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Youth Programming

We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and county health recommendations in order to serve the best interests of our communities. 

Below you'll find the latest information on upcoming programming—you can also follow us on our Facebook page and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

Summer 2022 Programming


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2022 Summer Library Program

We’ll blaze our own trail and explore new ways of learning and creating with tech, nature, music, art, science, math, and more at the library and beyond in our Read Beyond the Beaten Path Summer Library Program. Registration and programs run June 6-July 30.

Online Registration


Summer Library Program Flyer 2022

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Read Beyond the Beaten Path Reading Program
  • Babies through entering grade 5, registration required
  • Register between June 6 - 11 and receive a FREE GIFT BAG (while supplies last)
  • In-person and online registration available

Reading Log: Baby through Preschool [PDF]

Reading Log: Kindergarten through Fifth Grade [PDF]

Sign up, choose a Reading Record that matches your age, set your own reading goal... and READ! Record on the trail each time you meet your goal. Earn a visit to the Reading Celebration Station when you reach the halfway point and when you reach the end of your reading trail. Earn a free book and a ticket to the ice cream party!

Reading records can be submitted June 6-July 30.

Finished your reading trail and looking for more fun? Take the EXTRA Reading Challenge. Read, explore fun activities in La Crosse County, AND earn a prize drawing entry.

Teen reading raffle
Teen Reading Raffle
  • Entering grades 6 -12, NO registration required
  • In-person and online participation available

Each time you read a book and enter a ticket, your name will be entered into a Grand Prize Pack drawing of your choice. Plus, EVERYONE wins a Reading Raffle Reader prize just for participating.

Tickets accepted Monday, June 6 - Saturday, July 30. 

Online reading raffle ticket 

Grand Prize winners announced August 5. Raffle prizes can be collected August 5 - August 19.

Teen Raffle Ticket

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Outdoor Story Time

June 13 - July 1 and July 11 - 29

Join us for outdoor story times full of books, movement, songs, and fun. Remember your sunscreen and a blanket to sit on. Geared for ages 3 - entering grade 1.  (~ 20-25 min.) Registration requested.

If the weather is bad, we will move story time indoors.

Online registration form

Onalaska 10:00 am
Bangor & Holmen 10:15 am
Onalaska & West Salem 6:30 pm

Holmen 6:30 pm

Holmen & West Salem 10:15 am

Onalaska 10:00 am & Campbell 6:30 pm

Onalaska 10:00 am

No story times the week of July 4.

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STEAM Camp:  Wild Things

Geared for entering grades 2 - 4

June 13 - July 19
(Two-Day Sessions, Each 12:30 - 1:30 pm)

Explore “Off the Beaten Path” at the library. Sign up for two days of Wild Things STEAM-related activities. Create sun prints, build a marble maze, and paint some kindness rocks to leave along a path. (~ 60 min.) Registration required. One two-day session per child.

Online registration form

June Sessions
June 27 & 28 Campbell
June 30 & July 1 Onalaska - FULL, wait list only

July Sessions
July 11 & 12 Bangor - FULL, wait list only
July 14 & 15 Onalaska
July 18 & 19 Onalaska

STEAM Camp:  Tween Tracker

Geared for entering grades 5-8

June 13 - July 19
(Two-Day Sessions, Each 2:30 - 3:30 pm)

Forge your own “Path,” and get creative! Sign up for two days of Tween Trackers STEAM-related activities. Create tiny canvas art that will be displayed at the library, decorate some kindness rocks, and cook your own s’more with a solar oven. (~ 60 min.) Registration required. One two-day session per child.

Online registration form

June Sessions
June 27 & 28 Campbell
June 30 & July 1 Onalaska

July Sessions
July 11 & 12 Bangor
July 14 & 15 Onalaska
July 18 & 19 Onalaska

Teen friends
Outdoor Teen Time

Entering grades 6-12

Looking for a place to recharge? Play jumbo lawn games? Have a great time with friends? Drop in and join us for Outdoor Teen Time. No registration required.

June 27 - Holmen, 4pm - 5pm

June 30 - Onalaska, 4pm - 5pm

Teen Nights

Entering grades 6-12

(Mostly) Monday nights at Holmen and Thursday nights at Onalaska

Bring your friends, play games, eat pizza, and watch a movie on the big screen… for free!  (No registration required.)

5:00—Hang out, play games

5:30—Movie begins!


Tues., July 5 & Mon., July 11, 18, 25



Thurs., July 7, 14, 21, 28                                   


This summer’s teen movies:


July 5 & 7

Spider-man: No Way Home (PG-13)


July 11 & 14
The Mitchells vs. the Machines (PG)


July 18 & 21
Ghostbusters: Afterlife (PG-13)


July 25 & 28
Interactive Movie Night! (details to come)


Poses & Pinecones
Poses and Pinecones with Tracy Chipman

Step into the forest wild with Wisconsin storyteller Tracy Chipman. Through stories and yoga movements, you'll reconnect with the wild and paths less traveled. NOTE: If the weather is bad, we will move the program indoors.

July 6
12:30pm Campbell
3:30pm West Salem

Juggling Funny Stories
Juggling Funny Stories with Chris Fascione

You’ll be laughing out loud as award-winning entertainer Chris Fascione brings children’s stories to life. This fun-filled, interactive show combines comedy, mime, and juggling to showcase the timeless power and joy of stories. NOTE: If the weather is bad, we will move the performances indoors.

July 13
12:30pm Onalaska
3:30pm Bangor
6:30pm Holmen

Fishing for Fun
Fishing for Fun with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Join U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service experts as you learn all about the amazing sport of fishing. Learn how to bait a hook! Practice casting!

July 20
12:30pm Holmen
3:30pm Campbell
6:30pm West Salem

July 27
12:30pm Onalaska
3:30pm Bangor

End-of-Program Ice Cream Party

Readers who finish their Reading Record and all Reading Raffle readers can earn a ticket to the party. Enjoy free ice cream treats plus outdoor lawn games!

Saturday, July 30

Ice Cream Party Ticket



Story Time with the Coulee Region Humane Society

Join us for special Story Times presented by the Coulee Region Humane Society! A Humane Society volunteer visits the library to share a story, and participants will have the opportunity to spend some time reading to a therapy dog.  

August 8
Onalaska at 6:30 pm

August 9
West Salem at 6:30 pm

August 10
Holmen at 10:15 am

August 11
Campbell at 6:30 pm

August 12
Onalaska at 10 am

August 15
Bangor at 10:15 am

No registration necessary. Geared toward ages 3-7.


LitLove Book Bundles

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

Head into spring 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.

LitLove Book Bundle Request Form

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

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.

Contact Us
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
Onalaska Public Library
741 Oak Ave S
Onalaska, WI 54650
781-9568 ext 5
West Salem Library
702 Industrial Drive
West Salem, WI 54669


email: [email protected]