Virtual Storytimes on YouTube
Subscribe to our YouTube channel for all our virtual programs for kids! Click here for the storytime playlist.
Grab-And-Go Storytime Kits
Ms. Terika will be prepping Storytime-to-go kits each week in September. Each kit will have an educational activity and a craft for the week's theme! Pick up will be at the table in front of the Children's Information Desk, starting Mondays at 9am, and will be available until supplies run out. Please wear a face covering and follow our Social Distancing Policy when you pick up your kits!
A new StoryWalk will be up by September 1! StoryWalk® is an innovative and delightful way for children — and adults! — to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. Laminated pages from a children's book are attached to wooden stakes, which are installed along an outdoor path. The StoryWalk begins near the entrance of the library, and follows the sidewalk to our beautiful Patrons Park! The September book (celebrating Library Card Sign-Up Month!) is called Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen.
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. Find out more about 1,000 books before kindergarten.
Kiwanis Early Risers Family Programs
Once a month, 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 typically run about 45 minutes. Check our calendar to see more information about what's coming soon!
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.
The Big Balloon Show
Thursday, October 12 at 6:30pm
Kiwanis Early Risers Family Night with Smarty Pants
Join us for a Zoom Big Balloon Show presentation! We'll have an awesome, hilarious balloon show live, and 10 minutes of a Q&A where the kids can "ask Smarty anything"!
We will also have a portion of the live Zoom presentation where Smarty Pants teaches the children how to make a fun toy out of balloons! Stop into the library to pick up a small pack of balloons (after October 1), or buy a pack on your own (of at least 10) round balloons at any store (Dollar Tree)!
Registration for the Zoom program required! We need you to register, so we can send you the Zoom Meeting ID the day before the program! Click here to sign up.
Contact Terika at the library for more information regarding Family Night programs.
Family Fun Flicks
On special occasions, such as when the West Bend School District has a day off, we like to show movies. Stay tuned to see what we'll show next!
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 typically meets once a month, but is currently on hiatus - and no registration or signup is necessary.
(Children do not keep their creations, Legos stay at the library!)
Reading with Rover
Reading with Rover is currently on hiatus.
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 opportunities for kids who can read independently to practice reading aloud one-on-one to trained dogs. Our canine friends listen patiently and without judgment for 15 minutes.
Learn more about participating in the Reading with Rover program here.
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, Reading with Rover happens most Monday and Thursday afternoons, with appointments at 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30 & 4:45.
Special Saturday Rover sessions occur some Saturdays. Check our calendar for dates!
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! Individuals on the wait list will be contacted as soon as possible if another reader cancels their appointment. If fewer than four participants are signed up, that session will be canceled and the other participants notified as soon as possible that morning. Some of our volunteers travel quite a ways to read with kids, and we want to be respectful of their time.
All our volunteer dog teams come to us through the Washington County Humane Society.
Do you have a dog you think would make a great reading companion?
Contact Erin at the Humane Society today!
Learn more about being a Reading with Rover volunteer team here.
Reading with Rover is intended to provide kids with a one-on-one interaction with a therapy dog. If you are interested in having a dog visit your daycare, classroom, facility, or nursing home, please contact the Washington County Humane Society directly.
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