Youth Services

For Children


Milwaukee Bucks Reading Challenge

Would you like to earn a free ticket to see a Milwaukee Bucks game?  Stop by the library today to pick up your Reading Challenge form. 

Who can participate?  Children in grades 1-8

When does it start?  The challenge runs from January 18th through February 19th

How do I play?  Earn one point for each page you read during the challenge period.  Reading just 250 pages qualifies you for a free game ticket voucher.  Reading 500 pages or more qualifies you to be entered into a drawing for special prizes.  (Vouchers are only good with the purchase of one adult ticket.)

Which games can I attend?  You may choose either Sunday, March 20th against the Utah Jazz, or Sunday, March 26th against the Charlotte Hornets.

Questions?  A complete list of rules can be found on your Reading Challenge form (available at the library).



Summer Reading registration begins June 1st.  Registration is open to children birth through 18, and you may register online or in person at the library.  Check back in spring for a full listing of summer events.



Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2015 summer reading program a success!


Congratulations to this year's grand prize winners!




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.


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. 

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

Did You Know?

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