Kids & Families

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Kids reading in blanket fort

Get ready to stretch your imagination muscles with . . .

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Reading boy with gorilla watching from behind him.

 

Keep track of how much you read and earn prizes, and a book of your choice! Throughout the summer there will be outdoor performances, storytimes with guest presenters, in-library DIY maker stations, and more. Come to our Summer Program Kickoff to have a free Kona Ice, and pick up your materials including a T-shirt cape and cool mask! No sign-ups this year, all you need is a program booklet, available in the library, or if you'd like to track your reading online, a Badge Book to help you follow the Beanstack App.

If you would like to use a Badge Book and track your reading online, just go onto Beanstack, and come in to pick up a Badge Book!

 

Programs for All Ages:

Programs will be held in the Municipal Shelter unless noted otherwise.

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MONDAY, June 10th: 1-3 PM

SUMMER PROGRAM KICKOFF! (In front of the library, 2107 Julius St.)

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Comedy, jugglers Miller and Mike with costumes and props

 

Join us for some super big fun! Start your summer reading adventure! Pick up your cape, mask and adventure activity log book - have a free Kona Ice, and at 2 PM, enjoy a great show with juggling comedy team Miller and Mike!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 @ 10AM

FAMILY ADVENTURE HIKE (meet in the Municipal Shelter)

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Decorate your own walking stick and come along with members of the Ice Age Trail Alliance for a hike on the trail.

Get a glimpse of the wonder programs offered by the Ice Age Trail!

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, JUNE 18 @ 1 PM

SING, SING A SONG WITH LAURA DOHERTY (at Northwest Dane Senior Services, 1837 Bourbon Rd., Cross Plains)

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Laura Doherty performs with guitar

 

Nationally touring folk artist Laura Doherty performs a mix of upbeat folk-pop tunes from her five award-winning albums. She'll include a few golden oldies of yesteryear, that seniors can dance to with their little ones, in this inter-generational family show. Meet some adorable puppet friends: Jazzasaurus, Muddy Pubbles, and Domingo the Flamingo!

Here's a taste!

 

 

 

MONDAY, JUNE 24 @ 1 PM

ZOOZORT! (at Glacier Creek Middle School, 2800 N. Military Rd.)

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Come and meet some new animal friends with expert animal educator Noelle Bezio. Children will get to see and touch the animals, as we all learn to love and respect our animal kingdom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 6 @ 10 AM

ART CART EXTRA (at Municipal Shelter)

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Release your artistic talents with the help of staff from the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. All are welcome to come and create! Best for children ages 5 and older.

 

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SATURDAY, JULY 20 @ 10:30 - 1:30 PM  

CARDBOARD CONSTRUCTION (Library Community Rooms)

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Drop in for a build-our-own adventure with expert cardboard engineer Skot Rieffer! Kids under the age of 9 should have a grown-up helper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, JULY 23 @ 1 PM

JUGGLING FUNNY STORIES WITH CHRIS FASCIONE (Library Community Rooms)

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Chris Fascione holding books and scripts, smiling

 

Chicago's own stoyteller & juggler extraordinaire is sure to delight and inspire. Chris incorporates his acting, mime, juggling, and comedic skills to both entertain and lead children into the world of books

A Taste of Chris Fascione

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3: 6-8 PM

BIG SPLASH POOL PARTY!! (Municipal Pool)

 

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Take your adventure under water and celebrate your summer reading! Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring the whole family!

 

 

 

 

 

Something for Everyone:

Dungeons and Dragons (ages 13 and up): Monday - Friday, July 15-19, 10 - 11:30 (Library Community Rooms)

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Dungeon Master Skot Rieffer is ready to take us on an exciting, adventurous campaign through a land of your own creation. Are you ready? To register, please contact Catherine at the library. Limited to 7 players.

 

 

 

Dungeons and Dragons (ages 9-12): Tuesday & Thursday, July 16 &18, 2-3:30 (Library Community Rooms)

Dungeon Master Skot Rieffer will introduce new players to the world of this creative role playing game! To register please contact Catherine at the library.  Limited to 7 players.

