North Branch Events

Boo Bash--Halloween Fun at North Branch

Saturday, Octaltober 25, 2 pm to 4 pm at North Branch

Join the Boo Croo at North Branch for crafts, games, storytime, and a spooooooky sing-along. Come as You Aren't for the parade of costumes. The Grim Reader is anxious to meet you! All ages welcome. No registration required.



Tail Waggin' Tutors at North Branch

titleSeptember 9-30 and October 7, North Branch

5 week Session

Tuesdays from 4:30-5 pm or 5-5:30 pm

Practice your reading - read to a dog! The Tail Waggin’ Tutors program provides a relaxed and “dog-friendly” atmosphere in which kids can practice and improve their reading skills. Tail Waggin' Tutors are wonderful listeners and provide a great opportunity for kids to build confidence reading as well as learn how to interact with these wonderful therapy dogs. Kids read to their dogs for 20 minutes and then have 10 minutes of cuddle time.
Sign up for one 4-week session from 4:30-5 pm or 5-5:30 pm; space is limited to 6 participants per 30 minute period.  

Please note: We request that families with multiple children share a dog and a slot.  Registration is required and starts August 25. Please call 847-866-0330 to register.


Stories, Songs and Crafts at North Branch

Wednesdays,September 17 - October 29, 11 am, North Branch

Join us for a themed storytime paired with a fun, easy craft that's just right for ages 3 and up. We'll be reading about daring dogs, plump pumpkins, eager elephants, and more! No session October 8.

Register online (required for craft participation).



WWI Commemoration Film: King of Hearts

titleThursday, October 23, 6 pm, North Branch

During the latter part of World War I, Private Charles Plumpick is chosen to go into the French town of Marville and disconnect a bomb that the German army has planted. However, Charles is chased by some Germans and finds himself holed up at the local insane asylum, where the inmates are convinced that he is the "King of Hearts." Feeling obligated to help the inmates, Charles attempts to lead them out of town, but they are afraid to leave and frolic about the streets in gay costumes. Will Charles be able to deactivate the bomb in time and save his newfound friends?  King of Hearts  (DVD 2001).

Run Time: 102 minutes

Rated: Not Rated


North Branch Book Group: The Smartest Kids in the World

titleThursday, October 30, 7 pm, North Branch 

The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley

The United States will spend 619.1 billion dollars on elementary and secondary education in the coming year according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Yet ranks far below average among OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) countries for achievement. "How do other countries create “smarter” kids? What is it like to be a child in the world’s new education superpowers?....Ripley succeeds in making our own culture and our own choices seem alien — quite a feat for an institution as familiar and fiercely defended as high school. The question is whether the startling perspective provided by this masterly book can also generate the will to make changes." (The New York Times, Amanda Murphy Paul) Copies of the book are available at the North Branch for those who will be attending the discussion. Please register for an email reminder.


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