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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
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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.


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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

Book Babies Lapsit Story Time

Saturdays, January 17, February 28, March 28, April 25 and May 23, 9:30am

Bring your baby and enjoy board books, rhymes, fingerplays and music activities.
For ages 0-18 months.
Older siblings welcome.
No registration required.

Due to the renovation, story time may take place in the Children’s Department
instead of our Carnegie Meeting Room in the basement.

No registration required.

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Winter/Spring Story Times

Wednesdays, January 21 - April 1, 10-10:35 am
Fridays, January 23 - April 3, 9:30-10:05 am

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

No registration required.


Evening Story Time

Tuesdays, January 20, February 17 and March 17, 6:30-7:15 pm

Enjoy stories, songs, crafts and early literacy activities.
For children ages 0-6.
No pre-registration required.

Due to the renovation, story time may take place in the Children’s Department
instead of our Carnegie Meeting Room in the basement.




Family Movies
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.

Free popcorn and juice will be served.
Thank you to the Optimist Club of Stoughton who purchase the movie licenses.

Free tickets will be available at the Children’s Desk starting at 1:30pm the day of each movie.


Friday, March 27, 2-4 pm

Public school is closed today. Looking for something to do?
Venture into the forest to watch a movie musical based on fairy tales such as
Cinderella, Rapunzel, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood.

Rated PG.


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.




Saturdays, April 11 and May 9 from 10 to 11 am

Come and build a masterpiece with a variety of Legos.
The library will provide the Legos—all you need are the ideas!
Build a masterpiece!
All ages.
No registration required.


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Teen Chess Club

Thursdays, April 9 and May 7
3:15 - 4 pm

Meet in the Teen Area where volunteers from the Stoughton Area Senior Center
will be on hand to teach you how to play chess.

Already know how to play?
Challenge others to a game instead.

For ages 10 and up.
No registration required.

(Click here for details and more Teen programs)






Materials and Services
  • Computers networked with the Stoughton Area School District
  • Graphic novels
  • Board books
  • Read-a-long books and CDs
  • Picture books
  • Children’s magazines
  • Early Readers and series books
  • Juvenile DVDs with G rating and a designated "Family Viewing" DVD collection with PG rating
  • Juvenile fiction
  • Books on 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
  • Playaway digital audio devices are self-contained audiobooks. Just add batteries and plug into your speakers or earbuds. Great for car trips!




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:
  • Story Time & More : Story times for children ages 2 ½ to 5-6 years old. Sessions in spring and fall. No registration required.
  • Preschool Story Time : Infant/Toddler programs for babies from 0 to 30 months. Three sessions in spring and three in fall. Registration requested.
  • Family Enrichment Programs : 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.
  • Outreach : Contact our Children's Librarian to learn about a visit to your school or daycare.


Children's Summer Reading Program
2015 program details will be announced soon.


Thank you to everyone who take part.
We hope you enjoyed participating.

949 Children and Teens completed 10,986 hours
of reading during the 2014 Summer Library Program!


Thank you! to the following sponsors provided donations or services
which made the Summer Library Program possible:

Christ Lutheran Church


Dane County Fair

Deak's Pub & Grill

Eugsters Farm Market

Fosdal Home Bakery

The Friends of the Stoughton Public Library

Giggles toy store

Karen Koberstein, in memory of Cal and Ellie Koberstein


Pizza Hut

South Central Library System

Viking Motorcars


Many thanks to Deak's Pub and Grill and Viking Motorcars for donating
toward the purchase of our "Above-and-Beyond" reading Grand Prizes.

And a special thanks to Giggles toy store for giving us a generous discount
when we purchased the prizes.

Our ten randomly drawn winners were:

Brittany S., Jack P., Kerstan R., Kyra F., Macy L., Meredith T.,
Mylah H., Rebekah A., Thijs R., and Thomas A.