The library offers two reading programs for children. Readers (for those reading and listening independently) and Read to Me (for babies, toddlers, and children 5 years and younger). Families that read together succeed together.
Events and Activities
During the summer, the library offers many activities and events for children, families, and caregivers. View the full schedule on our web calendar or pick up a copy at the library. Highlights include Art in the Park, Storytime, Lego Drop-ins, Reading to Molly, Ms. Kim's Amazing Animals, Wildlife Olympics, and a visit from the 501st Legion's Wisconsin Garrison on Saturday, June 25 from 12-2pm.
Family Fun Night at the Marsh
This annual event is a collaborative affair between Dodge and Washington county libraries and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Horicon Marsh Education and Visitors Center. You may do any or all of the following:
Join in a scavenger hunt. Meet astronomers and use their telescopes to view celestial objects in the night sky. Enjoy an edible craft. Take a marsh tour and learn to dip net. Make crafts, try archery, and learn about the athletic feats of local wildlife. Visit the Explorium with a complimentary ticket available in advance at your local library.
Bring a picnic or purchase food at the Friends of Horicon Marsh bake and hotdog sale.
Afternoon Programs for Kids
From September to May, there are several programs offered for children and tweens on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 p.m. Snacks are served at these programs:
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is an ongoing early literacy initiative based upon solid evidence that the more children ages birth to five years old hear books read to them, the more prepared they will be to learn to read. The library celebrates parents’ roles as their children’s first teachers!
It’s not as hard as it sounds to reach this goal. If you read just three books each day or 20 books each week, you can reach the 1,000 book goal in a single year. If you begin reading to a child from birth and read just four books a week then you will have read 1,040 books by the time the child enters kindergarten.
All children who have not yet entered kindergarten are eligible. They will receive one book at sign-up and one book upon completion. You can sign up or get more information at the checkout desk.
New books arrive often! Many new nonfiction, easy reader and chapter books are on display throughout the Children’s Room along with picture books, board books, graphic novels and audiobooks.
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