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.


Read to Win!

The Read to Win program is now open for children ages 0-17 to complete reading logs. Once the reading logs are completed, they can submit them to receive one gate pass to the Vernon County Fair, or, receive one ticket for a carnival ride. Time spent reading to younger children counts as well! Submit completed reading logs by Wednesday, September 13th at 8:00pm.

Youth Drawing Club

On Thursdays, September 7th – October 26th

from 3:45-4:45pm in the Library’s Conference Room

The Youth Drawing Club is an open-format club meeting for youth ages 9-12 to share their love of drawing with one another. This Club is youth-led with a adult-guidance. Supplies are provided, or, bring their own! On occasion, a local artist will drop-in to share their tips and inspiration. Registration is required. To register: call (608) 637-7151 x.6. Children may be dropped off for this class once registered and with parental sign-in and sign-out.

The Mexican Folk Art Workshop

Friday, September 1st from 11:00am – 12:00pm in the Library’s Program Room

People of all ages are invited to attend The Mexican Folk Art Workshop to create papel picado decorations for the 3rd Annual Dia de Muertos Celebration on Saturday, October 7th, 2023.

No experience necessary, volunteers of Dia de Muertos Celebration will be instructing this class! Supplies are provided, no cost to attendees, and no registration required.

Youth Clay Class

“Guacamaya of Mexico”

This hands-on class will be instructed by Gerardo Figuero from Quintana Roo, Mexico via Zoom. Norma Sanchez, of the Consulate of Mexico in Milwaukee, joins as a guest teacher. Children ages 6-10 are welcome to register. They may participate from home or watch at the library. Parental interaction is encouraged. Clay supplies are provided to make these beautiful birds native to Mexico!
Registration is required to receive the Zoom link and clay supplies.
To register: Call the Library’s Front Desk at
(608) 637-7151 x. 6. Register by Sept. 17th

March with McIntosh Memorial Library

in the Harvest Parade!

Viroqua families are invited to march in the Harvest Parade with McIntosh Memorial Library. Registration is required.
Families that sign up to march with the library will be provided costumes for their child(ren). Children ages 0-17 are welcome to participate. A parent or guardian is requested to march along with their child(ren).
The Harvest Parade is on Saturday, October 14th at 3:00pm.
Some parts of the costumes will have D.I.Y. components. Costumes will be made prior to the parade. Families can attend the “Costume Making Days” held at the library, or, they can take a “Costume Kit” home.
The library’s theme is based on the children’s book: The Fox Went Out on a Chilly Night: An Old Song by Peter Spier.
Children marching with the library can be a fox, a goose, or a duck- the animals featured in the book! The first 15 children to be registered have their choice of animal- character.
Registration is required to march in the parade and to receive costumes.
To register: Call McIntosh Memorial Library’s Front Desk at (608) 637-7151 x.6.
Costume making days are on: Tuesdays: September 26th, October 3rd, or October 10th from 3:45-4:30pm in the library’s lobby. Or, pick up a Costume Making Kit by Saturday, October 7th.
Our parade group will meet in McIntosh Memorial Library’s lobby at 12:30pm on Saturday, October 14th to dress up, paint faces, and enjoy other fun fall-time activities before the parade begins.
Please contact Laci Sheldon, Youth Services Director, with questions, or, if your family desires disability support services. [email protected] or (608) 637-7151 x. 6.

Toddler Storytimes

Toddler Storytimes are every Wednesday from 10:30 – 11:00am.

The age group for Storytime is 0-5 years. Participants enjoy group stretches, rhymes, sing-a- longs, and stories read by Ms. Laci, Youth Services Director. Storytimes are 30-minutes long and are held in the Aviary Seating Area.


Thursday Toddler Play Groups

Hosted in collaboration with The Parenting Place

Every Thursday from 9:30 – 11:00am in the Library’s Aviary 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.


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.