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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

When: 
All Year
Registration Details: 

Register by filling out this form, or visiting Children's Services. If you register online, please print out a reading log.

Pick up your sheets at the Children's Service Desk or print them here. Redeem each sheet of 100 books at the Children's Services desk for a small prize. When you redeem the last sheet, for books 900-1,000, you'll receive another prize and a certificate for finishing. You must be registered to receive prizes.

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100 Books to Read in Kindergarten

When: 
9/1/15-5/13/16
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins September 1. Contact the Children’s Service Desk at 920-832-6187 to register or by filling out this form. You must be registered in order to earn any incentives. Open to students in kindergarten.

Kindergarten students read books from multiple sections of the library - picture books, non-fiction, graphic novels, and more! Students may read to themselves, read to someone else (including pets or stuffed animals), or listen to someone read to them, or an audiobook. The goal is to read all 100 books on the two booklists in any order.

When the books have all been read and marked on your reading log, you may show it to library staff to receive an assortment of small incentive prizes. Register and pick-up your reading lists at the Children’s Services Desk or online. Print TWO lists. If you have questions call Ellen, the school-age librarian, at 920-832-6020 or email ejepson@apl.org.

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100 Picture Book Challenge

When: 
All Year
Registration Details: 

Register by filling out this form, or visiting Children's Services. If you register online, please print out a reading log.

Using the list provided, read through 100 picture books and check them off as you go. Reading includes being read to, reading independently or listening to an audiobook of the story. Redeem your list at the Children's Service Desk and receive a prize and certificate. You must be registered to earn prizes.

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3,2,1...Blast Off Read!

When: 
9/1/15-1/4/16
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins September 1. Contact the Children’s Service Desk at 920-832-6187 to register or by filling out this form. You must be registered in order to earn any incentives. Open to children in first, second or third grade.

First, second and third grade students are invited to blast off into the reading atmosphere with some of the best books the library has to offer! Students may read to themselves, read to someone else (including pets or stuffed animals), or listen to someone read to them. The goal is to read 12 books during this time period if you’re in first or second grade and six books if you’re in third grade, then write or dictate a book review for each book. Of these books, at least half should be from the library’s booklists.

While you may choose books from any of the lists, you should be choosing books written at your reading level. Please be sure to include your full name and phone number on every review. Reviews must be turned in all at the same time. Every review will be read by the children’s librarian.

Receive an assortment of small incentive prizes, as well as a drawing entry for a special completion prize.  Register and pick up your reading list at the Children’s Services Desk or online. If you have questions, call Ellen, the school-age librarian, at 920-832-6020 or email ejepson@apl.org.

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Book Babies

When: 
Mondays | 9:00-9:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room

A lapsit storytime for babies not yet walking. The program is designed to stimulate baby's senses and promote early literacy techniques. We will bounce baby to rhymes, share stories and sing songs with 15 minutes of social play time after. Participation in the storytime is necessary to take part in play time. Siblings are welcome.

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Fifth & Sixth Grade: What's Your Genre?

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6020 to register.

What's Your Genre

Explore books featuring a large range of genres. We'll also discuss novels that have been adapted to a graphic novel format. Students will learn advanced techniques for accessing Infosoup, our online catalog. A tour of the Children's Services department is also provided. This program lasts approximately one hour.

This field trip meets RL5.7, RL5.9, RL6.9 (OEU 4) Common Core Standards.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

First Grade: Passport to the Library

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6020 to register.

Passport to the Library

First grade students are invited to get to know their library by completing a “Passport to the Library”. This passport will show students how to find books, DVDs, music and more, as well as introduce them to library staff. The program will explain differences between text types and the differences between fiction and non-fiction. This program lasts approximately one hour. 

This field trip meets the RL1.5 (OEU 1) Common Core Standard.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

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Fourth Grade: Books With A View

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6020 to register.

Books with a View

Find popular books that demonstrate first, second, and third person points of view. Students will also learn skills for using Infosoup, our online catalog. A tour of the Children's Services department is included. This program lasts approximately one hour.

This field trip meets the RL4.6 (OEU 1-4) Common Core Standard.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

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Fourth/Fifth/Sixth Grade: Portal to Research

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6020 to register.

Portal to Research

Learn advanced techniques for Infosoup, our online catalog, to research topics important to you. This visit may consist of two parts. Part one; Ellen, our School-Age Specialist Librarian, can visit your school to teach Infosoup techniques and introduce helpful library databases to your students. This visit lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. Part two; your classroom can visit the library to put the techniques into practice. Plan to spend at least 45-60 minutes doing research and exploring the Children's Services department. If you prefer, the entire program can be presented at the library.

