Programs & Activities for Kids

All activities are free; some require registration.

All library events this summer will be held in person or as a grab and go kit. Please read program descriptions for special locations, registration requirements and more.

 

 

Summer Reading Adventures

Babies and Toddlers- Grade 6      

June 1-August 14

Join us for this year’s Summer Reading Adventures! Register for this year’s Adventures through the Beanstack app on your mobile device or online. Use beanstack to complete up to six adventures (8 challenges for each adventure) to earn a prize and a coupon from a local business for each adventure you finish! You can also use Beanstack to track your reading. Beanstack has been used for both Summer Reading Adventures last summer and the winter reading challenge : IditaRead this past winter. If you participated in either of these challenges, just sign into your Beanstack account to register for this Summer! 

 

Stop by or contact the children’s reference desk at (262) 246-5182 with any questions. Make sure to also check out the teen events page and adult events page for programming information for those age groups!

 

 

 

Outdoor Family Storytime

Ages 0-4      

Wednesdays + Fridays
June 16-July 30
(No storytime the week of July 4)

10:00 AM

Join us outdoors this summer on Wednesdays and Fridays for a traditional storytime designed for ages 0-4, but open to all ages. Bring your own blankets or beach towels and enjoy stories, fingerplays, songs, and more in a safe, socially distanced environment!

 

No registration, just drop in!

Storytimes will take place outdoors this summer in the green space across the creek from Weyer park in our Event Tent. Parking in the Associated Bank parking lot is permitted. Storytime is weather dependent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Performer: Miss Jamie’s Farm

All Ages

Monday, June 21

11:00 AM

Lions Open Air Shelter, Village Park

Join us outdoors at Village Park for a musical performance for young kids about life down on the farm: sing, dance, laugh, and learn with Jamie and her farm puppets. This program is designed for children ages 5 to 12, but open to all ages.

No registration, just drop in!

 

 

 

Summer Performer: Incredible Bats

All Ages

Monday, June 28

6:00 PM

Lions Open Air Shelter, Village Park

Join us outdoors at Village Park for a live bat show presented by Dan and Sharon Peterson that will educate and engage people of all ages. This program is designed for children ages 5 to 12, but open to all ages.

No registration, just drop in!

 

 

 

Summer Performer: The Stapletons

All Ages

Monday, July 19

1:00 PM

Lions Open Air Shelter, Village Park

Join us outdoors at Village Park for a musical performance by The Stapletons. This husband and wife guitar and harp duo write their own songs in the styles of Appalachian ballads, Delta blues, and English folk songs. This program is designed for children ages 5 to 12, but open to all ages.

No registration, just drop in!

 

 

 

Summer Performer: Gypsy Geoff

All Ages

Monday, August 2

1:00 PM

Lions Open Air Shelter, Village Park

Join us outdoors at Village Park for a witty, fun-filled, interactive performance of unthinkable yet hilarious juggling feats, musical plate spinning, audience participation, and much, much more!  Don’t watch the circus, come be a part of it! This program is designed for children ages 5 to 12, but open to all ages.

No registration, just drop in!

 

 

 

Make It! Junior

Ages 2-12

June 1-August 8

Feeling crafty and creative? Stop by the children’s reference desk and pick up a fun grab and go craft kit! This summer we have kits designed for various age groups, so the whole family can join in on the fun. A new project is introduced every 2 weeks. See a display of all of the season’s projects in the children’s department.

 

Make it! Junior craft kits this summer season will be:
June 1-13Bird Puppets
June 14-27Homemade Sidewalk Chalk
June 28-July 11Macramé Art
July 12-25Handmade Notebooks
July 26-August 8Rocking and Spinning Toys

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!

 

 

 

 

Reading on the Roof

All Ages

Wednesdays, June 23+30 & July 14+21

3:30 PM

Civic Center Patio Roof

Do you love being read to? Listen to unforgettable chapter books, from brand-new to beloved, in a weekly read-aloud geared to ages 6-10 but open to all ages. Bring your coloring, knitting, snacks or just close your eyes while your children’s librarian brings stories to life on the Civic Center patio roof. Hear the first few chapters then receive your own copy of the book to finish at home.

June 23: The Water Horse by Dick King-Smith

June 30: Woof by Spencer Quinn

July 14: We’re Not From Here by Geoff Rodkey

July 21: The Sixty-Eight Rooms by Dick King-Smith

No registration, just drop in!

 

 

 

Camp American Girl

Ages 6-12  (+ a grown up)

Tuesday, June 22

3:00 PM

Lions Open Air Shelter, Village Park

Pack your bags and get ready for a crafty camp adventure! Register for this fun filled afternoon of crafting focused on camping and summer camp for your doll and yourself. Dolls are welcome to join you at this program; having an American Girl doll is not required.  An adult (age 16+) must attend this program with the child.

Tie dye will be available during this program, please bring your own items to tie dye. (Adults can tie dye too!)

Registration is full

 

 

 

 

4th of July  Storywalk®

All Ages

June 28-July 6

Village Park

Visit our 4th of July StoryWalk® at the Sussex Village Park set up in partnership with the Village Recreation Department. A StoryWalk® takes a children’s book and spreads its pages across a nature trail to allow families to experience a story and the outdoors together. This holiday’s featured book is a trip around the U.S.A. called How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman.

The StoryWalk® begins at the trail south of the Village Park tennis courts.

 

 

 

Jedi Academy

Ages 6-12  (+ a grown up)

Tuesday, July 20

3:00 PM

Lions Open Air Shelter, Village Park

Get ready to travel to a galaxy far, far away with the library! Register for this fun afternoon filled with Star Wars crafts and activities such as out of this galaxy slime, test your Jedi training and more! An adult (age 16+) must attend this program with the child.

 

Registration required. Registration will begin July 1 here on our events page!

 

 

 

 

Summer Storywalk®

All Ages

July 22-29

Village Park

Visit our StoryWalk® at the Sussex Village Park set up in partnership with the Village Recreation Department. A StoryWalk® takes a children’s book and spreads its pages across a nature trail to allow families to experience a story and the outdoors together. Our featured book is a caper through the jungle in Where’s My Mom? by Julia Donaldson.

The StoryWalk® begins at the trail south of the Village Park tennis courts.

 

 

 

 

Storybook Scavenger Hunt

All Ages

July 26-August 2

Village Park

Solve some riddles and take a walk through Village Park to find hidden book characters! Stop by the children’s reference desk to pick up the scavenger hunt clues and answer form or use our handy google form to fill in the answers. Find six of the eight hidden characters in the park and return your form for a chance to win a prize. Clues and answer sheets, as well as the google form, will be available in the library and on our website starting July 26. Answer sheets need to be returned by August 3 for a chance to win a prize. Pictures of answers sheets can be emailed back to us at phyouth@phpl.lib.wi.us.

No registration required!

 

 

 

 

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.