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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.


2014 Children's Summer Reading Program

Science Lab Open House

Thursdays, June 12-26 and July 10-24
1:30 - 3 pm

Drop in to do science experiments, explore and learn.
Each week we’ll have different hands-on activities and a few special community guests.

Ages 4-10 (younger siblings welcome with parental supervision).

No pre-registration required.

We recommend arriving no later than 2:30 pm to fully explore the activities.

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Fizz, Boom, Dinosaurs & More

Thursday, June 19, 6:30-7:15 pm
Location: Stoughton Fire Department Training Room

Special guest Mary Tooley will bring rock specimens, giant crystals and lots of fossils
including fossilized dinosaur eggshell for you to explore.

Then you will make a 3D dinosaur diorama at the end of the program which you can take home.

For children ages 4 and up (younger siblings welcome with parental supervision).
No pre-registration required.

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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 Time
Fridays, June 13 - August 15
Fridays 9:30 - 10:15 am

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
June 11 - August 13
(No Storytime July 2)

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

No registration required.



Preschool Players

Wednesdays, June 11, 18 & 25 from 2:30 - 3:15 pm
Performance Wednesday, June 25 from 6:30 - 7:15 pm

Calling all actors ages 4 and 5 to star in a library play.
Do you like to sing, wear costumes and act?
Then this program is for you! Family and friends are invited to the performance.
Space is limited—please drop by or call 873-6281 to register starting Monday, June 2.


Summer Family Movie

Wednesday, August 13, 2 - 3:45 pm
Limited Seating: Free tickets available starting at 1:30 pm on the day of the movie.

The Muppets are on a world tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations.
But mayhem follows them overseas as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine--the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit.

This film is rated PG.

Free popcorn and juice will be served.
Sponsored by the Optimist Club of Stoughton.


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!


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.




Tuesday, August 19, 2:30-3:15 pm

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


“Great Scott” the Magician
Thursday, July 17, 6:30 - 7:15 pm
Location: Stoughton Fire Department Training Room

Magician Scott Obermann will wow you with magic tricks, ventriloquism,
music and plenty of audience participation.
All ages.
No pre-registration required.


"Book Buddies "

Mondays, July 21st - August 18th from 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Book Buddies is an enjoyable way to encourage reading over the summer.
Buddies entering grades K-3 will pair up with Tween and Teen Tutors for fun projects, tasty snacks, and quality reading time.

Space is limited—please stop by the Children's Desk to pick up a registration form starting May 31.


Truck Day

Wednesday, July 23 at 2-2:45pm (Raindate: Wednesday, July 30 at 2-2:45pm)
Location: Mandt Park Parking Lot

Take a tour of trucks provided by community helpers here in Stoughton.
Be sure to bring your camera!
All ages.
No pre-registration is required.


"Little Red and the Hood"

Wednesday and Thursday, July 30 & 31, 7:00 pm

Location: Stoughton Opera House

Come see a play put on by teens in our community.
Proceeds benefit the Stoughton Library Second Floor Renovation project.

For more details, call the library 873-6281 or visit our Facebook page.



Summer Library Program Finale
"Get Excited About Science "

Thursday, August 14, 6 - 7:15pm
Location: Christ Lutheran Church, 700 County Road B

We want to celebrate your summer reading achievements!
Join us from 6-6:30 to enjoy free sundaes provided by Culvers.
Then enjoy Steve Belliveau’s fast-paced science show full of large props, music, humor and audience participation.

All ages.
No pre-registration required.



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Chess Club will be back in the fall

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.


Evening Story Time
Stay tuned for more evening story times in the fall.

Enjoy stories, songs, crafts and early literacy activities.

Ages 0-5.
No registration required.


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.