This field trip meets W4.7, W5.7, W6.7 (OEU 2) Common Core Standards.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

Free Lunch at the Library

When: 
Wednesdays | 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Where: 
Lower Level Meeting Room A/B
Registration Details: 

Registration is requested; please call (920) 832-6187.

Join us for free lunch every Wednesday from 11:00 am to 12:15 pm. Food is provided by Aramark through the Summer Food Service Program by the Department of Public Instruction. Registration is requested; please call (920) 832-6189.

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Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

When: 
Thursdays l 9:30-10:15 am, 10:30-11:15 am & 1:30-2:15 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Rooms A/B
Registration Details: 

Registration is required; please visit our online calendar or call (920) 832-6187

Children will enjoy a short storytime and explore themes in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Children must be at least 3 years old to attend. Siblings are welcome. 

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Great Children's Novel Challenge

When: 
September 1, 2015 to January 4, 2016
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins on September 1. Contact the Children's desk at (920) 832-6187 or click here to register.  You MUST be registered in order to earn any incentives.  Students must be in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade to participate.

Great Children's Novel Challenge

Pick up your reading list of classic/contemporary literature at the Children's Service Desk or print it from the link above. Review eight books in this 17 week window and receive an assortment of small incentive prizes, as well as a drawing entry for a special completion prize.

Four novels must be from the library's list. You may listen to audiobooks. You must be registered in order to earn any prizes/incentives. If you have participated in the past you may participate again, but you must read and review different books.

Reviews must answer the following three questions, and do not need to be on library supplied paper:

1. What was your favorite/least favorite part of this book?
2. What was the conflict in the book?
3. How was the conflict resolved?

Reviews should be at least eight full length sentences long. Please be sure to include your full name and phone number on every review you submit. Reviews may be turned in one at a time or all at once. Every review will be read by the children's librarian. All books reviewed must be novels and must be at the participant's reading level.

If you have questions, call Ellen, the school-age librarian, at 920-832-6020 or email ejepson@apl.org.

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Group Visits

Where: 
Children's Section

Request a group visit any time of year. A variety of literature-based programs are available for children birth through grade 6. Click here to learn more and/or to register online.

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Kindergarten & First Grade: Snow Day at the Library

When: 
Available October 1-March 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6020 to register.

Kindergarten & First Grade: Snow Day at the Library

Kindergarten and First Grade students come to the Library to celebrate snow and art by studying the Caldecott winning book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. They will learn about animal tracks by participating in an animal track journey around the children’s department which will introduce them to the various book collections in the section. We will look at similarities and differences between types of texts. This program lasts approximately one hour.

This field trip meets the RLK.7, RIK.9 & RI1.9 (OEUs 2 & 3) Common Core Standards.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip. 

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. The School Age Librarian will email you the application, along with important details about how to get the cards. If you choose to check out books, add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another downtown Appleton destination.

Kindergarten: Fun With Fairytales

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6020 to register.

Fun With Fairytales

Join library staff for a program featuring the classic tale The Three Little Pigs! Enjoy a puppet show, re-tell the story, and compare a fractured version!

This field trip meets RLK.2, RLK.6 (OEU 2) Common Core Standards.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

 

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Kindergarten: Mad About Music

When: 
Available October 1 - March 31 for classroom visits, May 29 for in-library visits
Where: 
In your classroom, or at the Appleton Public Library
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact Ellen in Children's Services to schedule (920) 832-6020 or email ejepson@apl.org.

Mad About Music

Invite Children's Librarian Ellen Jepson to your classroom or bring your students to the Appleton Public Library for a musical storytelling program.

Important Details:

This 30 minute program may include:

  • Rhythmic books
  • Books for singing along
  • Instruments such as the Autoharp and Piano (piano when presented at the Library)
  • Musical fingerplays
  • Lots of singing!

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

 

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Lego Lab

When: 
Mondays | 6:15-7:00 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Drop in and create a Lego masterpiece.

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Musical Movin' Storytime

When: 
Tuesdays | 9:30-10:15 am, 10:30-11:15 am & 1:30-2:15pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration is required; please visit our online calendar or call (920) 832-6187.

Children will practice language, literacy and listening skills through stories, music, movement and creative activities.   Children must be at least 3 years old to attend.  Siblings are welcome.

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Once Upon an App: A Digitally Enhanced Storytime

When: 
Select Fridays | 10:00-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Join us for an interactive adventure featuring stories, songs, games and more. Help children learn how iPads can be even more fun as part of group activities. Join us after the class for 15 minutes of play featuring digital and traditional elements. Classes are held October 9, November 6 and December 4.

