Young & the Restless Storytime – Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center – December 9

epl_storytimeThe Young and the Restless Storytime New at Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center. Bring your infant, 1 or 2 year old to this fun monthly sing-a-long storytime led by Ms. Martha, at Evanston’s newest cultural center, just northeast of Evanston Township High School. Friday, December  9, 10 am, Gibbs-Morrison Cultural Center, 1823 Church St, Evanston IL (This same program is offered every Thursday at 9:30am at the Main Library.)

Dance With Me, Toddler!™ – Single-session – December 11 – Register Now


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Mother/Daughter Bellydance Workshop – December 4 – Register Now


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Dance With Me, Toddler!™ – November 9 – December 14


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2nd Annual Infant/Toddler Fair – Sat. Oct. 22

The Happy Toddler

Learn about Language, Social-Emotional and Motor Skill Development Throughout the First Years

Featured Speaker: 

Jennifer Brown, MS, OTR/L Director of Occupational Therapy at Playworks Therapy, LLC

9:00–11:00 am Children welcome | 11:00–12:00 pm Adults only

Door Prizes and Light Refreshments RSVP by October 15, 2016 847.864.2190

Oct 22 2016 – 9:00am

Chiaravalle Montessori School
425 Dempster

Parent Circle Swap & Sale – Sat. Oct. 15

The Parent Circle of Evanston will have its Fall Swap and Sale for gently-used infants’ and children’s clothing, maternity/nursing clothing & items, children’s books, toys, and gear on Saturday October 15th, 11am –1pm at Northminster Presbyterian Church Basement 2515 Central Park Ave, Evanston ($2 admission).  For more information visit

Clear out your closets and pick up the kids’ new wardrobes and gear! Invite all your friends! Rummage sale prices for gently used items – most items Newborn to 5T.

Volunteer ( and earn swap coupons to use toward your purchase, plus shop early!

Just come to shop, or donate gently-used items the week of October 8th – October 14th  to earn swap coupons worth $1 or for discounted The prices are “yard-sale low”; clothing, for example, is $2 for most items.

Donation is not required for shopping.

Remaining items are offered to families from 6 different community partners that serve children and families in need.


Toddler Time at SLC

Toddler Time @ SLC

Looking for something fun to do with your toddler?  SLC’s adult/child classes are for our youngest learners – age 18 to 28 months with their parent/caregiver. This two hour class includes music, movement, classroom exploration, play, a snack, and story time. This is a great way to prepare your child for a drop-off preschool program the following year!

Choose Monday OR Tuesday mornings.  Each class runs from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Toddler Time enrolls in two sessions; Fall and Spring.  Fall session begins October 10th or 11th


September Programs for Families at EPL

A Bug's Life

Family Film and Craft @ Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch. A Bug’s Life. Saturday, September 3, 3pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch

Family Film and Craft @ Chicago Ave./Main St. Branch. The Angry Birds Movie.Saturday, September 17, 3 pm, Chicago Avenue & Main Street Branch

Register for September Storytimes

titleRegister for September Storytimes online, in person or by calling 847-448-8610

Main Children’s Room staff provide programs geared to children from 1 year olds through 5th grade starting September 12; here’s what’s still open for September:

Time for Two’s Fridays at 10:30 (Tuesdays at 10:15 am at North Branch) for 2 year olds and their parent/caregiver

All By Myself, Mondays at 11 am OR Thursdays at 1:30 pm, for 3 – 5 year olds, without parents

Family Storytime and Craft, Monday nights at 6:30 pm both at Main and North. Craft geared to 3 – 7 year olds. Working Parent Friendly!

Parent Child Workshop, Saturdays at 10 am, for 1 -3 year olds and a parent or caregiver Working Parent Friendly!

Tail Waggin Tutors, Tuesdays at 6:30 pm and 7pm for K- 5 is also taking phone registrations only starting 8/29: 847-448-8610. (Also available at North Branch on Tuesday afternoons; register at 847-866-0330 starting 8/29)

Drop In (no registration) storytimes The Young and the Restless (0-2) on Thursdays at 9:30 am and Preschool Storytime (3-6) on Wednesdays at 10:30 am continue as usual in September. Branches also have drop ins (check our calendar for dates and times)

Fall Words: Mailbox Play. Bring your 1, 2, or 3 year old to play Mailbox this September! Play is an essential tool in literacy education; come experience the fun with your child. Address envelopes to animals in the library, put them in the mailbox, and then deliver them using “US Mail” bags! September 1-30, Main Children’s Room, North Branch & Chicago Ave/Main Street (CAMS) locations

book club

Caldecott Club for Kids in K-4. Mr. Brian will share all the important and inspiring pieces that come together to make an award-winning picture book.  Kids will learn the inside scoop on how the Caldecott Medal is awarded, then read some current illustrated books and discuss the best. Thursdays,September 22, October 13, November 10, December 8, 7 pm, Children’s Public Conference Room, Main Library. Registration opens September 1. 

Programs for Teens


Chromebooks in the Loft. NEW. The Teen Loft  offers in-house use of Chromebooks for 6th to 12th graders who are EPL cardholders or those who have their library cards registered at EPL.


