Youth Services

Our 2019 Fall Programming Guide is available now. Make sure to check out all the fun activities we have going on this fall!
The Youth Department is dedicated to providing programming for children of all ages! 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:
  • Children's Performer: Mad Science of Milwaukee (Tuesday, August 13 @ 6:30): "Reach for the Moon" is a show Mad Science of Milwaukee will be putting on to show children the wonders of space! Mad Science shows are always highly interactive, action packed, and captivating! *To abide by fire code, attendance will be limited.
  • Page-To-Stage (Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10:30-11:30): 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 th book and a ticket to the Schauer's performance of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" (Dec. 13) while supplies last! *Please note, no books will be handed out before the event.
  • Children's Performer: Kohl's Wild Theater (Wednesday, Oct. 9 @ 3:30): Children and their families can stop by for a 30-minute musical titled, "How Does Your Garden Grow?" Kohl's Wild Theater will take children on the adventure of a young gardener working to grow a big and healthy watermelon. Kids will learn about where food comes from, how it grows, and tips for growing their own food. *To abide by fire code, performance will be limited. First come, first serve.
2019 Summer Learning Challenge (Monday, June 3-Saturday, August 3):
Thank you to everyone who participated in our 2019 Summer Learning Challenge! Prizes have been drawn and winners will be contacted by Friday, August 9. Prizes can be picked up at the Youth Desk any time we are open. We do ask that all prizes we picked up by Saturday, Sept. 7 @ 2 p.m. or they will be forfeited. Thank you!

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 9:15-9:30 and is for ages 0 months to 17 months. No registration required. *Please note, we have changed the time of our Baby Lapsit to an hour earlier.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Sept. 16
  • Sept. 30
  • Oct. 14
  • Oct. 28
  • Nov. 11
  • Nov. 25
  • Dec. 9
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 afternoons from 1:00-1:45 and Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15.
Upcoming Dates & Themes:
  • Sept. 10 & 11: Deep in the Jungle
  • Sept. 17 & 18: Turtles
  • Sept. 24 & 25: Bounce and Jump
  • Oct. 1 & 2: I'm an artist!
  • Oct. 8 & 9: Fire Safety
  • Oct. 15 & 1: Dinosaurs
  • Oct. 22 & 23: Happy Birthdays!!
  • Oct. 29 & 30: Monsters Don't Scare Me! (Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.)
  • Nov. 5 & 6: Emergency Helpers
  • Nov. 12 & 13: Wacky Words
  • Nov. 19 & 20: Snoozing
  • Nov. 26 & 27: Gobble, Gobble
  • Dec. 3 & 4: Dear Santa
  • Dec. 10 & 11: Red & Green
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:
  • Sept. 12: Deep in the Jungle
  • Sept. 19: Turtles
  • Sept. 26: Bounce and Jump
  • Oct. 3: I'm an artist!
  • Oct. 10: Fire Safety
  • Oct. 17: Dinosaurs
  • Oct. 24: Happy Birthdays!!
  • Oct. 31: Monsters Don't Scare Me! (Kids can wear their Halloween costumes!)
  • Nov. 7: Emergency Helpers
  • Nov. 14: Wacky Words
  • Nov. 21: Snoozing
  • Nov. 28--No Toddler Time--Library Closed.
  • Dec. 5: Dear Santa
  • Dec. 12: Red & Green
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. Thank you to Brisingamen Intelligence for our new 20 handle parachute!
Upcoming Dates: 
  • Sept. 9
  • Sept. 23
  • Oct. 7
  • Oct. 21
  • Nov. 4
  • Nov. 18
  • Dec. 2
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 Dog's Way Home (Friday, Sept. 27 @ 3:30 p.m.): Rated PG. Runtime 1 hour 27 minutes.
  • The Secret Life of Pets 2 (Monday, Oct. 7 @ 2 p.m.): Rated PG. Runtime 1 hour 26 minutes.
  • Toy Story 4 (Friday, Nov. 15 @ 3:30): Rated G. Runtime 1 hour 40 minutes.
  • Pokemon: Detective Pikachu (Friday, Dec. 27 @ 2 p.m.): Rated PG. Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes.
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:
  • Sept. 3
  • Oct. 1
  • Nov. 5
  • Dec. 3