Teen Programs

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The Teen Area is located across from our main Circulation Desk behind a privacy wall to give those patrons gathered in that space some separation from the rest of the Library. Inside the Teen Area we have provided flexible furniture, a television for gaming, and a growing collection of books, graphic novels, audio books, and video games. The Teen Area is a safe and fun space for local youth to gather in. We denote the Tween/Teen age group as 11 – 17 years old.

Volunteer Opportunities!

Are you in 8th grade and looking for a great way to volunteer at the library? Have volunteer hours to fulfill? The library is your place to do so! Flexible hours and interesting opportunities!

Connect with the Library’s Youth Services Director, Laci Sheldon, at l.sheldon@wrlsweb.org or call 608-637-7151 x.5.

B.O.B.A. Book Club

September 2022 – May 2023

More information coming soon!

September Latine and Latin Hispanic Heritage Month

“Calaveras Dulces*Sugar Skulls” and “Chinelo Art and Dance”

Artists of the Mexican Folk Art Collective offer online presentations to engage in their forms of Mexican Folk Art on Saturday, September 24th from 9:30am-11:15am.

Youth ages 7+ may pick up supplies to make sugar skulls at the library’s front desk. One bag of supplies per family. There is no cost or registration required to participate.

Limited Supply of Sugar Skull Take & Make Bags. Call ahead to confirm supply 608-637-7151 x.6.

Saturday, September 24th, 9:30-10:15am, “Calaveras Dulces*Sugar Skulls” with Gaby Ortiz and Nelly Tobon. Press here to join the presentation!

Saturday, September 24th, 10:30-11:15am “Chinelo Art and Dance” with Oscar Hernandez. Press here to join the presentation! (Same link as above.)

“Calaveras Dulces*Sugar Skulls” and “Chinelo Art and Dance” are supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Further support offered by the Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee staff. Translation services provided by Diana Hernadez.

 

Open Art Studio Prep Day for

2nd Annual Driftless Region’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Saturday, October 1st from 9:30am – 12:00pm in Library’s Program Room

There is no cost to participate, all materials provided. No registration required. Drop ins welcomed!

During this Open Art Studio participants will be hands on creating decorations for the Dia de los Muertos Celebration! Instructions will be given to participants to make papel picados/traditional paper banners, calvaritas/mini-sugar skulls, campesuchil/paper flowers, and event signage. Drop ins welcome!

1:00-3:30pm volunteers can meet at Keewaydin Farms, located at 15270 Haucke Lane for further event preparations! Questions? Email joy@driftlesscuriosity.org

Large groups of 10 or more please contact Laci Sheldon, Library Youth Services Director, at l.sheldon@wrlsweb.org or call 608-637-7151 x.5 for accommodations.

2nd Annual Driftless Region’s

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

A Mexican cultural and educational event

to honor our loved ones who have passed away

Saturday, October 8th, 2022

1:00 – 7:30pm at Keewaydin Farms 15270 Haucke Ln. Viola, WI 54664

This is a free, outdoor, family orientated event! No registration is required, and there is no cost to participate in a full days worth of hands-on Mexican folk art workshops, community mural painting, Dia de los Muertos Ofrenda construction, and fireworks at 7:00pm.

Bilingual Storytime is offered at 2:00pm by Library Staff.

 

For further information about Dia de los Muertos Celebration visit the “Dia de los Muertos Hispanic Heritage Month” tab on this website.

Volunteer Sign Up: Press here to sign up!

“2nd Annual Driftless Region’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration” is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Further support offered by the Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee staff, Mexican Folk Art Collective, Driftless Curiosity, Keewaydin Farms, Driftless Cafe, Community Hunger Solutions, Zepeda Tortilleria, Youth Initiative High School, and Viroqua Food Coop

Eagle Presentations

1:00 – 1:55pm “Youth Orientated Eagle Presentation” hosted by the National Eagle Center of Wabash, MN. This 1:00 presentation is focused on youth-education content. A real, live eagle will be in attendance for observation!

2:00 – 2:55pm “All Ages Orientated Eagle Presentation” hosted by the National Eagle Center of Wabash, MN. This 2:00 presentation is focused on education and content for all ages. A real, live eagle will be in attendance for observation!

Large youth-groups, of 10 or more, who plan to attend may contact Laci Sheldon, Library Youth Services Director, at l.sheldon@wrlsweb.org or call 608-637-7151 x.5 to reserve seating. Individuals or groups of less than 9 do not need to reserve seating.

Large adult-groups of 10 or more, and general questions about Festival of Birds, may contact Maggie Strittmater, Library Adult Outreach Staff, at m.strittmater@wrlsweb.org or call 608-637-7151 x.7.

 

We invite you to watch recorded Teen Programs from 2021:

Playing Traditional Korean Music on the Violin

East Asian Noodles: Culinary Customs and Culture

Beginning Japanese Language Class

Origami Workshop

African American Heritage in Vernon County

Ms. McDonald Had a Farm- BINGO!

 

Creating Community Beyond Biases: Library Resources

January 1st, 2021 – December 31st, 2021

This all ages, year-long, Humanities program offers monthly book lists and guest presentations about a history, heritage, or an awareness of the month.

Press here to learn more and start exploring book lists!