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Kaukauna Library's Child Play Area
Kaukauna Library’s Child Play Area

Child Play Area: The Library offers an interactive preschool play area for our friends five and under, no exceptions. Shoes may not be worn on the play mat and socks are required for play. The library sells socks for $1 (cash or check only). Siblings may be in the area, but those over the age of five must stay off of the play mat. We ask that you do not change diapers on the mat; there is a family restroom located in the opposite corner of the children’s room for this purpose. While the library embraces imaginative play, as a public space, running around the youth area is not considered an appropriate use of the space. Children must be supervised at all times by an adult if they are under the age of six; for more details, please see our Unattended Child Policy. A full list of rules for the space is posted.

AWE Early Learning Computer: Interactive learning games for preschool through elementary school students. Located by child internet computers

STEM Kits and Early Readers: We have some great STEAM kits available for preschool through teen interest, which can be checked out with a valid library card. STEAM kits check out for four weeks. A list of kits can be found here .

We also have a large number of beginning reader book kits courtesy of a grant co-written with local KASD teacher Carrie Bartel. These zip pouch kits include 4-16 leveled readers, from publishers like Scholastic and Pioneer Valley.  These are a great resource for families with emerging readers. Examples of kits here .

KPL Virtual Storytime is shared online every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday with Kaukauna Public Library staff.  Catch them on Facebook and YouTube. Make your own storytimes, anytime, with Storytime a la Cart .

Circle Round : A podcast that adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10.

Flannel Boards for Circle Time : Popular storytime felt stories.

KidLit TV This site features author storytimes drawing lessons  led by famous illustrators, and more!

Language Sprout : Free daily storytimes, activities and games in Spanish, French, Mandarin, English, Portuguese for all ages.

Storytime From Space : Astronauts at the International Space Station reading stories.

Storyline Online : Celebrated authors reading children’s books.

Britannica School – Elementary School Edition is an encyclopedia database with level-appropriate reference articles, multimedia, and other content to help with homework and school projects. (A library card is needed to access from home.) Britannica Escolar se ofrece información de investigación para estudiantes en español. Learning Express Library offers online skill-building resources for classroom and homework success. Visit the School Center – Elementary Section for help with math, language arts, and more. (A library card is needed to access from home.) All InfoSoup Research and Homework Help Databases:

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Build strong early literacy skills with your little one. It’s easy. Just read a book (any book) to your newborn, infant, or toddler. The goal of 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is to read 1,000 books together before they start kindergarten. While reading together is its own reward, earn prizes and free books for each 100 books that you complete. To get started, visit (or download the Beanstack app) to register to track your reading and rewards online. Or visit the Kaukauna Public Library Youth Services Desk to sign up and receive your first paper reading log.

Growing Wisconsin Readers

Wisconsin is growing readers! Visit the website of Growing Wisconsin Readers  for information about doing the best for your child’s reading development. Learn about early literacy, starting at birth:
  • Tumblebooks  – TumbleBookLibrary is a curated database of children’s e-books, available by subscription to Elementary Schools and Public Libraries around the world.