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Library Programs – Summer 2019

Children’s & Teen Activities

Summer Reading: A Universe of Stories! June 10 – August 16

Join us at the Burlington Public Library for “A Universe of Stories!” this summer! We have a Reading Program where children of all ages can earn prizes by completing weekly bookmarks of fun reading activities. Kids will also have a chance to win a grand prize.

And while you’re here, take advantage of these fun events:

    • Summer Reading Registration Begins: Monday, June 10
    • First day to turn in reading record: Monday, June 17
    • Summer Reading Program Ends: Friday, August 16
  • Grand Prize Drawing: Monday, August 19-winners will be notified this week.

Teen Volunteers Needed

We need your help with this year’s summer reading program, and you need community service hours. So, let’s work together!  Sign up for 2019 Summer Reading Program at BPL https://signup.com/go/YGyiXaa on @SignUp.com today!

Story Wagon Series

Fridays, June 14 through July 19, 10:00 a.m.
Professional performers will make five appearances at the library this summer. These free performances fill up fast. Be sure to see:

    • June 14 – Emily Roberts, Snake Discover
    • June 21 – Magician Great Scott
    • June 28 – Colossal Fossils
    • July 12 – Musicians Fox and Branch
  • July 19 – Racine Zoo

Special Youth Events

No registration required unless stated.

Farmer’s Market Reading Time

Thursdays, June 6 – August 8, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Kids can join Ms. Nie or Ms. Jen for some summer reading at the Burlington Farmers Market in Wehmhoff Square Park. Librarians will have books available for kids to read.  

Lapsit Storytime

Thursdays, June 13 – July 25, 10:00 a.m.
Fingerplays, bouncing movements, rhythmic play and stories are the core of this program for children up to the age of five and their parents/caretakers.

Traxside Summer Meet & Read Kickoff

Monday, June 10, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Join BASD Librarian Sallie Nie for the Summer Meet & Read Kickoff at Traxside. Kids read for 30 minutes and can then skate this night for free from 5 to 7.

June Dairy Day – Located in Wehmhoff Square Park next to the Library

Tuesday, June 11, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
This event – with free ice cream, a petting zoo, face painting, and games – is courtesy of Kan-Do 4-H and Burlington Back 40 4-H, Racine County Dairy Promotions, and WI Milk Marketing Board.

Lego Build

Wednesday, June 12, 10:00 a.m.

All ages welcome to come and build. The Library will provide the Legos.


Popcorn and a Movie
Wednesday, June 12, 1:30 p.m.
Come enjoy a kid-friendly movie and some free popcorn. Registration required.

Anime Club

Thursdays, June 13 &  27, July 11 & 25 and August 8 & 22, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Come join our new Anime Club, for ages 12 to 18.  Come to discuss your favorite Manga and watch some Anime and don’t forget to bring a fellow otaku! Snacks will be provided.

Kohl’s Wild Theater
Monday, June 17, 10:00 a.m.

Theatrical Performance-How Does Your Garden Grow?

Milwaukee Public Museum Butterfly Program
Tuesday, June 18, 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Butterflies may be beautiful, but that’s not why they’re important! Learn about the residents of MPM’s Butterfly Vivarium while we get up close and personal with these fascinating animals.
Participants will have an opportunity to observe real butterfly specimens under a microscope while exploring how special their wings really are.

Registration Required. Space is limited so registration is required.

Miniature Kitchen Cooking
Thursday, June 20, 1:00 p.m.  Thursday July 18, 1:00p.m.

Have you heard of the tiny kitchen, tiny food craze?  Come see what it’s all about. Use our tiny kitchens to create some tiny food.  What will you create? Tiny lasagna, tiny tacos, or tiny deep dish pizza? We provide the kitchens and food supplies.  Visit the Tiny Kitchen channel on Youtube for more information.

Ages 10 & up. Space is limited so registration is required.

Working with Water colors with artist Barbara Duer Johnson

Saturdays, June 22 and June 29 at 10:00

Adults and Children (6+ with adult)

Registration Required


Paint Pour
Monday, June 24, 1:00 p.m.

Paint pouring is a fairly new craft that yields beautiful results with little to no experience.  The

paintings must dry undisturbed overnight, so participants must return for their paintings the

following day.
For kids ages 10 and up. Registration is required.

Summer Crafts
Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 a.m.

Preschool and early elementary kids are welcome to join us for summertime crafts.

Zumba for Kids (and families, too!)
Wednesday, June 26, 10:00 a.m. in Wehmhoff Square Park

It’s fun and fast, and don’t forget to bring your water bottle!

Spaceship Drive-In

Monday, July 8, 10:00 a.m.

Let’s blast off to the moon!  Preschool and early elementary age kids will have fun creating their own rocket ships from cardboard boxes and then will climb aboard for launch time while we enjoy a space themed show.  We supply the boxes , space craft decorations and popcorn. Space is limited, so registration is required.

Stomp Rocket Program
Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 a.m.

Explore simple rocketry in this program for kids ages 5 and up.  We will make paper rockets and will try launching them through “stomp” rockets or stomp power.  How high will your rocket launch?

Space is limited, so registration is required.

Juggling Club Presents

Wednesday, July 10, 10:00 a.m.

BHS juggling club will entertain and amaze with their juggling abilities. Everyone will get a chance to test out their juggling skills too.

Block Party

Tuesday, July 16 & Thursday, July 18, 10:00 a.m.

Come build with blocks! For preschool and early elementary kids.

Rhythm for Unity kids program
Wednesday, July 17, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Creating rhythm together helps build and celebrate community and it’s fun!  Hand drumming is an ancient practice. Come see what it’s all about.

10:00 will be for children 5 and up.

1:00 will be for tweens/teens.

Registration is required.

Kids Build with Home Depot

Monday, July 22, 10:00 a.m.

Space is limited, so registration is required.

Galaxy Rock Painting

Tuesday, July 23, 10:00 a.m.

Come paint some rocks! Space is limited, so registration is required.

NASA – Telescopes

Wednesday, July 24, 1:00 p.m.

Meet Dr. Betsy Bannier a NASA Solar System Ambassador as she presents a program called Deep Space Telescopes

Ages 10 & up.  Space is limited, so registration is required.

Harry Potter Birthday Party

Wednesday, July 31, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Wehmhoff Square Park
Join BASD Librarian Sallie Nie to wish a Happy Birthday to everyone’s favorite boy wizard.

ABC Music and Me

Tuesdays, August 6, 13, &  20, 10:00 a.m.

Musical activities created by Kindermusik International provide a fun and educational way to build early literacy, movement and language skills.  Parents participate with their children to share the class experience and to promote further exploration at home. This program brought to you in partnership with Love Inc. and Burlington Public Library.  Great for children ages 2-4 and their caregivers. Siblings welcome.

Magical Poodles

Tuesday, August 13, 1:00 p.m.

Michelle will teach us about her dogs and turn a few volunteers from the audience into animal trainers for a day.   A hands on meet and greet follows each show for an added experience.

Sensory Play in Wehmhoff Square Park

Fridays, August 2 through August 30, 10:00 a.m.

Children ages 5 and under and their caretakers come and explore hands-on activities that involve your senses.

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.