Check our Events Calendar Page for up-to-date event details! Please note, certain events have been affected (reformatted, postponed, or cancelled) due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Young & The Restless Story Time – Mondays @ 10:00 am
Our youngest patrons and their caregivers are welcomed to enjoy the library with movement, songs, stories, & snacks!
Tinker Tuesdays – released Tuesdays at 10:00 am
Craft, create, and tinker with us each week! Just stop by the library to pickup a kit for each participating child – it contains everything you will need to get started including video tutorials and stories! This program is specifically for kids in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade, and the contents of the kit will vary depending on the current series being offered (e.g. “Art in Nature” or “DIY – Do It Yourself”).
Local Daycare Visits
Once a month we drop by our local daycares for story time and book delivery. To get your daycare on our list, please contact our youth services coordinator at 634-4419.
Friday Movie Day
One Friday a month from 3:45 to 5:45 we share a great family friendly movie (rated G to PG-13) and welcome all! From the latest DVD release to live action fun, to sing-alongs and classic cartoon extravaganzas – we’ve got FREE hot buttered popcorn courtesy of Westby Co-op Creamery, and soda for purchase.
Summer Library Program
Children’s reading skills are reinforced during June and July. Kids are encouraged to read when they participate in our summer reading events! Special programs and events for teens and adults too!
Annual Holiday Santa Visit
Santa, carols, read-alouds, crafts, cookie decorating – all in anticipation of the holidays! Event held on the first Saturday of December (along with Westby’s White Christmas weekend).
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten
An ongoing reading challenge for families with young children.
- AGES 0 TO 5 – promotes early literacy!
- LOG BOOKS – every single book can be logged on Beanstack, every single time you read it! If you are participating in more than one challenge, you can “count” your reading for both. For example, if you read four books in 20 minutes, you could log the minutes for the “Master of Minutes” challenge AND log four books towards your “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” reading log.
- ON YOUR SCHEDULE – some may finish in less than a year, others may take several years. Either way is okay! There is no deadline, as long as you finish before you turn five!
- FABULOUS PRIZES – earn prizes at every milestone, including: slime, mini doodle boards, jumbo bubble wands, and more! See the picture above for a preview of some of the other prizes.
Get Started with 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten in the Beanstack App or on a desktop computer:
- Navigate to https://wrlsweb.beanstack.com/reader365 and create an account.
- AND/OR download the Beanstack App (available for both iOS and Android), then search for “Bekkum.” Follow the prompts to create an account.
Research Links for Youth & Students
BadgerLink is Wisconsin’s online library. Here you can find everything from videos to newspapers, author interviews, encyclopedias, and more!
Click here for instructions on how to access BadgerLink at home: https://badgerlink.dpi.wi.gov/sites/bl/files/imce/documents/educator_librarian_guide_accessing_badgerlink_at_school_and_home_v1.pdf
Bringing books to life!
- Meet authors and illustrators with exclusive movies and recordings
- Experience 12,204 read-along audiobook performances
- Hear authors pronounce and tell the stories of their names
- Enjoy 1,456 complete book readings
- Explore book trailers, Meet-the-Author recordings, and more
- Support assignments about books and author studies
- Find the right book for you (Reader’s Advisory)
Children’s fiction recommendation resource with read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more
BadgerLink (By Grade Level)
Making and STEM Resources
This resource is low in technology, but high in engagement and reliability. All the projects can be made with low cost or recycled materials. Upper elementary through middle school.
Everything from “The Many Types of Mucus” to a “Fossilize Me” card game is available here. Key vocabulary words are bolded, and the clear instructions are written with students in mind. Upper elementary and up.
Microsoft’s MakeCode program includes both physical computing with the Micro Bit and virtual coding and app development. Easy to use with limitless possibilities, it’s a great block coding interface. It even has Minecraft coding! Upper elementary through middle school.
Now in partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education, the site includes an archive of activities for Scratch that includes 323 math activities, 302 visual arts ones, plus examples and stories to help build classroom community and support curricular content. Elementary through middle school.
Recommended Free Language Learning Resources For Kids
Duolingo ABC (Free for Android/iOS)
Designed by education experts to help your child learn to read English – 100% free!
This site from the British Council has games, stories, and videos to help native speakers of Chinese, Arabic, Russian, French and Spanish learn English. The site includes resources for parents and teachers.
PBS Kids Wisconsin
Oh Noah!, (formerly known as Noah Comprende) is designed to teach Spanish to children ages six to eight through animated videos with embedded games that help build vocabulary. In each video, a misunderstanding launches a comic misadventure.