Programs & Activities for Kids

All activities are free; some require registration. For more information, call the library at (262) 246-5182.



Family Storytime

Ages 0-4

Every Tuesday-Friday
January 21-April 10

10:00-10:25 AM

Stories, songs, movement and more! Designed for preschool (ages 0-4), but all ages welcome. Program is repeated four times throughout the week: pick your favorite day!

For an optimum storytime experience, please refer to our Storytime Tips and Guidelines.

No registration. Just drop in!



LabTime in the KidsLab

Grades 3 +

Tuesdays & Thursdays:  January 7-May 28

4:00-7:00 PM

Drop by our KidsLab to imagine, explore, and create ANY time the library is open . . .

. . . or come by for extra help during LabTime. LabTime is a special time when Teen Lab Assistants will be on hand to assist and supervise special activities that are not generally available in the Lab. Take a look at the monthly calendar from KidsLab to know the offered activities during LabTime! Come by at your convenience during these time slots.

No registration. Just drop in! Call 262-246-5182 to verify that a volunteer will be on duty the day you come in.

Note: some Thursdays end at 6:00 pm for Doggy Tales.




Touch, Play, Move, and More!

Ages 2-4

Wednesdays & Thursdays:
January 15 & 16

February 19 & 20
March 18 & 19
April 15 & 16

Open 1:00-3:00 pm (drop in)

Join us for an interactive sensory playtime for preschoolers! Activities will stimulate the senses and encourage children to investigate and explore.

No registration. Just drop in!



IditaRead Winter Reading Program

Grades 1-6

January 20-February 28

Race across Alaska in our new winter reading challenge! Children, grades 1-6, can join the mushers on the Iditarod trail and read 27 chapters to have their sled dog stop at each of the 26 checkpoints and cross the finish line in the children’s department. Finish the race for a chance to win a prize.

Check the Adult Events page and Teen Events page for IditaRead Challenges for the whole family!

Registration required. Visit the Children’s Reference Desk to register.




Doggy Tales

Grades 1-8

January 30
February 13 & 27
March 12 & 19
April 2

6:00-7:00 PM

Sign up for a time slot to read one-on-one to Dakota the Golden Retriever. Read aloud for practice, fun, or just some Doggy time.

Registration required. Call 262-246-5182 or visit the Children’s Reference Desk to register for your 20-minute slot.



Grow Strong Readers

Parents and Caregivers

February 3
February 24
March 16
April 6
April 27 (new date)

6:30-7:45 pm

What is the buzz about early literacy? How can you best help your kids become strong readers? Learn the answers and more by attending one or all four sessions of our Grow Strong Readers series for parents and caregivers of babies and young children. Refreshments will be served.

Registration required. Call 262-246-5182 or visit the Children’s Reference Desk to register.




Ages 4 +

February 5
March 4
April 1
May 6

6:30-7:30 PM

Join other LEGO-loving kids to imagine, design, and build with the library’s LEGO bricks. Your creations will go on exhibit at the library.

Younger siblings are invited to play with DUPLOs under adult supervision.

No registration. Just drop in!



Harry Potter Book Night

Grades 1-12

Thursday, February 6

6:00-7:30 pm

The Pauline Haass Public Library joins bookstores and libraries around the world in sharing the magic of the Harry Potter series with young readers. Join us for Potter-themed activities set up throughout the library. Costumes welcome.

No registration. Just drop in!

Donate a new pair of socks to Dobby at either reference desk February 1-7 and receive $.50 fine reduction voucher (max $3.00 per person)

Older siblings (age 16 and up) and parents: check out our Harry Potter Team Trivia Night Friday, February 7 on the Adult Events page.



Youth Art Month & Reception

Youth Art Month: March 1-31

Youth Art Reception: Thursday, March 5, 4:00-6:00 pm

Celebrate the creativity and artistic talents of Hamilton School District K-12 students. Visit and view the artwork on display all month. Attend the reception to meet the teachers and appreciate the art!



Family Art Lab

Grades K5 & up

Saturday & Sunday:
March 28 & 29

Open 1:30-3:30 pm both days (drop in)

March is Youth Art Month! Visit the library for an artistic open-house afternoon. Art and craft activities are designed to give children and their caregivers the opportunity to experiment with different materials and techniques.

An adult must attend this event with the child.

No registration. Just drop in!



American Girl Crafternoon

Ages 6-12 (+ a grown up)

Saturday, April 4

2:00-3:30 pm

Join us for a fun filled afternoon of craft projects for you and your doll. Any dolls are welcome to join you at this program; having an American Girl doll is not required.

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

Registration required and begins March 1. Call 262-246-5182 or visit the Children’s Reference Desk to register.



Farm Stand, Little Farm Kitchen, Train Table, & KidsLab!






Open anytime!
Imagine, Explore, and Create anytime in our interactive children’s department.

Practice hands-on learning in our pretend play areas appropriate for curious kids through second grade.

Investigate STEAM-based activities in our KidsLab maker space for kid explorers 3rd grade and older.

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.