Build It! Architecture for Kids
September and October 2004

A very special traveling exhibit -- archKIDecture -- will be making a stop at Skokie Public Library for two months in the fall. This independent educational project teaches children about architecture through a series of hands-on activities. The exhibit offers children and families an opportunity to design a tree house, decorate a skyscraper, build a cityscape, and more. Following is the schedule of archKIDecture activities that will take place in the Youth Services Department.

NOTE: Programs marked with  *  require advance registration. Sign up at the Youth Services Desk or call 847.324.3149. We look forward to seeing you!

In the meantime, browse our Architecture for Kids lists of picture books and nonfiction books, videos, and CD-ROMs about the art, science, and design of structures all around us.


graphic - blocksSkokie Skyscraper
All ages

Ongoing in the Youth Services Department
Stop by and help us build a skyscraper out of origami building blocks. We'll stack them up to see how high we can go!

Making Mosaics *
Grades 5 through 8

Wednesday, September 8 from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the Youth Services Program and Craft Rooms
Learn about mosaic tiles and create your own to take home!
Registration for Making Mosaics begins September 1.

graphic - treeTree House Construction
Family program

Sunday, September 12 from 2:00 to 5:00pm in the Youth Services Craft Room
Use recycled materials to build your own tree house. You can even take your tree house home to use as a model to build a real tree house in your backyard or neighborhood!

Let's Play with Patterns *
Ages 4 to 5

Tuesday, September 14 from 10:30 to 11:15am in the Youth Services Program and Craft Rooms
Make patterns out of shapes and then color your own to take home!
Registration for Let's Play with Patterns begins September 1.

The Biggest Cityscape of Skokie
Family program

Sunday, October 10 from 2:00 to 5:00pm in the Mary Radmacher Meeting Room
Use all kinds of materials to create some of the buildings in Skokie, from a public building to your very own house.

graphic - boxMaterial Mansions *  NEW DATE AND LOCATION!
Grades kindergarten through 2

Thursday, October 14 from 4:30 to 5:30pm in the Youth Services Craft Room
See, feel, and work with the kinds of materials that are used to make  structures and then build a model of your own house to take home.
Registration for Material Mansions begins October 1.

Skyscrapers, King Kong, and Other Strange Creatures *  NEW DATE AND LOCATION!
Grades 3 and 4

Thursday, October 21 from 4:30 to 5:30pm in the Mary Radmacher Meeting Room
Watch a selection from the classic movie King Kong and then build a skyscraper that's being attacked by strange creatures.
Registration for Skyscrapers, King Kong, and Other Strange Creatures begins October 1.