Loft Lab: Design. Tinker with and make all kinds of amazing projects.  Each week we’ll have a different group project from 3D design and sewing to coding.Saturdays, 1-3 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Teens laughing

Loft Laughs. Join Loft staff to explore the art of joke writing. Learn how to tell jokes that are actually funny, use satire and everyday life experiences to create jokes that guarantee laughs, appreciate great comedians, and create the best comebacks EVER! Grades 6-12.

Sign up for a reminder or drop in. Saturdays, September 17- October 22, 3-4:30 pm, The Loft, Main Library

Fall Classes at Gather

We are excited to share an amazing lineup of enriching play and learning this Fall! This session spans the visual arts, movement, culinary arts, music making and even science!

Join us for a FREE demo class by Super Soccer Stars, Thursday September 8th, starting with Kick & Play for 12-24 month olds from 4:15-4:55pm followed by Soccer Stars for 2-3 year olds from 4:55-5:35pm.

Please join us in being curious and creative together this fall!

  • Kids HeArt Yoga with Tiffany: Mondays, September 12th-October 31st, 4:15-5pm
  • Sing Out! presents Music Together®: Tuesdays, September 13th-November 15th, 4:15-5pm
  • Kick & Play (12-24 months old): Thursdays, September 15th-October 20th, 4:15-4:55pm
  • Super Soccer Stars (2-3 year olds): Thursdays, September 15th October 20th, 4:55-5:35pm
  • Fall Fun with Food with Chef Mamata : Fridays, September 23, October 7, 14, & 21, 3:30-4:00pm
  • SmArt Science with Angela: Saturdays, September 24th -October 22nd, 8:30-9:15am

Check out our Registered Classes for class descriptions, fees and teacher bios on our website. Classes are designed specifically to engage various learning styles, expose children to developmentally appropriate, inspiring play and to encourage meaningful interactions as we explore, problem solve and access our creativity together. We hope you can join us! Please follow the links above or call 847-859-2312 to register.

Happy Fourth Birthday Gather!
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We were excited to celebrate this milestone on August 11th and offer a special 4 visit pass for 1 child for $40. Today is the last day to take advantage of this great deal! Please follow the link above to purchase a pass for your family or to gift a friend before midnight tonight. The 4 visits must be used before 2017. Thank you again to all who make Gather a wonderful place to be!


Activities at the Evanston Public Library – Aug. 19 – 31

Register for our September Storytimes starting August 29 at 9 am: online, in person, or by calling 847-448-8610. Main Children’s Room staff provide programs geared to children from a few months old  through 5th grade. Storytimes start September 12th. See our wide range of storytime programming.


Donate Your Legos to Evanston’s Children. You can help Evanston’s kids get more Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) expertise. Donate your extra Legos. Bring your Legos to the bin in the Children’s Room to donate to new, local robotics clubs! Accepting donations until August 31.

And, coming in September…The Caldecott Club, Fall Words and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.


Zootopia, August Weekend Family Film: Saturday, August 20, and Sunday, August 21, 2 pm, Barbara Friedberg Storytelling Room, Main Library

More at the Branches
The Chicago Avenue/Main St. Branch (CAMS), at 900 Chicago Avenue,has a wide variety of programming including bilingual storytimes, a book discussion group, STEM Saturdays, crafts, movies, personalized computer training, and more. See all upcoming programs at the CAMS branch. 

(The North Branch, 2026 Central Street is closed for repairs and will reopen on August 29. The book drop is not available during this closure.)

More Programs for Teens

Outside the Lines Book Club. Teens will read and discuss books about strong teen protagonists pushing back again normative identities to live their lives with pride. This is a safe space for teens of all identities. This month we’ll be readingZodiac Starforce, Copies of the book are available in the Loft one month before each discussion.Grades 6-12.Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 to 7pm, The Loft, Main Library
Loft Lab: Design.  Make all kinds of amazing projects from 3D design and sewing to coding and scrapbooking. Come to all the sessions or just the ones that interest you. We provide all the supplies you bring creativity.  Grades 6-12. Drop in. New on Saturdays from 1-3, the Loft, starting in September.

See all upcoming Teen Programs including the new Loft Laughs, and latest Teen DIY.

Project on Children’s Thinking Seeking Children Ages 1-5

NPN_banner_ad-1_01.08.14You and your child are invited to participate in child development studies at the Project on Children’s Thinking at Northwestern University.

Currently we are seeking children between 1-5 years of age to participate.  Our research study concerns the development of children’s thought and language. Our research studies explore children’s patterns of understanding and how they change over development.

All of our research studies are designed to be fun and interesting for children and each participating child receives a small gift!

If you are interested in having your child participate, please refer to our website for more information or to sign up!

