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Library

Youth Programming


Summer Library Program
Read, Renew, Repeat
June 3 through July 27

Summer Library Program flyer - English
Summer Library Program flyer - Spanish

Join us as we navigate the Reading River during this year’s Summer Library Program filled with Read, Renew, Repeat fun for all ages! Along with our reading program, we’ll have STEAM programs, nature detective activities, story times, teen bingo and movies, and special guest presenters dazzling with fire, bubbles, jump rope, music, and mussels!

Read, Renew, Repeat Reading Program
SLP Reading Program: Read, Renew, Repeat
Reading Program Registration

Online: Sign up here

Reading Program Record

Download: SLP Reading Record


  • Babies through entering grade 5, registration required
  • Register between June 3 - 8 and receive a FREE “Grow a Reader” plantable wildflower garden sign and plantable bookmark.
  • In-person, online, or Beanstack registration available

Sign up, grab a Reading Record, set your own reading goal . . . and READ! Travel further along the Reading River on your Record each time you meet your goal or complete an activity. When you reach the halfway point, choose a gift from our Reading Celebration Station. When you complete your Record, earn a free book of your choice, a ticket to the ice cream party, and a chance to win a Grand Prize Eco STEAM Basket.

Reading Records accepted Monday, June 3 through Saturday, July 27.

Teen Reading raffle

 


Online Entries

Enter a ticket

Each time you read a book and enter a ticket, your name will be entered into a Grand Prize Pack drawing of your choice:

  • Pizza Palooza! (Pizza party for ten teens and two adults at Pizza Ranch)
  • Restore and Renew ($50 Gift Card to All Glazed Up art studio and art supply gift basket)
  • Level Up (Nintendo Switch and Games from Gaming Generations)
  • Money ($100 Gift Card to Target)

Plus, EVERYONE wins a Reading Raffle Reader prize just for participating and a ticket to the ice cream party.

Raffle Tickets accepted Monday, June 3 through Saturday, July 27.

Grand Prize winners announced Friday, August 2.

All raffle prizes can be picked up Friday, August 2 through Friday, August 16.

Duke Otherwise

Duke Otherwise

 

Duke's unique baritone, superb guitar skills, lively tap dancing, and humorous songs are sure to captivate all ages. No registration required.

Wednesday, June 19
12:30 pm - Holmen
3:30 pm - Bangor
6:30 pm - West Salem

Amazing Martika's Circus Variety Show
Amazing Martika

 

Enjoy a thrilling circus variety show with silk fans, hula hoops, flag poi, interactive games ... and in the evening, fire eating!

Wednesday, June 26
12:30 pm - Holmen
3:30 pm - West Salem
6:30 pm - Onalaska*

*Onalaska show is outdoors, weather permitting.

Fantastic Birds

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RIVER VALLEY RAPTORS

Learn about and meet some of the fiercest winged creatures in the sky. 

Wednesday, July 10
12:30 pm - Onalaska Library*
3:30 pm - Bangor Library
6:30 pm - Holmen Library

*Program sponsored by the Friends of the Onalaska Library.

 

Marvelous Mussels

Image of pile of mussels in shallow water

 

U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE

Explore the world of these little-known creatures who have a big impact on our local water quality. Join us for games, activity stations, and hands-on fun!

Wednesday, July 17
12:30 pm - Holmen Library
3:30 pm - Campbell Library
6:30 pm - Bangor Library

Wednesday, July 31
12:30 pm - Onalaska Library
3:30 pm - West Salem Library


Community Partner

Bluff Country Tale Spinners
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Come hear wonderful tales told by expert storytellers with the Bluff Country Tale Spinners and the La Crosse Storytelling Festival. Enjoy a craft time after the storytelling fun. No registration required.

Saturdays from 10 am to 11 am

June 15 - Holmen
June 22 - West Salem
June 29 - Bangor
July 6 - Campbell
July 13 - Onalaska

Driftless Eco Explorers

children hiking in forest

 

Join us for nature walks, stories, and activities designed to foster eco-literacy and fun for youth and their grown-ups. Gather outside the Holmen Library, and we'll get to know the Halfway Creek Trail as summer marches along. Approximately 45 minutes; no registration required; all ages welcome. No Eco Explorers the week of July 1.

June 10 - June 24 and July 8 - July 22

Mondays at 11 am - Holmen Public Library

Special thanks to the WI and MN Master Naturalists for partnering with us for this program.


Teen Nights

Teen BINGO
Teen bingo

 

Back this summer for youth entering grades 6-12! Bring your friends, play BINGO, eat pizza, and win prizes...for free! (~90 min.) No registration required. 

5:00 pm - Hang out, relax
5:30 pm - BINGO begins

June 24 - Holmen

June 27 - Onalaska

July 2 - West Salem

Teen Movies
Teen Movies

Monday nights at Holmen and (mostly) Thursday nights at Onalaska. Bring your friends, play games, eat pizza, and watch a movie on the big screen ... for free! No registration required; for youth entering grades 6-12.

