The library will be closed on July 3rd and 4th, 2015,
in celebration of Independence Day. Please plan accordingly.
Upcoming Children's Programs and Activities
Online registration for the Summer Library Program is now open! Register from any computer with Internet access at home, work or in the library. Click the purple "Register Your Kids" button to get started!
- In-person registration begins Thursday, June 4 at 9:00 a.m. at the children’s circulation desk.
Mondays during June & July, 9:30-10:00 a.m. Book Buddies for grades 1st-5th, children’s program room.
Wednesdays, June 10-July 1, 10-10:45 a.m. “Hero Academy” for preschoolers up to age 6, children’s program room.
- July 1st, Preschool Hero Academy, 10:00AM - Infant to Six Years
- July 3rd and 4th, Library Closed
- July 6th, Book Buddies, 1st-5th Grade, 9:30am to 10:00am
- July 7th, "Super Awesome Yo-Yo Night!" (See Below)
- July 8th, Preschool Family Literacy Party 5:30pm
Tuesday, July 7th, 7:00PM - Mark Hayward "Super Awesome Yo-Yo Night!"
Come and enjoy a unique blend of comdedy and yo-yo activities! No registration required, appropriate for all ages.
Thursday, July 16th, 7:00PM - Truly Remarkable Loon
Join Truly Remarkable Loon for a juggling extravaganza! Read books and juggle everything else! This program is appropriate for children of all ages. No registration is required to attend.
Tuesday, July 28th, 2:00PM - Geoff Akins, the Super Bubbleman!
For children who were in the "On-My-Own" reading group (grades 1-5 only) Geoff Akins will perform a show with his super bubbles.
Parents/Caregivers: Pre-K Klub is geared toward area preschoolers currently enrolled in a Portage school district pre-kindergarten program (Head Start, The Little School, Alphabet Express, St. John's/St. Mary's) and homeschoolers but who do not attend weekly preschool story times at the library. Klub meets once a month and includes Mrs. Foster reading a classic children's picture book and then using "STEM" (science, technology, engineering, math) principles to further the lesson. Kids have a lot of "hands-on" fun with experiments, math concepts, and more.
When choosing books for beginning or emerging readers, be sure to look for colored dots on books in the easy reader collection. The colored dot will be on the spine of the book and is meant to be a recommendation when choosing books for beginning readers. Red Dot books are pre-primers for children just starting to read.
Youth Services Displays: Be sure to check out the youth display case near the front door to the Youth Department. You'll always find up-to-the-minute programming information.
Book Awards for Children 2014
Randolph Caldecott Medal Winners for best children's book illustrator
John Newberry Medal Winners for most distinguished children's book author
LOOK WHAT'S NEW IN THE YOUTH SERVICES DEPARTMENT!
New Math Kits in the Children's Library
Virtual Tour of the American Museum of Natural History
Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian Museum
A new online program through the Portage Public Library that provides homework support for students in elementary through high school. At Tutor.com, you get live one-to-one help with a certified tutor. Click on the logo below, or go to online resources (at the left),view by name, and click on local resources. Then scroll down to Tutor.com and click on Portage Library.