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Play and Learn

When: 
Mondays | 1:30-2:30 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Help your child develop pre-reading skills, social skills and confidence through interactive, play-centered learning. Each week we will explore a different theme through sensory activities, dramatic play, crafts, books, games and fun! Siblings are welcome.

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Play and Learn: Hispanic Edition

When: 
Sundays | 1:00-2:00 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Designed for families whose primary language is Spanish, this program will help your child develop pre-reading skills, social skills and confidence through interactive, play-centered learning. We will explore sensory activities, dramatic play, crafts, books, games and fun! Siblings are welcome.

Ayude a su hijo/a a desarrollar destrezas de pre-lectura y sociales mientras se divierte con otros.

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Play and Learn: Hmong Edition

When: 
Sundays | 2:30-3:30 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Help your child develop pre-reading skills, social skills and confidence through interactive, play-centered learning. Each week we will explore a different theme through sensory activities, dramatic play, crafts, books, games and fun! Siblings are welcome.

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Play and Learn: Sensory Edition

When: 
Select Saturdays | 10:00-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration Details: 

Registration is requested; please visit our online calendar or call (920) 832-6187.

No need to sit still and be quiet. We'll work on early literacy skills through a series of play-centered learning stations. Recommended for children on the Autism Spectrum or with sensory integration challenges. Questions? E-mail Ann Cooksey at acooksey@apl.org. Classes are held on September 12, October 3, November 14 and December 5.

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Pooches & Pages

When: 
Select Saturdays | 10:00-11:30 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

To register, visit our online calendar or call 920-832-6187.

Children can practice their reading skills in a relaxed environment while reading to a registered therapy dog. Classes are held September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5.

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Puppet Palooza

When: 
Select Fridays | 10:00-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Listen to stories, watch a puppet show and participate in a theme-related activity.

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Second Grade: Get a Clue

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or call 920-832-6020 to register.

Get a Clue

Second grade students can earn clues to solve a library riddle by finding items such as books, DVDs, magazines and more in the library. We will work on learning the difference between fiction and non-fiction and learn how materials are organized. This program will last approximately one hour.  

This field trip meets the RI2.5 (OEU 1) Common Core Standard.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

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Second Grade: Hooked on Books

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6020 to register.

Hooked on Books

Encourage your students to become strong, independent readers! This program will introduce students to a wide variety of books featuring characters just like them. We'll also take a tour of the Children’s Services department. Expect this program to last approximately one hour.

This field trip meets the RL2.3 (OEU 1) Common Core Standard.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

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Stories and Crafts

When: 
Select Fridays | 10:00-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Enjoy stories and craft activities. Classes are held on October 2, October 30 and November 27.

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Storyvine

When: 
Wednesdays | 9:30-10:00 am & 10:15-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

This program for families and childcare providers features stories, music, movement, media, puppets, special guests and more!

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Tech for Tweens

When: 
Select Thursdays | 4:15-5:00 pm
Where: 
Digital Media Lab or Meeting Room D
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

To register, visit our online calendar or call 920-832-6189. Space is limited.

Experience a new technology adventure each session! Classes are held on October 1, November 5 and December 3.

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Third Grade: Series-ly Worth It

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6020 to register.

Series-ly Worth It

Meet classic, popular, and new characters found in fiction and non-fiction series! This program includes an introduction to approximately 10 genres, as well as a tour of the Children's Services department. Students will also learn the basics of using Infosoup, our online catalog. Expect this program to last approximately one hour.

This field trip meets the RL3.3, RL3.9, RL3.10 (OEU 1-4) Common Core Standards.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free, and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice, and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this field trip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

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Time for Twos

When: 
Mondays | 11:00-11:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Join us for an early literacy experience as we read stories, sing songs and have musical movement. Time for Twos is designed to prepare children ages 24 to 35 months for preschool. Siblings are welcome.

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Tuesday Night Specials

When: 
Select Tuesdays | 6:15-7:00 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Enjoy a variety of specials for the whole family. Please see our online calendar for specific specials.

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Tween Scene

When: 
Select Thursdays | 4:15-5:00 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

To register, visit our online calendar or call (920) 832-6187. Space is limited.

Children in grades 3 to 6 will explore the field of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Classes are held September 17, October 15, November 19 and December 17.

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Wonderful Ones

When: 
Mondays | 10:00-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

An early literacy experience for new walkers to children age 23 months. The 30 minute program will provide your active toddler with lapsit time as well as more opportunities to work on cognitive development and motor skills. Join us after for 15 minutes of play time. Siblings are welcome.

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