Kids & Families


In-person events canceled. Keep reading for Virtual Library Program details.

The theme for our Summer Learning Program is Imagine Your Story, and we’d like you to do just that!

The Kaukauna Public Library is hosting a writing contest, where you can dream up any story you like and submit it for prizes! Each age bracket will be judged by library staff members, and the winners will receive a prize packet. Stories will be judged based on imagination, character, setting, plot, and theme. Stories can be typed or handwritten, and we love to see illustrations! Let your imaginations run wild!

Stories are due to the library by August 1, 2020. You can hand them in at the front desk, email them to kaustaff@gmail.com, or mail to Kaukauna Public Library, 207 Thilmany Road Ste 200, Kaukauna, WI 54130. Make sure your name, age (if under 16) and contact information is at the top of your story. We will announce the winners at the end of the Summer Learning Program on August 14th. We’re looking forward to reading your stories!

 

Ages 1-6:

Complete our Story Sheet! Print off a copy, fill in and save the PDF, or pick up a sheet at the library. A grownup or older child can help fill in the blanks.

Ages 7-10:

Write a short story from 250 to 500 words (about 1-2 typed pages, double-spaced).

Ages 11-16:

Write a short story from 500 to 750 words (about 2-3 typed pages, double-spaced).

Ages 16+:

Write a short story from 1000 to 5000 words (about 4-20 typed pages, double-spaced).

 

*All rights to the stories remain with the authors. Kaukauna Public Library will not share or publish any part of any story without the author’s permission. Winners will be asked for permission to publish their stories. Entry is free and open to everyone.

Story Sheet

Beginning 5/27, the Library will be open by appointment only. Please call 766-6340 ext. 2 to book your appointment, or visit our calendar: http://kaukaunalibrary.evanced.info/signup to select your service option. We are offering library time for browsing or computer use, 1:1 computer help, and curbside service during this time. Walk in's are welcome if we have capacity. For more details, please read our full statement of service during this next phase of partial reopening attached below.

Phase III Statement

Just need to run in to grab your holds, check out and go?! No need to make an appointment! If you don't plan to stay and browse, you can come as a walk-in anytime to just pick up your holds!

Kaukauna Public Library is happy to announce that brown bag lunches for food insecure families are here courtesy of the Holy Cross Irene Schouten Charity Fund! 

When: Monday through Friday

Where: Library Lobby

Time: Grab and go between 10a-1p

Details: Begins on 6/22/20. Lunches will be the same each day; pb&j sandwich with a fruit cup. Next day breakfast is included. Peanut-free option available by request. This program will run until grant funding runs out. Intended for food insecure families. Be aware that the Veterans Memorial Lift Bridge is closed, so please use the Island St. detour. No service 7/3, 8/7 & 8/14.

About the Summer Learning Program

From June 8 through August 14, read and complete activities to earn prizes (kids & teens) and enter to win a grand prize (all ages). Stop in and grab a paper reading log from our lobby, print off a brochure from home, or use our new virtual reading program, Beanstack.

Preregister now for our online reading program: https://kaukaunalibrary.beanstack.org/

What Is Beanstack? How do I sign up?

Beanstack is an online software that the Library will be using this summer to make summer reading easy, even if when you can't get to the library! Consider Beanstack a one-stop-shop for Summer Learning Program for everyone on your family.  Getting started is easy! Visit the Kaukauna Library Beanstack page or download the Beanstack Tracker app from Apple or Google Play. Once you're registered you can sign up for the programs in each person's age group (Beanstack calls them Challenges) Summer Learning Program registration is open now.  Starting on June 8 you can log in, select the person you want to log actvitiy for and record your completed reading and activities.  When you earn a badge (complete an activity) you'll be notified about what prize you won (kids and teens) and be prompted to enter for a Grand Prize Drawing (all ages). Visit the library to collect any prizes you won. 

Where will our library fish, Ghost, travel this summer? Follow their adventures around the City of Kaukauna and you could enter to win up to $100 in local gift certificates!

Follow Kaukauna Public Library on Facebook. Each Wednesday and Saturday we will post a picture clue to lead you to the Kaukauna business or location Ghost visited that day.  You can start any time! See the clues we've already shared in the Ghost's Summer Vacation album.

Between then and August 14, visit that location and look for the Word of the Week sign in the window (it's bright orange). Record the word you see! When you have collected at least 10 words (there will be 16 total) submit them to the Kaukauna Public Library by email, through FB messenger, or mail/drop them at the library. Or visit kaukaunalibrary.beanstack.org to record them online through our summer learning program app.

Ghost's Summer Vacation: Community Scavenger Hunt is sponsored by Kaukauna Utilities.

Step 1: Click on the calendar tab: http://kaukaunalibrary.evanced.info/signup

Step 2: Select the date/time and service you are looking for: choices are library visit, curbside pickup or 1:1 computer help.

Step 3: Click on that date and time and scroll down until you  see "View More."

Step 4: Click on "View More" and it will take you to the registration page. 

