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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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Oceans of Possibilities!

June 6 - July 29, 2022

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 drawing entries. The best way to track your progress is through the Beanstack app or web site.  Beginning June 6, 2022, 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.

Special Events
June
June 6 – SLP Begins!
June 9 – Stuart Stotts 2:00 p.m. (all ages)
June 16 – Splashpad Storytime 9:30 a.m. (all ages)
June 17 – Sage, the Tail Waggin’ Tutor 3:15 p.m. (ages 5+)
June 21 – Mad Science Presents Fire & Ice 10:00 a.m. (all ages) at MES
June 22 – Builders Club (ages 6+)
June 30 – Splashpad Storytime 9:30 a.m. (all ages)
July
July 1 – Rodeo Royalty Meet & Greet 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (all ages)
July 1 – Free Ice Cream Sundaes 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (all ages)
July 7 – Baby Polar Bear Workshop 2:30 p.m. (Reg. Required) (ages 4+)
July 14 – Corcoran Puppets 2:30 p.m. (all ages)
July 15 – Sage, the Tail Waggin’ Tutor 3:15 p.m. (ages 5+)
July 26 – Duke Otherwise 6:30 p.m. at MAVF Park (all ages)
July 20 – Builders Club (ages 6+)
July 28 – Splashpad Storytime 9:30 a.m. (all ages)

Alternate Reading Logs

Oceans of Possibilities!


June 6 - July 29, 2022

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 drawing entries. The best way to track your progress is through the Beanstack app or web site.  Beginning June 6, 2022, 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.

Special Events
June
June 6 – SLP Begins!
June 9 – Stuart Stotts 2:00 p.m. (all ages)
June 16 – Splashpad Storytime 9:30 a.m. (all ages)
June 17 – Sage, the Tail Waggin’ Tutor 3:15 p.m. (ages 5+)
June 21 – Mad Science Presents Fire & Ice 10:00 a.m. (all ages) at MES
June 22 – Builders Club (ages 6+)
June 30 – Splashpad Storytime 9:30 a.m. (all ages)
July
July 1 – Rodeo Royalty Meet & Greet 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (all ages)
July 1 – Free Ice Cream Sundaes 11:00 a.m. -12:30 p.m. (all ages)
July 7 – Baby Polar Bear Workshop 2:30 p.m. (Reg. Required) (ages 4+)
July 14 – Corcoran Puppets 2:30 p.m. (all ages)
July 15 – Sage, the Tail Waggin’ Tutor 3:15 p.m. (ages 5+)
July 26 – Duke Otherwise 6:30 p.m. at MAVF Park (all ages)
July 20 – Builders Club (ages 6+)
July 28 – Splashpad Storytime 9:30 a.m. (all ages)

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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.