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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.

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Winter/Spring Program Brochure
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Download our programming brochure to see what we have in store this January through May for kids of all ages! We've got tried-and-true favorites like Messy Kids Art, Teen Time, and Wild Child Nature Explorers, and some new programming, too, like Comic Creations and an Instrument "Petting Zoo."

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Youth Winter Mini Reading Program
February Youth Winter Mini Reading Program
February 1-29

Kids ages 0-18 can read books, earn prizes, and enter to win a gift card to Jump Start Adventure Park.

How It Works

  1. On the Beanstack app, join the FOR THE LOVE OF READING challenge at your age/reading level OR pick up a BINGO reading record at the Library.
  2. Mark each square that you complete on your BINGO card.
  3. Get a BINGO and pick up a prize at any La Crosse County Library location during the month of February (one per person).
  4. Want to challenge yourself? Play BLACKOUT (complete all 25 squares) for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Jump Start Adventure Park.

Blackout winners announced March 4.


Winter/Spring Story Times
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Baby Bop Story Time

Join us Mondays at noon for story times designed for our friends ages 0-23 months. We offer 20 minutes of caregiver and baby fun and bonding with books, bounces, songs, and rhymes followed by 15 minutes of unstructured play and read time.

January 8 - February 12 and March 11-April 22

Registration is required. If you registered for our Fall session, your registration carries over to Winter/Spring. 

Onalaska: Mondays at 12 pm

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For Caregivers: Baby Bop Songs & Rhymes


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Tiny Tales Story Time

Join us Saturdays for story times designed for our friends ages 0-36 months. We offer 20 minutes of caregiver and baby fun and bonding with books, bounces, songs, and rhymes followed by unstructured play and read time.

January 13 - February 17 and March 16-April 27

Registration is required. If you registered for our Fall session, your registration carries over to Winter/Spring. 

Onalaska: Saturdays at 10 am

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For Caregivers: Baby Bop Songs & Rhymes


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Tales for Twos Story Time

Join us for indoor story times full of books, movement, songs, and fun. Tales for Twos story times are designed for our friends who are age two with lots of caregiver participation. Tales for Twos Story Times last approximately 20 minutes.

January 8 - February 15 and March 11-April 25

Registration is required. If you registered for our Fall session, your registration carries over to Winter/Spring.

Onalaska: Mondays at 10 am
Holmen: Thursdays at 10:15 am

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For Caregivers: Tales for Twos Songs and Rhymes


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    Library Learners Preschool Story Time

    Join us for indoor story times full of books, movement, songs, and fun. Story Times last approximately 30 minutes and are geared toward youth ages 3-5.

    January 8 - February 16 and March 11-April 26

    Registration is recommended. If you registered for our Fall session, your registration carries over to Winter/Spring.

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

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    Bilingual Story Time

    Learn phrases, sing songs, and take home una receta sabrosa (a tasty recipe). This program is geared towards families wanting to learn about Latin American culture, and for those who are missing home.

    Onalaska: March 2 and April 6 at 11 am
    Campbell: March 16 at 11 am
    Holmen: April 20 at 11 am

    For caregivers: Bilingual Story Time Songs & Rhymes


    Winter Programs
    Blind Date with a Book
    Blind Date with a Book

    Are you feeling brave enough not to judge a book by its cover? Wanting to introduce a bit of surprise into your reading choices? Check out our special youth Blind Date With a Book displays at all locations from February 12-24. We’ll have a variety of wrapped books—from picture books all the way to teen novels—available to check out. For ages 0-18.

     


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    LEGO at the Library

    Kids of all ages (children under 8 accompanied by an adult) are welcome at our Lego brick building events! Have fun free-building, or be inspired by our suggested theme. No registration required.

    4:30pm-5:30pm at all locations

    Monday, February 19: Bangor and Campbell

    Monday, February 26: Onalaska

    Monday, March 4: Holmen and West Salem


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    Messy Kids Art

    Join us for messy, handmade fun at the library! Kids who register can drop in anytime during the program time and create their own nature pinch pots out of clay. Great for all youth. Registration required. Includes one free bisque firing by La Crosse Clay Center (pots can be left and picked up after firing). 

    4:30-5:30pm at all locations

    Wed, March 13 - Onalaska - FULL, waiting list only

    Tues, March 19 - West Salem - FULL, waiting list only

    Wed, March 20 - Bangor and Campbell

    Wed, March 27 - Holmen

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    Teen Time
    Teen Time

    Teens in grades 6-12 ... if you're into hands-on projects, music, new teen books, or just chilling out, drop in for Teen Time. Sign up for a door prize while you're there and enjoy free pizza! No registration required.

    Onalaska Library:
    Friday, March 15 - 2:30pm to 4pm

    Holmen Library:
    Thursday, April 4 - 3pm to 4:30pm

    West Salem Library:
    Thursday, March 21 - 3pm to 4:30pm


    Other Services
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    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 for winter 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.

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    Booklists & Reader's Advisory

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    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.

    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.


    Contact Us

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    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

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