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1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

When: 
All Year
Registration Details: 

Register by filling out this form, or visiting Children's Services. If you register online, please print out a reading log.

Pick up your sheets at the Children's Service Desk or print them here. Redeem each sheet of 100 books at the Children's Services desk for a small prize. When you redeem the last sheet, for books 900-1,000, you'll receive another prize and a certificate for finishing. You must be registered to receive prizes.

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B.E.A.R. Bingo: Be Excited About Reading!

When: 
November 1-30
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Register at the library or online starting November 1.

Complete five activities across, vertically, or diagonally to get BINGO! Cross out activities that you complete. You may read to yourself, read to someone else or listen to books. You may complete five BINGOs for up to five spins of the wheel. Five BINGOs also earns a chance at a final drawing. A blackout on the BINGO board earns a second chance in the drawing. One BINGO sheet per child. November 30 is the last day to pick up prizes.  Registration is required. 

This program is ideal for students in classroom settings. Exceptions for prize pickup after November 30 will be made for teachers who are picking up prizes for their students. Contact Ann at acooksey@apl.org or call 920-832-6189 to register your classroom, rather than using the online form. You will be emailed a PDF of the Bingo board to use with your students.

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Book Babies

When: 
Mondays | 9:00-9:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room

A lapsit storytime for babies not yet walking. The program is designed to stimulate baby's senses and promote early literacy techniques. We will bounce baby to rhymes, share stories and sing songs with 15 minutes of social play time after. Participation in the storytime is necessary to take part in play time. Siblings are welcome.

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Cookie Club

When: 
Annually in May
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Sign up at the Children's Desk to receive your official Cookie Club card.

Visit the Library and check out or read a book four times between April 25 and June 4 and receive a stamp on your official Cookie Club card. You must sign up at the Library to receive a card, and will receive your first stamp when you sign up. After you collect your four stamps, you can bring your completed card to Great Harvest Bread Co. on Northland Ave. for a free cookie! The Cookie Club is for children in grade 6 and younger. The Cookie Club card will expire on June 30, 2016. Thank you to Great Harvest Bread Company for sponsoring the Cookie Club!

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Fifth & Sixth Grade: What's Your Genre?

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact library staff at 832-6189 to register.

What's Your Genre

Explore books featuring a large range of genres. We'll also discuss novels that have been adapted to a graphic novel format. Students will learn advanced techniques for accessing Infosoup, our online catalog. A tour of the Children's Services department is also provided. This program lasts approximately one hour.

This field trip meets RL5.7, RL5.9, RL6.9 (OEU 4) Common Core Standards.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

First Grade: Passport to the Library

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact library staff at 832-6189 to register.

Passport to the Library

First grade students are invited to get to know their library by completing a “Passport to the Library”. This passport will show students how to find books, DVDs, music and more, as well as introduce them to library staff. The program will explain differences between text types and the differences between fiction and non-fiction. This program lasts approximately one hour. 

This field trip meets the RL1.5 (OEU 1) Common Core Standard.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

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Fourth Grade: Books With A View

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact library staff at 832-6189 to register.

Books with a View

Find popular books that demonstrate first, second, and third person points of view. Students will also learn skills for using Infosoup, our online catalog. A tour of the Children's Services department is included. This program lasts approximately one hour.

This field trip meets the RL4.6 (OEU 1-4) Common Core Standard.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

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Fourth/Fifth/Sixth Grade: Portal to Research

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact library staff at 832-6189 to register.

Portal to Research

Learn advanced techniques for Infosoup, our online catalog, to research topics important to you. This visit may consist of two parts. Part one; our School-Age Specialist Librarian, can visit your school to teach Infosoup techniques and introduce helpful library databases to your students. This visit lasts approximately 45-60 minutes. Part two; your classroom can visit the library to put the techniques into practice. Plan to spend at least 45-60 minutes doing research and exploring the Children's Services department. If you prefer, the entire program can be presented at the library.

