Kids 2016

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2016 Summer Reading Program Events

Get into the reading game with fun activities and great books. Stop at the library beginning June 6 to pick up your book bag and reading log to kick off the summer.

Wednesday, June 8, 10 a.m. Frog StoryTime with Northwoods Wildlife Center. Learn fun facts about the types of frogs in Northern Wisconsin, including the sounds they make. Join the frog chorus and make a craft, too.

Tuesday, June 14 and Thursday, June 16 (two sessions), 1:30 p.m. Ninja Academy (Community Gym). Have fun learning Gracie Jiu Jitsu and Taekwondo basics with members of Leadership Academy Martial Arts. Register (call or visit the library) beginning June 7. 

Tuesday, June 21, 1:30 p.m. Popular children’s performer David Dall and his friends Mr. Guitar, Ms. Strings and Baby Guitar return for a concert of songs, stories and silliness.

Thursday, June 23, 2 p.m. The World of Insects at Kemp Natural Resources Station. Learn about insects through hands-on activities. Recommended for school age kids. Register (call or visit the library) beginning June 14.

Tuesday, June 28, 1:30 p.m. Discovering Dinosaurs with the Northwoods Wildlife Center. Learn about dinosaurs and the way they lived by examining and discussing fossils. Recommended for school age kids.  

Thursday, June 30, 1:30 p.m. Aquatic Tabletop Biospheres with Joy Pitzer. Create your own tabletop biosphere, complete with small aquatic animals. Recommended for school age kids. Register (call or visit the library) beginning June 21.

Friday, July 1, 10 a.m. to Noon. Bike Rally at Torpy Park. Ride (or drive) your bikes to Torpy Park to decorate them for the Fourth of July parade. Participate in a bike safety demonstration, too!

Tuesday, July 5, 1:30 p.m. Kids Yoga. Join Yoga instructor Megan Welz for playful yoga poses, animated breathing exercises and imaginative relaxation techniques. Register (call or visit the library) beginning June 28.

Wednesday, July 6, 2 p.m. “Vladimir Goes for Gold!” The Travelling Lantern Theatre Company’s professional actors perform the drama of a young athlete who dreams he is at the first Olympic games. Recommended for school age kids.

Thursday, July 7, 6:30 p.m. Evening Family Campfire Storytime at Kemp Natural Resources Station. Enjoy storytime around the campfire with traditional folktales brought to life by professional storyteller Scott Mackin. S’mores and refreshments, too.

Tuesday, July 12, 1:30p.m. Prepare for eye-popping illusions and seemingly impossible magic tricks from deaf entertainers Magic Morgan and Lilliana. Be amazed as they combine magic, miming and comedy to communicate through the universal language of fun!

Thursday, July 14, (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 July 5.

Tuesday, July 19, 1:30 p.m. Hillbilly Science Spectacular (Community Gym). Laugh, learn and have a rootin’ tootin’ good time as Dr. Cletus Beaker tries out hilarious backyard experiments.

Thursday, July 21, 1:30 p.m. Bird Hurdles with North Lakeland Discovery Center. It’s not easy being a bird! Navigate a fun obstacle course to learn about the dangers that face wild birds. Make a bird craft, too. Recommended for school age kids. Registration (call or visit the library) begins July 12.

Thursday, July 28, 6 p.m. Harry Potter Party. Are you ready for an evening of mystical magic, ghoulish treats and fantastical fun? Help us celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday (a bit early) with fun and games. For ages 8 and above.

Tuesday, August 2, 2 p.m. Mammals of Wisconsin at Kemp Natural Resources Station. Take a closer look at Wisconsin’s mammals. Recommended for school age kids. Registration (call or visit the library) begins July 26.

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Summer StoryTime. Picture books, rhymes, music, crafts and more for preschoolers and their caregivers. Meets Wednesdays at 10 a.m. from June 8 through August 3.

 Summer Music Garden. Music and movement for preschoolers and their caregivers. Meets Thursdays at 10 a.m. from July 7 through August 4.

Summer StoryTime - Picture books, finger plays, music and more. For kids ages 2 through 6 and their caregivers. Meets Wednesdays at 10 am from June 10 through August 5. 

Summer Music Garden – Music & movement for preschoolers and their families. Meets Thursdays at 9:30 am from July 9 through August 13. Summer Music Garden sponsored by Minocqua Public Library Foundation.

Help your child get ready to read!

Just do one fun activity each day using the Early Literacy Calendar 2016 as your guide.

Historical Fiction for Kids

Beginning Chapter Books

Fantasy Series Starters

Other reading suggestions can be found HERE.