Let’s explore together

Library Adventures for Parents, Caregivers, & Kids

What’s Coming Up

Outdoor StoryWalk®

StoryWalk is an innovative and delightful way for children and adults to enjoy reading and exploration. Starting near the entrance of the library, laminated pages from a children’s book are attached to wooden stakes and installed along an outdoor path through our beautiful Patrons Park.

Dec: (indoors) Bear Can’t Sleep by Karma Wilson
Jan: (indoors) Benita and the Night Creatures/Benita y las criaturas nocturnas by Mariana Llanos

Kiwanis Family Nights

Once a month, the West Bend Library hosts a fun, family-friendly special performer for free thanks to the Kiwanis Early Risers. Programs typically run about 45 minutes.

View our upcoming events below.


Join us for our weekly storytimes.

Preschool Storytime: Tuesday/Weds at 10am
Stories and songs geared for ages 2-6. Craft after storytime! You can work on it at the library, or take it home!

Baby/Toddler Storytime: Wednesdays at 9:15am.
Stories and songs geared for ages 0-24 months. There will be a variety of experiences – songs, books, scarves, shakers, parachute, bubbles, and more!

Adventure Passes

We have passes to several local attractions that are able to be checked out for free admission. Passes circulate for 3 days, no renewals.

Passes are not holdable from our catalog. We are able to hold passes for 1 hour by phone 262-335-5151 ext. 5257. Please check the Monarch Catalog to see what passes are available.

Betty Brinn Children’s Museum

Free entrance for one family, with up to 6 guests. Discounted parking.
2 Passes: Check Availability

Mitchell Park Domes

Free admission for one family. Parking is free.
3 Passes: Check Availability

A place in Milwaukee with animals

free entrance for up to 8 in one vehicle (and includes free parking for one vehicle). We aren’t allowed to advertise which attraction, but it’s a popular place off W. Bluemound Avenue. It is open 362 days a year.
2 Passes: Check Availability

Harley-Davidson Museum

Free admission for (2) adults and minor children. One adult per 5 children. 6 Passes: Check Availability


Schlitz Audubon

Free admission, parking is free.
1 Pass: Check Availability

Kettle Moraine YMCA (Adventure Pool)

Free admission for 2 adults and minor children, parking is free.
2 Passes: Check Availability

City of Horicon Aquatic Center (Discher Park)

Free Family Admission (7 people). 2023 season runs June 3- August 20. Check Horicon Aquatic Center Facebook for open swim and up to date information.
1 Pass: Check Availability


STEAMKITS are funded by generous donations from community businesses. STEAMKITS are focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and/or Math. The kits circulate for 7 days. They may be checked out only in West Bend, and returned to the West Bend circulation desk during normal business hours. The kits may not be returned in the book drop. There is a limit of TWO STEAMKITS per library card.

Euler’s Disk
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Force & Motion
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Gravity Maze
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Ice Age Trail Explorer Backpack
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Jumbie Jam Steel Drum
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Keva Planks
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Metal Detector
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Playaway Launchpads – 4
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Learn to measure
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Metal Detector
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OSMO Steam Maker (iPad)
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OSMO Steam Maker (Kindle Fire)
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Oucles Stacking Rocks
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Problem Solving – 3 Billy Goats
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Road Builder
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Robotics and Coding Kit
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Snap Circuits, Jr.
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Snap Circuits – FM Radio
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Weather Forecasting/Kestrel 3000
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Share a story with an animal!

Reading to our furry friends is not just fun; it’s a fantastic way to:

• Help increase relaxation and reduce stress.
• Offer non-judgmental animal companionship.
• Allow children to read at their own pace.
• Practice reading aloud in a way that is less intimidating than reading in front of peers.

Rescue Readers – Join our Rescue Readers program (off-site at Humane Society) and embark on a heartwarming journey offered in the summer months every week as we bring the joy of reading to the wonderful animals at the Washington County Humane Society. Children typically read to cats during Rescue Readers. (On hiatus during school year, stay tuned for dates for Summer 2024!)

Reading with Lenny – This program takes place on-site at the library with Lenny, an adorable cockapoo puppy, and his handler. Youth can sign up to read with him on select dates!

These programs are perfect for independent young readers. Sign up at the library or contact our front desk for a 15-minute time slot.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before they enter 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. Take every chance to read with your child. You will share many special moments along the way.

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, a global volunteer organization, is dedicated to enhancing the lives of children and communities worldwide. The West Bend Early Risers Kiwanians unite their efforts to achieve more together than one can alone. Through fundraising events such as the Souper Bowl Saturday Soup and Chili Cook Off, the Duck Derby, and Go-Kart racing, they support a range of youth-focused community programs, all with the aim of making West Bend, Wisconsin, an even better place to call home. For over a century, Kiwanians have been making a lasting impact on children and their communities, always ready to lend a hand wherever it’s needed.

Upcoming Kiwanis events

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