Programs & Activities for Kids
All activities are free; some require registration.
All library events this fall will be held in person or as a grab and go kit. If safety conditions indicate, programs may be rescheduled or moved to virtual platforms. Please read program descriptions for special locations, registration requirements and more.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
September 7-November 24
(No storytime Thursday, November 25)
Join us in-person for storytime this fall! Our preschool storytimes are created for ages 0-4, but open to all. Have fun with stories, songs, fingerplays, movement and more! After storytime receive a grab and go craft kit designed for little ones and based on our storytime theme of the week.
Storytime is repeated through the week, so pick your favorite day to attend.
At the beginning of this storytime season, while the weather is nice, storytime will be held outdoors in the green area across the bridge from Weyer Park, behind Associated Bank. Bring your own blankets and spread out for our fun-filled storytimes. (This is the same area where we held summer storytime!)
When the weather turns cold, storytime will move indoors, but still be in-person.
Registration will be required for indoor storytimes.
Please watch here and your email for more detailed information about registration and when we will be moving indoors.
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading incentive program for the youngest readers/listeners, beginning at birth. The tracking program Beanstack, available both on your computer or as an app, offers an online framework that allows books to be counted and milestones to be marked with digital badges as well as stickers and other tokens picked up at the library.
Registration for this program starts September 7 on Beanstack!
Make It! Junior
September 7-December 19
Feeling crafty and creative? Stop by the children’s reference desk and pick up a fun grab and go craft kit! This fall we have kits designed for various age groups, so the whole family can join in on the fun. A new project is introduced every 3 weeks. See a display of all of the season’s projects in the children’s department.
Make it! Junior craft kits this fall will be:
September 7-26—Quilled Paper Pictures
September 27-October 17—Hand-Sewn Felt Pouches
October 18-November 7—Mummy Luminaries
November 8-28—Recycled Crayons
November 29-December 19—Stained Glass Trees
If you wish to pick up the activity from a distance call to schedule a curbside pick up at 262-246-5182. Make It! Junior grab and go activities are available while supplies last.
Want to help support this program? Check out our Amazon wish list to donate supplies!
Wisconsin Science Festival: Apple Mummification
Registration open: October 1
Exhibit and kit pick-up: Thursday, October 21–Sunday, October 24
Do mummies and Ancient Egypt fascinate you? Intrigued by the process of mummification? Then this year’s Wisconsin Science Festival is for you! Visit the children’s department during Wisconsin Science Festival and view an apple mummification exhibit that will show different stages of mummification and more. Sign up to receive your own kit for mummifying an apple!
Registration required for kits and begins October 1.
First 30 registrations receive an apple with the kit!
September 16 & 30
October 14 & 28
November 11 & 18
6:00 PM | 6:20 PM | 6:40 PM
Looking for a fun way to practice your reading skills? Want to snuggle a dog while reading to him? Sign up for a time slot to read to Dakota the Golden Retriever! He is a perfect listener as you work on your reading skills or as you practice reading out loud. Bring a book from home or pick one at the library before your time slot. Dakota loves every book!
Registration required. Visit or call the Children’s Reference Desk to reserve your 20-minute slot.
Halloween Scavenger Hunt
Join us for a spooktacular scavenger hunt over the Halloween weekend! Costumes are welcome while you hunt down answers, all within walking distance of the library, at your most convenient time. The list of clues and the simple answer submission form will be available here starting October 27. If you prefer, a copy of the clues will also be available at the children’s reference desk.
No registration required. This scavenger hunt coincides with the Teen Halloween Scavenger Hunt so the entire family can participate!
Forts and Flashlights
What could be more fun than being in the library after hours with the lights turned low? Building a reading fort! Bring your blankets, stuffed animals, and flashlights to build your own fort in the library. Join us for a S’mores Ice Cream Bar served 6:00-6:30 (while supplies last).
No registration, just drop in! An adult must accompany child(ren) throughout the event.
Please note: For the protection of children using the library, the Pauline Haass Public Library Child Safety Policy states:
Pauline Haass Public Library is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for children and families. Library staff have many duties to perform in order to serve the public. For this reason, the staff cannot monitor the behavior or whereabouts of each patron, including children, or take over parental responsibilities.
Children age five and under must be accompanied by, and within view of, an adult or caregiver at all times and in all areas of the building including the Children’s Area and the restrooms.
Please feel free to refer to our complete Child Safety Policy.