Children's Programs

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

When: 
All Year
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Register below, then print out a reading log.  You cannot earn prizes unless you are registered.

 

Pick up your sheets at the Children's Service Desk or print them from our webpage. Redeem each sheet of 100 books at the Children's Service 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. We will check registration before handing out the last prize and certificate.

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100 Picture Book Challenge

When: 
All Year
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Register below, then print out a reading log. You cannot earn any prizes unless you are registered.

Pick up your list of the 100 best picture books at the Children's Service Desk or click the link above to print it. Redeem your list at the Children's Service Desk and receive a prize and certificate.  We will check registration before handing out the prize and certification.

Using the list, 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.

Under each title fill in your favorite part of the story - parents and caregivers can do this for you. There are bonus staff reads at the end that are not necessary to complete. When you finish the list redeem it at the Children's Service Desk. A completion certificate and small prize will be awarded.

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

When: 
September 8, 2014 to January 5, 2015
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins on September 8, 2014 at 9:00am. 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 1st, 2nd, or 3rd grade to participate.

 

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: 24 books during this time period if you’re in 1st grade, 12 books during this time period if you’re in 2ndgrade, and 6 books during this time period if you’re in 3rdgrade, 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 three 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 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.

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 Service 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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B.E.A.R. Bingo: Be Excited About Reading!

When: 
November 1 - November 30
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Register at the library or online starting November 1.

 

 

Complete five activities across, vertically, or diagonally to get BINGO! Cross out activities that you complete. You may read to yourself, read to someone else or listen to books. You may complete five BINGOs for up to five spins of the wheel. Five BINGOs also earns a chance at a final drawing. A blackout on the BINGO board earns a second chance in the drawing. One BINGO sheet per child. November 30 is the last day to pick up prizes.  Registration is required. 

This program is ideal for students in classroom settings. Exceptions for prize pickup after November 30 will be made for teachers who are picking up prizes for their students. Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or call 920-832-6020 to register your classroom, rather than using the online form. You will be emailed a PDF of the Bingo board to use with your students.

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Book Babies

When: 
Mondays | 9:15-9:45 am | September 15 - December 15
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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City X Project with IDEAco and APL

When: 
Saturday, October 4;
Where: 
Meeting Rooms A/B/C
Registration is required.

Join APL and IDEAco for a three-hour City X Project workshop that gets kids 3D printing for space explorers! The City X Project is an international curriculum that teaches kids about creativity and problem solving using exciting 3D printing technology. It began right here in Appleton and has since reached kids in more 52 countries.

This event is also a celebration of a milestone for City X, Appleton, and humanity itself. We'll be celebrating with Space Kid, 11-year-old James from Appleton's Edison Elementary School, who participated in the City X Project workshop last year. His model has been selected as the first civilian-designed object ever do be manufactured off of Earth when it is printed on the International Space Station in Spring 2015.

Join us as we celebrate, hear from Space Kid himself, and host a public City X Project workshop in which kids will actually get their hands on 3D printers and practice 3D modeling to solve problems in outer space. The mayor will even be on hand to open the ceremonies with a Space Kid day declaration. The beginning of the program from 1:00-2:00pm is open to the public, but the workshop from 2:00-4:00pm requires registration and is capped at 30 students ages 8-12.

Register here, and learn more about Space Kid at www.cityxproject.com/spacekid.

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Every Child Ready to Read

Where: 
At your home

"Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play -- Everyday!" This handout provides early literacy guidelines for you to use with your children. Every Child Ready to Read is not a program at the library, but a resource describing the importance of talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing with your child at different developmental levels.

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

When: 
Thursdays | 10:00-10:45 am & 1:30-2:15 pm | September 18 - November 20 & December 4 - December 11
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins on Tuesday, September 2 at 9:00am. To register, click here.

Explore the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics through hands on activities and experiments. Each program will excite the imagination and curiosity of future scientists, artists and mathematicians. While geared toward preschoolers, siblings are always welcome to attend.

