Youth Services

For Children

10th Annual Autism Awareness Essay Contest

K-12 students are invited to participate in the 10th annual Autism Awareness essay contest.  Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade may write or draw about what it means to have a friend with autism.  3rd through 12th grade students are asked to write an essay about what it means to have a friend with autism.  Prizes of Amazon gift cards will be awarded in four age categories:  K-2nd grade, 3rd-5th grade, 6th-8th grade, and 9th-12th grade.  Entries must be accompanied by an official entry form and postmarked no later than March 20th.  For more information, please visit the Autism Society of Wisconsin's website.



Enter the PBS Kids Writers Contest!

Children in grades K-3 are invited to enter this year's PBS Kids Writers Contest.  Stories can be fact or fiction, prose or poetry, but must be written and illustrated by a single author.  Prizes include e-readers, gift cards, and the chance to see your story published online.  For a complete list of rules and prizes, visit the PBS Kids website.




All Hallow's Read Art Contest

First place winner for the elementary level is Camryn A.


First place winner at the middle school level is Ella S.


Congratulations also go out to our four runners up:  Morgan P., Taylor C., Riley O., and Rachel N.



Did your family participate in this year's Summer Reading Program?  If you have a few minutes, please complete this survey.  We would love to hear your feedback.



1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Why 1,000 books? 

"Everyone wants to do the best for their baby.  Looking at books with your child every day is one of the most important things you can do for his/her future.  Sharing books together strengthens your child's foundation for learning.  Pointing at pictures in a book, saying rhymes, singing songs, writing words, and playing together makes your child more ready for school.  Your baby's ability to learn grows from interacting with you, not a screen or educational toy.  Plant the seed for lifelong learning by growing a reading relationship with your baby."  -Growing Wisconsin Readers

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is open to all area children who have not yet started 5-year-old kindergarten.  Participation is easy and free.  Stop by the library or use our online registration form to sign up.  Record each book you and your child read together on your reading log.  You can count books heard at story time, daycare, and at school.  In recognition of your reading achievements, your child will earn a book to keep at the 100, 300, 600, and 1,000 book levels.  So what are you waiting for?  Sign up today!

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is supported in part by the New Glarus Community Foundation.

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Preschool Story Time

Join Children's Librarian, Ignacia, for stories, songs, and crafts! Preschool story times are held on most Fridays, at 10:15 a.m. from Sept. to May in the Library.  The final story time of the spring will be held on Friday, May 23rd.

Children's Librarian, Ignacia Boersma (r), had a bilingual English/Spanish Preschool Story Time on Oct. 14, 2011 with some help from Library Page Braxton Schafer. Photo courtesy of Janis Merkle.

Story Line

Call the New Glarus Public Library Story Line @ 527-4363 to hear a folktale, poem or song at nap time, bedtime or anytime! Story Line is sponsored by the Friends of the New Glarus Public Library.

New Baby Packages

The Friends of the New Glarus Public Library provide children’s board books and bibs to the library for distribution to new babies in the New Glarus area. If you know of an eligible baby, please, contact New Glarus Public Library staff for a special reading care package to be sent to the family.

Children's Computer

New Glarus Public Library sends a big "thank you" to the New Glarus Community Foundation for funds to purchase our children's computer. The AWE Early Literacy Station offers lots of fun learning games in both English and Spanish. It is a big hit with our younger patrons, especially the touch screen feature. If you haven't seen it yet, stop by the Library and try it out!

Links for Caregivers

Resources for Helping Children Cope With Tragedy and Scary Images in the Media

Early literacy information

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Family Fun

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