Look Around the Kids Area

Welcome to the children’s department! We strive to provide exceptional service to children ages 0-12 and their families. In our department children can learn, grow, and spread their wings by utilizing interactive play areas, participating in programs, and of course using our wide and varied collection.

A Place for Everyone

Our children’s department is more than just our collection; we are also a place for people to gather and learn. Our special areas start with our board book room, designed for babies and toddlers. With a table just their size, a rocking chair for cozy reading together time, and books made just for this age group, this room is a perfect place to start a young child’s library adventure.

Join us as we start to safely re-introduce our beloved interactive areas. These areas are wonderful for learning experiences at all different ages. The puzzle tables are back and ready to help children practice fine motor skills and learn visual discrimination of sizes, colors, shapes and more. Check out an old favorite interactive that has returned: magnet letters. These are wonderful to help with beginning spelling, letter and color recognition, and are just fun to play with. Look out for more areas coming in spring of 2022.

School aged kids have their own special places here in the children’s department. Scope out a seat in our new intermediate seating area with fun furniture and spaces to work on homework. If you are 3rd grade and older check out KidsLab for fun STEAM activities and programs.



The space in the children’s department is constantly changing to fit the needs of the community and the needs of the library. Sometimes short term changes are made for programs. Youth Art Month, Harry Potter Book Night, IditaRead Winter Reading Program, and Summer Reading Adventures are examples of programs that bring fun decorations, art, and more to make the whole department feel exciting and festive!



The Collection

Our collection holds materials for ages 0-12, meaning we have a lot of variety in our collection. Our book collection consists of board books for the youngest readers, bin books about popular characters, picture books for all readers, easy readers for our beginning readers, beginning fiction for those who are ready to move on to short chapter books, juvenile fiction for our chapter book readers, and graphic fiction that is enjoyed by all.

Our wide variety of materials beyond print books include audiobooks to listen to with your ears, our DVD collection to find a new or beloved classic to watch, Wii and Wii U games for fun and learning, CDs of new or favorite songs, and a magazine collection for reading articles of interest to all kinds of kids.

Learn more here about check out periods and information about overdue fees on our materials.

Visit our online catalog here!

Book Bundles

Grab a book bundle to check out! A book bundle is a set of books that has been assembled based on a topic or theme. Book bundles are a great way to discover new books, read about a variety of topics, and check out a stack of books all at once.


Meet Our Staff

Valerie Johnson, Children’s Services Manager

Valerie Johnson has been the Children’s Services Manager since summer 2014. Prior to Pauline Haass Public Library she managed the children’s department at the Oshkosh Public Library, and worked as a children’s librarian and language arts teacher in Florida. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and Education from Marywood University, and a Master’s of Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. At the age of nine she decided to be a librarian when she grew up and now immensely enjoys her job, especially when she witnesses excitement for books and a growing love of reading in children at the library. She loves silly books like Polar Bear’s Underwear by Tupera Tupera and sweet books like This Is Sadie by Sara O’Leary. She has read the entire Little House series eight times and can’t wait to start it again.


Teresa Douglas, Children’s Librarian

Teresa has been a Children’s Librarian since 2017. She has received a Bachelor’s of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and her Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. Prior to the Pauline Haass Public Library, Teresa was the reference intern for both the Children and Adult departments at the New Berlin Public Library. Teresa enjoys planning and running some of our bigger programs such as Harry Potter book night, KiddieCon and our popular American Girl programs. She loves coming up with new program ideas so everyone in the community can find one they want to attend. She enjoys finding new books for all readers and loves when they fall in love with their new find. Some of Teresa’s favorite books are our large collection of spooky books, horse books, summer camp books, and, of course, Harry Potter.


Katie Mueller, Children’s Library Associate

Katie Mueller has been a Youth Services Associate at Pauline Haass Public Library since 2006. Previously she ran her own in-home childcare before becoming a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom. Katie grew up in the area and earned her bachelor’s degree in Education at Concordia University in Mequon. She is responsible for creating the children’s room decorations and designing most of our printed materials. She particularly enjoys working with school age kids, whether in a craft program or the KidsLab maker space, which she helped to create. Katie is a fan of fantasy books and loves the fantasy setting and action stories of author John Flanagan.


Victoria VanZile, Children’s Library Associate

Victoria VanZile has been a Youth Services Associate at Pauline Haass Public Library since the summer of 2017. She has an associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from MATC Madison and a B.A. in religion from Wartburg College in Iowa, where her favorite class by far was Children’s Literature. Before joining the library staff Victoria was a K3/K4 teacher in Milwaukee. She also worked in a children’s bookstore in Minneapolis for many years (the one with the Manx cats and bantam chickens that run around the store — so she is used to chaos). Victoria is the mother of four active children (see previous comment about chaos). Her favorite read-aloud picture books are by Phyllis Root and her favorite illustrators are LeUyen Pham, Kadir Nelson, and Yuyi Morales. If you mention anything about Doctor Who, she will be your new best friend.


MJ Jorn, Children’s Library Associate

MJ joined the youth services team in May 2021. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Architectural Engineering from Korea University in Seoul. She also holds a Ph.D. in Architecture – Environment Behavior Design, from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. MJ has kept her passion for books from her childhood! As a child, she used to hide under her blankets with a flashlight to read books past bedtime, and that is how she ended up with her glasses. She loves delving into mysterieshorrors, and detective novels, but she also loves reading fantasy, mythology, and fables from around the world. Her favorite children’s classics are Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll. Some of her favorite characters from children’s books include Calvin, Dory FantasmagoryOlivia, and Amelia Bedelia (not the classic one).


Monica Weis, Children’s Substitute Associate

Monica Weis has been a Youth Services Substitute Associate at Pauline Haass Public Library since the summer of 2021. She is a retired first grade teacher. One of her favorite activities is taking care of her two adorable grandchildren.