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Great Children's Novel Challenge

When: 
September 8, 2014 to January 5, 2015
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins on September 8, 2014 at 9:00am. 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 (September 8, 2014 - January 5, 2015), and receive an assortment of small incentive prizes, as well as a drawing entry for a special completion prize. Drawing will be held January 6, 2015.

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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Iditaread

When: 
March 1, 2015 - March 31, 2015
Registration is required.

Check out our March reading program, Iditaread - based on the annual Alaskan Race, the Iditarod. Children ages 3 through 6th grade are welcome to participate in challenges between March 1 – 31 for an entry in a drawing for a stuffed husky, as well as small incentive prizes!  Simply print out your reading log and fill out the form below to get started!  Teachers in schools and childcares are welcome to sign up their classrooms to participate.  Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6020 to get started.

 

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Lego Lab: Family Edition

When: 
Mondays | 6:30-7:15 pm | September 15 - November 15
Where: 
Children's Program Rooms A/B

Drop in and create a Lego masterpiece.

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Musical Movin' Storytime

When: 
Tuesdays | 10:00-10:45 am and 1:30-2:15 pm | September 16 - December 16
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins September 2 at 9:00 am.

Sing, move, dance, play and explore musical instruments.  Siblings welcome.

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Poetry Contest

When: 
April 1 - April 30
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration is required.

Appleton area students in grades 1 through 6 are invited to submit one poem to the library to be judged in the Appleton Public Library's poetry contest. These poems may be in any format you wish. There will be one prize given per category (1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 5th and 6th grades)--a gift certificate to Half Price Books. Poems may be submitted beginning April 1st and may be submitted no later than May 1st. Poems will be judged by library staff and winning poems will be displayed in the library.

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Pooches & Pages

When: 
October 4, November 1 and December 6 | 10:00 - 11:30 am
Where: 
Children's Program Rooms A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins September 2 at 9:00 am.

Children can practice their reading skills in a relaxed environment while reading to a registered therapy dog. All dogs are registered with Compassionate Canines. There are four time slots available for four readers at one time; 10:00 - 10:15, 10:20 - 10:35, 10:50 - 11:05, and 11:10 - 11:25 am. Pooches & Pages is for children in grades 1 through 4.

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Puppet Palooza

When: 
Fridays | 10:00-10:45 am | October 10-24 and November 7-21
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Stories, puppet shows and creative activities.

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Ready to Read: Play and Learn

When: 
Mondays | 1:30-2:30 pm | September 15 - December 15
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 welcome.

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Ready to Read: Play and Learn - Hispanic Edition

When: 
Sundays 1:00-2:00 pm September 14 through November 23 and December 7 through December 14
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 welcome.

 

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Ready to Read: Play and Learn- Hmong Edition

When: 
Sundays | 2:30-3:30 pm | September 21- November 23 and December 7-14
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 welcome.

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Sensory Storytime

When: 
October 2, November 6, December 4 | 6:30-7:15 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Developmentally designed for 4-8 year olds, Sensory Storytime is an interactive program that engages children through movement, music, stories and sensory play. It can be enjoyed by all children, but is ideal for those who have a hard time in large groups, are on the autism spectrum or have sensory integration challenges. Registration is requested, but not required.

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Storyvine

When: 
Wednesdays | 9:15-9:45 am OR 10:00-10:30 am | September 17 - December 3
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

 Join Children's Services Staff for a program for children, families and childcare providers. Come for stories, music and movement, fingerplays, and an occasional short animated story or puppet play. While geared towards childcare providers, families are always welcome to attend.  No registration required.  There is no program on July 2.

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Time for Twos

When: 
Mondays | 11:00-11:45 am | September 15 - December 15
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: 
Tuesdays | 6:15-7:00 pm | October 7 - December 16
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Family game night, movie and craft night and more!

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Wonderful Ones

When: 
Mondays | 10:00-10:45 am | September 15 - December 15
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 welcome.

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