This field trip meets W4.7, W5.7, W6.7 (OEU 2) Common Core Standards.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

When: 
Thursdays l 9:30-10:15 am, 10:30-11:15 am & 1:30-2:15 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Rooms A/B
Registration Details: 

Registration is required; please visit our online calendar or call (920) 832-6187

Children will enjoy a short storytime and explore themes in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Children must be at least 3 years old to attend. Siblings are welcome. 

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Group Visits

Where: 
Children's Section

Request a group visit any time of year. A variety of literature-based programs are available for children birth through grade 6. Click here to learn more and/or to register online.

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Kindergarten & First Grade: Snow Day at the Library

When: 
Available October 1-March 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact library staff at 832-6189 to register.

Kindergarten & First Grade: Snow Day at the Library

Kindergarten and First Grade students come to the Library to celebrate snow and art by studying the Caldecott winning book The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. They will learn about animal tracks by participating in an animal track journey around the children’s department which will introduce them to the various book collections in the section. We will look at similarities and differences between types of texts. This program lasts approximately one hour.

This field trip meets the RLK.7, RIK.9 & RI1.9 (OEUs 2 & 3) Common Core Standards.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip. 

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. The School Age Librarian will email you the application, along with important details about how to get the cards. If you choose to check out books, add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another downtown Appleton destination.

Kindergarten: Fun With Fairytales

When: 
Available October 1 - April 30
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact library staff at 832-6189 to register.

Fun With Fairytales

Join library staff for a program featuring the classic tale The Three Little Pigs! Enjoy a puppet show, re-tell the story, and compare a fractured version!

This field trip meets RLK.2, RLK.6 (OEU 2) Common Core Standards.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

 

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Lego Lab

When: 
Tuesdays | 6:15-7:00 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Drop in and create a Lego masterpiece.

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Musical Movin' Storytime

When: 
Tuesdays | 9:30-10:15 am, 10:30-11:15 am & 1:30-2:15pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Registration is required; please visit our online calendar or call (920) 832-6187.

Children will practice language, literacy and listening skills through stories, music, movement and creative activities.   Children must be at least 3 years old to attend.  Siblings are welcome.

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Once Upon an App: A Digitally Enhanced Storytime

When: 
Select Fridays | 10:00-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Join us for an interactive adventure featuring stories, songs, games and more. Help children learn how iPads can be even more fun as part of group activities. Join us after the class for 15 minutes of play featuring digital and traditional elements. Classes are held October 9, November 6 and December 4.

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Play and Learn

When: 
Mondays | 1:30-2:30 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Help your child develop pre-reading skills, social skills and confidence through interactive, play-centered learning. Each week we will explore a different theme through sensory activities, dramatic play, crafts, books, games and fun! Siblings are welcome.

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Play and Learn: Hispanic Edition

When: 
Fridays | 1:00-2:00 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Designed for families whose primary language is Spanish, this program will help your child develop pre-reading skills, social skills and confidence through interactive, play-centered learning. We will explore sensory activities, dramatic play, crafts, books, games and fun! Siblings are welcome. Ayude a su hijo/a a desarrollar destrezas de pre-lectura y sociales mientras se divierte con otros.

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Play and Learn: Hmong Edition

When: 
Sundays | 2:30-3:30 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Help your child develop pre-reading skills, social skills and confidence through interactive, play-centered learning. Each week we will explore a different theme through sensory activities, dramatic play, crafts, books, games and fun! Siblings are welcome.

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Play and Learn: Sensory Edition

When: 
Select Saturdays | 10:00-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration Details: 

Registration is requested; please visit our online calendar or call (920) 832-6187.

No need to sit still and be quiet. We'll work on early literacy skills through a series of play-centered learning stations. Recommended for children on the Autism Spectrum or with sensory integration challenges. Questions? E-mail Ann Cooksey at acooksey@apl.org. Classes are held on September 12, October 3, November 14 and December 5.

