All children’s activities listed below require registration. Registration for all of the programs listed here begins on Wednesday, November 16.


Baby Lapsit Storytime

Fridays at 11:00 a.m.
January 13, 20, 27; February 3, 10, 17
Ages 0-12 months with an adult
It’s never too early to start reading to your baby! Join us for stories, rhymes, and songs for you and baby, plus social time after the program.

Toddler Time

Mondays at 10:30 a.m. OR 11:00 a.m.
January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13
Ages 1-2 years with an adult
One and two-year-olds with their caregivers are invited to a special weekly storytime, including songs and movement activities designed just for them, plus social time after the program.
Mondays at 10:30 a.m. – Register
Mondays at 11:00 a.m.Register

Preschool Storytime

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. OR 1:00 p.m.
January 10, 17, 24, 31; February 7, 14
Ages 3-5 years
Three- to five-year-olds have a program just for them! We’ll listen to stories, sing songs, and have fun while building early literacy skills!
Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. – Register
Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.Register

Children’s Programs:

Unplugged Hour of Code

Friday, December 9, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Grades 4-6
Help us celebrate Hour of Code and learn about computer programming through an unplugged group activity!


Grades 1-3: Monday, December 12, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Register
Grades 4-6: Monday, January 9, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. – Register
Join us in the Library’s Computer Lab for Minecraft club! Let your imagination run wild with other Minecraft fans as you create and show off your own unique world.

Makey Makey Tech Time

Grades 4-6: Tuesday, December 13, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Register
Grades K-3: Tuesday, December 13, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. –
Become an inventor and discover how to turn different household objects, like bananas, beach balls, and even your own body, into a keyboard for your computer using Makey Makey invention kits.

Winter Card Workshop

Wednesday, December 14, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. | Ages 7-12
Want to make a card for a special person in your life? Learn to use layering techniques, stamps, paper punches, and other fun embellishments to create fun and unique greeting cards! Materials will be provided

Winter Wonderland Dance Jam

Monday, December 19, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Children up to age 6 with an adult
Shake your sillies out at this action-packed dance program. Children will find their rhythm with shakers while singing along to their favorite songs.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

Saturday, December 31, 11:00 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Ages 4-8 with an adult
Is a midnight celebration past your bedtime? Join the DPL in welcoming a New Year at our Noon Year’s Eve party filled with crafts, dancing, and a countdown to noon!

Trains, Trucks, and Trikes!

Tuesday, January 3, 1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Ages 2½ to 3½ years with an adult
Vroooom! Come and join Starland Kids as we build train tracks, make dump trucks, ride our tricycles and fly through the air. All aboard!

Treehouse Theater

Tuesday, January 3, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Ages 2½ to 3½ years with an adult
Climb into our treehouse and make a play! Using classic stories and nursery rhymes, this workshop presented by Starland Kids introduces Preschoolers to the joy of telling stories on stage.

Baby Sign Language

Tuesday, January 12, 10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
Ages 6 months to 2½ years, with an adult
Join Dawn Reichman for an introductory Baby Sign Language class that will teach babies to communicate their needs to the adult and bond with each other. You and baby will learn starter signs such as “more”, “mom”, and “milk”. Come and learn this popular new method of communicating with your baby.

Jodi Koplin’s Jigglejam: A Musicfest for Children

Saturday, January 14, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Ages 4 months to 6 years, with an adult
Join Jodi Koplin and the Jigglejam Band in a fun interactive music show with guitar, percussion instruments, puppets and some bubble fun! Jodi’s engaging original tunes will have the little ones jiggling, giggling and wiggling along. Jodi and the Jigglejam Band have been dubbed as one of “The hottest Kid’s Bands to hit Chicago.”

Sylvan Lego Robotics

Grades K-2: Tuesday, January 17, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Register
Grades 3-6: Tuesday, January 17, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. –
Join Sylvan Learning at the Deerfield Public Library for a session on how to build and program LEGO® robots – all while making friends, developing new skills, and having a blast with STEM!

KiDLS: Building Up!

Saturday, January 21, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Grades 1-4
What do skyscrapers, the 3 Little Pigs, and triangles have in common? Architecture! Let’s build structures, read about buildings, and learn about the science of architecture in this fun, hands-on KiDLS (Kids in Deerfield Love Science) program. Please register the child(ren) only.

K-9 Reading Buddies

Monday, January 23, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Grades 1-5
Our furry, four-legged friends are back! Register children for a 15 minute slot to read to a trained therapy dog.
Please register in-person at the Youth Services desk or by calling the Youth Services desk at 847.580.8962.

Sensory Storytime

Saturday, January 28, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Register
Saturday, February 18, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –
Join us for an inclusive and interactive storytime filled with stories, songs, sensory play, and socialization! Children of all abilities with their siblings and caregivers are welcome. Please let us know if any accommodations are required.

Fly Me to the Moon

Saturday, February 11, 11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Ages 7-12
Come and hear the exciting, true story of the Apollo 13 mission to the Moon and the science of traveling in space. Learn how rockets work and witness the explosive power of rocket fuel. Presented by veteran spaceflight docent Bill Andrews, you will witness how astronauts landed on the moon and how gravity affects space travel.

Pizza and Board Games Hangout

Tuesday, February 21, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Grades 5-8, all abilities
Middle-schoolers of all abilities are invited to the Library for a pizza and board game hangout! Caregivers welcome! Please let us know if any accommodations are required.

Homeschool Programs:

Calling all homeschool families! These programs are designed especially for you, as we explore and learn in a fun setting. For more information about our programs and services for homeschool families, please contact Kary Henry, School Outreach Coordinator, at

Creative Cards

Monday, December 12, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ages 5 and up
Learn a variety of card-making techniques. You will leave the program with beautiful handmade cards, perfect for birthdays or the winter holidays!

Digital Drawing

Monday, January 16, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ages 11 and up
Use a computer to create amazing artwork! Learn about programs and apps that cater to your creativity. You will leave the program with a digital creation.

Mini Masterpieces

Monday, February 13, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Ages 5 – 11
Learn how to make art from teeny-tiny dots! You will make two miniature masterpieces that you can keep or give to others.