Youth Programs


The McIntosh Memorial Library Children’s Department is a fun and safe place for children and families to gather and explore. Inside the Department we offer a Comfort Room, a Family Restroom, Program Room, and Play Area. All of the new children’s items are located just across from the Seating Area on the New Arrivals Wall. Please enjoy our growing collection of books, AV materials, magazines and Launchpad tablets. Special programming is offered for children of all ages. Please call Youth Services Director, Laci Sheldon, for more information about youth accessibility services.

Santa Claus at the Library

Wednesday, December 7th

9:30 – 11:00am

Santa Claus returns to the McIntosh Library for his annual visit. Santa will be available for conversation and photographs. Santa will be seated in a chair by the fireplace. Santa has gifts for all who come to visit. Bring your own camera. There is no cost to meet and greet Santa. Open to all ages with additional special activities for 0-5 year olds.

Storytime with Community Guest Reader:

Storytimes are every Wednesday of the year from 10:30 – 11:00am in the library.

The age group for Storytime is 0-5years. Participants enjoy group stretches, rhymes, sing-a- longs, and stories read by a community member. Storytime is 20 to 30-minutes long.

No registration, no cost.


Thursday Toddler Play Groups

Hosted in collaboration with The Parenting Place

Every Thursday from 9:30 – 11:00am in Library’s Seating Area and Program Room

No registration is required. There is no cost to participate.

Youth ages 0-5, especially tailored to ages 0-3.

Parents, legal guardians, care providers, and older siblings are welcome!

Parent Educator, Amber Brantner, and Occupational Therapist, Taylor Nelson, of The Parenting Place in La Crosse (additional offices in Sparta and Tomah) lead a toddler-aged play group every Thursday from 9:30-11:00am.

Parents/care providers and their children, ages 0-5, are welcome to enjoy a morning of activities, a special Storytime, and snacks! Activities include free-play, clay molding, coloring, and much more! Older siblings are welcome, although the activities are especially tailored for  children ages 0-3.

Thursday Toddler Play Groups are supported in part by the Vernon County Birth to 3 program through the WI Department of Children and Families. The Birth to 3 program supports families with children with delays or disabilities. 

For more information about The Parenting Place, contact Marilyn Huckenpoehler at 608-716-3955.   


Library’s After School Program

To learn more about the Library’s After School Program, please locate the “After School Program” tab in the top Menu options.

Library Lenders 4-H Club

To learn more about the Library Lenders 4-H Club, please locate the “Library Lenders Program” tab in the top Menu options.