Children's Programs

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

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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: 
January 20-May 9, 2014
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins on January 20, 2014 at 9:00am. Contact the Children's desk at (920) 832-6187 or fill out the form below 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 by themselves, read to someone else (including pets or stuffed animals), or listen to someone read to them.

If you finish, you will be entered into a drawing for an Amazon.com gift card.  You must be registered in order to earn any prizes/incentives.

  • 1st grade:  24 books before May 9
  • 2nd grade: 12 books before May 9
  • 3rd grade:  6 books before May 9

Of these books, at least ½ 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.

The drawing will be held May 12, 2014.

If you have questions, call 920-832-6187 and ask for Ellen (the school age librarian) or email ejepson@apl.org.

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Book Babies

When: 
Mondays | 9:00-9:45 am | January 20-February 10, February 24-March 24, & April 7-21
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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Cookie Club

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Visit the Library and check out or read a book four times between April 21 and May and receive a stamp on your official Cookie Club card.  You must sign up at the Library to receive a card, and can receive your first stamp when you sign up.  After you collect your four stamps, you can bring your completed card to Great Harvest Bread Co. on Northland Ave. for a free cookie!  The Cookie Club is for children in grade 6 and younger.  The Cookie Club card will expire on June 30, 2014.  Thank you to Great Harvest Bread Company for sponsoring the Cookie Club!

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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 OR 1:30-2:15 pm | January 23 – March 27 & April 10-April 24
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins 8/26/13 at 9:00 am. Please click on the "View in the Calendar" link above or call 832-6187 to register.

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: 
January 20-May 9, 2014
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins on January 20, 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.

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 16 week window (January 20, 2014 - May 9, 2014). Four novels must be from the library's list. You may listen to audiobooks. If you finish, you will be entered into a drawing for an amazon.com gift card.  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:

  • What was your favorite/least favorite part of this book?
  • What was the conflict in the book?
  • 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.

The drawing will be held May 12, 2014.

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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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Iditaread

Registration is required.

Check out our newest reading program, Iditaread - based on the annual Alaskan Race, the Iditarod. Children ages 3 through 6th grade are welcome to participate in 23 reading challenges from March 1 – 31 for an entry in a drawing for a stuffed husky! The first 200 to reach the midway point will receive a special prize as well. Simply print out your reading log and fill out the form below to get started!

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Lego Lab

When: 
Mondays | 6:30-7:15 pm | January 20 - April 21
Where: 
Children's Program Rooms A/B

Come join us for a fun and educational experience. Make themed Lego projects with other kids who like Legos!

Lego Lab is intended for all ages.

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Musical Movin' Storytime

When: 
Tuesdays | 10:00-10:45 am OR 1:30-2:15 pm | January 21 - March 25 & April 8-22
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins 1/6/14 at 9:00 am. Please click on the "View in the Calendar" link above or call 832-6187 to register.

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

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Pooches & Pages

When: 
Select Saturdays | 10:00-11:25 am | January 4, February 1, March 1 & April 5
Where: 
Children's Program Rooms A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration begins 8/26/13 at 9:00 am. Please click on the "View in the Calendar" link above or call 832-6187 to register.

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 | January 24 - March 14
Where: 
Children's Program Room A

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

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Ready to Read: Play and Learn

When: 
Mondays | 1:30-2:30 pm | January 20-February 10, February 24-March 24, & April 7-21
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 | 2:00-3:00 pm | January 19-February 9, February 23-March 23, & April 6-13
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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Shining Star Storytime

When: 
Select Tuesdays | 6:30-7:15 pm | February 4, March 4 & April 8
Where: 
Children's Section
Registration Details: 

Registration begins 8/26/13 at 9:00 am. Please click on the "View in the Calendar" link above or call 832-6187 to register.

A storytime for children on the Autism Spectrum. The program is designed developmentally for 4-8 year olds.

Important Details:

  • When you register for the program the library, please mention any high interest areas (so that they might be included in the program). Special accomodations can also be made at this time.
  • A parent or therapist must accompany each child.
  • Siblings are welcome to attend but must be supervised by an additional adult.
  • This program will use visual supports and high interest activities to engage the children. A "break" room will be provided for children having difficulty participating with the group. Fidget sensory toys and seating cushions will also be available.
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Story Sprouts

When: 
Mondays | 11:00-11:45 am | January 20-February 10, February 24-March 24, & April 7-21
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

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

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Storyvine

When: 
Wednesdays | 9:15-9:45 am OR 10:00-10:30 am | January 22 - March 26 & April 9 - May 7
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 April 2.

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Tuesday Evening Specials

When: 
Select Tuesdays | 6:30-7:15 pm | January 21-28, February 11-18, March 4, 18-25, April 15-29
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
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Registration is required for some programs, see program calendar for details

Programs may include game night unplugged, movies and crafts and more! See the library calendar for each session's topic.

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Wonderful Ones

When: 
Mondays | 10:00-10:45 am | January 20-February 10, February 24-March 24, & April 7-21
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 mintues of play time. Siblings welcome.

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