Programs & Activities for Kids

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

 

Gingerbread House Decorating Contest – VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE!

Community Vote: December 1-18
Winners Announced: December 19
Display: December 1-31
View the Contest Rules & Guidelines HERE!

 

Join us for our 2nd annual all-ages Gingerbread House Decorating Contest! Visit the library to view the beautiful gingerbread structures and VOTE for your favorite! There are 4 different entry categories: Children, Teens, Adults, and Family.

VOTING & WINNING
● There will be an open community vote for each age category from December 1 – 18. People can vote for 1 favorite in each category.
● The winner from each category will be announced on Monday, December 19.
● Winners will receive a Pauline Haass Public Library 2022 Gingerbread Contest ornament, $25 gift card for King Arthur Baking Company and bragging rights!
● All entries will be on public display in the library from December 1 – 31.

 

Make It! Junior

Grades 5K-6
October 3-December 4

Get crafty with our grab and go kits designed to educate and delight. Projects are divided into age groups, making sure all who participate have a good time. A new project is introduced every three weeks.

October 3-23: Halloween Origami Garland ALL GONE
October 24-November 13: Mystic Caves ALL GONE
November 14-December 4: Winter Wreath ALL GONE

Last day to return your prize entry ticket is December 9!

 

 

 

Activities in KidsLab

LabCrafts
Grades 3 and up
Select Wednesdays
4:00-7:00 p.m.

Drop in and have fun with STEAM projects this fall! From messy to crafty these projects are sure to delight, entertain, and engage young creators! Check back for more information about special projects and special times or locations for experiments.

LabCraft projects this fall
September 14: Make your own piñata
October 12: Glass gem crafts
November 9: Gnomes and their homes
December 14: Slime station

LabCraft this spring will be held on February 1, March 1, April 5, and May 3. Check back for projects soon!

No registration required; just drop in.

 

LabTime
Mondays and Wednesdays
3:30-7:00 pm
Saturdays
10:00am-4:00 pm

KidsLab will be open for creators grades 3 and up on Monday and Wednesday afternoons as well as Saturdays when a lab assistant is available in the Lab. Do self led activities like working with Hexbugs, crafting perler bead creations, building with cardboard and so much more during open times.

 

Please call the children’s desk in advance at (262)246-5182 to see when a lab assistant will be in the Lab.

No registration required; just drop in.

 

 

 

Early Explorers LabCrafts

Grades  1-2
Select Thursdays
4:00-6:00 pm

Can’t wait to get into KidsLab but you are not in 3rd grade yet? Join us for Early Explorer LabCrafts! This special program will take place in KidsLab, but is for 1st and 2nd graders. Come explore KidsLab, make a craft, and check out books perfect for your reading level.

 

December 15: Gingerbread Play Doh
February 16: Spinning Toys
March 16: Moving Fishies
April 13: Slime Station

No registration required; just drop in. This program will be the only time KidsLab will be available for children 2nd grade and younger. 

 

 

 

Sew XO

Grades 3-12
Select Mondays
4:00-5:15 pm
Registration for spring dates begins January 3

Do you love sewing? Are you interested in learning to sew on a machine? Join our small group classes for tweens and teens, held in the KidsLab.

December 5 FILLED & December 19: FILLED: Holiday Felt Garland

January 23, February 13, & March 13: Meet the Sewing Machine

February 27 & March 23: Garland Making

April 10 & 24: Mini Drawstring Bags
(Must have attended a Meet the Sewing Machine class in the past to register for Mini Drawstring Bags)

Registration required. Visit or call the children’s reference desk to reserve your spot.

 

 

 

Family Storytime

Ages 0-4
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
January 24-April 13
10:00 a.m.

Traditional weekday storytime featuring stories, fingerplays, movement, and more. The same storytime is repeated throughout the week, so choose your favorite day to attend.

No registration required; just drop in.

 

 

 

IditaRead

Grades  1-6
January 16-February 24

Race onto the Beanstack app to track your progress in our winter reading challenge! Mushers will be reading along the IditaRead trail, reaching checkpoints along the way and completing 27 hours of reading to get past the finish line. Check out our handy guide on how to use the Beanstack app for this program. Don’t forget to stop by the library and decorate your paper sled dog to run on the giant library IditaRead map.

Every musher who finishes their 27 hours of reading wins a prize. Each finisher can also enter to win an IditaRead grand prize. Think you have what it takes to be the biggest reader? Keep logging past the 27 hour finishing mark for a chance to be the musher who reads the most and win a prize.

Register for this program on Beanstack. Simply login to your account (same one for summer reading) or create an account to register.

 

 

 

IditaRead Puppies


Ages 0-5K
January 16-February 24

IditaRead puppies will be racing along a shortened version of the IditaRead trail, reaching checkpoints along the way. Puppies will need to complete 13 hours of reading to get past the finish line. Check out our handy guide on how to use the Beanstack app for this program. Don’t forget to stop by the library and decorate your paper puppy to run on the library IditaRead Puppies map.

Every puppy who finishes their 13 hours of reading wins a prize. Each finisher can also enter to win an IditaRead Puppies grand prize.

Register for this program on Beanstack. Simply login to your account (same one for summer reading) or create an account to register.

 

 

 

Doggy Tales

Grades 1-6
January 12 & 26, February 9 & 23, March 9 & 23, April 6
6:00-7:00 pm
Registration begins January 3

Looking for a fun way to practice your reading skills? Want to snuggle a dog while you read to him? Sign up for Doggy Tales! Each Doggy Tales session is a 20 minute time slot to read to Dakota the Golden Retriever. Bring your own book or choose one from the library.

Registration required. Visit or call the children’s reference desk to reserve your spot.

 

 

 

Harry Potter Book Night

Grades 5K-6
Thursday, February 2
6:00-7:30 pm

Magic is back in the library for another fun-filled Harry Potter Book Night! Witches and wizards around the world will be joining in during this international celebration for Harry Potter. Visit the library and partake in Quidditch, complete the Triwizard maze, mix up some potions, and so much more during this magical night! Costumes are always welcome at Harry Potter Book Night.

No registration required; just drop in.

 

 

 

Make It! Junior

Grades 5K-6
March 6-May 7

Get crafty with our grab-and-go kits designed to educate and delight.  A new project is introduced every three weeks.

March 6-26: Origami Flowers

March 27-April 16: Mini Rag Wreaths

April 17-May 7: Hopping Froggies

No registration required; kits available while supplies last.

 

 

 

Bunny Scavenger Hunt

All Ages
Friday, March 24-Monday, April 3

Bunnies have escaped in the library! Stop by the library at your convenience and use clues to find hidden paper bunnies in and around the library. All bunnies will be within walking distance of the library. Each person who finishes the bunny scavenger hunt may enter their name to win a grand prize. Clues will be available online here as well as paper versions at the children’s desk starting Friday, March 24.

No registration required; just drop in.

 

 

 

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

All Ages
Drop Off: Thursday, March 30 4:00-6:00 pm
Pick up: Friday, March 31 12:00-5:00

Ever wonder what mischief a group of stuffed animals can get up to in the library? Sign your stuffed animal up for the library sleepover and find out! Bring your animal to the library any time during drop off time and complete a fun craft together, then read a book and tuck them in. Starting at 6:00 pm watch the library Facebook page for updates on the animals’ antics. Pick up your stuffie the next day and hear all about their fun night.

Registration required and will be available here on March 6.

 

 

 

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 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten and Early Literacy.

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

 

 

 

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.