Children's Program

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

    When: 
    Thursdays l 9:30-10:15 am, 10:30-11:15 am, 1:30-2:15pm l September 17-November 19 and December 3, 10, 17
    Where: 
    Children's Program Rooms A/B
    Registration Details: 

    Registration is required and begins on September 1 at 9:00am.

    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 welcomed. 

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  2. Tech for Tweens

    When: 
    Mondays | 1:15-2:00 pm
    Where: 
    Digital Media Lab or Meeting Room D
    Registration is required.
    Registration Details: 

    To register, visit www.apl.org/cal or call 920-832-6189. Space is limited.

    July 20, August 10 - Design It!
    Each week, take on a new challenge with coding or digital creation.

    July 27 - Minecraft Monday
    Build, discover and create in the world of Minecraft.

    August 3 - Game On!
    Everything is awesome building problem solving skills and creativity through your favorite video games.

     

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  3. Tween Scenes

    When: 
    Tuesdays | 1:15-2:00 pm
    Where: 
    Children's Program Room A/B
    Registration Details: 

    To register, visit www.apl.org/cal or call 920-832-6189. Space is limited.

    July 21 - Super Hero Science with 4-H Calumet County UW Extension 
    It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No – it’s super hero science! Investigate your powers of flying and invisibility.

    July 28 - Chalk-tography
    Create whimsical scenes that will be turned into a book!

    August 4 - Shine Away
    Accessorize your inner super hero by forging your own LED bracelet.

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  4. 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.

  5. 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) 832-6189.

    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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  6. Play and Learn - Hispanic Edition

    When: 
    Fridays | 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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  7. 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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  8. Book Babies

    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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  9. 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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  10. Puppet Palooza

    When: 
    Tuesdays | 9:30 & 10:30 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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  11. 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.

  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Every Child Ready to Read

    Talk, sing, read, write, play; everyday! Learn about early literacy guidelines 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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  17. Wonderful Ones

    When: 
    Mondays | 9:30-10:15 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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  18. Musical Movin' Storytime

    When: 
    Tuesdays - 9:30-10:15 am, 10:30-11:15 am, 1:30-2:15pm l September 15 - December 15
    Where: 
    Children's Program Room A/B
    Registration is required.
    Musical Movin' Storytime

    Children 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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  19. Ready to Read: 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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  20. Time for Twos

    When: 
    Mondays | 10:30-11:15 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. Storyvine

    When: 
    Wednesdays | 9:20-9:50 am & 10:00-10:30 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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  24. 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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  25. 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.

  26. 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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  27. 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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  28. Play and Learn - Hmong Edition

    When: 
    Fridays | 10:00-11:00 am
    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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