If you have already participated, we thank you for your interest, and hope to see you again soon.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Family Lego Night @ EPL – Mon. Aug. 8

Family Lego Night

Family Lego Night. Come build Lego Tree Houses; bring the whole family! Geared to elementary school kids and their parents, but ages 3 and up welcome. Drop-in; no registration is required. What will your family create together? Monday, August 8, 7 – 8:30 pm, Community Meeting Room, Main Library

Stroller Strides Fitness Program

Stroller Strides is a total fitness program that moms can do with their babies. It includes power walking and intervals of strength and body toning exercises using exercise tubing, the stroller and the environment. Taught by certified and specially trained fitness instructors, it is a great workout for any level of exerciser.

Stroller Strides instructors weave songs and activities into the routine designed to entertain and engage baby, while moms are led through a series of exercises specific to her role as mom. Classes are offered outdoors May-October at Elliot Park and indoors November-April at Little Beans. The first class is FREE.

For more information: 

Gather Summer Camps

We have established an amazing line-up for our afternoon summer camp series targeting children 2.5-6 years old. Gather camps survey the creative modalities of movement/ yoga, music, dramatic play, art making, storytelling & the culinary arts; engage diverse learning styles and expose your children to multicultural studies.

Gather’s Summer camp begins at 3:45 with a healthy, organic snack. A structured activity time runs from 4-4:30/40 with a Gather teaching artist, followed by self-directed play in our imaginative play space, and a closing ritual that begins at 4:55. Each of our professional teaching artists has extensive early childhood experience and a rich background as an artist/teacher in their area of expertise. As our weeks have a special focus and theme, each session will build upon the next and will incorporate new and sequential learning.

We know there are lots of fun things to do in the summer, but also know that the afternoons (whether your little ones are napping or not) can be a challenging time. We have designed our daily camp to offer some fun and structure as you wind down into the evening. So go to the beach in the morning, take a big nap and join us at Gather for meaningful, engaged, creative play (& a snack)!

Register now by calling 847-859-2312 or click the link below. One week $75 (add a sibling for $50); Three weeks $200 (add a sibling for $100); Eight week Summer Camp & Play Space Pass $425 (add a sibling for $200) includes daily admission to Gather for creative play everyday of camp! (Minimum weekly sign-up of 4 children, max of 12 children).

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Tinkergarten: Outdoor Play-Based Learning for Kids

TinkergartenTinkergarten classes help kids learn and grow through outdoor play-based learning activities. It’s based on the belief that independent exploration and well-designed play scenarios balanced with the right type of guidance are the keys to kids developing a host of important capabilities, including self reliance, creativity, teamwork and problem solving.

For the kids, it’s a chance to get messy, solve mysteries, move their bodies, form friendships and have fun. For parents, it’s a chance to get together with other, like-minded parents and learn creative and effective ways to play and learn with your kids.

Instructors are Evanston moms who are dedicated to the movement in play-based education.

The formal curriculum begins on Wednesday, June 22nd. The program will continue year-round, so if the summer schedule doesn’t work, there will be additional classes offered in the Fall.

Please see the link below for more information and to sign up for classes.

Early Childhood Education Field Day – Sat. June 11

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Spaces Still Available at Cherry Preschool


Admissions are continuing on a rolling basis after the Feb. 4 lottery based on availability. Please call or email to check on up-to-the-moment availability as spaces are filled on a first-come/first-served basis

Currently they have a space available in each of the following programs:

  • 4 Day Afternoon Pre-K
  • 4 Day Afternoon 3s
  • 3 Day Afternoon 3s
  • 2 Morning (T/Th) Young 3s
  • 2 Morning M/W Transition 2s
  • Parent/Child

Also – Cherry Preschool is launching a 3 Day Afternoon 3s Dual Language Spanish-English preschool class for the 2016-17 school year! This class will be great for families who hope to enroll their child in a Two-Way Immersion (TWI) program in elementary school.

To find out more information about the new class or any of Cherry Preschool’s offerings contact us at 847-492-1213 or via email at

Visit the Registration page and download applications here.

More about Cherry Preschool here.

Stop, Drop & Read – Weds. April 13

Did you know young children need to hear 1000 stories read aloud before they begin to read themselves? The Evanston Early Childhood Community is trying to raise the level of awareness and collaboration around the importance of reading with our children at an early age to build a strong foundation of literacy skills.

On Wednesday, April 13th at exactly 10:15 AM, children in early childhood programs and home day cares throughout Evanston will STOP, DROP & READ, no matter where they are, all at the same time.  Inspired by the Cradle to Career initiative, this effort is being coordinated by the Early Childhood Director’s Council which represents 33 early childhood programs, including District 65’s preschools and Evanston home day cares.  Please grab a few favorites and join our community as we STOP, DROP & READ!

Agencies that are participating:

  • School for Little Children
  • Reba Early Learning Center
  • IWSE Baby Toddler Nursery
  • ISWE Teen Baby Nursery
  • Child Care Center of Evanston
  • Barbereux School
  • D65 Family Learning Center
  • Cherry Preschool
  • Roycemore School
  • Toddler Town Day Care
  • Covenant Nursery School
  • Kim Robinson Home Day Care
  • Unity Nursery School
  • JRC Early Childhood Center
  • Beth Emet Synagogue Early Childhood Program
  • Northminster Nursery School
  • Total Child Preschool and Childcare Center
  • CNE family advocates
  • KinderCare Learning Center