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.

When inclement weather occurs listen to WDMP (99.3 FM) radio station. If the Dodgeville School District closes or delays two hours or more, children's programs will be cancelled.

Reading Programs

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

2019 Summer Library Programs Bookmark

Children's Summer Reading program is offered from June through August for children up to age 11. Register to read great books and win prizes. Qualify for an invitation to the congratulations party at the end of summer.

Children's Performer Festival are family programs. Review program dates, time and locations on our 2019 Summer Library Program bookmark. No registration is required. For your convenience, please bring a folding chair for program at Ley Memorial Pavilion located at Harris Park.

Tinker Tuesdays for 7-11 year olds are registered summer workshops with limited attendance. Workshops are held in the lower portion of the library building. Please register at the library.

Family Lego programs: Program time: Saturdays 10:00-11:00 a.m. May 11, July 13 and August 10. Programs are located in the lower level of library and are for a child with a parent. These programs are funded in part by 2015-2017 United Fund of Iowa County Grants.

Drop-In Storytime


January - Drop-in activities

February through July - Drop-in Storytime

August - Drop-in activities

September through December - Drop-in Storytime

If you have any questions, please contact Children's Librarian, Carol Gleichauf at or 608-935-3728 ext. 3.

Thursdays 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 Thursday morning at 10:15 at the Library. This program is sponsored by the Dodgeville Public Library and a volunteer. Programs are executed by a library staff member and a library volunteer.



Lego Club for kids of all ages who love playing with Legos.
Children under 7 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
No registration required.
Where: Dodgeville Public Library
Time: 4:00 to 5:00pm
When: We meet the third Monday of the month

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 2018-2019 Reading List (.pdf format) is now available. Titles written in italics are new this year.

Updated 18 April 2018

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