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:
  • Winter Olympic Athletes Calender (All Feb. Long): Each day of the month we'll be posting a picture on our Facebook page and in the library of a USA Winter Olympic Athlete! We'll post their name and the sport they are in. Grab a calendar from the Youth Desk and write the athletes name and the sport they play. Turn in your completed calendar at the end of the month and win a prize.
  • Dr. Seuss Scavenger Hunt (Feb. 19-March 3): We'll have pictures of Dr. Seuss characters hidden around the library. Children can grab a scavenger hunt sheet at the Youth Desk and check off the characters when they find them. Children who find all the pictures receive a small prize. Children can complete scavenger hunts whenever the library is open!
  • Read Across America Day Party (Wed. Feb. 28 from 3:30-4:30): Read Across America Day is a nationwide annual celebration that takes place on Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2. Help us celebrate the day early by joining us for a party on Wed. Feb. 28! We'll play some games, make some Dr. Seuss themed crafts, and more!
  • Page-To-Stage: Cinderella (Sat. March 3 from 10:30-11:30): The Schauer Arts Center and the Library present special crafts and fun activities based on the children's stories. Children who attend the activity at the library can receive a copy of the book and a ticket to the Cinderella show at the Schauer Art Center 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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):
  • March 6: Superheroes
  • April 3: Space
  • Wii & Teen Services