Triple P Seminars Are Back!

The library is partnering with Family Resource Center to offer a series of Triple P, Positive Parenting Virtual Seminars. Triple P is a researched-based program that promotes positive relationships between parents and their children. It helps parents develop effective strategies for dealing with childhood behavioral, emotional, and other developmental issues. Join us for one, two, or all three virtual events. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or call Youth Services at 715-839-5007.
The Power of Positive Parenting
Thursday, January 14 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Via Zoom
Presented by Jennifer Eddy, MD (Family Resource Center Director) and Terri Nordin, MD (Mayo Clinic)
Explore strategies to strengthen your family relationships, and discover calm, effective ways to manage misbehavior.
Raising Confident, Competent Children
Thursday, February 11 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Via Zoom
Presented by Yia Lor (UW-Extension) and Lauri Malnory (ECASD)
Learn about the six building blocks of life-long success for children and review what you can do to strengthen this critical foundation in your children.
Raising Resilient Children
Thursday, March 11 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Via Zoom
Presented by Sue Kishel (Family Resource Center) and Mark Gideonsen, MD (Prevea)
In this interactive discussion, we will introduce the building blocks of children’s resilience and explore strategies parents may choose to promote their children’s social and emotional learning, and their ability to bounce back from adversity.

Storytime Kits Return!

January Storytime Kits are ready for you to pick up and enjoy with your little ones. We have two types of kits available: a Baby/Toddler Storytime Kit and a Family Storytime Kit. Each one is designed to enhance your storytime experience and provide continuous opportunities for early literacy fun at home. Here’s what you can find in the January kits:

January Baby/Toddler Storytime Kit

Board book: Where Is Baby’s Belly Button?

Scarves (2)

Bubbles (you get to keep)

Five Little Ducks finger puppet activity (you get to keep)

Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays sheet (you get to keep)

Additional handouts (you get to keep)

January Family Storytime Kit

Wrist bells (2)

Scarves (2)

Polar bear craft (you get to keep)

Five Little Ducks finger puppet activity (you get to keep)

Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays sheet (you get to keep)

Additional handouts (you get to keep)

We’ll use some of these materials during storytime, so be sure to have your kit ready each week in January. Haven’t registered for storytime yet? No worries! We’d love to have your family join us. Follow this link to view our Storytime Online schedule and to register:

Contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007 or to reserve a January kit and schedule a pick-up.

We look forward to connecting with you and your family at storytime!

Personalized Book Bundle

Personalized Book Bundles

Personalized Book Bundle

Want some fresh reads to keep your kiddo interested and engaged in reading (and perhaps a few titles for yourself as well)? Let the knowledgeable staff at the library do the browsing for you! We will create a personalized bundle of books and other materials based upon your or your child’s interests. Staff will put up to 10 items on hold for each participating child or teen and up to five items on hold for each participating adult. You may request one new bundle each month for each participating reader. Ready to give it a try? Simply fill out this form: 


Family BINGO Online

Ring in the new Year with Family BINGO Online!

How does it work? Families will register online and receive a Zoom link to attend one of our online Zoom Bingo sessions. Log on, and a Youth Services staff member will lead the group in a fun hour of bingo!

Each family should arrange to pick up a Bingo Bag from the library before the program. Everything you need is provided including bingo cards and a sealed bag of fun and silly mystery prizes. When a family member gets a bingo, let the whole group know by holding your included BINGO stick up to the camera, and then reach your hand into the prize bag to select a prize! Continue playing until the hour is up, or all the prizes in your mystery bag are chosen by a family member (don’t worry, we included LOTS of prizes in each bag).

More details:

  • Register online for either timeslot to receive the Zoom link.
  • All materials and prizes are provided for this event, while supplies last. Call Youth Services to arrange pickup of your Bingo Bag: 715-839-5007.

Break in a Bag

Winter Break is around the corner, and we have you covered for a week of playing, crafting, exploring, and learning together. We provide the materials; you provide the imagination!

Water Wow: Make a watercolor tape resist painting on canvas. Recommended for Toddlers-Kindergarteners.



