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Storytime with Miss Emily

Every Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Preschool/Toddlers

Storytime is so much more than books! Come Talk, Sing, Play, Write, and Read with us as we grow into great readers!

Arts-ploration!

Every Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.

Preschool/Toddlers

Get creative exploring art through open-ended activities with a variety of materials! Each session will start with a story, followed by an art activity with a focus on the process rather than the result. For children around ages 2-5. Dress for mess!

Family Literacy Dinner

Thursday, Sept. 8, 5:30 p.m.

Family Event

Celebrate International Literacy Day with a spaghetti dinner at your library! Bring the whole family and enjoy food, stories, and talk about books. The best part? Everyone goes home with a free book!

Moon Festival!

Saturday, Sept. 10, 1:30 p.m.

Family Event

Celebrate Fall and the harvest Chinese-style! The Chinese Moon Festival is a time for family reunion, love, light, and mooncakes! These desserts are fun and easy to make! While we prepare our mooncakes, we’ll learn about the festival, make lanterns to light up the night, and hear the story of the lady in the moon.

Video Game Day

Monday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m.

Elementary and Middle School

Celebrate National Video Game Day with Minecraft! We’ll be doing crafts and videogaming on a private, secure server. 

Talk Like a Pirate Day

Monday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m.

Family Event

Arrr! Avast ye mateys! Today be Talk Like a Pirate Day and ye land lubbers need ter prepare yourselves! At the library we be makin’ pirate hats, eye patches, flags, and hook hands. Once ye are properly bedecked as a true pirate, tis time ter track down yer buried treasure!

Storytime with Miss Deb

Every Thursday (starting Sept. 22), 9:30 a.m.

Preschool/Toddlers

Special guest and retired teacher Deb Caldwell volunteers her time, joy, and experience to bring us a special storytime!

Bee Hotels for a Bee-utiful Year!

Monday, Sept. 26, 6:00 p.m.

Family Event

Bring home a bee hotel to make your yard a haven for our honey-making pollinator friends. Then, in celebration of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, we’ll snack on some apples and delicious bee-made honey. That is sure to start us off for a sweet new year! Shanah Tovah!

Dine & Discuss Ulysses S Grant with Historian Tim Mutterer

Tuesday, Sep. 27, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for storytelling at its finest with American Historian Tim Mutterer

This program he will talk about Ulysses S Grant.

Tim will be supplying pizza and door prizes!

ALL AGES WELCOME! Registration encouraged

Mirabel Party!

Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:30 p.m.

Family Event

Join us for an evening full of Madrigal magic for Hispanic Heritage Month! We will be hosting a party full of song, dance, art, feats of strength, and most of all, talking about Bruno!  We will provide a light dinner of snacks. We’ll have crafts and plenty of other Enchanted fun. 

Dine and Discuss Rutherford B Hayes with Historian Tim Mutterer

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for storytelling at its finest with American Historian Tim Mutterer

For this program, he will talk about Rutherford B Hayes

Tim will be supplying pizza and door prizes!

ALL AGES WELCOME! Registration encouraged

Fall Fort at the Library!

Monday, Oct. 10, 6:30 p.m.

Family Event

Everybody loves forts. Today, we’re working together to build a big fort for the library! In the spirit of the Jewish festival of Sukkot, everyone is invited into our sukkah, our fort, for snacks, crafts, and fun! Stay late and watch the stars come out.

A Science Walk with Birds

Thursday, Oct. 13, 5:30 p.m.

All Ages

This week we’re celebrating Science Festival Week by acknowledging the powerful traditions of Wisconsin’s first scientists–Native Americans! Join us for a nature walk while we study the birds of Burlington through an indigenous lens. Native and Indigenous people have always learned about the world through relationships. One way to make relationships is by paying close attention. Today, we’ll be practicing the first tenet of science–observe without bias–by considering the avian residents of Burlington through an indigenous lens.

Pumpkin Painting Fun for ALL ages 

Saturday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Join us for some pumpkin painting fun outside the library in the park (if it rains – we will see you inside). Supplies are limited so please register. Open to ALL AGES! 

POW WOW – The World Comes to Burlington 

Saturday, October 15, 1:00 p.m. at the Wehmhoff Square Park gazebo (next to the library)

Join us for some singing and music. Skip Twardosz and members from his and other Native  Tribes will be here to sing songs with their drums. FREE! Bring your own chair. All ages welcome! If it rains, we will see you inside.

Fall Crafts

Thursday, Oct. 27, 10:00 a.m.

All Ages

Come and enjoy some fall crafts. 

deLIGHTful Diwali

Thursday, Oct. 27, 1:30 p.m.

All Ages

Diwali is an Indian celebration of good over evil, light driving out darkness–and great food! Join us to decorate the library sidewalks with rangolis, bright mandala patterns, in chalk. We’ll celebrate light by making paper lanterns and diyas to hold tea lights. Whether you celebrate Diwali at home or not, this will be a fun afternoon of crafts and learning!

Spooky City-SAFE TRICK-OR-TREATING

Saturday, Oct. 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The library will be handing out treats to all costumed children while supplies last. Need to take a break from the crowds? Head inside the library for a quick craft!

Dine and Discuss James A Garfield with Historian Tim Mutterer

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6:30 p.m.

Join us for storytelling at its finest with American Historian Tim Mutterer. For this program, he will talk about President James Garfield. Tim will be supplying pizza and door prizes! ALL AGES WELCOME!

Dia de los Muertos Movie Party

Tuesday, Nov. 1,5:30 p.m.

Family Event

Join Miguel on a magical journey to the land of the dead to find his great grandfather. We’ll make paper flowers just like the marigold bridge the dead cross over in this heart-touching movie. Light snacks will be provided and everyone will get to decorate their own calavera sugar cookies!

DIY Paper Basket Decorations

Monday, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m.

All Ages

Celebrate Native American Heritage month with this hands-on craft! While Indigenous American cultures are widely diverse, many have a history and connection to weaving as an artform. Today we’ll learn a little about the Ojibwe basket weaving tradition as we create paper baskets to decorate our homes this fall.

Loom Beading

Monday, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m.

All Ages

Celebrate Native American Heritage month with this hands-on craft! Members of the Potawatomi nation in Wisconsin have been beading bracelets and bands of all kinds on looms for time immemorial. Today, we’ll talk about this tradition and practice a simplified version of this craft to make some simple bracelets. 

Get Moving! Music and Movement Activities For Kids

Mondays, September 19th, October 3rd, 17th and 31st, 10:00 a.m.

Join Ms. Bree for a morning of singing, dancing and large motor games! Guaranteed to help your toddler or preschooler get their wiggles out.

Once Upon a Cuento: Story Time in Spanish and English

Mondays, September 26th, October 10th and 24th, 10:00 a.m.

Join us for a bilingual story time in Spanish and English! For toddlers and preschoolers, this story time will have some familiar favorites of books, songs and finger plays in both Spanish and English, along with traditional stories and songs from Latin American cultures.

ABC’s Can Be Easy!

Every Friday (starting Sept. 23), 11:00-11:30 a.m.

Join us for an alphabet class that will be fun and help your child learn the alphabet, an essential early literacy skill. This class is for children ages 2-4 with an adult.  We will focus on 5 letters at a time, and each week we will practice recognizing, naming and writing each letter through hands-on activities designed to get your child excited about learning.  There will be handouts for practicing at home as well.

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.