Youth Services

Our 2019 Winter/Spring 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!
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:
  • March Madness (All March Long): Some of the most popular books from 2018 will be battling it out to see who comes out on top! We'll start with the "Sweet 16 and marrow it down each week with your help. Each week vote for the books you think should head to the final round. The book left standing will be named our Book of the Year. Vote online for our Week 3 competitors by visiting or stop by the Youth Desk. 

  • Candy Towers (Tuesday, march 26 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.): Come test out your building skills! Kids will use toothpicks and candy (marshmallows, gum drops, etc.) to make tandy towers. It's a fun way to test your engineering skills with a sweet treat! No registration required.

  • Perfomer: Ms. Kim's Amazing Animals (Wednesday, March 27 @ 6:30 p.m.): This is an interactive live animal presentation! Children can learn about animals up close and personal. Fun for all ages! *To abide by fire code, attendance is limited to 150 people. First come, first serve. Please note, all seating will be on the floor to provide the best experience for children.

  • Drive-In Movie (Friday, March 29 @ 2 p.m.): It's Drive-In movie day at the library!
    Children can arrive at 2 p.m. to decorate their very own car out of a cardboard box. They'll be able to "drive" this car to our movie! Decorating of cars will run from 2:00-2:30. At 2:30, we'll show Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales. Runtime is 38 minutes. Children can take their cars home with them when the movie is done!
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:
  • April 1
  • April 15
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:
  • March 26 & 27: It's Spring!
  • April 2 & 3: Money
  • April 9 & 10: Elephants
  • April 16 & 17: Bunny Time (Special Parachute Storytime)
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:
  • March 28: It's Spring!
  • April 4: Money
  • April 11: Elephants
  • April 18: Bunny Time
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: 
  • March 25
  • April 8

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.
  • Peter Rabbit (Wed. April 17 @ 3:30): Rated PG. Runtime 93 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):
  • April 2: Spring
  • May 7: Buildings