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.

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June 15 - August 7, 2020
The Sturm Memorial Library Summer Library Program

Summer reading is a fun program designed to engage all age groups in exploring new ideas, books, and activities. This program is free and there are no fees for any of the events or activities.  As you read books and engage in the activities, you are eligible to win badges and earn books and drawing entries. The best way to track your progress is through the Beanstack app or web site.  Beginning June 15, 2020, you can start recording your reading time and participate in the activities, located in Beanstack. (We will provide paper records for our patrons that do not have access to Beanstack. Stop at the library to pick one up or print one with the links below.)

How do I Start?
To get the most out of your summer reading experience, we recommend that you create a Beanstack account.  Parents can also create accounts for their children.  In Beanstack, you can view the available activities, enter the books you have read, write book reviews and more.  As you progress you will earn badges and be entered into a drawing at the end of the summer. To register, visit the Beanstack website or login through the app.
Any prizes earned must be picked up in person at 130 N. Bridge Street, Manawa WI.

Beanstack app available for iOS and Android.

Beanstack will automatically direct you to the appropriate activities based on your age.  There are four age groups: 0-6, 7-11, 12-17 and 18+. If you wish to be contacted about prizes and drawings, please include an email address or telephone number as part of your Beanstack profile.

Alternate Reading Logs

Porch Pickup Now Available

Porch Pickup is now available! Call 920-596-2252 to request materials from our library that you can pick up at a scheduled time. You can check out any materials the library has here in Manawa. Check the new materials listed below to see new books that might be available. We are so happy to be able to offer you this service!

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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.