Kids & Families

Grab an early literacy calendar each month, do three activities each week, bring your calendar back at the end of the month and get a prize for doing the activities.  Monthly calendars will be available starting January 1st, 2014 at the Youth Services Desk.

The Kaukauna Public Library offers four summer reading programs: preschool (ages 0-4), school-age (grades K-5), teen (grade 6-12) and adult, which run from June 12th-August 14th. Youth receive reading logs with weekly activities that promote reading, writing, art, math and science. Completed activities earn prizes and entries into drawings.  Registration for youth programs is no longer necessary and reading logs can be picked up at the Library starting May 22nd.  Grand prize drawings for youth that finish the program include a giant stuff animal (preschool), stunt marble maze set (school-age) and an Arduino robot (teen).  Registration for the adult reading program begins on May 22nd.  Adults simply write down what they read (books, audiobooks, newspapers, magazines) on drawing slips for entry into weekly prize drawings and the grand prize drawing for an Amazon Tap.

Help your young child be a reading star and sign up for the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten reading program.  It's never too early to start reading!  This free program runs year round, so you can read at your own pace.  Children receive a prize for each 100 books you share together!  Sign up for the program at the Youth Services desk.

Monday, August 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Bring a picnic lunch/blanket to listen to stories about the sun and learn about the solar eclipse while you eat.  When the storytime is over, we will make a fun sun craft and then practice safe viewing of the solar eclipse. Eclipse viewing glasses will be provided during this event for families in attendance.

This event is outdoors.  If you cannot trust that your child will not look directly into the sun at this event, we higly recommened that you keep your child indoors. Staring directly into the sun during an eclipse can cause serious eye injury. 

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday, July 24, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday, August 7, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Monday, August 21, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Join us for outdoor movies!  Activities for families begin at 7:00p and movies start at sunset (estimated times below).  Bring blankets for the hill or lawn chairs for the parking lot, space courtesy of Stadtmueller and Associates. Outside food and drink are welcome, but Carnival Time will be there for all your popcorn, soda/water and cotton candy needs! Ghost Town Fitness will be providing fun active activities before the movie. Movie equipment provided by All Phase Satilite & Service. Music by Appleton Rock School featuring Parker Collar. Balloons courtesy of Mikey Air. Sorry, but pets, alcohol, smoking and sidewalk chalk are not welcome at this event. No vendors/sales allowed on Grand KaKalin property during the event without the express permission of the Library. 

July 10 Sing (PG; 1 hour 48 minutes) Estimated sunset is 8:38p  Join us for a petting zoo at 7p!

July 24 Finding Dory (PG; 1 hour 37 minutes) Estimated sunset 8:27p Join us for some bubble fun at 7p! 

August 7 The Secret Life of Pets (PG; 1 hour 27 minutes) Estimated sunset 8:11p Join us in meeting some therapy dogs at 7p!

August 21 Trolls (PG; 1 hour 32 minutes) Estimated sunset 7:50p Costume contest, so wear your troll-wear!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Help us save the environment with a naturalist from 1,000 Islands!  Come learn about birds and create something to help out mother nature. In partnership with 1,000 Islands Environmental Center.  Meets in the Conference Room.

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Join us the fourth Thursday of each month for some adventure on the Library’s own Minecraft server! Work together or on your own creations. For 3rd grade and up.  Registration required. Please note that the library has an expectation that patrons conduct themselves in a civil manner while playing in the game world.  Parents/Guardians are required to stay in the room for the duration of the program.  Meets in Tween/Teen Computer Lab.

Registration Dates:

  • June date registration begins June 8
  • July date registration begins July 13
  • August date registration begins August 10th
Fourth Thursday of the Month at 4:00pm

Join us the fourth Thursday of each month for some adventure on the Library’s own Minecraft server! Work together or on your own creations. For 3rd grade and up.  Registration required. Please note that the library has an expectation that patrons conduct themselves in a civil manner while playing in the game world.  Parents/Guardians are required to stay in the room for the duration of the program.  Meets in Tween/Teen Computer Lab.

Registration Dates:

  • September date registration begins Sept 14
  • October date registration begins Oct 12
  • November date registration begins Nov 2
  • December date registration begins Dec 14
Upcoming
Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 5:00pm to 7:30pm

Kaukauna Public Library and 1,000 Islands Environmental Center present our annual Fairy Walk! The event is held at 1,000 Islands Environmental Center. Join us for fun activities and a walk around the boardwalk to vote for your favorite fairy house. Fairy costumes are highly recommended for extra fun this evening! Join us between 5-7p for live music, crafts, face painting, balloons and more! Enter your own fairy house into the competition. Rules and information below for the contest. First place prize for the competition is a family membership to The Building for Kids. Voting for the winning fairy house ends at 7:00p and the winner will be announced near the entrance to the walk at 7:15p. Registration strongly encouraged; tickets are free.  For free tickets please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fairy-walk-tickets-35021861330.  It is not necessary to print tickets for the event.  Sponsors: Artistic Smiles Dentistry, Berkers Family Dentistry, S.C., Carnival Time Popcorn, Ghost Town Fitness, Kaukauna Coffee & Tea, Kaukauna Family Dentistry and Shear Envy Salon.       

