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Youth Services


Winter Programs/Events

Gingerbread Man Program 12/2/19 update: The West Salem program and the Friday program for Onalaska are full. However, spots remain in the other programs, including Saturday at Onalaska.

Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus

LEGO Bricks @ the Library

NEW Baby Story Time (Onalaska)

NEW Family Story Time (Onalaska)


We're introducing something new & fun:

Let's Stick Together! (And see what we create)

Join us this fall as we create a community sticker mosaic at each location! Stickers will be given to anyone 18 and under for all materials checked out. Come in often to add more stickers and watch the picture emerge!



Story times
Fall & Winter/Spring Story times run during the school year and are geared toward children ages three through six, and include stories, creative dramatics, songs, simple crafts and more. Days and times of scheduling may vary slightly from session to session based on need or demand. A minimum number of children must sign up for a session to be held. Check the schedule for the current session nearest you.

Summer Story times run in conjunction with the Summer Library Program.

Click here for: A Note to the Parent

How you and your child can get the most out of the Storytime experience including Read-Aloud Tips for home!

"Tales for Twos" a lap-sit storytime for two-year-olds is held during the fall and winter. Any schedule listed would be for the current season.

Grow 'n' Learn

The Grow 'n' Learn space is located at the Onalaska Public Library.  This early literacy center is a fun space filled with hands-on activities for young children designed to help them develop the skills they need to learn to read.

Teen Programs
Teen Programs are intended for youth in grades 7-12. They are primarily held at the Onalaska branch but are open to all teens in Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska, West Salem and other communities in the area. See the schedule (above) for the current season.

Summer Reading 

The Summer Library Program is intended to keep youth reading and using the library throughout the summer months. Each summer hundreds of youth participate. 

The 2019 Summer Reading Program, Go Wild! READ!, runs through June and July (registration begins May 28) and includes Wild Things, Creation Stations, Tween Trackers, Kritter Kids Storytime, and Special Events. We also offer teen
programming like Reading Raffle and “Food, Friends, & a Movie” Teen Nights. Please visit the Current Programming links above for more information.

Check out our Library Activities
Special programs and no-school day activities are geared for different age groups, depending on the program. These programs include crafts, storytelling, movies and other activities. Watch for further information and sign-up lists at your local library.

Check the schedule or Special Programs for specific times and dates. Schedules are for the current season.

Booklists are suggested reading in various categories provided by our Youth Services Librarians, New York Times Best-sellers list, etc.  Click on "Booklists" in the blue buttons at the top of the page.

Reader's Advisory
Reader's Advisory is a service to assist young people and their families, and those who work with children, in selecting reading materials. Stop by to talk with a youth services librarian at the Library’s youth services desks in Onalaska, Holmen, and West Salem, or before and after youth programs at any of the five County Library branches. They will be happy to recommend books and other materials for children and teens with regard to abilities, age levels, and interests.

Youth Services - Contact Us
Youth Services Staff travel to each of the five library locations to conduct programs, select and maintain books and other materials, conduct Reader's Advisory, and provide many other services for children, teens, and their families.

Youth Services has offices in Holmen, Onalaska & West Salem:

Holmen Public Library
121 W. Legion St * PO Box 220
Holmen, WI 54636
Onalaska Public Library
741 Oak Ave S
Onalaska, WI 54650
781-9568 ext 5
West Salem Library
201 Neshonoc Road
West Salem, WI 54669




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