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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, April 25 and May 23 at 9:30 am

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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Summer Story Times

Wednesdays, June 10 – July 15, 10-10:35 am

Fridays, June 12 – July 17, 9:30-10:05 am

No Story Time July 1st or 3rd.

Storytime for children ages 0-5 and their families,
with stories, songs, puppets, flannel boards and more!

No registration required.


Evening Story Time

Stay tuned for the next round of evening storytime sessions.

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.

Tuesday, June 23, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Enjoy free popcorn and juice while you enjoy this rags-to-riches movie musical.
Rated PG

Specific details are available at the library.

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 1:30 pm the day of each movie.

Stay tuned for future movies to be scheduled.


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
During summer break
Mondays June 15 & 29, July 13, 2:30-3:15pm

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

Starting soon!

"Every Hero Has a Story"

Saturday, May 30 thru Saturday, August 8

Children will sign up at Hero Headquarters downstairs in the Children’s Department.
Teens and Adults will have their own program.
Read books and earn prizes during the summer!

Plan ahead, August 8th will be the last day to record hours.


Heroes’ Theater!

Practices Wednesdays, June 17 & 24 from 2:30-3:15 pm

Performance Wednesday, June 24 at 6:30 pm

Readers Theater is a dramatic play in which readers read from a script
with little to no memorization and use minimal costumes and background. 

The focus is on reading the text, using expressive voices and gestures.
For children ages 6-12. 

Space is limited—please drop by or call 873-6281 to register starting Monday, June 8th.


Superhero Academy Open House

Stoughton Fire Department Training Room

Thursday, June 18, 2-4 pm

Use our “lab” to turn yourself into a superhero with a name, costume, motto, cape and more.
Visit various stations at our open house to create your hero and finish up with a photo.

For children ages 5 and up.
Younger siblings welcome with adult assistance.

Drop by the Children’s Desk or call 874-6281 to register starting June 1.
Pre-registration is required.


Heroic Tales/Cuentos heroicos

Stoughton Fire Department Training Room

Thursday, June 25, 6:30-7:15 pm

Local storyteller Kay Weeden will perform tales of brave deeds.
This high-energy show involves plenty of audience participation!
Enjoy exciting stories while learning some Spanish vocabulary.

For children ages 5 and up.
Younger siblings welcome with adult supervision.

No registration required.


Animal Heroes and Stars

Stoughton Fire Department Training Room

Tuesday, July 7, 6:30-7:15 pm

Special guest Mary Tooley will use puppets and props to share amazing stories of elephants, ostriches, seahorses and more.
Then you will make an origami dog which you can take home.

For children ages 4 and up.
Younger siblings welcome with adult supervision.

No pre-registration required.


Truck Day

Mandt Park Parking Lot

Wednesday, July 15, 2-2:45 pm
(Raindate Wednesday, July 22, 2-2:45pm)

Take a tour of trucks provided by community helpers here in Stoughton.
Be sure to bring your camera!

All ages.
No pre-registration required.


Community Play
“The Wind in the Willows”

Stoughton Opera House

Tuesday and Wednesday, July 28 & 29, 7 pm

Come see teens in our community perform a play based on this classic story.
Donations benefit the Stoughton Library Second Floor Expansion project.
For more details, give us a call or see our website or Facebook page.


Summer Library Program Finale
Traveling Lantern Troupe

Christ Lutheran Church, 700 County Road B

Tuesday, August 11, 6:00-7:30 pm

We want to celebrate your summer reading achievements!

Join us from 6-6:30 to enjoy free sundaes provided by Culvers.

At 6:30, enjoy an interactive theatre performance by the Traveling Lantern Troupe.
They’ll perform “The Sword in the Stone,” the boyhood tale of King Arthur
when he first meets the wizard Merlin and discovers the magical sword Excalibur.

The show will be fast, fun and funny, and especially geared for the pre-K through 8th grade age group and their families.
No pre-registration required.

Completion of Summer Library Program not required.