Programs & Activities for Kids

All activities are free; some require registration.

All library events this winter/spring 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.

 

Family Storytime

Ages 0-4
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
January 25 – April 14

10:00 AM

Join us in-person for storytime! 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.

The same storytime is repeated through the week, so pick your favorite day to attend.

Storytime will be indoors for our 12 week winter/spring session. Registration is required. Registration will be available right here on our website one week in advance of each storytime week. 

Registered spots will be held until 10:00 AM when storytime begins. Families that don’t register but wish to attend may take available spots at that point.

Register for Thursday, January 27

Register for Tuesday, February 1

Register for Wednesday, February 2

Register for Thursday, February 3

 

 

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Ages 0-Kindergarten
Self-paced
Ongoing

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.

Read more about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and Early Literacy.

 

Registration for this program is available on Beanstack! Sign up whenever you are ready to begin. 

 

 

 

IditaRead

Grades 1-6
January 17 – February 25

Sled across Alaska in our winter reading challenge! Framed after the Iditarod Sled Dog Race held in Alaska each year, read 27 hours during the IditaRead to reach the 26 checkpoints and cross the finish line. Track your reading on the Beanstack app and through our library IditaRead map. Visit the children’s reference desk to decorate your own sled dog and move it along the library map as you reach all of the checkpoints.

Each racer who finishes the race can enter for a chance to win a prize. Think you can read more than anyone? Continue to log your reading past the 27 hours for a chance to be our biggest reader and win a prize!

Register for this program starting January 17 through the Beanstack app or website (as used in our Summer Reading Program). 

 

 

 

IditaRead Puppies

Ages  0-5K
January 17 – February 25

Sled across Alaska in our winter reading challenge for our youngest readers! Framed after the Iditarod Sled Dog Race held in Alaska each year, race along a shortened IditaRead trail made for little mushers. Read 13 hours during the IditaRead to reach the 12 checkpoints and cross the finish line. Track your reading on the Beanstack app and through our library IditaRead  Puppies map. Visit the children’s reference desk to decorate your own sled puppy and move it along the library map as you reach all of the checkpoints. Each racer who finishes the race can enter for a chance to win a prize!

Register for this program starting January 17 through the Beanstack app or website (as used in our Summer Reading Program). 

 

 

 

LabTime in KidsLab

Grades 3-6
Wednesdays, January 19 – April 20
3:30-5:00 pm

Join our KidsLab scientists and our teen lab assistants for fun and learning in the KidsLab! LabTime is full of special activities such as such as paper lanterns, Shrinky Dinks, snap circuits, perler beads, and more..

Call 262-246-5182 to verify that an assistant will be on duty that day.

 

 

 

Harry Potter Book Night

Grades 1-6
Thursday, February 3
6:00-7:30 pm

Harry Potter Book Night is back at the Library! Join fellow witches and wizards (even muggles too) for a fun filled night of crafts and games to celebrate our love of the Harry Potter universe. Visit our potions classroom to mix up some magic, drop by our Ollivander’s shop to create your own wand, and swoop onto our Quidditch pitch to test your skills and so much more! Costumes are encouraged, but not required.

No registration required, just drop in!

 

 

 

Sew XO

Grades 3-12
Mondays, February 7 & March 7: Meet the Machine
Mondays, February 21 & March 21: Sewing with Circuits
All held at 4:00 pm on specified date

Do you love sewing? Are you interested in learning how to sew on a machine? Through an IMLS grant (Institute of Museum and Library Services), the library has acquired two sewing machines and will offer small-group classes and sewing machine tutorials to teens and tweens.

To schedule a 45-minute tutorial, call the Children’s Reference Desk for availability. 

Registration required and begins January 10. Visit or call the Children’s Reference Desk. Spaces are limited.

 

 

 

Doggy Tales

Grades 1-6

Thursdays:
February 10 & 24
March 10 & 24
April 7 & 21

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 and begins January 10. Visit or call the Children’s Reference Desk to reserve your 20-minute slot.

Have a trained therapy dog and are interested in being part of Doggy Tales? Contact the children’s reference desk at (262)246-5182 for more information.

 

 

 

Youth Art Month and Art Reception

Youth Art Month: March 1-31

Art Reception: Thursday, March 3 4:00-6:00 pm

Celebrate the creativity and artistic talents of Hamilton School District K-12 students during youth art month . Visit and view the artwork on display all month. Stop in during the Art Reception on Thursday, March 3 to meet the teachers and appreciate the art with the artists.

No registration required

 

 

 

Make It! Junior

Ages 5-12
March 1 – May 1

Feeling crafty and creative? Stop by the children’s reference desk and pick up a fun grab and go craft kit! This spring 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 spring will be:
March 1-20Cherry Blossom Windsocks
March 21-April 10Solar System Mobiles
April 11-May 1DIY Seed Paper

Make It! Junior grab-and-go activities are available while supplies last.

 

 

 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

All Ages
Drop off: Thursday, March 31 4:00-6:00 pm
Pick up: Friday, April 1 12:00-5:00 pm

Ever wondered what it would be like to stay in the library over night? Sign up your animal for a library sleepover! Drop them off anytime during our drop off window on March 31, do a craft with your animal, read them a book and tuck them in then watch the PHPL Facebook page to follow the slumber party shenanigans and see what your animals get up to! Pick them up the next day and hear all about the fun night they had in the library!

Registration is required and will be available here starting March 1. 

 

 

 

Spring Storywalk®

All Ages
April 9-May 1
Sussex Village Park

Visit our StoryWalk® at the Sussex Village Park set up in partnership with the Village Recreation Department.  This Spring our featured book is Picnic by John Burningham. A StoryWalk® spreads the pages of a children’s book along a nature trail so you can experience a story in the outdoors.

 

No registration required.

 

 

 

Bunny Scavenger Hunt

All Ages
April 15-22

Bunnies have escaped in the library! Hop on down to the library and search for the bunnies hidden in and around the library.  Each bunny will be close to the library. Stop by and search for them at your most convenient time. Visit our website to access the list of clues and simple submission form. Paper versions of the clues and answer sheets will be available at the children’s reference desk during the hunt.  Find 6 of the 8 hidden bunnies and be entered to win a fun bunny prize!

No registration required, clues and answer forms will be available here starting April 15. 

 

 

 

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.