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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
Picture Page
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
Toddler Story Time
Stay tuned for the next session to start!

Enjoy circle time with stories, nursery rhymes, crafts and early literacy activities.
For children ages 0-3.

No registration required.

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Fall Preschool Storytime
Wednesdays, October 1st thru November 19th at 10 - 10:35 am
Fridays, October 3rd thru November 21st at 9:30 - 10:05 am

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

No registration required.



Community Playdates

Wednesdays December 3, 10 & 17, 10-11am

Play, explore early literacy activities, read board books, sing songs and make art projects.

We are also inviting community helpers to be on hand to answer questions for parents about important issues
such as nutrition, immunizations, developmental stages and choosing childcare providers.

For parents and their children ages 0-5.
No registration required.



Family Movies
There no schedule movies, but they will return.

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.

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


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.




Saturday, January 3rd from 10 - 10:45 am

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

Thursday, January 8th , 3:15 - 4pm

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)



Drop-In Crafts

Friday and Saturday, December 26 and 27, 9:30am-4:30pm

Looking for something fun to do during your time off?
Stop by the craft table in the children’s department and make a craft or two.
Ages 2 and up.

No registration required.


Evening Story Time
Stay tuned, more evening story times to come.

Enjoy stories, songs, crafts and early literacy activities.

Ages 0-6.
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.


2014 Children's Summer Reading Program

Last day to report books read was Saturday, August 9th!


Thank you to everyone who take part.
We hope you enjoyed participating.

949 Children and Teens completed 10,986 hours
of reading during the 2014 Summer Library Program!


Thank you! to the following sponsors provided donations or services
which made the Summer Library Program possible:

Christ Lutheran Church


Dane County Fair

Deak's Pub & Grill

Eugsters Farm Market

Fosdal Home Bakery

The Friends of the Stoughton Public Library

Giggles toy store

Karen Koberstein, in memory of Cal and Ellie Koberstein


Pizza Hut

South Central Library System

Viking Motorcars


Many thanks to Deak's Pub and Grill and Viking Motorcars for donating
toward the purchase of our "Above-and-Beyond" reading Grand Prizes.

And a special thanks to Giggles toy store for giving us a generous discount
when we purchased the prizes.

Our ten randomly drawn winners were:

Brittany S., Jack P., Kerstan R., Kyra F., Macy L., Meredith T.,
Mylah H., Rebekah A., Thijs R., and Thomas A.