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.
Family Fun Night
Hosted by the Parenting Place
Tuesday, March 21st from 6:00 – 7:00pm in the Program Room.
Everyone is invited for an evening of fun and food! There will be family activities and a light dinner. Bring yourself and your little ones to join.
You do not need to register to attend, but if you know you plan on attending please email:
Include information about how many adults and how many children will be attending.
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 20 to 30-minutes long and meet in the Aviary Seating Area.
“Maple Syrup Storytime with Zuri”
Wednesday, March 22nd from 10:30-11:00am.
Local teen, Zuri, shares stories and tales about her family’s maple syrup farm in Cashton, Wisconsin with toddlers ages 0-5 and their families. Small samples of her homemade maple syrup will be shared. This Storytime meets in the Aviary Seating Area.
“Author Storytime with Jolene Goodman”
Saturday, March 25th from 10:30-11:00am
Local author, Jolene Goodman, will be reading her newly published book Sally the Squirrel Goes to School and talking about one room school houses to children ages 0-5 and their families. Goodman will be signing and selling her book following the book-read. This Storytime meets in the Library’s 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.
Toddler Dance Parties
3 week series. March 17th, March 24th, March 31st from 10:00-11:00am.
Local youth care provider, mother, and library patron, Evelyn joins Ms. Laci to lead movement exercises for toddlers ages 0-4 in the Library’s Program Room. Movement includes finger play, stretches, and exercise to stimulate hand and eye coordination and body balance. Props and musical instruments will be introduced. Free movement and free dance time will also be offered while children’s music is played to end each class. Each class is flexible and adjusts to the child-led learning and is approximately 30 to 50 minutes long.
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.