Find more great Reader Recommendations under our Reader’s Advisory tab.

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.

Wiggles and Giggles Pre-K Story Time – Wednesdays @ 10:00 am
Our youngest patrons and their caregivers are welcomed to enjoy the library with movement, songs, stories, & snacks!

Book It To Bekkum – Wednesdays 3:00 – 5:00 pm
This after school program is specifically for kids in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade (those under 6 yrs of age must be with a responsible person over 13 yrs of age) and provides activities, snacks, stories and more!

Family Fun Fest – 4th Thursday of the month 5:00 – 7:00pm

For families of all sizes. Gather together for food, fun (games, etc.), and reading. Crock Pot dinner provided. Books available for checkout.

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.

Pop – Up Friday Movies
A couple of Fridays per month 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 – Bring your own seating & snacks.

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).

Early Literacy Resources

Tips calendar: English | Spanish 

Book & video recommendations: English | Spanish

Let’s Talk poster: English | Spanish

Tips calendar: English | Spanish


Book & video recommendations: English | Spanish

Let’s Talk poster: English | Spanish

School-Aged Resources

PBS Wisconsin Education

Videos, interactive resources, Wisconsin biographies, and more! 

Novelist K-8

Children’s fiction recommendation resource with read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more

Parent Resources

Carissa’s App Picks for Kids | Madison Public Library
High-quality apps you can feel good about.

#LookToLibraries is an initiative from the Association for Library Service to Children that focuses on advocating for the work of children’s librarians. 

Parent Resources & Online Safety Tips from the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Research Links for Youth & Students

Novelist K-8

Children’s fiction recommendation resource with read-alikes, discussion guides, reading lists, and more

Explora

Encyclopedia entries, videos, images, dictionary entries, and more. Appropriate for researchers of all ages.

BadgerLink (By Grade Level)

Making and STEM Resources

CoBuild At Home

The CoBuild website and Facebook group offers a wealth of online maker activities. All ages.

The Community Science Workshop Network

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.

Science Friday

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.

MakeCode

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.

Scratch

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.

Code.org

Learn computer science at home. Limited internet and smart phone options too. Elementary through high school.

Recommended Free Language Learning Resources For Kids

Duolingo ABC (Free for Android/iOS)

https://www.duolingo.com/abc  

Designed by education experts to help your child learn to read English – 100% free! 

 

LearnEnglishKids

http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/ 

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

https://wisconsin.pbslearningmedia.org/collection/oh-noah/  

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. 

 

Cambridge English

https://www.cambridgeenglish.org/learning-english/parents-and-children/ 


Hmong Language Classes (Hmoob Cultural and Community Agency, La Crosse)

http://www.hmoobagency.org/hmong-language-class/