Where the Wild Things Are

Touch Screens Are Here

Our AWE computer stations have been very popular with our youngest patrons, and we are pleased to announce we have now upgraded to the touch screen edition. Be sure to check out the new stations the next time you are in the children's area. And yes, parents, you no longer have to tell your children, "Don't touch!"

Free Early Literacy Tips Calendar

Looking for fun and easy activities to do with your preschooler? Download a free early literacy calendar created by youth librarians from around the state for daily inspiration. By incorporating the concepts of singing, playing, reading, writing, and talking into your home routine, you are building pre-literacy skills that will help your child become a reader. Science and math activities are also included in the calendar, and Kimberly-Little Chute Library is featured in the month of April.

Have a Happy Early Literacy New Year!

Winter Break at the Library

Looking for something to do with the kids during winter break? The library will be hosting a family movie, Despicable Me 2 (PG), on Friday, December 27 at 10:30 a.m. in Little Chute. We will also have a book-based movie geared towards tweens and teens on Monday, December 30 at 1:30 p.m in Kimberly: Percy Jackson--Sea of Monsters (PG). Free popcorn from Tom's Drive-in will be available at both movies.

Gingerbread Workshop

gingerbread man

We will be hosting a Gingerbread Crafts Workshop on Monday, December 16 from 3-5 p.m. at the Kimberly Library. We'll have sticker sheets for the toddler set and foamy crafts for preschool-elementary aged students. The program is an open house format, so stop in any time between 3-5 to work on a craft. Make decorations for your house or give your project as a gift. Come join in the holiday cheer!

New Preschool Packs

Our latest early literacy project is all set for checkout: Preschool Packs! Each pack contains three stories to share together plus a learning game. The games range from matching to counting to beginning letter sounds. You will also get introduced to a wide variety of picture books as you check out different packs. Look for the bright green bin near the concept and character books in Kimberly and Little Chute. Have fun playing and learning together!

1000 Books Puppet Kits Are Ready for Checkout

sheep puppet with three sheep books

Both locations now have 1000 Books Puppet Kits that correspond with each level of Old MacDonald's Farm! Each kit contains a puppet and three books about that animal: two fiction and one non-fiction. Now you can enjoy stories about each animal you are earning for the farm!  The puppets are very soft and adorable and all made by Folkmanis--a company known for its realistic puppets. We even have a toy tractor for the 1000 level. Stop in and check out a kit for learning and imaginative play.

Pages in the Park

page of book made into a sign in the woods

Come enjoy a storywalk along a lovely wooded path in Heesakker Park in Little Chute! The library has teamed up with the Little Chute Park & Recreation Department to present Pages in the Park on Tuesday, August 6 from 5-7 p.m. Stop by anytime during the two-hour window to walk with your family and read a children's book at page stations along the path. This year's story is The Pigs' Picnic by Keiko Kasza, and families are invited to bring along a picnic supper to enjoy at the park to complement an evening of literacy and oudoor play.

Trivia Trek

The library and the Kimberly Park and Recreation Department are pleased to present our second annual Trivia Trek. This family event will be held on Monday, July 29 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Families start at the Kimberly Library and will follow a path through Sunset Park. In the park will be various community groups at trivia stations. The goal is to stop at each station, answer a trivia question to get your trek card stamped, learn a little about the group's services, and enjoy a little exercise in the great outdoors. The trek will end at the Kimberly Fire Station with an ice cream treat, and this year Cold Stone of Darboy is our ice cream sponsor--yum!

Our participating community groups this year include the YMCA, Fox River Nursing and Rehab, the Community Child Care Center, FOLKS (Friends of the Library), Child Care Resource and Referral, Capital Credit Union, Fox Valley Metro Police Department, and the Kimberly Fire Department.

Plan to arrive between 6:00-6:30 p.m. as we will have a staggered start to help alleviate bottlenecking at the stations. The walk is about one mile long, so it is a great activity for the whole family. Come join us for a fun night, and may you live long and prosper (wait, that's the other kind of Trek! My geekdom is showing!).

Game Day with the Learning Shop

We are so grateful to our friends at the Learning Shop for providing us with fantastic games for Game Day on Wednesday, July 24 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Kimberly. This yearly event is a favorite for many families as it provides two hours of playtime for the whole family with many educational, creative, and just plain fun games for all ages. Learning Shop staff will be on hand to assist you, and they also provide coupons in case you find a favorite game that you just got to have for your home.

Come check out the great games and have fun creating a memory with your child! 

Dig Into Science

This Wednesday features two separate programs at Little Chute. A naturalist from Apple Creek YMCA will teach us about underground and digging animals in the 10:30 a.m. session, and Ms. Cindy of the Weis Earth Science Museum in Menasha will present on fossils at the 1:30 p.m. session. The afternoon program is geared for kids in grades K-5 and will include a hands-on activity.

Come get some relief from the heat and learn some cool facts--all at your library!