Youth Services

Our full 2018 Fall programming guide is available! Stop by the Youth Desk or click here to see all the activities we have in store for you and your family this Fall season!
The Youth Department is dedicated to providing programming for children of all ages! We offer storytimes Monday-Thursday every week for little ones who are not yet in school. In addition, we provide after school and evening activities for children and their families to attend each month. The library also has a number of activities such as our Lego table and train table that children can play with any time the library is open! We hope to see you and your family at the library soon!
Upcoming Events:
  • Sherlock Gnomes (Friday, Oct. 12 @ 3:30): Rated PG. Runtime 109 minutes.
  • Pumpkin Weight Guessing (Oct. 15-31): Stop by the library any time we are open to guess how much the pumpkin at the Children's Desk weighs. Children with the correct guess will receive a small prize!
  • Emoji Party (Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 3:30-4:30): Come celebrate your love of emojis at our Emoji party! Children will get to make their own emojis, play some emoji gmaes, and take photos in our photo booth.
  • Pumpkin Scavenger Hunt (Oct. 22-Nov. 3): There will be pictures of pumpkins hidden around the Youth area for Children to find. Stop by the Yout Desk any time the library is open to pick up your scavenger hunt and start searching! Children who find all the pictures on their sheet will receive a small prize.
  • Downtown Trick-Or-Treat (Saturday, Oct. 27 from 1:00-2:30): The Library will be part of Hartford's Downtown Trick-Or-Treat! From 1:00-2;00 we'll also have a Halloween craft and games for kids to enjoy! A staff member will continue to hand out candy from 2:00-2:30 outside the building after th elibrary closes @ 2 p.m.

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.

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. 15
  • Oct. 29
  • Nov. 12
  • Nov. 26
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. We have storytime Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:15 and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-1:45. No registration required.
Upcoming Dates & Themes:
  • Oct. 2 & 3: Pets
  • Oct. 9 & 10: Royalty (Children are encouraged to dress up as a prince of princess)
  • Oct. 16 & 17: Where does my food come from?
  • Oct. 23 & 24: Jokes
  • Oct. 30 & 31: Boo! (Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes)
  • Nov. 6 & 7: Breakfast
  • Nov. 13 & 14: Hibernation
  • Nov. 20 & 21: Who's coming to visit?
  • Nov. 27 & 28: Pockets
  • Dec. 4 & 5: Winter Wonderland
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. 4: Pets
  • Oct. 11: Royalty (Children are encouraged to dress up as a prince of princess)
  • Oct. 18: Where does my food come from?
  • Oct. 25: Jokes
  • Nov. 1: Boo! (Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes)
  • Nov. 8: Breakfast
  • Nov. 15: Hibernation
  • Nov. 29: Pockets (After 35+ years of service, Ms. Marcia is retiring. Please join us for her last storytime!)
  • Dec. 6: Winter Wonderland
Parachute Play:
A storytime geared just for active toddlers (ages 18 months-3 years)! Toddlers can learn through parachute play to stories and songs. Alternating Mondays from 10:30-10:50. Please call 262-673-8240 to register today! Thank you to Brisingamen Intelligence for our new 20 handle parachute!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Oct. 8
  • Oct. 22
  • Nov. 5
  • Nov. 19
  • Dec. 3

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.
  • Sherlock Gnomes (Fri. Oct. 12 @ 3:30): Rated PG. Runtime 86 minutes.
  • Pokemon: The First Movie (Fri. Nov. 9 @ 3:30): Rated PG. Runtime 96 minutes.
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Fri. Nov. 23 @ 2:00): Rated PG. Runtime 159 minutes.
  • The Dog Who Saved Christmas (Fri. Dec. 14 @ 3:30): Rated PG. Runtime 89 minutes.
  • The Incredibles 2 (Fri. Dec. 28 @ 2:00): Rated PG. Runtime 125 minutes.
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):
  • Oct. 2: Star Wars
  • Nov. 6: Thanksgiving
  • Dec. 4: Brrr!