Playdough Creations: Mix-up and explore your very own batch of silky, smooth playdough. One kit is enough fun for two children! Recommended for Toddlers-Kindergarteners.


Edible Sculptures: Use Rice Krispies treats to design a show-stopping baked good creation. Recommended for school-age children.



Cactus Buddy: Paint and “plant” a silly rock cactus. Recommended for school-age children.



Yummy Gummy: Make your very own Gummy Bears.  Ingredients and bear molds provided.  Limited to youth in grades 6-12 only.


Mini Watercolor Polaroid: Use watercolor paint and paper to create mini polaroid pictures. Limited to youth in grades 6-12 only.


Mix and match activities based on your interests. Let us know what activities you would like, and we will compile your Break in a Bag (limit to two activities per child, no duplication of activities). Complete this registration form or call Youth Services at 715-839-5007. While supplies last.

Want to keep on tinkering, dabbling, and making this winter break? Let these titles kickstart your creativity!

Scavenger Hunt- at home!

Scavenger hunts are one of the most popular and highly requested activities for kids at the library.

For anyone who has been missing our hunts, try out this new scavenger hunt at home!  This hunt has an extra challenge: everything you find must be either black or white.  How many items can you find?!

Comedy Magic Show

Does your family like to laugh? Join our friend Jeff McMullen in some entertaining and interactive comedy magic.  He even teaches us a few magic tricks that we can use to amaze our family and friends!

Mr. Jeff learned his very first magic tricks as a child from books that he checked out from his library.  If you’d like to learn more tricks, check out these e-titles from Hoopla or contact us at the library.  We’d be happy to pull some titles for you to pick up through our Park and Pickup service!  Contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007 or e-mail

Books to Get Your Family Moving

Inspired by YMCA of the Chippewa Valley’s Strong Challenge, Youth Services has compiled a list of picture books that will get your whole family moving. Wiggle, jump, and dance along to these 25 interactive books that will help your child practice gross motor skills while developing language and content knowledge.

Why sit and read when you can MOVE and read?! Access the titles here: Books to Get Your Family Moving

Place a hold on any of the selected titles with your library card and pick them up using the Park and Pickup Service (no appointment necessary) or In-Person Library Appointments. Need help? Contact Youth Services at 715-839-5007 or e-mail

Happy active reading!

Raising Resilient Children

Are you a parent or caregiver of a child between the ages of 0-12?

If so, please join the library, Family Resource Center, and local parents for our upcoming Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Virtual Seminar. Triple P is an internationally recognized program that provides parents with a toolbox of strategies to raise confident and healthy children, build strong family relationships, manage misbehavior, and prevent problems from happening in the first place.

Raising Resilient Children

Tuesday, November 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Via Zoom | Register Here

Presented by Susan Kishel; Family Resource Center Parent Educator

Learn about the building blocks of resilience in children. Explore strategies that will promote your child’s social/emotional development and enhance their ability to bounce back from adversity.

Registrants will receive a link to the Zoom event as well as programming materials in the mail. For more information or to register, visit or call Youth Services at 715-839-5007.

For additional Triple P opportunities for your family, including discussion groups and primary care on a range of childhood and parenting issues, visit Family Resource Center’s website at

Family Literacy Month with CVTC

Now in its third year, CVTC is hosting a virtual Family Literacy Event that celebrates children’s books and the joy of reading. This event will highlight the works of Mo Willems–beloved author of Elephant and Piggie, Pigeon books, and more. You can participate by heading over to the Facebook event page. Enjoy literacy based activities, storytime, community resources, book giveaways, and more between November 1 and November 15.

We look forward to joining the fun as soon as we finish reading these great books! In the meantime, check out these Willems-inspired booklists, curated by Elephant-and-Piggie-loving Youth Services staff:
Lesser Known Books by Mo Willems–Elephant and Piggie recommend these books by Mo Willems. Pigeon thinks they’re OK. He’d rather drive a bus.
If You Like Mo Willems…These authors have numerous books that are funny, creative, and sure to please adults and children alike.
Elephant and  Piggie Read-Alikes–Enjoy these humorous and clever early readers that appeal to both adults and children.
Happy Family Literacy Month!