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Virtual Programs

We are currently offering virtual programming through videos and activities.

Summer Hours Begin May 30! The library will be closed Sunday from 
May 30-September 5.


Storytimes for Youth

Bee Storytime with Miss Jill

Pick up a themed preschool craft while supplies last in the Youth Services area and watch our storytime online. To pick up the craft from the drive-through, call the YS Department when you are on your way!

Adult Program in a Bag: Tea Tasting

Tea Tasting

(Both Library Locations)

Mon, May 3 while supplies last


(Adults) Drop by Adult Services to pick up an Adult Program in a Bag! Learn a brief history about tea while tasting and critiquing 5 different tea varieties. Adults only. No registration required.


Youth Scheduled Programming


Virtual Tea Party

Thurs, May 6, 6:30 pm


(Ages 3-8) Dress in your best party clothes, grab your stuffed animals to join in on the fun, and be our guest for a lovely after-dinner tea party! Bags will be available for registrants at their chosen branch starting May 3rd. Please save the contents of the bag for our event!


Virtual Preschool Explorers

Wed, May 12, 10:30-11 am


(Ages 2-5) Children will explore topics with hands-on activities in a live session. This month is all about sound and music!


Adult Scheduled Programming

Virtual Beginner ESL Class

Sun, May 2, 16, 23, 30

12:30-1:30 p.m.


Virtual High Beginner ESL Class

Sun, May 2, 16, 23, 30, 7-8 p.m.

Tues, May 4, 11, 18, 25, 5-6 p.m.


Virtual Intermediate ESL Class

Sun, May 2, 16, 23, 30, 12-1 p.m.


Virtual Advanced ESL Class

Sat, May1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Mon, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 3-4 p.m.

Wed, May 5, 12, 19, 26, 3-4 p.m.

Multilevel ESL Classes were possible through a partnership with the Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI). The VAI will be hosting these classes through Zoom.

Virtual ELL Conversation Club

Fri, May 7, 14, 21, 28, 10-11 a.m.

Are you learning or improving your spoken English? Come practice with us in a virtual format! Casual conversation and friendly company. Everyone is welcome.


Virtual Citizenship Class

Sun, May 2, 16, 23, 30, 10-11 a.m.

Sun, May 2, 16, 23, 30, 1:30-2:30 p.m.


The Vietnamese Association of Illinois is hosting Citizenship Classes via Zoom.

Virtual Fireside Chat with Author Alex Kotlowitz

Thurs, May 6, 7 p.m.


Join us on Thursday, May 6 at 7:00 PM for a fireside chat with journalist, author and filmmaker Alex Kotlowitz. Alex’s most notable books are "An American Summer: Love and Death in Chicago" and the award winning national bestseller "There Are No Children Here". Known not just for print, our guest also won an Emmy for the 2011 documentary "The Interrupters".

Our fireside chat will be moderated by Pulitzer Prize winning Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich. Alex and Mary will have a forty-five minute wide ranging discussion followed by about fifteen minutes to answer your questions.

A link will be sent to all registered participants at least 24 hours before the event.


Virtual Mandala 101

Mon, May 10, 7-8 p.m.


Join us in learning the ancient art of mandala making!  We will talk about the origins and uses of mandalas, and you'll learn how to create your own.  Pick up supplies, and join us on Zoom for a fun evening.  Supplies will be available May 6-10 at the library branch you indicate when you register.

Virtual Highlights of The Art Institute

Wed, May 12, 7-8 p.m.


Celebrate National Museum Month with art historian and popular speaker Jeff Mishur!  Take a visual tour of one of our city’s brightest jewels, The Art Institute of Chicago.  Hear the stories behind beautiful works by nineteenth- and twentieth-century artists such as Monet, Seurat, Toulouse-Lautrec, van Gogh, Picasso, Wood, Hopper, and Cassatt.

This is a live virtual presentation with a Q&A session.

Morning Book Discussion Group

Tues, May 18, 10-11 a.m.

Evening Book Discussion Group

Wed, May 19, 7-8 p.m.

Share your love of reading with this lively book group! There is a morning and evening session each month, and no registration is required. Interested in joining? Pick up a copy of this month’s book at the Black Road Branch Circulation Desk, and email Christine to get more details: cmaleno@jolietlibrary.org.

This month's title is: "The Everything Store" by Brad Stone

The book group is meeting via conference call until further notice.

Virtual Bringing Family History to Life

Sat, May 22, 2-3 p.m.

Every family has its stories. Beyond the basic genealogical facts are the stories that are often passed down from generation to generation. These stories can be preserved in writing for the generations to come.

Virtual North of Cass St. Tour

Mon, May 24, TBD

 The Virtual Tour this month will be the neighborhood North of Cass Street.

Virtual Kiddieland Remembered

Wed, May 26, 7-8 p.m.

Join us for a visual journey through the history of Kiddieland!  From 1929 to 2009, Kiddieland in Melrose Park was Chicago’s favorite--and one of the last--family owned amusement parks in the country.  Re-experience the park with historian Cheryl Brown, as she shares vintage photos, videos of the park on a busy summer's day, and Kiddieland memorabilia.  Learn about the final auction of the rides, why the park had to close, and where the rides are today.

Sign up now for next month's Program in a Bag offerings. Register anytime between the 1-24 of the month for the following month's bag. Pick-up will be from the 1-14 of each month at the library location you specified in your registration. Bags not picked up by the 14th will be given away on a first come, first served basis.

Program in a Bag: Favorite Characters

Sign-up May 1-24, Pickup June 1-14

(Ages 3-Grade 1) Do you love the Pigeon? Pete the Cat? Elephant and Piggie? Join us for fun activities featuring a variety of favorite book characters! .

Program in a Bag: Fandom Pack

Sign-up May 1-24, Pickup June 1-14

(Grades 2-6) Choose your fandom with this program in a bag! This bag will include activities and goodies highlighting your book of choice. Choose between Baby-Sitter's Club, Dogman, Harry Potter, Minecraft or Pokemon.

Program in a Bag: Anime Fandom Pack

Sign-up May 1-24, Pickup June 1-14

(Grades 7-12) For this month's program in a bag make the hard choices and pick one of three anime fandoms to get a bag geared towards your tastes!


Register for our quarterly Bookworm Bag by filling out our survey and Joliet Library staff will handpick library books for you to enjoy. When you pick up your books that are on hold, you will also receive a bag with some special "bookish" items! Bookworm Bags can be reserved for children, teens and adults and picked up at either library location. Just wait for your hold notification, and then you have five days to pick up your Bookworm Bag.

Reserve yours today!


 Programs Archive

Archive: These are programs that we have done in past weeks that you can still check out! 




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