5:00 pm - Hang out, relax
5:30 pm - Movie begins

This summer's movies:

Wonka (PG, 1 hr. 55 min.)
July 1 - Holmen Library
July 3 - Onalaska Library

Ghostbusters: Frozen Empire (PG-13, 2 hrs. 5 min.)
July 8 - Holmen Library
July 11 - Onalaska Library

Godzilla x Kong: The New Empire (PG-13, 1 hr. 55 min.)
July 15 - Holmen Library
July 18 - Onalaska Library

Migration (PG, 1 hr. 23 min.)
July 22 - Holmen Library
July 25 - Onalaska Library


STEAM Programs

Messy Tiny STEAM

Image of paint splotches and words Messy Tiny STEAM

 

Families can drop in on select Tuesdays and explore fun Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) activities geared for babies and toddlers. No registration required. Geared for newborn - 36 months, but all ages welcome. Adults: Messy means wet and paint-y.

Drop-in stations open 10 am to 12 pm on the following Tuesdays:

June 11 & July 9 Holmen

June 18 & July 16 Onalaska

June 25 & July 23 West Salem

STEAM Camps

Sign up for two days of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) related activities for youth entering grades 2-8.

Younger group explores wetland dynamics with a hands-on model, crafts a landscape with clay and water, paints magical toadstool clay garden pots, and more; older group makes DIY mason bee houses, uses craft supplies for rubber duck cosplay, and more! Plus, both age groups design take-home terrariums and recycled book page buttons. (~60 min.) Registration required. One two-day session per child.

June 10 - June 28
Two-Day Sessions for each age group:

  • 12:30-1:30 pm for youth entering grades 2-4
  • 2:30-3:30 pm for youth entering grades 5-8

June 10 & 11 - West Salem

June 13 & 14 - Bangor and Holmen

June 17 & 18 - Holmen

June 20 & 21 - Onalaska

June 24 & 25 - Onalaska

June 27 & 28 - Campbell


Summer Story Times

Bilingual Story Time - English/Spanish
Bilingual Story Time

 

Learn phrases, sing songs, and take home una receta sabrosa (a tasty recipe). No registration required; approximately 25 minutes; all ages welcome.

Onalaska Public Library
Saturday, June 1 at 11:15 am
Saturday, July 6 at 11:15 am

Tiny Tales

Registration

Sign up here


Join us Saturdays for story times designed for our friends ages 0-36 months (but all ages welcome). We offer 20 minutes of caregiver and baby fun and bonding with books, bounces, songs, and rhymes followed by unstructured play and read time. Registration requested. No Tiny Tales the week of July 1.

June 8 - June 29 and July 13 - July 20

Onalaska: Saturdays at 11:15 am

Little Learners

Registration

Sign up here


Join us for story times full of books, movement, songs, and fun. Story Times last approximately 25 minutes and are geared toward youth ages 3 - entering first grade, but all ages are welcome. Registration requested. No Little Learners the week of July 1.

June 10 - June 28 and July 8 - July 26

Bangor: Mondays at 10:15 am
Campbell: Thursdays at 6:30 pm
Holmen: Mondays at 10:15 am; Tuesdays at 6:30 pm; Wednesdays at 10:15 am
Onalaska: Mondays at 10 am and 6:30 pm; Thursdays at 10 am, and Fridays at 10 am
West Salem: Tuesdays at 6:30 pm; Wednesdays at 10:15 am

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Reader's Advisory

Reader's Advisory is a service to assist young people and their families, and those who work with children, in selecting reading materials. Stop by to talk with a youth services librarian at the Library’s youth services desks in Onalaska, Holmen, and West Salem, or before and after youth programs at any of the five County Library branches. They will be happy to recommend books and other materials for children and teens with regard to abilities, age levels, and interests.

We are pleased to offer a reader’s advisory service at our locations and online as an empowering tool to help connect you with books and resources that meet your needs! As with all of our reader’s advisory initiatives, we understand that you know best what materials will work for you. While we are happy to give suggestions based on our knowledge of our collection, your reading and checkout choices are always in your hands.

Lit Love Book Bundles

Curious about creepy crawlies? Robo-motion? How to introduce your preschooler to Hebrew and other languages with Sesame Street?

Cozy up with some literary love curated just for you by our Youth Services team. Just let us know what you're interested in, and we'll help you find it! Service also available for educators.

Booklists

Booklists are suggested reading in various categories provided by our Youth Services Librarians, New York Times Best-sellers list, etc.



Youth Services Staff travel to each of the five library locations to conduct programs, select and maintain books and other materials, conduct Reader's Advisory, and provide many other services for children, teens, and their families.

Youth Services has offices in Holmen, Onalaska & West Salem:

Holmen Public Library
121 W. Legion St * PO Box 220
Holmen, WI 54636
608-399-3385

Onalaska Public Library
741 Oak Ave S
Onalaska, WI 54650
608-781-9568 ext 3

West Salem Library
702 Industrial Drive
West Salem, WI 54669
608-786-1505