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Registration for the winter sessions of Toddler Time & Preschool Story Time will begin Tuesday, January 6, 2015.

Please note that Toddler Time will begin Friday, Jan. 9 of the new year with the theme: "Snowy Day!" @ 10:00 a.m.

Preschool Story Time will begin the week of January 20 & 21. Sessions are at 10:00 a.m. only on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

You can register by clicking on the link below, by calling 742-4959 ext. 211, or stopping at the Youth Services desk.

To register for a youth program click on this icon >>> storytime


Our 1st after school book party in honor of author & illustrator, Mo Willems, was a huge hit! Despite the chilly weather we had a group of young readers who enjoyed stories, crafts, games & refreshments. Stay tuned for more after school book parties coming soon!

Feeding Gerald the elephant!


D.I.Y Projects are back! Be sure to look for January's"Do-It-Yourself" activity: creating a paper "quilt block." At the end of the month all the blocks will be combined to create a unique paper quilt. Be sure to add your creative block to the project.


FamilyFunEvent-the first Saturday of the month:

parachute play



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.


                     PRE-K KLUB

January 23, 2015: We're adding an "A" to our STEM program to make it STEAM!

A is for ART! Join us as we explore Monet and his water techniques

February 27 Pre-K Klub will feature math!

For more fun with science, check out the links listed below!

American Chemical Societywww. acs.org/kids

Radar's Physic4Kidswww.physics4kids.com



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.

early readers


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




New Math Kits in the Children's Library

Math kits  math kit 

math kit








Virtual Tour of the American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural history (Click on Logo on left for video)


Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian Museum

Smithsonian Museum  (Click on logo on left for video)





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.

        tutor.com  Tutor.com


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