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, February 22, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Thursday, April 5, 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, February 22, 2018 - 11:00am to 11:30am
Thursday, April 5, 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, February 27, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Thursday, March 1, 2018 (All day)

Read Across America Week Features Children’s Author, Miranda Paul

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 1.  That is the day that children’s author, Miranda Paul, will be at Manawa Elementary School to speak with students, staff and community members.  Miranda Paul will be giving three presentations at Manawa Elementary School:
•    4K and K    12:00 - 12:30 p.m.    Story Time with Miranda
•    Grades 1-3    12:40 - 1:25 p.m.    What Does a Writer Do?
•    Grades 4-6    1:35 - 2:35 p.m.    Fiction vs. Nonfiction
The public is invited to join us for any or all of the presentations. 

Following the presentations, Miranda Paul will be appearing at Sturm Memorial Library for a Meet & Greet/Book Signing complete with cake from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

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

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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.