 

Music with Corey (ages 0-6): Mondays, June 24 - August 5, 10 AM (Municipal Shelter)

 

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Singer/Songwriter and child-whisperer Corey Hart is back by popular demand for another summer session of musical magic!! You definitely won't want to miss Corey's many amazing talents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once Upon a Storytime (ages 0-6): Thursdays, June 13 - Aug.1, 10 AM (Municipal Shelter)

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Join us each week for visits from some very special guests, including school librarians, Wisconsin Water Librarian Anne Moser, and Firefighter Freddy!

6/13 - Christina Makos, librarian at Glacier Creek

6/20 - Ms. Catherine

6/27 - Firefighter Freddy

7/11 - Krista Thusius, Spanish/bilingual stories

7/18 - Anne Moser, Wisconsin Water Librarian

7/25 - Erica Wagoner, librarian at Sunset Ridge

8/1 - Catherine Olson, Music Together

 

 

 

Lunch in the Park (best for ages 4 and up): Wednesdays, June 26-July 31, 12-1 PM

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We'll meet in a different park in Cross Plains every Wednesday. Ms. Catherine will read to you while you eat your sack lunch (bring your own), then we'll play some games in the park.

July 10 - Municipal Shelter - 2107 Julius St.

July 17 - Baer Park - 2620 Church St.

July 24 - Glacial Valley Park - 2119 Hillebrand 

July 31 - HM Zander Nature Park - 1847 Bourbon Rd.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tween Book Club (ages 10 and up): Tuesday, July 30th @ 2 PM (Library Community Rooms)

 

A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat

 

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A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat

Come and share your enthusiasm for reading with your friends. Join us as we discuss Dan Santat's A First Time for Everything, with the author himself (!) who will be joining us virtually.

 

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Join us each week for visits from some very special guests, including school librarians, Wisconsin Water Librarian Anne Moser, and even Firefighter Freddy!

6/13 - Christina Makos

6/20 - Ms. Catherine

6/27 - Firefighter Freddy

7/11 - Krista Thusius (Spanish/bilingual stories)

7/18 - Ms. Catherine

7/25 - Anne Moser (Wisconsin Water Librarian)

8/1 - Catherine Olson (Music Together)

Singer/Songwriter and child-whisperer Corey Hart is back by popular demand for another summer session of musical magic!! You definitely won't want to miss Corey's many amazing talents!

Dungeon Master Skot Rieffer is ready to take us on an excieing, adventurous campaign through a land of your own creation. Are you ready? To register, please contact Catherine at the library. Limited to 7 players.

Dungeon Master Skot Rieffer will introduce new players to the world of this role creative playing game! To register please contact Catherine at the library.  Limited to 7 players.

Drop in for a build-our-own adventure with expert cardboard engineer Skot Rieffer! Kids under the age of 9 should have a grown-up helper.

Chicago's own stoyteller & juggler extraordinaire is sure to delight and inspire. Chris incorporates his acting, mime, juggling, and comedic skills to both entertain and lead children into the world of books

A Taste of Chris Fascione

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A First Time For Everything
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A First Time For Everything

Come and share your enthusiasm for reading with your friends. We'll be reading A First Time for Everything by the wonderful Dan Santat.

Join this year’s winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, Dan Santat, as he inspires tweens and teens to tell their own stories through graphic novels. His winning book, A First Time for Everything, is a graphic memoir based on his own awkward middle school years and the trip to Europe that changed his life.

Dan Santat began drawing as a young boy and although he first studied microbiology, he pursued his passion in illustration. He spent many hours as a child and teenager teaching himself to draw by copying illustrations from comic books until he developed the unique, recognizable style that we see today. His talk will inspire listeners to draw their own story as well as give them practical tips on the creation of graphic novels.

Take your adventure under water and celebrate your summer reading! Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Bring the whole family!

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