Youth Services

Welcome to our Youth Services page!

The Spring Green Community Library offers a number of different exciting and educational programs for kids of all ages - all year round! Programs are free, and unless specified, require no registration! From toddlers to teens, we here at the library strive to offer a healthy balance of programs that can cater to various values, interests, and ages within our community! The events we offer can be a perfect environment for kids to meet eachother, make friends, and learn something new while doing so. And don't forget to check out some books when you stop by!

In May: Kid's Programming Hour - ScratchJr

• Wednesday, May 24th3:45-5:00 PM

Suggested age 5-9.  If you have your OWN device with ScratchJr downloaded, you can feel free to join us! Registration required for those needing an iPad. Parents/guardians must be present AND work with children ages 6 and under. Only 14 iPads will be available for participant registration. If, after registering, you cannot attend, please call and let Chris know at 608-588-2276. The Spring Green Community Library is not responsible for any damages to personal devices brought to the library.

We have a lot of opportunities for kids 0-6 at the library (storytimes, for example), and plenty of programs for children and teens 7-17... but there is that particular group of children that are ages 5-7 that we we always wish we could design more for - specifically! That's why Chris will be leading a kid's "Intro to programming" geared towards children with a suggested age range of 5-9. We will be utilizing the awesome educational programming tool ScratchJr to explore the basics of learning how to program! ScratchJR is an easy to use, "Drag n' drop" style app that is absolutely free! Your child will get the chance to play around with different characters, backgrounds, colors, and programming methods in order to develop a fundamental understanding of how programming utilizes "rules". And, best of all, they'll get the chance to play around and add their own creative tastes!

Image is from www.scratchjr.org

‣ Infants & Toddlers (Ages 0-6):

-Check out our storytimes and yearly literacy programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers!

‣ Elementary & Middle School (Ages 7-11):

-We offer a variety of programs for school-aged children. We try to make sure that our programs are both educational and fun!

‣ Teens (12-17):

-Teens can apply to volunteer at the library, or join us for our teen-only events!
 

‣ Library Tours for Classes and Families:

Classes, school groups, and families are encouraged to contact Chris (608-588-2276, or cbaker@springgreenlibrary.org) to schedule a tour of the library. The 20-25 minute tour includes a physical tour of the library, introduction to LINKcat (the online library catalog), an overview of the electronic and physical resources available at the library and through the South Central Library System, and an optional introduction to borrowing e-books and other digital materials through OverDrive. These tours are designed to help educate children on how to use their local library and search for materials they are interested in. Tours are available primarily from October through April during the library’s regular operating hours.

Businesses, churches, or any other organizations looking for tours designed for adults can contact the Library Director to schedule a tour.
 

‣ Other Notices for Parents:

1.) Getting A Library Card for Your Child: If your child lives in Sauk County, a parent or guardian will need to fill out the South Central Library System card application. Bring the completed application, along with photo ID and proof of current address (only if your address does not match the address on the ID) to the Spring Green Community Library, where a library card will be issued. 

If your child lives in Iowa or Richland County: These are a part of the Southwest Library System, as opposed to the South Central Library System, which the Spring Green Community Library belongs to.

a.) If the child already has a Southwest Library System card (from Dodgeville, Lone Rock, or Richland Center), a parent or guardian will need to fill out a South Central Library System card application. Bring the completed SCLS application, the student's current Southwest Library System card, and a photo ID and proof of current address (only if your address does not match the address on the ID) to the Spring Green Community Library. We will add our barcode sticker to Southwest Library System card.

b.) If the child does not already have a Southwest Library System card, a parent or guardian will need to fill out both the South Central Library System card application and the smaller Southwest Library System card application. We can supply both at the Spring Green Community Library. Bring both completed applications along with photo ID and proof of current address (only if your address does not match the address on the ID) to the Spring Green Community Library. We will issue a paper 'temporary' library card so that materials can be checked out. A Southwest Library Card will later arrive to the address you provided. Bring the Southwest Library Card to the Spring Green Community Library. We will add our barcode sticker to the Southwest Library System card, and your 'temporary' card can be disposed of.

*For more particular information about our Juvenile Library Card policy, please head over to our policy page to learn more.

2.) On Adult Content: If you have concerns about what types of content your child has access to at the library, you can ask for a restriction note to be put on their card (or yours, if they use your card to check out). For example, you might ask for "No R-rated movies" to be added as a note to their account. In accordance with the American Library Association's Access for Children and Young Adults to Nonprint Materialsthe Spring Green Community Library is not responsible for policing what content is checked out by child and teen patrons, unless otherwise specified by parents.

3.) Photo Release Policy: Children and adults participating in the Spring Green Community Library’s programs may be photographed by library staff members, newspaper or television reporters/photographers, or others involved with the program. These photographs may appear without compensation in newspapers or in productions, publications, on the web, or other printed or electronic materials related to the role and function of the Spring Green Community Library. Parents who do not want their children photographed should notify either Chris Baker (Youth Services Librarian) or the Library Director.

Due to changes in staffing, the Youth Services department is in the process of scaling back and balancing programming. Because of this, things are subject to change throughout the Spring and Summer. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding.

-Contact Chris Baker (Youth Services Librarian) with any questions at 608-588-2276, or come into the library!

Chris Baker - Youth Services Librarian
cbaker@springgreenlibrary.org