Youth Services

Summer Reading 2019


Registration is now open for the 2019 Summer Reading Program.

Download & print the 2019 events calendar (requires legal-size paper)

Reading Logs

Preschool (birth through kindergarten)      

Elementary  (for students entering 1st-5th grades)       

Tweens & Teens (for students entering 6th-12th grades)


Special Events


  Comedy Magician Jeff McMullen!  Wednesday, June 19th @ 4:15 PM

Join us for juggling and magical feats that will tickle your funnybone!  This program is sponsored by New Glarus Utilities.

  Wall-E  Tuesday, June 25th @ 2:00 PM

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.  This movie is rated G and is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.  Popcorn and drinks will be served.

  Discovery Center Planetarium Show.  Friday, July 12th 

Junior Planetarium:  Explore the animals of the night sky in this “not too dark” show designed just for our younger friends. We’ll look for different animal constellations while meeting their stuffed animal counterparts and hearing a few stories along the way in our big inflatable dome (sorry, it’s not a bounce house…).  Showtimes at 10:15 AM and 11:00 AM.

Ancient Stories in the Sky:  Learn about the origins of our familiar constellations, hear ancient stories about the night sky featuring Greek legends and epic monsters, and explore the wonders of our night sky in this classic planetarium program.  Showtimes at 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:30 PM, and 3:30 PM.

Space is limited, so advance registration is encouraged.  There will be a sign up sheet in the library after June 3rd.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

  Treasure Planet  Tuesday, July 16th @ 2:00 PM

A Disney animated version of "Treasure Island". The only difference is that the film is set in outer space with alien worlds and other galactic wonders.  This movie is rated PG and is 1 hour and 30 minutes long.  Popcorn and drinks will be served.

  Race to Space!  Tuesday, July 23rd @ 2:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the NASA Moon Landing with games, crafts, and snacks provided by the library.  From balloon racing to making moon craters, we hope you'll have fun with us! 

  Star Wars Party   Tuesday, July 30th @ 2:00 PM

Help us celebrate the end of another successful summer reading program with an epic Star Wars party.  We'll have themed snacks, games, crafts & more!  Children ages 6 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Costumes welcome.


Weekly Programs

  Music & Movement meets Mondays @ 10:15 AM

  Art Explorations meets Thursdays @ 1:00 PM

These events are for children in elementary and middle school.  Due to the complexity of the work, we do not recommend it for children younger than 6.

  • June 13th: Papermaking
  • June 20th:  Fun With Paint!
  • June 27th:  Translucent Art
  • July 11th:  Beads, Glorious Beads!  (With guest artist Denise Anton Wright)
  • July 18th:  Mixed Media Collage
  • July 25th:  Printmaking
  • August 1st:  Fiber Arts

  Toddler Story Time meets Fridays @ 10:15 AM

  • June 14th: Families
  • June 21st:  Summer Fun
  • June 28th: American Stories
  • July 12th:  no story time
  • July 19th:  Zoo Animals
  • July 26th:  The Ocean
  • August 2nd:  Bugs

Please note that there will be no events during the week of July 1st-5th




Many thanks to our program sponsors:

  • Bank of New Glarus Board of Directors
  • Country View Veterinary Service
  • Culver's of New Glarus
  • Dane County Fair
  • Eugster's Farm
  • Friends of the New Glarus Public Library
  • Madison Mallards
  • Marine Credit Union
  • Milwaukee Public Museum
  • New Glarus Utilities
  • New Glarus VFW
  • Phillipson & Uretsky Law Offices
  • Pizza Hut
  • Schuster's Playtime Farm
  • South Central Library System
  • Stuessy-Kuenzi American Legion Post 141
  • Union Bank & Trust



KidSpeak by Transparent Languages!

You’ve heard it before and it’s worth hearing again: the best time to start learning a new language is as early as possible. The cognitive benefits of bilingualism pay off into adulthood. 

The library already offers language learning for elementary-to-adult level learners in Transparent Language Online. We’re happy to announce that now includes KidSpeak, a fun, age-appropriate online language course designed for ages 6 and up!

All you need is a library card to introduce your children to English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Mandarin Chinese. The program teaches words and phrases suitable for learners’ age, needs, and interests. (No “I’d like a glass of wine.” in this course!) More than 40 activities, puzzles, and songs guide young learners through the basics, along with a cartoon “friend” who speaks the language.

To get started, visit our Online Resources page and click on the Transparent Languages icon.  You will need to enter your New Glarus library card number, and from there you can create a customized account for your child.



Would you like to receive updates about children's events?  Please sign up for our children's programming mailing list.




Mondays @ 10:15


These interactive classes are perfect for active babies and toddlers.  Why Music & Movement?  According to Musikgarten, a leader in the field of early childhood music education, music serves many purposes:

  • Music is a language, and children are oriented toward learning language.
  • Music evokes movement, and children delight in and require movement for their development and growth.
  • Music engages the brain while stimulating neural pathways associated with such higher forms of intelligence as abstract thinking, empathy, and mathematics.
  • Music's melodic and rhythmic patterns provide exercise for the brain and help develop memory. Who among us learned the ABC's without the ABC song?
  • Music is an aural art and young children are aural learners. Since ears are fully mature before birth, infants begin learning from the sounds of their environment before birth.
  • Music is perfectly designed for training children's listening skills. Good listening skills and school achievement go hand in hand.
  • Developmentally appropriate music activities involve the whole child-the child's desire for language, the body's urge to move, the brain's attention to patterns, the ear's lead in initiating communication, the voice's response to sounds, as well as the eye-hand coordination associated with playing musical instruments.
  • Music is a creative experience which involves expression of feelings. Children often do not have the words to express themselves and need positive ways to release their emotions.
  • Music transmits culture and is an avenue by which beloved songs, rhymes, and dances can be passed down from one generation to another.
  • Music is a social activity which involves family and community participation. Children love to sing and dance at home and school.





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.


Toddler Story Time

Join Children's Librarian, Ignacia, for stories, songs, and activities! Story times are held on most Fridays at 10:15 AM, from September through May, in the Village Hall Community Room.  See our online calendar for special summer story time dates.

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.

Links for Caregivers

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

Early literacy information

Family Fun