The Children's Area

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What you'll find in the Children's Area:
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Our cozy children's area features a variety of toys and activities for playing and learning. 
Come over to play and connect with other families! You do not need a library card to use the library space.

Wondering what to expect during a visit to the library? Click here to learn more and view a Social Story. 

Available in the Children's Area:

  • Collections for babies, preschool, school-age, and adult readers
  • New books
  • Lucky Day items (skip-the-line copies of popular books)
  • Picture books
  • Early readers
  • Decodable books & literacy support tools
  • Booklists
  • Homeschooling materials
  • Parenting books and media
  • Magazines
  • Busy Boxes, learning kits, STEAM kits, Discovery bags
  • Audio-enabled picture books (Vox, Wonderbooks, & books with CDs)
  • 1 AWE learning computer with pre-loaded educational games
  • Comfortable seating
  • Single-stall restroom with a changing table

More materials for school-age patrons are available in the Intermediate Area.
Have questions? The library staff will be happy to help.

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Looking for events and programs for children? Click here to learn more. 
 

 

Busy Boxes & Kits

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These kits are full of toys, games, DVDs, CDs, puppets, books, and more! All of the kits are available to checkout for 14 days, are renewable, and are created to enjoy at home. To place a hold on any of these kits, please contact the library at (608) 437-5021 or click the items in the list below to place a hold online. 

 

Busy Boxes

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These themed kits include books and items designed to develop learning and literacy skills in young children. Great for play at home or teaching! Recommended for ages 3-7.

 

Family Kits

Great for play at home, game nights or teaching! Recommended for ages 3-12.
  • Alphabet and Phonics Games
  • Bob Books
  • Discover Stewart Lake Bags
  • Discovery Backpacks:
  •       Animal Tracks
  •       Prairie
  •       Wetland/Pond
  • Discovery Bags:
  •       Birdwatching
  •       Owls
  •       Space
  • Explorer Backpacks
  • Dr. Seuss Box
  • Family Craft Box
  • First Reading Books
  • Library Kid Box
  • Math at Home
  • Osmo Kits
  • Rainforest Read-Alongs:
  •     Crocodile, Iguana, Macaw, Monkey, Tree Frog
  • Yo-Yo Kit

 

Teaching Kits

Can be used for teaching or homeschools. Recommended for ages 4-12.
  • Africa
  • America the Beautiful
  • Ancient Rome
  • Backyard Science
  • Bean Bag Fun
  • Birchbark House Book Kit
  • Complete Daily Curriculum for Early Childhood (Kit)
  • Complete Resource Book for Infants (Kit)
  • Complete Resource book for Preschoolers (kit)
  • Fossils
  • Fractions
  • Geography
  • Globe
  • Human Body
  • Infant/Toddler Photo Activity Kit
  • Latin America
  • Learn about Money
  • Map Skills
  • Metric System
  • Parachute
  • Rocks and Minerals
  • Saxon Math Kit                  
  • Science Explorers

 

STEAM Kits

Learning tools geared specifically toward Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Recommended for ages 4-12.
  • All About Magnets
  • Alphabet Fun
  • Circuits and Technology
  • Drawing
  • Electronics, Coding and Bots
  • Estimation and Patterns
  • Math Games and Trivia
  • Robotics and Coding
  • Stamping Fun
  • Sphero Kits 1 & 2
  • Osmo: Creative Set
  • Osmo: Concepts Set
  • Osmo: Crafting Set
  • Osmo: Coding Set

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