Breakfast at the Big Screen

Friday, March 2nd at 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy your break from school with a movie and breakfast at the library!  This week we are watching Big Hero 6.  Cereal and milk will be provided.  All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Breakfast at the Big Screen

Monday, March 26th at 10:30 a.m.
Enjoy your break from school with a movie and breakfast at the library!  This week's film is Moana
.  Cereal and milk will be provided.  All ages are welcome and no registration is required.

Fernando the Library Llama

Our library llama has a name! Meet Fernando. Thank you to everyone who voted!

Library Lovers Month

Begins February 1st
February is Library Lovers Month!  Some of our favorite book characters love our library so much that they are hiding in our Children’s Department!  Find the book characters to earn a scented bookmark!  This scavenger hunt will be available throughout the entire month of February and is open to all ages.

Scientifically Ever After

Ages 5+
February 26th 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Help your favorite fairytale characters conquer the world with science and art.  Children age 5+ are invited to this hands-on workshop.  Solve fairytale conundrums with different STEAM activities.  No registration required.  Caregiver must be present.  Supplies are first come, first serve.

Family Build It!

Students are provided LEGOs and the opportunity to test their engineering skills and creativity at this monthly building club.  Participants can try one of the provided building challenges or can build whatever they choose.  Each student’s creation is placed on display in the children’s section until the next meeting.  Open to children ages 4-12.  
No registration is required.

Please note that this program now has extended hours:  4:00-6:00 p.m.

Pokemon Club

Pokémon enthusiasts ages 6-12 years are invited to meet other fans and show off their cards at Pokémon Club.  Participants are invited to battle their Pokémon or trade cards at their own discretion.  For those who wish to battle, there are trainer decks available for checkout.  Remember your library card!  No registration is required for this program.  Please note that this event now takes place in the Children’s Department.

Pokémon Club meets on the following days:
January 9th
February 13th
March 13th
April 10th

Picture Book City

Welcome to Picture Book City!  Our picture books are arranged into neighborhoods by subject.  Each subject has its own color-coded sticker to make identifying neighborhoods easy.  Are you looking for books about trucks?  Look for the blue stickers.  Need a story for bedtime?  Those have light pink stickers.  This type of organization helps small children (and their grown-ups!) to more easily locate the types of books that they enjoy.  We invite you to come on in and explore!

Protect Kids Online Podcast
Need on-the-go tech safety information that fits your schedule? The Protect Kids Online (PKO) Podcast is brought to you by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. This podcast is designed for parents, grandparents, guardians, or caregivers of children as a resource for information on the latest trends, Information, and updates on the latest apps, websites, and online activity of children 17 years and younger. 
The WI ICAC Task Force is part of a national ICAC Task Force, consisting of agencies throughout the nation, that focuses on countering child exploitation online. We work with law enforcement, educators, and the community throughout the entire state of Wisconsin and beyond.  Have suggestions for future Protect Kids Online episodes? Listen online, download and subscribe to episodes, or submit questions at

Winter Read 2018

The Irvin L. Young Memorial Library invites you to participate in our third annual Winter Read program!  Between January 15th-March 2nd participants will receive a raffle entry every time they check out items from the youth services department.  Eligible items include books, magazines, audiobooks, Playaways, Launchpads, craft bags, or Keva planks.  Registration begins on January 15th.

Stories at the Market

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Read a story with Miss Deana at the Whitewater Winter Market!  Participants will receive an extra raffle for the Winter Read Program.  This event is open to all ages and no registration is required.

Book Boogie

It’s time to shake, wiggle, and jive at the Irvin L. Young Memorial Library’s Book Boogie!  Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are invited to join us on the third Saturday of the month for a book-based dance party!  Bring your dancing shoes.  No registration is required.

Third Saturday of the month from
10:30-11:30 a.m.

January 20th
February 17th
March 17th
April 21st


Rhyme Time

Ages Birth-3 years
Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Rhyme Time offers caregivers and children the perfect opportunity to engage with songs, rhymes, and simple stories.  Each 20-30 minute class period is followed by a play time.

Please register here:  

Growing Readers

Ages 3-5 years
Thursdays 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Growing Readers allows children and their favorite adult to engage with songs, rhymes, stories, and play.  Each session includes picture books, movement activities, and nursery rhymes.  Each 30 minute class period is followed by art or activities and a play time.

Please register here.

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.