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1000 Books Before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an easy, do it yourself program that is designed to get families reading to their children from infancy on. Read to your child every day and before you know it you will have read 1000 books – or more! 1 book per day for three years is 1,095 books! 2 books per day takes about 1.5 years! Read more »


Babygarten @ the Library

Babygarten @ the LibraryBabygarten™ is much more than a playgroup!

Infants and children under 2-years of age and their caregivers will share nursery rhymes, songs, finger plays, bounces and books. The session always concludes with a free play period. Call the library for details at 920-596-2252. Read more »

2015 Summer Library Program - Every Hero Has A Story!

June 8th – July 31st


Unmask! June 8-July 31

The teen summer program at the Library starts June 8th and runs through July 31st. This program for young people in grades 7th and up includes programs, crafts, special activities and some good books. Teens can sign up whenever they're ready to start. Call the Library at 920-596-2252 for more info. See a schedule of special events here.

Dairy Month Event - Free Ice Cream!

Friday, June 19, 2015 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Stop by the library for free ice cream courtesy of Friendly Valley 4-H. While your here, take a moment to enjoy the beautiful book displays created by the Wisconsin Workers 4-H. (While supplies last)

Rodeo Lunch!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Don’t miss the Library’s annual celebration of the Rodeo – lunch with the Rodeo Royalty!
We provide the lunch. (ages 8 and up)


Science Heroes July 1st (ages 10+)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - 12:15pm - 1:00pm

Science Heroes Wednesday with Mr. Wendlandt (ages 10+)

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Incredible Bats!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

While Batman is fighting crime in Gotham City our heroic furry flying friends are fighting to save the rain forests and other eco-systems. The "Incredible Bats!" live bat show will focus on these everyday heroes and the important role they play in our world.

This event will feature a presentation followed by a chance to meet the bats!


On the Waterfront

A community that cares

The summer program is in full swing and we are having a blast. Close to 100 people braved the detour and attended our kick off event with Randy Peterson and over 100 kids have signed up for the program so far. Summer is busy here at the Library but we wouldn't have it any other way. Like many other libraries around the country, the Sturm Memorial Library is moving away from rewarding participants with various prizes for achieving certain benchmarks in their summer reading. Rewarding kids for something they might well enjoy doing has actually been proven to diminish that enjoyment. By participating in our two tiered program kids can get a book of their choosing,choose to have a book donated to the Library in their name or both We started this program last year and it was received enthusasistically by kids and parents. So how is it that the Library can do this? It's because of the generosity of the Manawa business community. The following businesses have donated funds to the Library to allow us to provide kids with the opportunity to feel the pride of giving and the joy of having a favorite book of their own.

  • Carbon Freckle
  • Crosscut Solutions
  • Eastling Insurance Services, LLC *
  • Echo Ridge Ag Services*
  • First State Bank *
  • The Flower Pot
  • Heimbruch Septic Service *
  • Kolbe Windows & Doors
  • Little Wolf Landscaping & Tree Service *
  • Lorge Plumbing, Inc.
  • Manawa Heating and Cooling *
  • Master Electrical Services, LLC *
  • Niemo's Manawa Septic Service*
  • Premier Community Bank *
  • Premier Cooperative*
  • Remington Quality Foods *
  • Schierl Sales Corp. *
  • Sell Chiropactic*
  • Smart Move Realty *
  • Smith & Radtke Accounting LLC
  • Sturm Foods *
  • Total Harmony Massage and Biofeedback *

Please thank these businesses with your patronage and tell the owners how much you appreciate their support of the Library. It will be fun for them to see and hear their gift acknowledged by people who use the Library.

*Donation of $50.00 or more