Children's Programs

pdficon.jpg Print the Children's Program Brochure.


The staff of the Dodgeville Public Library offers children's programs for children of different ages. Our preschool programs are designed to introduce your child to the magic and wonder of books. Storytimes are developed through a multimedia approach incorporating books, flannel board presentations, music, fingerplays, crafts, filmstrips, and puppets. Storytime should be an enjoyable experience that will lead to a love of books and continued use of the Library.

Additional programming is offered throughout the year to encourage children to enjoy the Library and become lifelong readers.

camera.jpgYou Should Know...Your attendance at programs sponsored by the Dodgeville Public Library may be digitally recorded through photographs or video recordings. These images may be posted on our web site, in our newsletter, by local newspapers or ultimately on the World Wide Web. If you do not wish your image to be published, please notify a member of the Library staff before the program.

Reading Programs


During the month of April join in the Mother Goose & Rhyming Books Reading Program. The program runs throughout the month. Mother Goose Reading Log.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Program
Welcome! You are joining a program that helps your preschooler journey through many pages as you assist your child in becoming a lifelong reader. Sign up at the library today. Read the brochure.

gwrlogo.pngGrowing Wisconsin Readers is a statewide initiative rooted in public libraries that aims to support Wisconsin caregivers of young children with information about early literacy so they can prepare children for learning at school and beyond. Learning to read begins at birth and looking at books with children every day is one of the most important things adults can do for their future. The Dodgeville Public Library has some brochures called Growing Wisconsin Readers that shows parents and families how to help babies, toddlers, and young children gain early literacy skills that will assist them in becoming readers and also offers pre-school programs that support Growing Wisconsin Readers.

Summer Library Programs

Children's Summer Reading Club is offered from June through August for ages 2.5 to 12. Register to read great books and win prizes. Earn book bucks as you read. Qualify for an invitation to the congratulations party at the end of summer.

Children's Performer Festival is part of the Summer Reading Club. Programs are on Wednesday afternoons at Harris Park in the Ley Memorial Pavilion from 1:30 - 2:15. No registration is required. Bring a chair or blanket and join in the fun.

Let's Create Workshops for 8-12 year olds are registered summer workshops with limited attendance. Workshops are held in the lower portion of the library building.

Saturday Science for a child and a parent together, are offered on two Saturdays during the summer. Programs are held at the Library. They are limited attendance and registration is required.

Drop-In Storytime

storytime1.jpgMondays at 10:15 a.m. join us in the children's section of the Library for fun stories and activities!

Drop-In Storytime is an introduction to storytime for children ages birth and up. Stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts create an interactive program meant to be experienced with an adult caregiver.

Great stories shared each Monday morning at 10:15 at the Library. This program is sponsored by a volunteer and the Dodgeville Public Library. Programs are executed by a library volunteer.

Preschool Registered Storytime


Join us for a fun program of stories and crafts for your 2-1/2 to 5 year old preschooler. Activities are geared toward children of that age group. This is an independent storytime experience. Sorry, no younger or older siblings can be included.

What do we do? This 30-minute registered program offers books, songs, prop stories, draw & tell stories, games, fingerplays, crafts and more!


When is this program? Wednesday mornings from February through April. 2015storytimebrochure.pdf

When is registration? Registration begins in mid-December. 2015storytimeregistration.pdf

Kids Book Club

readingclub2.jpgKids Book Club for 10 to 12 year olds
We meet once a month on a Monday afternoon.
Where: Dodgeville Public Library
Time: 3:45 p.m.

Interested readers can still join! Call Carol Gleichauf at the Library.

Upcoming Reads:
July 14 - We will discuss the book of your choice.
August 11 - Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper
September 22 - Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
October 13 - Baby by Patricia MacLachlan
November 10 - A Family Apart by Joan Lowery Nixon
December 1 - Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

Future dates:
January 2015 - A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
February 2015 - Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
March 2015 - From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

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LEGO Club for 7-12 year olds
We meet the third Monday of the month
Where: Dodgeville Public Library
Time: 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.
Please stop by the Library and register!

Battle of the Books

Sponsored by the Dodgeville Public Library

What is Battle of the Books? Battle of the books is a program designed to promote a love of reading in students. It encourages students to read a variety of books and remember information about the plots, characters, settings, and authors of the books. Students read twenty titles in preparation for local competition between Dodgeville Middle School and St. Joseph's School. The competition takes place in late November at the Dodgeville Public Library. Participating in the Battle of the Books is a great way for students to experience interesting, exciting, high quality young adult literature while having fun and being recognized for their accomplishments in reading.

Who can join Battle of the Books? Any sixth, seventh, or eighth grade student can join the Battle of the Books program at school. Once students have signed up, the group meets to prepare for the competition. At Dodgeville Middle School, meetings take place once a week in the Library Media Center.

What happens at a Battle of the Books meeting? During Dodgeville Middle School meetings, Ms. Boland (the DMS Librarian) leads review activities and discussions on the books read for that week. A reading schedule is given out at one of our first meetings so students know which books will be discussed each week.

Visit America's Battle of the Books web site.

The Battle of the Books 2014-2015 Reading List (.pdf format) is now available. Titles written in italics are new this year.

Updated 08 September 2014

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