Upcoming Visual Arts Events
Second Annual Local Artisan Holiday Craft Fair & Free Reiki & Massage Cinic
Saturday, Dec. 6, 11 am - 2 pm
1401A Ridge Road, WIlmette
Enjoy this free opportunity to de-stress and relax. Certified Reiki Practitioners and Massage Therapists will be on hand to give you a 10-15 minute taste of their craft.
Holiday Craft Fair includes handmade soaps, nature photography, handmade jewelry, pottery, artwork, wearables and more.
Wilmette Public Library Auditorium
1242 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette
The Lure and Lore of Spices -- Presented by The Spice House
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7:00-8:30 pm, Auditorium
Throughout time, human destiny has been shaped by the search for the elusive spices coveted by nobility and royalty. The history of the spice trade reveals fascinating tales of piracy, adventures and wars battled to control the spice trade. Patty and Tom Erd have spent their lives as spice merchants in pursuit of the highest-quality spices from locations all over the globe. They will share interesting historical facts, anecdotes, and entertaining tales of derring-do!
Julie Cowan, November/December Solo Exhibit
Wilmette Public Library Auditorium
Twenty artworks by Julie Cowan of Evanston will be displayed in the Wilmette Public Library Gallery from Monday, Nov. 3 until Monday, Dec. 15. Ms. Cowan was a winner in the 2013 Friends of the Library's Juried Art Show.
Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Avenue, Wilmette
Events for Kids:
Engineering Challenge: Sugar Cube Igloos
WPL Youth Program Room
Grades K-2: Thursday, Dec. 11, 4:00-4:45 pm, Registration required starting Friday, 11/28
Keep warm when you design and build your own igloo out of sugar cubes. To register, stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945.
Make Your Own Rolled Beeswax Candle
Saturday, Dec. 13, 11:00-11:45, WPL Auditorium, Ages 5- adult
Come work together to create light in the darkness in this intergenerational storytime and craft. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration required starting Saturday, 11/29. Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945.
Snowman Glitter Bottles
Monday, Dec. 15, WPL Youth Program Room
Grades 1-2: 4:00-4:45 pm; Grades 3-6: 5:00-5:45 pm
Let it snow! Celebrate the season by making a sparkling snowman bottle. Registration required starting Monday, 12/1. Stop by or call the Youth Services Desk at 847-256-6945.
Drop-In Art Studio
WPL Youth Program Room, All ages
Friday, Dec. 26, 10:00 am- noon; Friday, Jan. 2, 10:00 am - noon
WPL staff are opening their closets and emptying their drawers so that you can come by and make cool crafts with recycled materials. You never know what you’ll find, but it’s sure to be fun!
Winter Break Activities
Polka-Dot Slime - Monday, Dec. 22, 10:00-10:45 am
Youth Program Room, Grades K-3
Join WPL staff for a story, and then make your own polka-dot slime using pom-poms and glue. Registration required starting Monday, Dec. 8.
Toddler Art - Tuesday, Dec.23, 10:00-11:00 am
Youth Program Room, Ages 1-3 with an adult
Why should big kids have all the fun during winter break? Drop in to make some age-appropriate crafts to take home. You can leave the mess here! Siblings welcome.
Let’s Draw Robots! - Tuesday, Dec. 23, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
WPL Auditorium, Grades 1-4
Inspired by the Mudpuppy book 'Robots Flip and Draw', young artists will follow a step-by-step process to invent their own collage robots, with lots of room for creative variations. Led by artist Christine Thornton.
Registration required starting Tuesday, Dec. 9.
Tangled Snowflakes - Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1:30-3:00 pm
WPL Auditorium, Grades 5-8
Learn the basics of tangling, a popular form of doodling that’s fun and relaxing, then design your own unique tangled snowflakes. Led by artist Christine Thornton. Registration required starting Tuesday, Dec. 9.
Preschool Science Explorers: Sound - Monday, Dec. 29, 10:30-11:15 am
Youth Program Room, Ages 3-5 with an adult
Explore the science of sound through stories, songs, and hands-on exploration. Registration required starting Monday, Dec. 15.
Noon Year’s Eve Celebration - Tuesday, Dec. 30, 11:15 am-12:15 pm
Youth Program Room, Ages 4-7
Have your fun before the adults do. Ring in 2015 with WPL staff at the Library–without staying up past bedtime! Registration required starting Tuesday, Dec. 16.
The Frog Lady Presents: Reptiles and Amphibians
Saturday, Jan. 3, 11:00-11:45 am and 1:30-2:15 pm
WPL Auditorium, All ages
Learn the differences and similarities between amphibians and reptiles and meet more than 20 live animals. You can stay after to get your picture taken with them, so be sure to bring your camera. Free tickets required.
Sensory-friendly performance: 12:30-1:00 pm. Registration required starting Saturday, Dec. 20.