1000 Books Before Kindergarten
This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters Kindergarten. This goal was set by experts who say children need to hear at least 1000 books to help them learn to read for themselves. One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books each and every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that provide a solid reading foundation — a key to school success. Plus reading together is fun and a great way to bond and relax. The program has no end date except for when your child starts school, so don’t feel rushed—just enjoy the experience! Take every chance to read with your child. You will share many special moments along the way. Click here for more information about 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.
Kiwanis Early Risers Family Nights
Once a month on a Thursday evening, the West Bend Library hosts a fun, family-friendly special performer. Music, magic, comedy, and more come to the West Bend community for free thanks to the Kiwanis Early Risers. Programs start at 6:30 p.m. and typically run about 45 minutes. Check our calendar to see more information about what's coming soon!
- February 14 | 6:30pm - David Stokes (environmental educator)
- March 14 | 6:30pm - Steve Keller's Traveling Snake Show
- April 11 | 6:30pm - The Magic of Jim Mitchell
- May 9 | 6:30pm - Duke Otherwise (musician)
Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanians of The West Bend Early Risers work together to achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. Early Riser fund raising events - including the Souper Bowl Saturday Soup and Chili Cook Off, the Duck Derby, and Go-Kart racing - help support a variety of youth-oriented community programs. Their focus is to make West Bend, Wisconsin a better place to live. Wherever there’s a need, Kiwanians will be there – as they have for over 100 years, making a difference for children and for their communities.
Contact Terika at the library for more information regarding Family Night programs.
We provide the Legos, you provide the imagination. Children of all ages, genders and experience levels come and build a creation of their choosing. The completed creations are displayed at the library on our Lego Display Area until the next Lego Club meeting. Lego Club meets once a month - check our calendar or our children's events brochure for upcoming dates - and no registration or signup is necessary.
(Children do not keep their creations, Legos stay at the library!)
Read with Rover
What do you get when you bring children, dogs and books together? You get happy, confident children who love to read! It’s simple, it’s fun, and it works!
The West Bend Library partners with the Washington County Humane Society to put on this program, which provides a weekly opportunity for kids who can read independently to practice reading aloud to trained dogs. Our canine friends listen patiently and without judgment for 15 minutes.
THREE WAYS TO REGISTER:
1. In person on the clipboard in the children's area, near the Information Desk.
2. Call the Information Desk at 262-335-5151 x 5246
3. Email Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org
***If you register via phone or email, a parent or guardian MUST sign the permission sheet before a child will be allowed to read with the dog.*** Click here for the Read with Rover Permission Form.
During the school year, Read with Rover happens every Monday afternoon, with appointments at 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30 & 4:45. During summer reading, we have additional appointments available on Monday mornings.
If you sign up for an appointment but need to cancel for any reason, please call us at 262-335-5151 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE so another child can enjoy this fun opportunity. No call/no shows may result in elimination from future sessions, but we would rather you just let us know!
Do you have a dog you think would make a great reading companion? Contact the Washington County Humane Society to get involved!
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