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304 S. Fourth St., Stoughton, WI 53589

Library Hours : Monday -Thursday 9 to 9 and Friday & Saturday 9 to 5






Children's Summer Reading Program


Movie Mornings
Special Programs
Picture Page
Welcome to the Children’s Department!

A spot that will amaze and amuse, enrich and educate, relax and rejuvenate, a place where the world awaits. The Children’s Department at the Stoughton Public Library promises all this and more.

Please join us for some of these fun and festivectivities! We offer pre-school storytimes, Mother Goose time for babies (also known as the Lapsit Programs), special events for all ages, as well as professional performers during the Summer Library Program. Stop by the Children’s Department to check out the new books and other materials just for you.


Materials and Services
  • Computers networked with the Stoughton Area School District
  • Read-a-long books and tapes
  • Board books
  • Computer Software
  • Picture books
  • Children’s magazines
  • Early Readers and series books
  • Juvenile VHS and DVD videos with G rating and a new collection of "Family Viewing" DVDS with a PG rating
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Books on cassette or CD
  • Non-fiction with different reading levels per subject area
  • Music CD’s including popular children’s performers, lullabies, movement and educational CD’s
  • Bilingual books



The Children’s Department offers programming for children
ages 0 to 12 years old and their families.

Check out our regularly scheduled storytimes and children's programing:
  • Wee Read Stories & More : Story times for children ages 2 ½ to 5-6 years old. Two eight-week sessions in spring and fall. Registration required.
  • Mother Goose Time : Infant/Toddler programs for babies from 0 to 30 months. Three sessions in spring and three in fall. Registration requested.
  • Family Enrichment Programs : Four general programs offered each spring and fall.
  • Summer Library Reading Program : For all children, readers and non-readers, designed to encourage leisure reading over the summer break.
  • Class visits : We’re available for visitations from classes, preschools and daycares. Special tours and/or story times must be scheduled in advance.


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Programs & Story Times

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Get started today!

Want your child to have a solid pre-literacy foundation before starting grade school?
The Stoughton Public Library challenges you to read 1000 books with your child before s/he starts Kindergarten.
Pick up a reading log at the Children’s Desk, keep track of progress on a sticker chart
and earn books as prizes for completing reading milestones.

For pre-K children ages 0-5.


Totally Toddlers
Toddler Story Times

Fridays 9:30 - 10:15 am
January 24 - April 11

Enjoy circle time with stories, nursery rhymes, crafts and early literacy activities.
For children ages 0-3.

No registration required.

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Preschool Storytime
Wednesdays at 10 - 10:45 am
January 22 - April 9

Enjoy stories, songs, crafts and early literacy activities.
For children ages 0-5.

No registration required.


Evening Story Time

Thursdays, February 27 and March 27 from 6:30 - 7:15 pm

Enjoy stories, songs, crafts and early literacy activities.

Ages 0-5.

No registration required


Lego Club
May 1st at 10 am

Come and build a masterpiece with a variety of Legos.
The library will provide the Legos, all you need are the ideas!
Ages 3 and up (parents and younger siblings welcome).

No registration required.


Chess Club

Thursday, May 1st at 3:15 pm

Volunteers from the Stoughton Area Senior Center will be in the Teen Area
to teach you how to play chess, or to provide game opportunities for more experienced players.

For teens in grades 5 and up.



Spring Break Movie
Stay Tune!

Sponsored by the Stoughton Optimist Club.

Come to the library's movie screenings!
Watch the newest DVD releases of some of this season favorites.
Specific details are available at the library.
Stop by and pick up a flyer today!


These programs are sponsored by the Stoughton Optimist Club.
For more information, contact the Children’s Department at the library at 608-873-6281.
If you need special accommodations to attend these programs, please call the library as soon as possible.


Pizza Parlor Math

Wednesday, April 16, 11-11:45 am

Work on math and pre-math skills in our pretend pizza parlor!
Children will work together to take orders, make pretend pizzas and serve them to customers. We’ll use math skills for everything from counting out toppings
to ringing up charges on a toy cash register.

After the program is over, enjoy a free pizza lunch!

For children ages 2-5 (younger siblings welcome with adult assistance).

Space is limited; stop by the Children’s Desk or call 873-6281 to register,
so we know how much pizza to order.


Zany Zoo Animals

Friday, April 18, 9:30-10am

Choose your favorite zoo animal shape from a selection of foam board hand-cut by artist Michael Hecht.
Then, use your wild imagination to decorate.

Sponsored by Skaalen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

A program for all ages.

Please call 873-6281 to pre-register so we have enough animals for everyone who attends.


Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, April 19, 2-2:45 pm

Enjoy stories and a craft, then learn how you can create your own small garden to attract butterflies
and provide food for growing caterpillars.
Ages 2-8 (older and younger siblings welcome).
No registration required.



Mother’s Day Bracelet

Saturday, May 3, 2-3:30 pm

Experienced crafter Kate Templin will teach you how to make a beautiful beaded bracelet as a gift for your mom.
Children ages 9 and up welcome to come alone; ages 6-8 welcome with adult assistance.

No registration required.



Free Comic Book Day!

Saturday, May 3 all day!

Free comic books for everyone!
Celebrate Free Comic Day with donated comics from Westfield Comics.
While supplies last.





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