Kids & Families

Welcome to Youth Services! We are passionate about literacy, connecting kids with great books, encouraging reading for pleasure, and developing curious minds. If you need assistance, please contact the library and ask for Ms. Ann.


2014 Summer Reading Program - Ages 3 through Grade 5

Stop by the library and sign up for Fizz, Boom, READ! 

Complete 7 reading-related activities listed on the reading record per week. Turn in your record for a stamp and a cool prize. You may complete up to 8 records during the program. Check out 5 or more books and get a grand prize entry form (once per week). Entertaining programs will be offered each week! Check the Library Calendar for more information about this year's entertainers. And be sure to take a look at InfoSoup's Books to Hoot About blog for book reviews that will help your family discover new authors this summer.

New Books for Kids @ the Library

Picture Books

Kids Fiction


Come join the summer fun at the library! We have weekly prizes from the treasure chest or the book cart, plus kids who check out five or more books earn a grand prize entry. We have fourteen grand prizes to give away at the end of the program:

  1. Be a Scientist—Slime Lab and Glow-in-the Dark Lab  
  2. Be a Paleontologist—Dinosaur Laser Peg Kit
  3. LEGO Engineer—2 LEGO kits 
  4. Zoob-mania—Car Zoobmobile Kit
  5. Mr. Roboto—2 robot kits
  6. Get Crafty—fun loom, bands, and book
  7. Big Wimp—Wimpy Kid game and book
  8. Princess Palooza—3 dolls and book
  9. Games Galore—three card games
  10. Be Artsy—pad, pencil, drawing books
  11.  I <3 Cars—Cars art package and movie
  12.  Frozen Fan—movie, CD, and three books
  13. Chilling with Charlie—dog puppet and 2 books
  14. Get Soaked—water balloon filler and Tick ‘n Tater      

Prizes are on display at the Kimberly Library. Discover great reads to keep your child's brain happy and engaged all summer long. Sign up soon!

Check out the latest reviews from the Books to Hoot About! blog on InfoSoup.

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Title: Magic Opposites

Author: Patrick George

Review by: khauer, Shawano City-County Library

This fun and interactive book demonstrates opposites through a very ingenious way- an acetate transparent page changes sun into rain or hot into cold.  An excellent short read for preschool age children.  The format of the book allows children to take part in learning opposites in a hands-on way.

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Title: Etched in Clay: The Life of Dave, Enslaved Potter and Poet

Author: Andrea Cheng

Review by: Sue, Waupaca Area Public Library

This book is a quick read and tells the most amazing story of Dave the Potter, a black slave in South Carolina.  The story is told through poems from various voices and gives readers a true depiction of what it must have been like to be a slave.  Pair this with the movie "12 Years a Slave" and the picture book,...

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Title: Miracle Mud: Lena Blackburne and the Secret Mud That Changed Baseball

Author: David Kelly

Review by: Sue, Waupaca Area Public Library

I had no idea!  Really.... major league baseball teams rub special mud on 70-100 baseballs before every game!?  This easy nonfiction picture book tells the story of the man who would never be a great baseball player but found his way into the Baseball Hall of Fame by his idea of...

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Title: Parrots over Puerto Rico

Author: Susan Roth

Review by: Ellen, (Manawa) Sturm Memorial Library

This picture book for older readers tells the story of the Puerto Rico Parrots and the fight to save them from going extinct. The illustrations in this book are incredible - artfully arranged collages that spread vertically over two page spreads with the text well placed for reading the story. People of all ages will be drawn in by the art and the...