Children & Teens

The La Crosse Public Library Youth Services Department offers early literacy services, family enrichment activities, youth and teen collections, community outreach, tours, technology, and programs which are fun for all ages. Our expert staff can find a great book for any reader and are pleased to bring these services out into our community whenever we can.  For more information about our services or programs, contact us as 608-789-7128 or yservicesstaff@lacrosselibrary.org.

February 2024 preschool
February 2024 school age
Teen First Fridays Spring 2024
Teen Programs Spring 2024

Upcoming Events

This event is in the "Preschool" group.

Storytime

9:30am - 10:00am
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Auditorium - Main Library
Age Group: Preschool
Program Type: Storytime
Event Details:
Designed for all ages, this 30 minute storytime features stories, rhymes, singing, games, and dancing. A great opportunity to encourage an interest in books and help young children develop important socialization skills. ...
This event is in the "Preschool" group.

Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Auditorium - Main Library
Age Group: Preschool
Program Type: Storytime
Event Details:
Designed for all ages, this 30-minute storytime features stories, rhymes, singing, games, and dancing. A great opportunity to encourage an interest in books and help young children develop important socialization skills. ...
This event is in the "Elementary" group.

After School Club

3:30pm - 4:30pm
North Library
Library Branch: North Library
Age Group: Elementary
Program Type: General
Event Details:
Join us after school as we play, create and have fun at the North Community Library. Best for grades 1-6. ...
This event is in the "Elementary" group.

Gnome Sweet Gnome

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Auditorium - Main Library
Age Group: Elementary
Program Type: General
Event Details:
Get ready for spring as we build and craft all things Gnome. From gnome homes to hats, we'll provide the materials, you bring the magic! Best for grades K-5. ...
This event is in the "High School" group.
This event is in the "Adult" group.

Islands of Brilliance: The Fellowship

4:30pm - 5:30pm
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Creation Space
Age Group: High School, Adult
Program Type: Class
Event Details:
An opportunity for neurodivergent teens and young adults (aged 16 through early 30s) to gather for creative arts-based activities and guided discussions. The Fellowship is part of a larger statewide initiative, Think Ability Wisconsin, aimed at pr...
This event is in the "Preschool" group.

Saturday Storytime

10:30am - 11:00am
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Main Hall
Age Group: Preschool
Program Type: Storytime
Event Details:
Designed for all ages, this 30 minute storytime features stories, rhymes, singing, games, and dancing. A great opportunity to encourage an interest in books and help young children develop important socialization skills. ...
This event is in the "Elementary" group.

Maker Mondays

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Creation Space
Age Group: Elementary
Program Type: General
Event Details:
Come explore, create and invent during open lab time in the Creation Space! Best for grades K-5. ...
This event is in the "Middle School" group.
This event is in the "High School" group.

Tween/Teen D&D

5:00pm - 6:30pm
Main Library
Library Branch: Main Library
Room: Auditorium - Main Library
Age Group: Middle School, High School
Program Type: General
Event Details:
Immerse yourself in a world of magic, monsters, and epic adventures as you play with fellow adventurers. Whether you're a seasoned hero or a curious newcomer, join us and forge unforgettable tales in the realms of D&D! Best for grades 5-12. ...
This event is in the "Preschool" group.

North Side Play Shoppe

10:00am - 11:30am
North Library
Library Branch: North Library
Age Group: Preschool
Program Type: General
Event Details:
Play Shoppe is a shared time for parents and their children! Join the Parenting Place and enjoy open-ended playtime, a simple art activity, circle and storytime, and a snack. Come and share the power of playing with your child!   Best for ages b...

Library of Things

Board Games

Shelving unit with board games

We’ve got a variety of classic and modern board games to borrow and play with family & friends!

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Discovery Kits

Discovery kit bag and contents, including books and activities

Discovery Kits are interactive learning kits created to foster fun and introduce new concepts for all stages of life. From STEM exploration to Arts & Crafts to Memory Care, each kit has a theme and contains books, DVDS, equipment and suggested engagement activities.

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Puzzle Exchange

Puzzle pieces

Need a puzzle? Take a puzzle home from our FREE Puzzle Exchange! Have a puzzle? Leave a puzzle! Bring puzzles to the 2nd floor puzzle shelf to exchange.

Services for Educators

Interested in a tour, storytime, or library books in your City of La Crosse classroom?  We have free library services designed especially for teachers. We love to collaborate with schools, daycares, and other educational programs to inspire La Crosse’s students!

Tours

Find out how the library works, get cards for your students and hear a story during a tour of your local library. 


Types of Activities:

  • 4K Class Visits: Librarians visit your classroom with stories, music, fingerplays and more.  We can also deliver books by request. 
  • Kindergarten Sneakers Tour: This program welcomes kindergarten classrooms for a storytime, tour of the Children’s Room and a behind the scenes sneak peek!  La Crosse School District visits usually happen every January and February.   
  • Second Grade Stars Tour: This special “big kid” tour includes the Children’s Room, an in-depth behind the scenes tour and a variety of booktalks sure to get your class talking about the best new children’s books for second graders. 

Books to Go 

Want a new set of books each month for students and families?  Let us bring our books to your door!  Books to Go check-out can be done in many ways -- a rotating set of library books can be brought to your classroom once each month; Librarians can bring books for kids to check out individually; books on a certain theme can be chosen ahead of time and held at your nearest library.


Other Special Events 

Are you planning a Family Fun Night, School Carnival, Literacy Night or other special event and want the library to participate?  We can provide informational booths, craft activities, and more!

For more information or request any services, call 608-789-7128.

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