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Events for Youth

Programs for Youth at the Burlington Public Library!

Boho Rainbow Earrings/Keychains

Tuesday, Jun. 14th, 3:00-4:00 p.m.

We’ll be making boho-inspired rainbows! Take your pick of making them into earrings or keychains. This is an all-ages event, all materials are supplied, and registration is required. 

Storytime

Tuesdays @ 9:30 & 10:30

Wehmhoff Square Park Gazebo

(Rain location: Library)

Family Event

Storytime is so much more than books! Come read, write, sing, play, and talk with us as we start literacy early!

Family STEAM

1st and 3rd Mondays of the month

Wehmhoff Square Park Gazebo

(Rain location: Library)

6:30 p.m.

Grades 2-5

6/6, 6/20, 7/18 – CANCELED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION, 8/1, 8/15

Join us twice a month as we explore our world together! We’ve covered topics as diverse as electricity, owls, endothermic reactions, and worm farms. Silly experiments and learning abound.

Summer Reading Program: Bookopoly

Friday, June 10 – Saturday, August 6

All Ages

Helloooo summer! This year we’re taking a fun twist on our regular summer reading program. Everyone will be issued a monopoly board when they sign up! Each square on the board has an activity to complete. Finish a monopoly and get a prize! Summer literacy and learning isn’t just about books–check out our interactive activities to expand your summer learning this year! 

Family Lit Picnic

2nd Monday of the Month at 6:30 p.m.

June 13: Love Makes a Family

July 11: An Ocean of Possibilities

August 8: Thrills and Chills

Wehmhoff Square Park Gazebo

(Rain location: Library)

Family Event

Bring a blanket and your picnic basket for this special all ages storytime! Children’s reading success is directly linked to the whole family demonstrating how much they value reading. So bring everyone out tonight for a story, a picnic dinner, and a craft or activity to bring literacy home with you!

Baby/Toddler Splash and Learn

Wehmhoff Square Park 

Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Preschool

Babies might be too little to enjoy the big pool, but they can learn a lot from a kiddie pool! Join us outside each week to splash and learn in kiddie pools outside the library. Infants and caregivers can sit in kiddie pools to splash and swim and play. Older toddlers can join or explore the water table. We’ll have new toys and things to explore each week.

Ready for School!

Thursdays from 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Kids about to enter 4K or 5K

Let’s get ready for school! Join us weekly to practice the skills that will set your child up for success when they start school in the fall. This program is led by a former 4K teacher, so you know your child’s teacher will thank you for attending!

Father’s Day Crafts for kids of all ages-Monday, June 13, 10:00 a.m.

Storywagon-The Figureheads Musical Group in the park

Friday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m.

Jeremy Bryan of the Parent’s Choice Gold-Award Winning group The Figureheads will be playing songs from their new record “Stars,” which is slated to be released in Spring 2022 on kid’s music label 8 Pound Gorilla Records (Nashville, TN). This family-friendly hip-hop will move you in more ways than one!

Daddy/Daughter Hair Dos

Saturday, June 18 at 11:30 a.m.

Family Event

Learn to do your children’s hair just the way they like. And kids–you can try to do Daddy’s hair too! Take some time to bond this Father’s Day by learning and being silly together! Despite the name, this program is open to any kids and their parents with hair that may need simple styles like pony tails, braids, or buns.

Juneteenth Freedom Day!

Sunday, June 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Echo Lake Park

Family Event

The Burlington Coalition for Dismantling Racism (BCDR) will host its 3rd Annual Juneteenth Celebration to celebrate the day the last Americans were set free from slavery! While you enjoy the food, children’s activities, schedule of performances, speakers, special guests, don’t forget to stop by the library booth to contribute to our community freedom quilt! We’ll have quilt squares for community members of all ages to decorate with paint, markers, and more. This summer, we’ll quilt them all together and display our community’s commitment to freedom and equity in the library!

Kid Movie with FREE popcorn-Monday, June 20, 10:00 a.m.

Storytime Special Event!

Sidewalk Chalk Obstacle Course

Presented by UW Extension

Tuesday, June 21 at 9:30 and 10:30

Family Event

Wehmhoff Square Park Gazebo

(Rain location: Library)

Can you jump on the turtles’ backs, hop through the seaweed, and “swim” with the dolphins?  It’s going to take a lot of energy to get through this ocean obstacle course! 

Planting for Pollinators

Wednesday, June 22 at 6:00 p.m.

