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Youth Services


We are continuing to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and county health recommendations in order to serve the best interests of our communities. At this time we are making the difficult decision to temporarily cancel Youth Programming beginning Monday, March 16. Among affected programs are our Baby and Preschool Story Times, as well as Tales for Twos. We will continue to keep you informed as best we can and post updates on our Facebook page.



Story Times

Fall & Winter/Spring Story times run during the school year and include stories, creative dramatics, songs, simple crafts and more. Summer Story Times run in conjunction with the Summer Library Program. Days and times of scheduling may vary slightly from session to session based on need or demand. We present programs geared for babies through preschoolers (with accompanying caregivers). A minimum number of children must sign up for a session to be held.


Baby Story Time

Story times for our youngest friends (geared for 0-23 months) last about 20 minutes and feature stories, bounces, songs, and rhymes followed by unstructured play-and-read time. These are offered at our Onalaska location and are limited to 15 babies.

Tales for Twos

Tales for Twos is a lap-sit story time held at our Holmen and Onalaska locations and are great for two-year-olds and a caregiver. Each themed program lasts about 25 minutes and is filled with books, songs, action rhymes, and more. Maximum sign-up of 15.

Preschool Story Time

We offer Preschool Story Time that last about 30 minutes and are geared for ages 3-6. Our 2020 sessions feature new and updated themes and activities and engage participants in a variety of literacy-building activities like stories, movement, rhymes, music, and play.

Family Story Time

Family Story Time programs are about 30 minutes and can be enjoyed by the whole family. Offered on the second Saturday of the month, they are held at our Onalaska location and feature lots of activities designed to encourage early literacy, including creative movement, songs, stories, and crafts. Themes include STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Stories, Music and Movement, and Peace and Kindness.  

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!

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 location 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 2020 Summer Library Program, Imagine Your Story, runs through June and July. Registration begins May 27, and you can start working toward your reading goals and enjoying special events the week of June 8. We’ll present new programming for babies through teens. Join us for STEAM-powered reading fun and creative adventure with fairy tales and folk tales, mythology, fantasy, and more!

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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