Notes: If you are just coming in to grab a hold and go, you can just walk in. If you want to browse or use computers, we highly recommend an appointment; we have started to hit capacity lately. Every person that you want to bring into the library needs an appointement. Summer Learning Program prizes and free books can also be requested through curbside.

We continue to offer curbside pickup! Please call 766-6340 ext. 2 to book your appointment, or visit our calendar: http://kaukaunalibrary.evanced.info/signup to select your pickup time and submit your request.  If you want to know how complicated this simple process is and what to expect, please click on the document included in this post for all of the possible questions you might have about the service or to learn about things you never would have thought of!

How to find materials that you can request via Curbside Pickup: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luvql0r01rI&feature=youtu.be

How to place a Curbside Pickup order: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfO7qZcoevE

Library transit service has partially resumed, running three days a week with a 72 hour quarentine period. The request button has been added back to InfoSoup and you can request up to ten items now! If you already have more than ten holds on your account, your holds will still remain on your account, however you just would not be eligable to place holds on additional materials until the number of holds goes under ten. The cart feature in InfoSoup is desgined for you to make lists of items you would like to request in the future. We cannot see the items you place in a cart, nor does the cart feature talk to our software. It is similar to the wish list feature in Overdrive/Libby. 

Please be aware that library materials are being quarentined for 72 hours. An overdue notice may be generated to you for things you recently returned. Please note that we are also closed on weekends in the summer, so our backlog near the end of the week and beginning of the week is higher. We do backdate items into our system and we are also a fine free facility. If more than a week has passed and you see an item still on your account that you returned, please give us a call. You will see this in notices until quarentine is no longer required:  **Please note: due to quarantine of materials, you may receive a notice for items you recently returned.**

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Join Betsy for a weekly yoga storytime for ages 3-7 and their caregiver each week on Facebook Live.  Enjoy stories and simple yoga practice.

 

Follow our Facebook page to be notified when we go live each week at 10:30am. Watch it anytime after that by clicking the Videos tab from the Library Facebook page. Video will be available for one week, before being replaced with a new one.
 

Create your own storytime anytime with our Storytime a la Carte playlist available on our YouTube channel.

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm

Listen as library staff read you a few chapters each afternoon from some of our favorite children's chapter books on Facebook Live.  

Starting June 18: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

Follow our Facebook page to be notified when we go live each Monday-Thursday at 12:30pm. Watch it anytime after that by clicking the Videos tab from the Library Facebook page or on our YouTube channel. Video will be available for one week, before being replaced with a new one. 

Thursday, July 9, 2020 - 7:00pm to 7:15pm
Thursday, July 16, 2020 - 7:00pm to 7:15pm
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 7:00pm to 7:15pm

Let us read you a bedtime story! Library staff will share some of their favorite fairy tales every Thursday night on Facebook Live.  

 

Follow our Facebook page to be notified when we go live each week at 7:00pm. Watch it anytime after that by clicking the Videos tab from the Library Facebook page. Video will be available for one week, before being replaced with a new one.

 

Create your own storytime anytime with our Storytime a la Carte playlist available on our YouTube channel.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

This storytime is for pre walkers and is a lapsit.

Posted to Facebook Tuesdays at 10:30am. Watch on YouTube anytime.

Join Miss Rachel each week as she shares a virtual storytime perfect for prewalkers.  Recorded Bright Babies Storytime will be posted to the Library Facebook page and YouTube Channel each Tuesday at 10:30am.  Tune it then, or watch anytime. Find corresponding rhymes and song sheets for each week linked below.

Create your own storytime anytime with our Storytime a la Carte playlist available on our YouTube channel.

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:00am

Miss Jody will host fun Family Storytime each week on Facebook Live. Join us for stories, songs, and musical movement for all ages! Follow our Facebook page to be notified when we go live each week at 10:30am. Watch it anytime after that by clicking the Videos tab from the Library Facebook page. Video will be available for one week, before being replaced with a new one.

Find corresponding rhymes and song sheets for each week linked below.

 

Create your own storytime anytime with our Storytime a la Carte playlist available on our YouTube channel.

Friday, July 17, 2020 - 9:00am to 7:00pm

Read a summer story as you stroll along the path at 1,000 Islands Environmental Center. Walk from station to station to read the pages at your own pace.  
The story will be set up all day, so drop in whenever you can. Stay as long as you like! A simple craft will be available to take home and make on your own.

Enjoy the book Summer Days and Nights by Wong Herbert Yee:

An adventurous little girl sets out on a summer’s journey to explore the special world around her – from admiring daisies in a meadow to gazing at the moonlit sky. Before long, it will be time for a new summer day filled with wonderful discoveries.

Starting January 1, 2020 the Kaukauna Public Library will be fine free!!! This means no more ten cent per item, per day charges! Stop in and we will wipe your fines as long as you are a Kaukauna card holding patron! While this does not apply to billed items, the Library wants you to have an account in good standing. If you have old billed items but are scared to bring them in because of the late fines, bring them in now and we will clear your account! Have billed items on your account and still can't find them? Please come in- we want to work with you to get your account in good standing! We are really nice- promise! 

 

 

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