2017 Summer Reading Program Events 

Help us build a better world this summer with fun activities and fantastic books. Don’t forget to stop at the library between June 5 and June 23 to register for the summer reading program!

Wednesday, June 7, 10 a.m. Incredible Insects StoryTime. Learn fun facts about a variety of insects with Bart Kotarba of the Northwoods Wildlife Center. Hold a hissing cockroach and make a craft, too.

Thursday, June 8, Drop-in Maker Challenge. Stop by the library between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to build something fun and fabulous from cardboard and other recycled materials.

Tuesday, June 13, 10 a.m. Garden Art Extravaganza. Make colorful garden sculptures from recycled materials. Help decorate the library’s outdoor vegetable garden, too.

Tuesday, June 20, 1:30 p.m. Lego Construction Contest. Bring your Lego building skills to complete a building challenge. Display your creations in the library for all to see.

Wednesday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. Professor Marvel’s DIY Magic Show. Don’t miss this magical program featuring interactive storytelling and comedy. Great do-it-yourself fun!

Tuesday, June 27, 1:30 p.m. Fairy Houses, Gnome Homes & Troll Abodes. Build a home for a fairy, gnome or troll. Visit the library’s outdoor miniature garden, too. Recommended for school age kids. (Requires adult supervision of hot glue gun.)

Thursday, June 29, 1:30 p.m. Miller and Mike. Watch these popular performers juggle, throw and balance their way through a high-energy show of circus skills, audience participation and lots of great comedy.

Friday, June 30, Coding for Kids. 5 – 7 year olds, 10 a.m. Learn the basics of coding using puzzles and games. “Think” like a computer. 8 – 11 year olds, 1:30 p.m. Take your coding skills to the next level by programming Ozobot and Sphero robots to work through challenges. Put your problem-solving skills to the test! Registration (call or visit the library) begins June 20.

Thursday, July 6, (two sessions) 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Youth Forestry at Kemp Natural Resources Station. Learn how to age and measure trees. Also, make homemade paper, leaf rubbing art and wooden necklaces. Recommended for school age kids. Registration (call or visit the library) begins June 27.

Friday, July 7, 1:30 p.m. Lego Batman Movie (PG, 104 min.). Batman learns a valuable lesson in teamwork to save Gotham City.

Tuesday, July 11, 6:30 p.m. Evening Family Campfire Singalong at Kemp Natural Resources Station. Join popular area performer David Dall for songs and stories around the campfire. Roast marshmallows and make s’mores, too.

Thursday, July 13, 1:30 p.m. “It’s a Worm’s World” with North Lakeland Discovery Center. Join Naturalist Licia Johnson to explore the underworld of worms. Take a close-up look at a vermicomposting bin and make your own wormery, too. Recommended for school age kids. Registration (call or visit the library) begins July 5.

Wednesday, July 19, 1:30 p.m. “The Ribbles Build a Residence!” The Travelling Lantern Theatre Company’s professional actors present the ABCs: Architecture, Building and Construction to help an insect couple build an environmentally-friendly home.

Tuesday, July 25, 1:30 p.m. Fox & Branch Family Folk Music. Sing, clap and dance along with Fox & Branch as they present a high-spirited show based on American roots music and traditional world rhythms.

Thursday, July 27, 2 p.m. “Skulls, Fur and Chompers” at Kemp Natural Resources Station. Join UW-Stevens Point students to discover Wisconsin mammals by examining skulls, fur and teeth. Registration (call or visit the library) begins July 18.

Monday, July 31 – Friday, August 4. If you are participating in Minocqua Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, finish your reading log and come in to pick out your fabulous prize book!

**** All children must be attended by a parent or caregiver during library events. ****

Programs for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers

Summer StoryTime. Picture books, rhymes, music, crafts and more for preschoolers and their caregivers. Meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. from June 7 through August 2.

Summer Music Garden. Music and movement for preschoolers and their caregivers. Meets Thursdays at 10 a.m. from July 6 through August 3.


This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school. Experts say reading aloud to your child is the most important thing you can do to help your child learn to read.

mommyfoxNo matter how old your child is, kindergarten is just around the corner. If you begin when your child is one, you can easily reach the goal of 1000 books. Even if your child is four and a year away from kindergarten, reading three books a day will equal 1000 books in one year. Of course, reading together is also a wonderful way to share special time with your little one.

Signing up for the program is easy! Just stop by the library to register.

Then, you can track your progress on your phone or tablet by downloading the free 1000 Books Before Kindergarten App. Or, you can track your progress on paper tracking sheets provided by the library.

PrintFor every 100 books your child reads, he or she will receive one animal finger puppet. When you read 1000 books together, your child will have a full ten animal finger puppet set. He or she will also receive a brand new book.

Stop in to talk to us about this free program!

Early Literacy Tips

Help your child get ready to read. Just do one fun activity each day using the Early Literacy Calendar 2017 as your guide.

Need some help picking out a book?

Historical Fiction for Kids

Beginning Chapter Books

Fantasy Series Starters

Other reading suggestions can be found HERE.