Programs & Activities for Kids

All activities are free; some require registration.

All library events 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.



1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Ages 0-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.

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. 




Summer Reading Adventures

Ages Birth-Grade 6
June 1–August 13

Dive into summer with our Summer Reading Adventures! Register on Beanstack for a summer of reading and activities. Receive fun prizes as well as coupons from local businesses for each adventure finished. There are six adventures in total!

To download the Beanstack app on your apple device, click here.

To download the Beanstack app on your android device, click here.



Are you going into 8th grade or older next school year and interested in being a teen volunteer with our Summer Reading Adventures? Check out more information on volunteering here.




Family Storytime

Ages 0-4
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays
June 14–July 28 (no programs week of July 4)
10:00 a.m.
Friends of the Library Tent, Weyer Park field

This outdoor storytime is designed for ages 0–4, with all family members welcome. Bring your own blanket or beach towel to settle in and enjoy books, fingerplays, songs, movement, and more.

If weather is bad, storytime will take place in the Quad Room at the Library.

No registration required; just drop in.





Summer Performer Series

All Ages (geared for ages 5-12)
1:00 p.m.

Join us Monday afternoons for fantastic performances that are certain to amaze and delight all who attend!

June 20
Lion’s Open Air Shelter, Village Park
Matt Teague performs What If, a magic show about following your dreams and the power of imagination.

June 27
Lion’s Open Air Shelter, Village Park
Randy Peterson presents a rollicking story of a young pirate who sails the seas looking for gold. What he finds is even better.

July 11
Friends of the Library Tent, Weyer Park Field
The Wildlife in Need Center (WINC) shares a look inside animal rehabilitation featuring native Wisconsin wildlife.

July 25
Lion’s Open Air Shelter, Village Park
Sadarri & Company presents multicultural storytelling that blends language, music, movement, and humor.




Doggy Tales

Grades 1-6

June 9 & 23
July 14 & 28
August 4

6:00 PM | 6:20 PM | 6:40 PM

Registration begins May 16

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 May 16. 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.




Make It! Junior

Ages 0-12
June 6–August 13

Get crafty this summer with our aquatic-themed grab and go craft 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 two weeks.

June 6-18: Shark Portholes and Puppets
June 20-July 2: Cork Sailboats
July 5-16: Glimmering Lighthouses
July 18-30: Jazzy Jellyfish
August 1-13: Sand Clay

Kits are available while supplies last. No registration required; just pick up.




LabCrafts in KidsLab

Grades 3 and up
Wednesdays June 8 & 22, July 20 & Aug 3
3:30-5:00 p.m.

Drop in and have fun with STEAM projects this summer! LabCrafts is prepared to get messy with an exciting array of science-y and fun activities made for kids going into 3rd grade or older. Some crafts will be messy and outdoors, while some will be in our KidsLab. Check back for more information about special projects and special times or locations for experiments.

No registration required, just drop in.

KidsLab will also be open for free create and tinker time during all library hours as long as a lab assistant is on duty. Call ahead to confirm.




Sew XO

Grades 3–12
Mondays, June 13 & July 11: Meet the Sewing Machine
Mondays, June 27 & July 25: Felt Garland-Making
4:00 p.m.
Registration begins June 1

Do you love sewing? Are you interested in learning how to sew on a machine? Join our small-group classes for tweens and teens to learn sewing machine basics and how to make simple, beautiful items with it. The class will be using Viking sewing machines, purchased with grant money from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Registration required and begins June 1; visit or call the children’s desk. Space is limited.




Reading on the Roof

Ages 6-10
Wednesdays, June 15 & 29, July 13 & 27
3:30 p.m.
Civic Center Roof Patio

Listen and lounge to a read-aloud of the first few chapters of an unforgettable chapter book, from beloved to brand new. Afterwards, take home your own copy of the book to keep so you can find out where the story goes. Snacks and quiet activities, such as coloring, are welcome during the reading of the book.


See the books we are reading this summer below!

Reading on the Roof will take place as scheduled no matter the weather. Please head to the second floor of the Civic Center to attend this program.

No registration required; just drop in.




American Girl Crafternoon

Ages 6-12 (with an adult)
Tuesday, June 21
3:00 p.m.
Lions Open Air Shelter, Village Park
Registration begins June 1

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of crafting for your doll and yourself. Make crafts for a doll birthday, make yourself a cute cactus to decorate your room, and so much more!  Dolls are welcome, but having an American Girl doll is not required.

An adult (age 16+) must attend this event with the child.

Please note: Registered attendees are the only children who may participate in the program. We plan for an exact number and do not have materials or resources for additional children who attend the program to participate. This includes siblings.

Registration is FULL! Please contact the library to be put on a waitlist for potential open spots. 




Summer Storywalk®

All Ages
June 27–July 11
Village Park

Visit our summer StoryWalk® along the trail at the Sussex Village Park presented in partnership with the Village Recreation Department. This summer’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.




Dog Man Party

Ages 6-12 (with an adult)
Tuesday, July 19
3:00 p.m.
Lions Open Air Shelter, Village Park
Registration begins July 1

Join us for a SUPA awesome afternoon celebrating our favorite crime fighter: Dog Man! Create a flip-o-rama, make character shrinky dinks, test your police dog skills, and so much more.

An adult (age 16+) must attend this event with the child.

Please note: Registered attendees are the only children who may participate in the program. We plan for an exact number and do not have materials or resources for additional children who attend the program to participate. This includes siblings.

Registration is required and begins July 1.



Kiddie Con

Ages 5-12
Thursday, August 11
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Join fellow fans of Star Wars, Minecraft, Harry Potter, Superheroes, Disney, Nintendo, and more. Enjoy crafts, games, and more fandom fun. Costumes are encouraged!

Designed for ages 5-12, but open to all kids.

No registration required; just drop in.




Family Tie Dye

All Ages (children ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult.)
Saturday, August 13
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Library Front Lawn

The entire family is invited to a colorful tie dye party on the library’s front lawn. Bring your own items to dye and we’ll provide the dye, rubber bands, and gloves.

No registration required; just drop in.




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.