Presented by UW Extension

All Ages

Join us in welcoming Julie Hill from UW Extension. Julie will teach us about pollinators and what to plant to attract them! We’ll also be making butterfly puddlers to attract butterflies to your garden!

Storywagon-Snake Discovery

Friday, June 24, 10:00 a.m.

Slither into the world of reptiles to learn what species call Wisconsin home! You’ll get to watch a salamander eat, debunk turtle myths, touch snakes, and more! Afterwards, stick around to hold the reptiles for a truly hands-on experience!

Flag Mason Jars

Saturday, June 11, 1:00 p.m.

All supplies provided (except for the flowers)

Paint your own jars and hot glue on buttons to create a lovely 4th of July flag that is fun to display.

All ages welcome. 

Little ones will need supervision! 

Limited spaces so registration is required.

We will be using paint, painters tape and a hot glue gun

If you are coming with children, it is THREE jars PER family. If you are coming solo, it is THREE jars per person.

Found Family Festival

Friday, June 24 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Wehmhoff Square Park Gazebo

(Rain location: Library)

Found Family Event

All families look different! If yours doesn’t fit the traditional mold, come out and celebrate with us! Your best friend might be your child’s Auntie, your work mom might be their G.G, and their coach could be their Pops. The point is that you found each other and love each other like family. Now let’s party like family! We’ll have picnic food, cheesy games, team hats, and a piňata! 

Storywagon-Kidsplay

Friday, July 1, 10:00 a.m.

Fitting Into Fitness!

The show runs approximately 40 minutes and is highly interactive.  The set up is very simple, and all we need the library to provide is a table and access to an electrical outlet. Join our two fitness experts from Kidsplay as they give you a completely unique and hilarious look into their world of health and fitness.  Healthy living has never been this much fun!  This family friendly, highly interactive show will delight audience members of all ages.  And your abs are sure to get a workout just from the fits of laughter!  So join Kidsplay for some seriously funny fitness.

Big Messy Art

Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

6/27, 7/25, 8/22

Wehmhoff Square Park Gazebo

(Rain location: Library) Delete this line. This program will never be indoors.

Family Event

Art isn’t all careful brushstrokes and perfect lines. Sometimes art is messy! Join us for things like Tennis Ball Splat Painting, Balloon Dart Painting, and all manner of art made with our bodies for brushes! Feel free to wear your bathing suit–we can always hose you off before you go home!

The World Comes to Burlington: Milwaukee Area Square Dancers

Saturday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m.

All Ages

Wehmhoff Square Park Gazebo

(Rain location: Library)

The next in our “Creating Cultural Connections Through Music” series sponsored by Music Matters, Inc. Watch local square dancers, learn about iconic American country music, and how a “caller” uses it to direct the dancers. Join in with some simple steps and dosey doe! Sponsored by Music Matters, Inc.

Storytime Special Event: Rainbow Fish Storywalk

Presented by UW Extension

Tuesday, July 26 at 9:30 and 10:30

Family Event

Wehmhoff Square Park Gazebo

(Rain location: Library)

Take a walk while reading the story of Rainbow Fish as he learns how to make friends and share his sparkly scales.  How are you a good friend?  Create a Rainbow Fish Friends activity.

Brass Instruments with Jeff Rosendahl and Band

July 30th 1pm in the Gazebo

All ages welcome!

The World Comes to Burlington: Pint-Sized Polkas

Tuesday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m.

Wehmhoff Square Park Gazebo

(Rain location: Library)

Mike Schneider’s music will have you singing, clapping, and dancing along to songs. But, Mike’s program is so much more than music. It’s magic, comedy, and education rolled into one fluid, high-energy musical package guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of young and old alike! Plus, one lucky adult will even have the chance to participate in a special polar ice cap restoring magic trick that will turn water poured into a plastic cup into ice! It’s oceans of fun for the whole family!

Storytime Special Event: Ocean Animals Scavenger Hunt

Presented by UW Extension

Tuesday, August 23 at 9:30 and 10:30

Family Event

Wehmhoff Square Park Gazebo

(Rain location: Library)

We’ll play feelings charades, then hunt for ocean animals.  Can you tell how they are feeling?  Can you find a happy hermit crab, sad seal, scared shark, mad manta ray and other sea creatures?  Join us for an ocean adventure!   

Threatening Weather
Please call the library at 262-342-1130 to see if we are open and programs are not canceled.  We alert Channels 4, 6 and 12 when the library is closed due to bad weather.