Sturm Memorial Library • 130 North Bridge Street, Manawa, WI 54949 • (920) 596-2252 | Contact Us

Welcome to the Kids Page!

The kid's page is where you'll find information about programs and activities for children from newborns to tweens. We strive to provide a variety of activities to promote early literacy and support learning.

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

Story Time 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.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Thursdays in Oct, Nov, Jan, Feb, Apr, May, Jul, & Aug @ 11:00am - no registration is required.

Babygarten™ 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.

Thursday, April 26, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Picture of lego creation
Meets Every Fourth Tuesday from 3:15 pm to 4:15 pm

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.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm
1000 Books Before Kindergarten Signup Picuture

Get your child ready to read!

The five things your child needs to be ready to learn to read are:

  • Talking: hearing and learning lots of words helps a child learn to read.
  • Singing: singing helps children hear the sounds that make up words. Singing teaches children about rhyming and being able to rhyme helps children learn to read.
  • Writing: children see us write and eventually figure out we’re writing words. Letting children “write” from early on will help them to learn to read.
  • Playing: playing helps children express their thoughts with words and it also makes them realize that words are symbols for all different things.
  • Reading: the most important thing you can do to get your child ready to read!

Reading to children helps them learn how to hold a book

Logo for Read Aloud 15 Minutes

15 minutes of reading aloud each day can change the face of education in this country. Learn more about this National Campaign.

  • Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to help a child prepare for reading and learning.
  • Nationally, 37% of children arrive in kindergarten without the skills necessary to begin their learning journey.
  • If a child is not reading at grade level by the end of the first grade, then there is an 88% probability the child will not be reading at grade level by the end of the fourth grade.
  • Even in higher income households, nearly 40% of families do not read aloud every day.
  • More than half the children in this country 13 million children will not hear a bedtime story tonight.