Engineering Exploration Event

Engineering Challenges for PreK- 5th grade
STEM for Kids will provide activities to challenge your mind to imagine, design, build, and test your ideas!  We will attempt to get a robot to balance on the end of a pencil, build an earthquake resistant structure out of just toothpicks and marshmallows, use only note cards to create a structure that can hold 10 or more pennies, discover how design, balance, and air work together to make the perfect whirligig!  Come test your structure on our robotic earthquake simulator!  See you there on Saturday, July 8th from 12- 2pm

Hello Building! How Old Are You?

Whitewater Landmarks Commission
Thursday, June 15th 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Focusing on the 1856 Smith Allen House & the 1860 JJ Starin House, this program includes a short walking tour to investigate their design features, building materials, and scale. This prepares attendees to create their own clay model back at the library. Using the learning sequence of awareness-creates-knowledge-creates-protection and some concrete comparisons between humans and buildings, attendees will look at and care about our local landmarks in new ways as a result of this program. Extension activities included.

Magician Rick Allen

Thursday, June 22nd 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Join the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library for an afternoon of mind-blowing magic and comedy!  This show is fun for the whole family.  You may even be selected to float in mid-air!  All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Summer Sloppy Art Day

Thursday, June 29th 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Participants of all ages are invited to join the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library in making a complete mess (ahem, we mean, art).  Several messy art projects will be available, so please dress accordingly!  Supplies are first come, first serve.  No registration is required for this program.


Thursday, July 13th 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Two travelers from the future need you to help them build the better future that they are from so they can return the future.  Confused?  You will be after you've seen this hilarious, highly interactive show by Kidsplay!  All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

David Stokes

Thursday, July 27th 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Using puppets, toys, live animals (where possible), animal artifacts and humor, David will lead a fun examination of builders in nature.  All ages are welcome and no registration for this program is required.

Summer Reading Program

It’s that time of year, again!  The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library invites youth ages birth to 18 to participate in our annual Summer Library Program.  Our summer program will feature performances by magician Rick Allen, comedy group Kidsplay, and naturalist/humorist/educator David Stokes.  In addition, there will be several children’s programs throughout the summer.  Prizes will be given to participants who reach their reading goals!  Reading logs can be picked up at the library starting Monday, June 5th.  Participants can begin reporting their reading and receiving their prizes on Monday, June 12th and have until Friday, July 28th to finish the program.
All summer programs are free and open to the public.  

Wise Elephant, Little Elephant

Monday, June 26th 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Monday, July 10th 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, July 17th 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Monday, July 24th 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Reading is more fun with a friend!  Children from Kindergarten to 2nd grade will be paired with a teen reading buddy.  Little elephants will spend 30 minutes reading or playing literacy games with their wise elephant.  Drop-in participants are welcome!  Please contact the Youth Educational Services Librarian at (262) 473-0530 for more information.

Reader's Theater

Tuesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.
June 13th-July 25th

Turn picture books into performances at this summer workshop for 3rd-5th graders!  With the assistance of teen volunteers, teams of students will select, practice, and perform a reader’s theater piece.  There will be a public performance of each group’s piece at the end of the summer reading program.  Please fill out the online application form or pick up a form at the library during regular business hours.  The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library would like to thank the Whitewater Unified School District for their support of this program.

Read, Rhyme, Rhythm

June 14th-July 26th
Wednesdays 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Age 3-7 years

Read, Rhyme, Rhythm classes are book based creative movement classes designed for preschool, 4K, and Kindergarten aged children.

The Read, Rhyme, Rhythm curriculum engages children in early literacy skills through kinesthetic, auditory, and visual processing.

Children develop and strengthen early literacy skills and a lifelong love for reading through a curriculum that includes gross motor activities, fingerplays, creative dance, music, percussion instruments, brain balance exercises, props (hoops, beanbags, ribbons, parachute), fine motor activities, poetry, and children’s literature.

Family Build It!

Saturday, June 17th 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 22nd 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Families are invited to the library for a fun-filled LEGO morning.  Complete the Build It!  Challenge or make a creation of your own invention.  No registration for this program is required.

Family Storytime

Wednesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
June 7th-July 26th
Age 0-5 years
Children are invited to bring their favorite adult to the library for 30 minutes of stories, songs, and rhymes!  Each storytime session is followed by an art activity and an open play time.  Older siblings are welcome!  Please register here.

Harry Potter Birthday Party

Monday, July 31st 4:00-5:00 p.m.
You are cordially invited to the birthday celebration of Harry James Potter, the boy who lived.  Be prepared for an hour of Harry Potter games, trivia, and crafts.  Costumes are highly encouraged.  All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

1000 Books before Kindergarten

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a free program offered by the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library that invites caregivers and children to share books every day.  Research shows that the more children are read to before entering school the more ready they are to learn once they get there.  Not only will reading to your child every day help them learn but it provides you with a fun, free activity that the entire family can enjoy. 

If you have a child between the ages of birth to five years and would like to participate, please register at the circulation desk during regular library hours. Participants receive a sticker for every level they complete.  In addition, they receive a library bag when they reach the 500 book milestone and a forever book upon completion of the program.