Youth Services

Our Spring 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!

Our Youth Winter Reading Program is here! Children keep track of what they read over the winter months and get tickets to put toward different prizes. All prizes will be drawn when the program ends in February. Children and their families can stop in any time the library is open to log their reading and enter tickets for prizes. 
Little Readers (0 to 23 months): Little Readers keep track of how many books are read to them. For every book that is read, they get a raffle ticket to put toward prizes geared toward their age group. Stop in the library to sign-up or sign-up now with our online form:
Junior Readers (Ages 2 years old to 5th grade): Junior Readers get the option to either keep track of how many books they read/are read to them or how many hours they read. We do ask that anyone who is in 2nd grade or older to consider counting the hours they spend reading since the books they are reading are longer! Stop in the library to sign-up or sign-up now with our online form:  
Upcoming Events:
  • Youth Winter Reading Program (Dec. 4-Feb. 24): Register at the Youth Desk to be part of the Winter Reading Program! It's a great way to keep youth (and adults) engaged in reading during the coolest part of the year! Earn raffle tickets for reading to put toward fun prizes. Prizes will be drawn in Feb. when the program ends.
  • Holiday Party (Wed. Dec. 6 from 3:30-4:30): Stop by the library for a Holiday celebration! Play Holiday Bingo, make crafts, and enter our raffle to win a prize! No registration required.
  • Life-Size Games (Wed. Dec. 27-Sat. Dec. 30-ALL DAY): Need something to do over Winter Break? Come play life-size versions of your favorite games! Checkers, tic tac toe, Connect 4, and more!
  • Page-To-Stage: Willy Wonka Jr. (Fri. Dec. 29 from 2:00-3:00): The Schauer Arts Center and the Jack Russell Memorial Library 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 Schauer's show while supplies last! 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.

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:
  • Jan. 22
  • Feb. 5
  • Feb. 19
  • March 5
  • March 19
  • April 2
  • April 16
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:
  • Special Winter Break Storytime: Dec. 27 & 28: Winter
  • Jan 16 & 17: Popcorn
  • Jan. 23 & 24: Fairy Tales
  • Jan. 20 & 31: Foxes
  • Feb. 6 & 7: Emotions
  • Feb. 13 & 14: Valentine's Day
  • Feb. 20 & 21: Dentist
  • Feb. 27 & 28: Birthdays
  • March 6 & 7: Bath time
  • March 13 & 14: St. Patrick's Day
  • March 20 & 21: Manners
  • March 27 & 28: Science
  • April 3 & 4: Rainy Day
  • April 10 & 11: Libraries
  • April 17 & 18: Pajama Storytime (Please wear Pjs)
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:
  • Special Winter Break storytime: Dec. 27 & 28: Winter
  • Jan. 18: Popcorn
  • Jan. 25: Fairy Tales
  • Feb. 1: Foxes
  • Feb. 8: Emotions
  • Feb. 15: Love
  • Feb. 22: Teeth
  • March 1: Birthdays
  • March 8: Bath time
  • March 15: St. Patrick's Day
  • March 22: Manners
  • March 29: Science
  • April 5: Rainy Days
  • April 12: Libraries
  • April 19: Pajama Storytime (Please wear PJs)
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.
Registration required. Limited to 10 children per session. Please call 262-673-8240 to register today!
Upcoming Dates:
  • Jan. 15
  • Jan. 29
  • Feb. 12
  • Feb. 26
  • March 12
  • March 26
  • April 9

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.
  • 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.
  • Cars 3 (Fri. Jan. 19 @ 3:30): Runtime 1 hour 49 minutes. Rated PG.
  • The Emoji Movie (Fri. Feb. 16 @ 3:30): Runtime 1 hour 31 minutes. Rated PG
  • Disney's Descendants 2 (Mon. Feb. 19 @ 1:00): Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes. No rating.
  • Horton Hears a Who (Fri. March 2 @ 3:30): Runtime 1 hour 28 minutes. Rated G.
  • Despicable Me 3 (Fri. March 16 @ 3:30): Runtime 1 hour 36 minutes. Rated PG.
  • Children's Movie Marathon (Thurs. March 29 from 12:00-8:00): Stop by the Children's Desk or click here to vote for which movies you'd like to see played!
  • DisneyNature: Bears (Fri. April 20 @ 3:30): Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes. Rated G.
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):
  • Jan. 2: Snow Day
  • Feb. 6: Animals
  • March 6: Superheroes
  • April 3: Space
  • Wii & Teen Services