Programs and Services for Children

We are committed to helping our community grow young readers. See below for our offerings to support your child’s reading journey. Each activity has both in-library and at-home components. Our calendar and flyer for the current programs is at the bottom of this page for viewing or download. Also explore our services and resources tabs for book lists, information on electronic resources, homeschooling, and more. Visit the Virtual Programs page for links to story times, breakout games, and more for parents and children. We also provide outreach to day cares and other programs that serve children in our area. There are flyers you can print out at the bottom of this page.

Outdoor Story Time

Early Literacy Story Times

 Our library offers story time on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. for four sessions each year. We also offer virtual stories year round through our Facebook and YouTube. Story Time includes rhymes, songs, baby bounces, musical instruments, puppets, movement, and, of course, stories! Families are encouraged to stay after story time for social play and hands-on activities. Our fall 2022 session for story time will run from September 21 – November 30.

In addition to story time, we encourage families to sign up for our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program which provides encouragement for reading aloud at home to create both loving and learning bonds with your child. It also helps build your child’s home library because they earn free books along the journey. You can do the program with paper logs by stopping by the library and picking up our 1KBK packet.

You can also participate in the program electronically through Beanstack.

2022 Fall Quest

Seasonal Learning Quests and Reading Challenges

Making connections is an important part of developing curiosity and deepening the learning experience.  To help encourage this we provide seasonal learning quests 4 times each year. In the summer we offer multiple quests where children can earn book bucks to “buy” books at the end of the summer.

Our 2022 Fall Learning Quest will be an Adventure with Charlotte’s Web. We will explore both the book and life on the farm with reading, games, crafts and other learning activities.

This learning quest can be completed with a paper log OR with Beanstack. Activity bags are available in the youth office for all who participate.

We also create other reading challenges for all ages throughout the year. Visit our library Beanstack site antigopl.beanstack.org or download the app for more information about the challenges currently available.

Children playing with magnet tiles

Hands-On Learning Activities

The library has hands-on activities available during all open hours. These activities include arts and crafts, building blocks, puzzles, games and educational computers.

Most of the activities stay out in the public area, but we do have some floor puzzles, KEVA Planks and assorted games that stay in the youth services office and are available upon request.

We also offer scavenger hunts throughout the year that are available during all open hours during a given month. 

For fun and learning at home, we offer Take and Make art and science activities.

Quaran Team! Puppet Show

Book Bundles

Request a bundle of Children’s or Teen books. APL librarians will choose books for you based on what you like. Questions? Call 715-623-3724

Ms. Ada at the new story walk

Story Walks

Story Walks are picture books that are taken apart and displayed on signs along a trail allowing for reading, movement and enjoyment of nature.

We have two story walks on the Spring Brook Trail. The first begins at Hudson Street and continues to the Butterfly Garden. The second walk is along the chain link fence near the fairground and begins at the North Avenue entrance.  These walks are changed seasonally.

The library provides activities that connect to these walks through our Seasonal Learning Quests as a way to extend the learning at home.

Tail-Waggin' Tutors

Tail Waggin’ Tutors

We are excited to welcome Jack and his human partner Dodi to our library program offerings. Tail Waggin’ Tutors is Therapy Dog International’s reading program. They have a volunteer group organized to provide qualified handlers and their Therapy dogs for visitation in a variety of facilities and settings. Libraries and schools schedule times for readers to practice reading aloud to therapy dogs.

Jack and Dodi will be at the Antigo Library on the following dates and times this fall:

Saturday September 17 from 11 – noon

Monday October 3 from 4 – 5 pm

Saturday October 15 from 11 – noon

Monday November 7 from 4 – 5 pm

Children ages 6 and older can sign up for a 20-minute time slot to read to Jack. These sessions will be held in one of the small conference rooms. It you would like to sign your child up to read, call the library or ask at the front desk when you are in the library. There is a consent form you must sign before your child reads with Jack for the first time.

Tail-Waggin' Tutors
FALL 2022

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Tail Waggin Tutors

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Antigo Public Library, Main
617 Clermont St.
Antigo, WI 54409
Phone: 715-623-3724
Fax: 715-627-2317