Youth Services

Our Fall Youth Guide is available. If you have any questions, please feel free to call 262-673-8240 or stop by the Children's Desk whenever we are open!
 
Upcoming Events:
  • Page-To-Stage Activity: My Father's Dragon (Sat. Oct. 7, 10:30-11:30): The Schauer Arts Center and the JRML present special crafts and fun activities based on children's stories! Children who attend can receive a copy of the book and ticket to the show while supplies last. No registration required!
  • Pumpkin Picture Scavenger Hunt (Oct. 16-Oct. 31): Pictures of pumpkins will be hidden around the library. There will be 2 levels of difficulty based on children's age. Stop by anytime we're open to hunt for the pumpkins. Find all of them and win a small prize!
  • Pumpkin Guessing Game (Oct. 16-Oct. 31): There will be 3 pumpkins on display at the library. Each will be decorated as a specific storybook character. Stop in to take your guess on which character each pumpkin is! Those who guess correctly will receive a prize!
  • Downtown Trick-Or-Treat (Sat. Oct. 28, 12:30-2:00): The Libraryw ill be participating in Hartford's Downtown Trick-Or-Treat! Stop in at the library to grab some candy, make a few spooky crafts, and play some games! While the library's event runs from 12:00-2:0, trick-or-treating downtown runs from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. No registration required.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
The Jack Russell Memorial Library is pleased to offer this Early Literacy Program as part of a state-wide program called Growing Wisconsin Readers. Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is open to any child beginning at birth until the start kindergarten.


Storytimes
Baby Lapsit:
Learning and a love for literacy is important at any age. Young minds will learn through language, stories, rhymes, and more. A parent must accompany children during these sessions. Baby Lapsit takes place alternating Mondays from 10:15-10:30 and is for ages 0 months to 17 months. No registration required.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Oct. 16
  • Oct. 30
  • Nov. 13
  • Nov. 27
Preschool Storytime:
Come aboard the Storytime Express for an experience filled with fun, stories, songs, and much more! All sessions include 20 minutes of storytime and 15 minutes of crafts. Preschool storytime is for ages 3 to 5. During the school year, we have a morning session on Tuesday from 10:30-11:15 and an afternoon session on Wednesdays from 1:00-1:45. No registration required.
Upcoming Dates & Themes:
  • Oct. 10 & 11: Fire Safety
  • Oct. 17 & 18: Farming
  • Oct. 24 & 25: Windy Day
  • Oct. 31 & Nov. 1: Pumpkins
  • Nov. 7 & 8: Up and Down
  • Nov. 14 & 15: Dinosaurs
  • Nov. 21 & 22: Thanksgiving
  • Nov. 28 & 29: Nursery Rhymes
  • Dec. 5 & 6: Holidays
  • Special Winter Break Storytime: Dec. 27 & 28: Winter
Toddler Time:
Little minds will learn, play, and explore with stories, fingerplays, and songs. Activities such as games, crafts, and freeplay will follow storytime. Toddler Time is for children ages 18 months to 3 years old and takes place Thursday mornings from 10:30-10:50. No registration required.
Upcoming Dates & Themes:
  • Oct. 12: Fire Safety
  • Oct. 19: Farming
  • Oct. 26: Windy Day
  • Nov. 2: Pumpkins
  • Nov. 9: Up and Down
  • Nov. 16: Dinosaurs
  • Nov. 30: Nursery Rhymes
  • Dec. 7: Holidays
  • Special Winter Break storytime: Dec. 27 & 28: Winter
Parachute Play:
A storytime geared just for active toddlers (ages 18 months-3 years)! Toddlers can learn through parachute play to stories and songs.
Registration required. Limited to 10 children per session. Please call 262-673-8240 to register today!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Oct. 9
  • Oct. 23
  • Nov. 6
  • Nov. 20
  • Dec. 4

Summer Family Movies
All movie times are listed below. Snacks from home welcome! No registration required. Children under 8 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Movie titles and screening dates subject to change based on availability.
  • Beauty & The Beast (Mon. Oct. 9 @ 2): Runtime 2 hours 19 minutes. Rated PG.
  • Cars 3 (Fri. Oct. 20 @ 3:30): Runtime 1 hour 49 minutes. Rated G.
  • Captain Underpants (Fri. Oct. 27 @ 2): Runtime 1 hour 29 minutes. Rated PG.
  • Hotel Transylvania (Tues. Oct. 31 @ 4): Runtime 1 hour 32 minutes. Rated PG.
  • Despicable Me 3 (Fri. Nov. 17 @ 3:30): Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes. Rated PG.
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fri. Dec. 8 @ 3:30): Runtime 30 minutes. Rated PG.
  • Elf (Fri. Dec. 15 @ 3:30): Runtime 1 hour 37 minutes. Rated PG.
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas (Fri. Dec. 22 @ 2): Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes. Rated PG.
Let's GO! LEGO!!
Bring your imagination to build fantastic LEGO creations! The library provides the LEGOs and a theme, YOU supply the creativity!
Ages 3+ and perfect for the whole family! 1st Tuesday of the month from 3:30-4:30. No registration required
Upcoming Dates (+Themes):
  • Nov. 7: Turkeys
  • Dec. 5: Holidays
  • Wii & Teen Services