Fairy Walk: Official Contest Rules

  1. The contest is for youth ages 10 and under.  Fairy houses must be accomplished with minimal help from adults. (Adults should help with activities such as cutting or hot gluing for safety purposes). The age of the builder(s) will be listed on contest tags.  The Library and 1,000 Islands has the authority to disqualify homes that do not look like they were created by the age of the listed participant.   
  2. Houses must be made from all natural materials.  Please be mindful that the chipmunks like to eat houses made out of food.  Any man-made items should be covered with natural items.
  3. Platforms or man-made support materials should be used for easy delivery and transport, but should be covered to look natural.
  4. Houses should be portable as they will be transported to the boardwalk.  Maximum dimensions should be 16”L X 16”W X 24”H.
  5. Please do not use any items of value in your house as KPL and 1,000 Islands are not responsible for any loss or damage.
  6. The theme of the house may be anything you wish.
  7. Houses must be dropped off at 1,000 Islands between August 21-25 (please see 1,000 Islands Nature Center’s hours for open and close times).  Entries dropped off after August 25 may be displayed, but will not be eligible for any prizes.
  8. Houses must have the contact information form filled out and attached.  Forms are available online below and at 1,000 Islands.
  9. Houses may be picked up at event conclusion at 7:30p.  Houses not picked up after the event must be picked up by August 30th or they will become property of 1,000 Islands. 
  10. Judging of the fairy houses is by attendees and winners will be announced at 7:15p.
Fairy House Registration Form
Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 9:00am to 8:00pm
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 9:00am to 8:00pm

In need of new school clothes or supplies? Stop in and take the gently used clothing items and donated school supplies you need.Supplies will be based on donations and may run out.

Donations of new or gently-used (clean, no stains, rips or holes please) school clothing 4K-12th grade and new school supply donations encouraged (tax deductable). Undergarments/socks should only be new and still packaged please. Located in Conference AB. 

Extra clothing/supplies will be donated to Fox Cities chapter of CASA and our local schools. 

 

 

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

In need of new school clothes or supplies? Stop in and take the gently used clothing items and donated school supplies you need. Supplies will be based on donations and may run out.

Donations of new or gently-used (clean, no stains, rips or holes please) school clothing 4K-12th grade and new school supply donations encouraged (tax deductable). Undergarments/socks should only be new and still packaged please. Located in Conference AB. 

Extra clothing/supplies will be donated to Fox Cities chapter of CASA and our local schools. 

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us for an hour of coding activities.  Activities may range from coding board games, robotics, legos and Ipads with Osmos.  For grades three and up. Meets in the Conference Room.   

Groups of ten or more, please register with the Programming Librarian (ashleyt@kaukauna-wi.org or 766-6340 ext. 8) prior to attending.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Join us for a Nature Journaling class packed with writing, science and art projects! This class is for the whole family, however at least one child needs to be school-aged to participate. Some of our fall topics this year include ants and bees all the way to trees! Since this class builds upon itself with multi-week long projects, participants that miss more than three classes in the first semester will be dropped from the class and a family on the wait list will be invited in. Please be aware that this class meets at the Library some weeks and at 1,000 Islands Environmental Center on others.

Registration required and begins on 8/28/17. To register, stop by the service desk or call 766-6340 (press for service desk). 

This class meets for the entire year, the first semester running 9/12-12/19 with a short winter break, class resuming again in January, dates to be released.

Class Schedule:

9/12, 9/19 & 9/26 class meets at 1,000 Islands Environmental Center. Starting 10/3 class will begin meeting at the Library and then switch to 1,000 Islands every other week. Library days are 10/3, 10/17, 10/31, 11/14, 11/28 & 12/12. No class at either site on 11/21.

Second Thursday of the month at 6:30p

Come "hack" apart AV equipment, electronics, and appliances to see what's inside! For 4th grade and up. Meets in the Conference Room.

Upcoming
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us for a short evening storytime with lengthy creative play after. For ages 0-4. Meets in the Conference Room.

Third Thursday of the Month at 6:30p

Join us the third Thursday of each month for Lego Lab.  Each month we will feature a different building activity.  Each activity will include a brief presentation on the featured construction tied to STEM.  Themes may include: patterns, inventions, bridges, robots, homes, animals and more!  For students in grades K-5. Meets in Conference AB.

Upcoming
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 6:30pm to 7:15pm
Friday, September 22, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

Come make a fun apple inspired craft!  A craft for older and younger hands will be available all day.  Craft is located in the youth section of the Library.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am
Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:15am

A special lapsit program for babies not yet walking.  Siblings welcome. Meets in Conference AB.

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