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Pooches & Pages

When: 
Select Saturdays | 10:00-11:30 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

To register, visit our online calendar or call 920-832-6187.

Children can practice their reading skills in a relaxed environment while reading to a registered therapy dog. Classes are held September 5, October 3, November 7 and December 5.

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Puppet Palooza

When: 
Select Fridays | 10:00-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Listen to stories, watch a puppet show and participate in a theme-related activity.

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Second Grade: Get a Clue

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact library staff at 832-6189 to register.

Get a Clue

Second grade students can earn clues to solve a library riddle by finding items such as books, DVDs, magazines and more in the library. We will work on learning the difference between fiction and non-fiction and learn how materials are organized. This program will last approximately one hour.  

This field trip meets the RI2.5 (OEU 1) Common Core Standard.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

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Second Grade: Hooked on Books

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact library staff at 832-6189 to register.

Hooked on Books

Encourage your students to become strong, independent readers! This program will introduce students to a wide variety of books featuring characters just like them. We'll also take a tour of the Children’s Services department. Expect this program to last approximately one hour.

This field trip meets the RL2.3 (OEU 1) Common Core Standard.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this fieldtrip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

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Stories and Crafts

When: 
Select Fridays | 10:00-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Enjoy stories and craft activities. Classes are held on October 2, October 30 and November 27.

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Storyvine

When: 
Wednesdays | 9:30-10:00 am & 10:15-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

This program for families and childcare providers features stories, music, movement, media, puppets, special guests and more!

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Tech for Tweens

When: 
Select Thursdays | 4:15-5:00 pm
Where: 
Digital Media Lab or Meeting Room D
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

To register, visit our online calendar or call 920-832-6189. Space is limited.

Experience a new technology adventure each session! Classes are held on October 1, November 5 and December 3.

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Third Grade: Series-ly Worth It

When: 
Available October 1 - May 31
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

Contact library staff at 832-6189 to register.

Series-ly Worth It

Meet classic, popular, and new characters found in fiction and non-fiction series! This program includes an introduction to approximately 10 genres, as well as a tour of the Children's Services department. Students will also learn the basics of using Infosoup, our online catalog. Expect this program to last approximately one hour.

This field trip meets the RL3.3, RL3.9, RL3.10 (OEU 1-4) Common Core Standards.

Getting library cards and/or checking out books are not a requirement to visit the library for a field trip.

Library cards may be obtained for your students if desired. This requires that completed library card applications be returned to the library at least 10 days before the visit, accompanied by a class list showing the students’ home addresses. If you choose to check out books, please add 30 minutes to the amount of time you plan to stay at the library.

All library programs are free, and school-age programs are taught by a professional librarian. Classrooms consisting of more than one grade may attend the program of their choice, and the program will be appropriately modified. Please ask us if you would like help combining this field trip with a stop at another Appleton downtown destination.

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Time for Twos

When: 
Mondays | 11:00-11:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Join us for an early literacy experience as we read stories, sing songs and have musical movement. Time for Twos is designed to prepare children ages 24 to 35 months for preschool. Siblings are welcome.

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Tuesday Night Specials

When: 
Select Tuesdays | 6:15-7:00 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

Enjoy a variety of specials for the whole family. Please see our online calendar for specific specials.

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Tween Scene

When: 
Select Thursdays | 4:15-5:00 pm
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B
Registration is required.
Registration Details: 

To register, visit our online calendar or call (920) 832-6187. Space is limited.

Children in grades 3 to 6 will explore the field of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Classes are held September 17, October 15, November 19 and December 17.

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Wonderful Ones

When: 
Mondays | 10:00-10:45 am
Where: 
Children's Program Room A/B

An early literacy experience for new walkers to children age 23 months. The 30 minute program will provide your active toddler with lapsit time as well as more opportunities to work on cognitive development and motor skills. Join us after for 15 minutes of play time. Siblings are welcome.

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