Children's Program

  1. Cookie Club

    Registration is required.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. Sixth Grade: Blockbuster Books

    Registration is required.
    Registration Details: 

    Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or call 920-832-6187

    Blockbuster Books

    Ellen Jepson, the school age librarian, invites sixth grade students to explore books featuring a large range of genres, including biographies and informational texts.   We will also discuss novels that have been adapted into movies, single narrator audios, full cast audios or radio dramatizations.  Students will learn advanced techniques for accessing Infosoup, the library’s online catalog.  Expect a tour of the children’s section during this one hour program.   This fieldtrip is available from October 1 to May 31. OEU 1-4 (RL 6.7)

    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 ten days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses.  Library card applications can be found on our FAQ page.  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.

     Contact Ellen Jepson at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6187 (ask for Ellen).

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  10. Fifth Grade: What's Your Genre?

    Registration Details: 

    Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or call 920-832-6187

    What's Your Genre?

    Ellen Jepson, the school age librarian, invites fifth grade students to explore books featuring a large range of genres.   We will also discuss novels that have been adapted to a graphic novel format.  Students will learn advanced techniques for accessing Infosoup, the library’s online catalog.  Expect a tour of the children’s section during this one hour program.  This fieldtrip is available from October 1 to May 31. OEU 4 (RL 5.7)

    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 ten days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses.  Library card applications can be found on our FAQ page.  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.

    Contact Ellen Jepson at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6187 (ask for Ellen).

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  11. Fourth Grade: Books With A View

    Registration is required.
    Registration Details: 

    Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or call 920-832-6187.

    Books with a View

    Fourth grade students will join Ellen Jepson, the school age librarian, to find popular books that demonstrate 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person points of view.   Students will also learn skills for using Infosoup, the library’s online catalog, including how to search for items, read a record, and access their account.  A tour of the children’s section is included, and the visit lasts approximately one hour.  This fieldtrip is available from October 1 to May 31. OEU 2 (RL4.4, RL4.6)

    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 ten days before
    the visit, accompanied by a class list
    showing the students’ home addresses

    Library card applications can be found on our FAQ page.  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.

    Contact Ellen Jepson at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6187 (ask for Ellen).

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  12. Third Grade: Series-ly Worth It

    Registration is required.
    Registration Details: 

    Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or call 920-832-6187.

    Join Ellen Jepson, the school age librarian, to meet classic, popular, and new characters found in fiction and non-fiction series that students will enjoy reading.  This program includes an introduction to approximately 10 genres, and a tour of the children’s section.  Students will also learn the basics of using Infosoup, the library’s online catalog.  Expect this program to last approximately one hour.  This fieldtrip is available from October 1 to May 31.  OEU 2 (RL3.9)

    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 ten days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses.  Library card applications can be found on our FAQ page.  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.

     Contact Ellen Jepson at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6187 (ask for Ellen).

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  13. Second Grade: Get a Clue

    Registration is required.
    Registration Details: 

    Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or call 920-832-6187 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.  They will work on learning the differences between fiction and non-fiction, and learn how materials are organized.  This program will last approximately one hour.  This fieldtrip is available from October 1 to May 31. OEU 1 (RL2.5)

    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 ten days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses.  Library card applications can be found on our FAQ page.  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.

     Contact Ellen Jepson at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6187 (ask for Ellen).

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  14. Kindergarten: Fun With Fairytales

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

    Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6187 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, evaluate illustrations from various publications, and compare a fractured version too! Meets RLK.2, RLK.6 and RLK.7 (OEU 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. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least ten days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. Library card applications can be found on our FAQ page. 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.

    Contact Ellen Jepson at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6187 (ask for Ellen).

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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
    Registration Details: 

    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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  25. 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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  26. Early Childhood: Seasonal Fling

    Registration is required.
    Registration Details: 

    Contact Ann at acooksey@apl.org or call (920) 832-6187.

    Seasonal Fling Field Trip

    This program may include a puppet show, music, fingerplays, stories, or a short animated book. For an early childhood audience.

  27. Kindergarten: Mad About Music

    Registration is required.
    Registration Details: 

    Contact Ellen in Children's Services to schedule (920) 832-6187.

    Kindergarten Mad About Music

    Invite Children's Librarian Ellen Jepson to your classroom* for a storytelling program using music.

    Important Details:

    This 30 minute program may include:

    • Rhythmic books
    • Books for singing along
    • Instruments such as the Autoharp
    • Musical fingerplays
    • Lots of singing!

    This program can also be presented at the Appleton Public Library.

    *In-classroom visit available to schools with an Appleton address.

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  28. Fifth/Sixth Grade: Portal to Research

    Where: 
    Children's Section
    Registration is required.
    Registration Details: 

    To register, call or email Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6187.

    Portal to Research
    • Fifth and/or sixth grade students can learn advanced techniques for Infosoup, the library’s online catalog, to research topics important to them. This visit can consist of two parts: Ellen Jepson, the school age librarian, can visit your school to teach Infosoup techniques and introduce helpful library databases to your students. This visit lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. Then, 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 section. If you prefer, the entire program can be presented at the library. This fieldtrip is available from October 1 to May 31. OEU 2

      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 ten days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. Library card applications can be found on our FAQ page. 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.

      Contact Ellen Jepson at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6187 (ask for Ellen).

  29. First Grade: Passport to the Library

    Where: 
    Children's Section
    Registration is required.
    Registration Details: 

    Contact Ellen at ejepson@apl.org or call 920-832-6187

    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 fieldtrip is available from October 1 to May 31.  OEU 1 (RL1.5)

     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 ten days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses.  Library card applications can be found on our FAQ page.  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.

    Contact Ellen Jepson at ejepson@apl.org or 920-832-6187 (ask for Ellen).

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  30. 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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  31. 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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