Youth Services

Our full 2019 Winter/Spring programming guide is available! Stop by the Youth Desk or click here to see all the activities we have in store for you and your family!
The Youth Department is dedicated to providing programming for children of all ages! We offer storytimes Monday-Thursday every week for little ones who are not yet in school. In addition, we provide after school and evening activities for children and their families to attend each month. The library also has a number of activities such as our Lego table and train table that children can play with any time the library is open! We hope to see you and your family at the library soon!
Upcoming Events:
  • Winter Reading Program (Monday, Dec. 3-Saturday, Feb. 23): Earn tickets to put toward prizes just for reading! See details below.

  • Valentine's Day Party (Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 3:30-4:30): Join us for a party filled with Valentine's Day fun. You'll get to make Valentine's Day cards and play some games!

  • Page-to-Stage: Milwaukee Ballet II (Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10:30-11:30): The Schauer Arts Center and the Jack Russell Memorial Library present special crafs and activities based on children's stories! Children who attend can receive a copy of the book and ticket voucher to the Schauer's performance of the show (March 21) while supplies last. There will also be ballerinas from the Milwaukee Ballet here!

  • Dr. Seuss Party (Wednesday, Feb. 27 from 3:30-4:30): Read Across America is a nationwide reading celebration, usually taking place on Dr. Seuss' birthday (March 2). Help us celebrate early with a Dr. Seuss party! Come play some wacky games and make some wacky crafts! We'll even have Dr. Seuss Bingo with prizes!
Winter Reading Program
Our Youth Winter Reading Program is here! The program runs from Monday, Dec. 3 to Saturday, Feb. 23. Children of all ages can enter for the chance to win prizes just for reading! Find your age group below to see sign-up information, instructions, and the prizes you can win! *Please note, with all age groups, please give us 1 day after signing-up before you stop in to log any reading you have done. This allows us to get your reading records ready.
Baby Bingo (Ages 23 months & under):
Little Ones and their parents/caregivers can play Baby Bingo to encourage literacy, learning, and fun! Once you sign up, you’ll receive a baby bingo sheet. Each square will have an activity you must complete in order to check off the box. Bring you sheet back into the library anytime you want to log your Little One’s progress. We’ll have a permanent Bingo sheet at the Youth Desk for them that they’ll log their progress on. Your baby will earn prize tickets for each box they check off as well as each bingo they receive!
Sign up for baby bingo here:

Print off your baby bingo sheet here: Baby Bingo Card

Baby Bingo Prizes: 
  •  Animal Board Book Basket
  • Things That Go Basket
  • Paw Patrol Basket
  • Coloring Book Basket

Readopoly (Ages 2 years old to 5th grade):
With Readopoly, children can challenge themselves to try out different books! Sign up and print off your Readopoly board below. Stop by anytime the library is open to log your reading and enter for a chance to win prizes. See rules and instructions below.

Instructions & Rules:
  • Readopoly is for ages 2 years old to 5th grade.
  • 2 years old to 1st grade--Each book you read can only count for 1 square on your board.
  • 2nd to 5th grade--Each book you read can count for no more than 2 squares on your board. For example, if you read a book about friends who travel back in time to the civil war and experience what it was like to live back then, you could count that book for both the “A book about Friends” square and “Historical Fiction square.”
  • Each square tells you a specific type of book you must read to earn a ticket for the prize raffle.
  • For every full color you complete, you earn an additional 5 tickets on top of each ticket you earn for every square to put toward the prize raffle.
  • If you complete the whole board, you get an additional 50 tickets to put toward the prize raffle.
  • Each time you come to log your reading, you can choose to pull a Chance card. These cards will have tasks you must complete to earn additional raffle tickets.
  • The program runs from Monday, Dec. 3 to Saturday, Feb. 23. Any reading you want to record must be submitted by Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. to be entered in the prize raffle. Prizes will be drawn the following week. Winners will be called shortly after.

