Youth Services

Our 2019 Summer Learning Challenge programming guide is available! To see our booklet with all our Children and Teen activities for the summer click here. This year's Summer Learning Challenge theme is "A Universe of Stories." During our Summer Learning Challenge, youth are challenged to read, discover, and create all summer long! As youth read, discover, and create, they will earn tickets to put toward prizes. We have some cool stuff to give away this summer! Children and Teens can start signing up (see section below titled "2019 Summer Learning Challenge) and winning prizes on Monday, June 3.
 
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:
  • Star Wars Scavenger Hunt (July 8-July 20: All day): Stop by the Youth Desk to pick up your scavenger hunt sheet. Pictures will be hidden in the Youth area. Find them all and win a small prize!
  • Friday Funday (Every Friday throughout the summer, All day): Every Friday we'll be setting out our GIANT Word Winder, GIANT Math Winder, and another game for kids to play. Children and their families can stop by any time to play and test out the games!
  • STEAM Club (Tuesday, July 16 @ 3:30): We'll be doing Storybook STEAM challenges! We'll be solving problems from some of your favorite books using supplies like paper clips, scissors, paper, & more! For kids in grades 2nd to 5th.
  • Science Experiments (Wednesday, July 17 from 3:30-4:30): Come try out some fun and simple science experiments. There will be "Experimentation Stations for children of all ages! Kids will also get to make their own ice cream in a bag while supplies last!
  • REMINDER: The last day to turn in raffle tickets for our 2nd Children's Prize Drawing is Saturday, July 20. Winners will be drawn the following week.
  • Performer: Bob Kann (Wednesday, July 24 @ 3:30): Stop by to see Juggler, Magician, and Storyteller Bob Kann perform his "An Outrageously Good Time" show. Children will see magic, juggling, storytelling and comedy combined for a show that is sure to make them laugh. *To abide by fire code, attendance will be limited. First come, first serve.
2019 Summer Learning Challenge (Monday, June 3-Saturday, August 3):
During the Summer, we off our Summer Learning Challenge. Youth can sign-up and track their learning over the summer for a chance to win prizes! Even if you’ve been in the program before, please note we are doing things differently this year. Participants will be logging not only their reading, but also the days they spend discovering and creating. Please read the step-by-step description on how to sign-up for the program  works to fully understand the program.

Little Readers (birth to 23 months):
Sign-Up form: https://tinyurl.com/y3qw6x24

Take Home Summer Learning Challenge Log: Little Readers Log

Little Readers will be counting how many minutes they read, how many days they spend discovering something new, and how many days they spend creating. Starting Monday, June 10, Little Readers can start bringing any learning they have recorded to the Youth Desk at the library. There a staff member will assist you in logging your child’s learning. Please keep in mind, when and how often you stop in the library to log your child’s learning is completely up to you. The only deadline is Saturday, August 3 when the program ends.

*Make sure you read over the Step-By-Step description on how the program works to fully understand what your child is logging, when they earn prize tickets, and what type of learning counts for the program.
 
Junior Readers (2 years old to Kindergarten):
Sign-Up form: https://tinyurl.com/yyefrtjw

Take Home Summer Learning Challenge Log: Children's Log

Junior Readers will be counting how many minutes they read, how many days they spend discovering something new, and how many days they spend creating. Starting Monday, June 10, Junior Readers can start bringing any learning they have recorded to the Youth Desk at the library. There a staff member will assist you in logging your child’s learning. Please keep in mind, when and how often you stop in the library to log your child’s learning is completely up to you. The only deadline is Saturday, August 3 when the program ends. Also, for Junior Readers, there are multiple prize drawings throughout the summer. If your child wants specific prizes in that set of prize drawings, we do suggest you get in before the deadline of that drawing to log some learning and put some tickets in toward that prize drawing.

*Make sure you read over the Step-By-Step description on how the program works to fully understand what your child is logging, when they earn prize tickets, and what type of learning counts for the program.
 
School Age Readers (1st Grade to 5th Grade):
Sign-Up form: https://tinyurl.com/yyhjh7xc

Take Home Summer Learning Challenge Log: Children's Log

School Age Readers will be counting how many minutes they read, how many days they spend discovering something new, and how many days they spend creating. Starting Monday, June 10, School Age Readers can start bringing any learning they have recorded to the Youth Desk at the library. There a staff member will assist you in logging your child’s learning. Please keep in mind, when and how often you stop in the library to log your child’s learning is completely up to you. The only deadline is Saturday, August 3 when the program ends. Also, for School Age Readers, there are multiple prize drawings throughout the summer. If your child wants specific prizes in that set of prize drawings, we do suggest you get in before the deadline of that drawing to log some learning and put some tickets in toward that prize drawing.

*Make sure you read over the Step-By-Step description on how the program works to fully understand what your child is logging, when they earn prize tickets, and what type of learning counts for the program.


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:
  • July 8
  • July 22
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 Summer, we have storytime Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-1:45 and Wednesday mornings from 10:30-11:15.
 
Upcoming Dates & Themes:
  • July 2 & 3: Stars
  • July 9 & 10: Space Buddies
  • July 16 & 17: Space Science
  • July 23 & 24: Shoot for the Moon!
  • July 30 & 31: Future Me Wants to Be...
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:
  • July 4: NO STORYTIME--LIBRARY CLOSED--HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!
  • July 11: Space Buddies
  • July 18: Space Science
  • July 25: Shoot for the Moon!
  • Aug. 1: Future Me Wants to Be...
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: 
  • July 1: Stars
  • July 15: Space Science
  • July 29: Future Me Wants to Be...
Weekend Storytimes
During the Summer, we provide storytimes on certain Saturdays throughout each month. The themes, stories, and activities are different from the storytimes we hold during the weeks. Storytimes are geared for children in Kindergarten and younger, but children of all ages are welcome! Dates, times, and themes are listed below.
  • Saturday, July 13 @ 10:30: At the Beach
  • Saturday, July 27 @ 10:30: Family Vacation

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.
  • Luis and the Aliens (Friday, July 12 @ 3:30): Not Rated. Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes.
  • Duck, Duck, Goose (Friday, July 26 @ 3:30): Rated PG. Runtime 1 hour 31 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:
  • July 2
  • August 6