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Youth Programming

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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Winter/Spring Story Times
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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


    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.

    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: April 6 at 11 am
    Holmen: April 20 at 11 am

    For caregivers: Bilingual Story Time Songs & Rhymes


    CRHS Story Times

    Join us for special Story Times presented by the Coulee Region Humane Society. These events will feature stories and activities about wildlife babies. No registration required. Geared for ages 3-7.

    Monday, May 6: Bangor at 10:15am and Onalaska at 6:30pm
    Tuesday, May 7: Holmen at 6:30pm
    Wednesday, May 8: Holmen at 10:15am
    Thursday, May 9: Campbell at 6:30pm
    Friday, May 10: Onalaska at 10am
    Wednesday, May 15: West Salem at 10:15am


    Spring Programs
    National Library Week

    Join us in celebrating libraries AND kids who love them! From Monday, April 8, through Saturday, April 13, fill out an entry form when you check out materials. (Limit one entry per person per day.) At the end of each day, one lucky winner's name will be drawn to receive a free "Library Love" grab bag.


    Wild Child Nature Explorers

    The environmental education group Happy Dancing Turtle returns with a bug-o-riffic program all about insects. Kids will discover the important roles that insects play in our eco system, learn about some of the strangest ones we have in the Driftless Region (like fireflies!), and make their own insect - recycled craft style - with egg cartons, pipe cleaners, and other fun crafting materials. Designed for ages 6-10 (children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult). Registration is required and begins Monday, March 18.

    Onalaska Library (FULL, Wait List Only)
    Tues, April 16 from 4:30-5:30pm

    Holmen Library
    Wed, April 17 from 6:30-7:30pm

    Campbell Library
    Thurs, April 18 from 4:30-5:30pm

    Bangor Library
    Mon, April 22 from 4-5pm

    West Salem Library
    Wed, April 24 from 6:30-7:30pm  

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    Comic Creations Graphics Workshop

    Learn about the visual language that makes comics unique in this fast-paced, hands-on workshop from Do Art Productions. No art experience needed—just bring your curiosity and creativity. Everyone leaves with free stickers, bookmarks, and more to further your comic creations. Geared for grades 4-12. Registration required.

    Onalaska Library
    Saturday, May 4
    10am to 12pm

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    Funding for this program was provided by the Ben and Floyde Sias Library Trust Fund in partnership with La Crosse County Library.


    CRHS Pet Foster/Adoption Fair

    Fall in love and foster/adopt your new reading buddy at the library. Join us for an intergenerational event, including animal crafts (like Paw Patrol!) for kids and introducing adorable animals from the Humane Society.

    Onalaska Library
    Saturday, May 11
    10am to 12pm


    Instrument Petting Zoo

    Ever wonder what it would be like to play a musical instrument? You'll get your chance with this fun instrument petting zoo visits the library. Kids get to try out a variety of musical instruments with the support of musicians from La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and Leithold Music. No registration required; all ages welcome.

    Onalaska Library
    Saturday, May 18
    10am to 12pm


    Other Services
    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

    Booklists
    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

    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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