Sign up here:

Print off your Readopoly board here: Readopoly Board
*This is what you’ll use to keep track of your reading. Please bring this with you when you come to the library to log your minutes.

Ages 2 years old to 1st Grade Prizes:

  • Movie Night Basket
  • Pete the Cat Basket
  • Disney Basket (Items in this basket were donated by Brisingamen Intelligence)
  • Paw Patrol Basket
  • Star Wars Basket

Grades 2nd-5th grade prizes:

  • Star Wars Basket
  • Harry Potter Basket
  • Animal Basket
  • Game Basket
  • Graphic Novel Basket
  • Superhero Basket
  • Dogman Basket

1000 Books Before Kindergarten
The Jack Russell Memorial Library is pleased to offer this Early Literacy Program as part of a state-wide program called Growing Wisconsin Readers. Our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten is open to any child beginning at birth until the start kindergarten.

Baby Lapsit:
Learning and a love for literacy is important at any age. Young minds will learn through language, stories, rhymes, and more. A parent must accompany children during these sessions. Baby Lapsit takes place alternating Mondays from 10:15-10:30 and is for ages 0 months to 17 months. No registration required.
Upcoming Dates:
  • Feb. 18
  • March 4
  • March 18
  • April 1
  • April 15
Preschool Storytime:
Come aboard the Storytime Express for an experience filled with fun, stories, songs, and much more! All sessions include 20 minutes of storytime and 15 minutes of crafts. Preschool storytime is for ages 3 to 5. We have storytime Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:15 and Wednesday afternoons from 1:00-1:45. No registration required.
Upcoming Dates & Themes:
  • Feb. 12 & 13: Valentine's Day
  • Feb. 19 & 20: Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth!
  • Feb. 26 & 27: Fast & Slow (Special Parachute Storytime)
  • March 5 & 6: Letter M
  • March 12 & 13: Green
  • March 19 & 20: Plenty of Paws (Special Parachute Storytime)
  • March 26 & 27: It's Spring!
  • April 2 & 3: Money
  • April 9 & 10: Elephants
  • April 16 & 17: Bunny Time (Special Parachute Storytime)
Toddler Time:
Little minds will learn, play, and explore with stories, fingerplays, and songs. Activities such as games, crafts, and freeplay will follow storytime. Toddler Time is for children ages 18 months to 3 years old and takes place Thursday mornings from 10:30-10:50. No registration required.
Upcoming Dates & Themes:
  • Feb. 14: Valentine's Day!
  • Feb. 21: Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth
  • Feb. 28: Fast & Slow
  • March 7: Letter M
  • March 14: Green
  • March 21: Plenty of Paws
  • March 28: It's Spring!
  • April 4: Money
  • April 11: Elephants
  • April 18: Bunny Time
Parachute Play:
A storytime geared just for active toddlers (ages 18 months-3 years)! Toddlers can learn through parachute play to stories and songs. Alternating Mondays from 10:30-10:50. Thank you to Brisingamen Intelligence for our new 20 handle parachute!
Upcoming Dates: 
  • Feb. 25
  • March 11
  • March 25
  • April 8

Family Movies
All movie times are listed below. Snacks from home welcome! No registration required. Children under 8 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Movie titles and screening dates subject to change based on availability.
  • Small Foot (Mon. Feb. 18 @ 2:00): Rated PG. Runtime 96 minutes.
  • The Lorax (Fri. March 1 @ 3:30): Rated PG. Runtime 86 minutes.
  • Peter Rabbit (Wed. April 17 @ 3:30): Rated PG. Runtime 93 minutes.
Let's GO! LEGO!!
Bring your imagination to build fantastic LEGO creations! The library provides the LEGOs and a theme, YOU supply the creativity!
Ages 3+ and perfect for the whole family! 1st Tuesday of the month from 3:30-4:30. No registration required
Upcoming Dates (+Themes):
  • March 5: Sports
  • April 2: Spring
  • May 7: Buildings