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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 »


Story Time @ the Library

Preschool Story Time for ages 2-5 on Thursdays at 10:30 am ~ no registration required.

Story Hour is scheduled for most Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. in October, November, January, February, April, May, July and August and is held in the meeting room at the library.

Contact the library @ 920-596-2252 for details.

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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 »

Lego Club

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 3:15pm - 4:15pm

Join us for Creativity and imagination in action! Work individually or in teams to create this month's challenge. We will have a new theme every month that will be revealed at the program. Please do not bring your own legos. This program is for ages 7-12. Call the library for details at (920)596-2252.

Community Art Project With Mary Tooley

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 9:00pm - 11:00pm

Let’s make art!

Look for our table at the Manawa Fall Food & Craft Festival. We invite you to add a bit of your personal artistic style to our mural. Later, stop by the library to see the collaborative piece we’ve created! Read more »

SML Book Club

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm

Sturm Memorial Library's Book Discussion Group will meet on Wednesday October 1, 2014 at 4pm to discuss The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This book covers a lot of territory including the Holocaust and as New York Times reviewer Janet Maslin stated "The Book Thief "will be widely read and admired because it tells a story in which books become treasures."

On the Waterfront

Big Thank You

It's September and we're busy planning Kindergarten visits and a community art project taking place at the Manawa Fall Food & Craft Festival this Saturday, but we want to take a moment to reflect on the success of the 2014 Summer Reading Program. This year marked a shift in how area youth participated and we were very happy with the results. Over the years we have moved away from emphasizing rewards for participating in the program and have moved towards emphasizing the reward of participating in the program. This year kids that participated in the program had two different "avenues" to go down and they could do both or one or the other. One avenue involved doing different activities (that included reading) on a Bingo card and after getting three Bingos suggesting a title for the Library to purchase. The photo above shows just some of the titles the participants picked out for the Library. This was very popular with the kids - these are titles that truly were chosen by them and reflect the varied interests our young people have. Each book will have a nameplate inside with the child's name on it. We were impressed with the books that were chosen and we were excited to add them to the Library's collection. The kids loved the idea of "donating" a book to the Library and will be able to proudly show their friends and families their name inside the book they chose.

The second part of the program involved participants coming up with a reading goal for themselves for the eight week program. This was also a revealing exercise and gave us an opportunity to engage one on one with young people and talk to them about reading, what they like to read, how much they think they would read, etc. Those who reached their goal were able to give us a title of a book that they wanted for their own personal library. This too was very popular. When the choice is truly theirs, young people embrace the process. Having those participants that reached their goals come in and get their book to keep was a highlight of our summer.

The Library also hosted 47 programs in June, July and August with total attendance at over 1,100 people. This is a major accomplishment for a library with 2.5 full time staff. We also had weekly drop in activities and 541+ kids participated in those. We had a lot of help during the summer to make this happen. We also had generous donations made to the Library that allowed us to offer quality programs and...those chosen books. The following businesses, individuals and organizations donated to the program and we thank them sincerely:

A. Sturm & Sons Foundation, Inc

Alliant Energy

Cline & Hanson Funeral Home

Echo Ridge Ag Services, LLC

First State Bank

Heimbruch Septic Service

Barbara Jacques

Little Wolf Landscaping & Tree Service

Lindsay House Bed & Breakfast

Lorge Plumbing

Master Electrical Services

Niemo's Manawa Septic Services

Outagamie Waupaca Library System

Premier Community Bank

Premier Cooperative

Quality Concrete & Excavating

Remington's Quality Foods

Sell Chiropractic

Smart Move Realty

Sturm Foods

Suehs Sales & Service