Kids & Families

Nell reads under a tree

March/April StoryWalk 

Nell Plants a Tree, by Anne Wynter & Daniel Miyares

This month we are looking towards Earth Day, and our big free tree giveaway by Neighborhood Forest, at the library. As you plant your trees, here's a story to help your children get excited about the process!

Book cover for Nell Plants a Tree, girl reading a book sitting under a pecan tree.


Before her grandchildren climbed the towering tree,

explored its secret nests,

                      raced to its sturdy trunk,

                                  read in its cool shade,

                      or made pies with its pecans...

Nell buried a seed.

And just as Nell’s tree grows and thrives with her love and care, so do generations of her close-knit family.

Inspired by the pecan trees of the creators' own childhoods, Anne Wynter’s lyrical picture book, brought to life with breathtaking illustrations by Daniel Miyares, brims with wonder and love.(

Please enjoy this selection and be sure and come to the library to let us know what you think!

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Rainbow of playdough colors

All the Colors of the Rainbow

kids with craft of ribbon streamers in rainbow colors

April 4 to May 16 - 10 AM

This spring we will read and sing all about the colors of the rainbow. Do you have a favorite color? Maybe you like different colors on different days?


For more details about storytimes check our flier

Mirabel and her family pose all together in front of their house.

Monday, April 22 @ 10:00 AM


It's a day off from school. Come to the library screening room on Monday morning to enjoy some fresh popcorn and Disney's Encanto.

Movie cover for Encanto showing main character, Mirabel, her family and her home.


The Madrigals live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal, every child except one, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family's last hope.

Fresh popcorn served.

Runtime 1 hour, 32 minutes


Older kids, age 9 and up, are invited to join the afternoon Poetry Party, (Taylor's Version)


Beyond the Page cover Latine Dance passport

Immerse yourself in the heartbeat of Latine cultures around the world with dancer, dance instructor, and musician Luis Armacanqui. After a brief presentation to learn about the origins, associated music, and cultural significance of the Cumbia dance, get on your feet for solo and partner dance instruction set to live music. Our goal is to have participants learn and appreciate what makes each Latin dance a unique life skill that can be enjoyed anywhere! No experience or partner needed. Just show up and dance with us—all ages are welcome!


This program is sponsored by Beyond the Page, an organization that helps support humanities programming in Dane County libraries. This spring, Dane County libraries are celebrating Latine music and dance through a variety of fun and interactive programs for the whole family. See the Beyond the Page website for the full list of programs taking place this spring, including Luis's other stops on the Latine Dance Passport!



Simon Sort of Says, banner format

Monday, April 29th

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Simon Sort of Says

by Erin Bow

Book cover of Simon Sort of Says, shows Simon and a dog, upside down building

Simon O’Keeffe’s biggest claim to fame should be the time his dad accidentally gave a squirrel a holy sacrament. Or maybe the alpaca disaster that went viral on YouTube. But the story the whole world wants to tell about Simon is the one he’d do anything to forget: the story in which he’s the only kid in his class who survived a school shooting.

Two years after the infamous event, twelve-year-old Simon and his family move to the National Quiet Zone—the only place in America where the internet is banned. Instead of talking about Simon, the astronomers who flock to the area are busy listening for signs of life in space. And when Simon makes a friend who’s determined to give the scientists what they’re looking for, he’ll finally have the chance to spin a new story for the world to tell.

From award-winning author Erin Bow, Simon Sort of Says is a breathtaking testament to the lasting echoes of trauma, the redemptive power of humor, and the courage it takes to move forward without forgetting the past.


This session can be both in person, and online via Zoom. To join us, call Catherine at 608-798-3886 - please let Catherine know if you would like to attend virtually.

Copies are available for checkout at the library. 

Friends annual book sale

Stop in during Trout Days to browse through the annual Friends of the Library used book sale! A selection of books, DVD's, puzzles, and games will be available for purchase. All sales are by donation and proceeds will go to the Friends to directly support special library projects and activities, such as our upcoming summer reading program or our recent seed library.

Shop the sale anytime on Friday between 8AM and 6PM or Saturday from 8AM to 2PM.

Interested in getting involved with the Friends of the Library? See more information here.


Please read and share our behavior guidelines with your children.

Are you about to embark on a new adventure like potty training your child? There is help waiting for you in the Parent Zone of our children's department. Take a look at the variety of resources this special collection has to offer.