Waukesha Library Storytime

If you live in or near the city of Waukesha and are interested in taking your child to a Waukesha Library storytime this summer 2017, please know that they do not require registration for many of their storytimes. There are some events that require registration. For those that require registration, click here, come in person to the Library, or call: 262-524-3692. They offer many different storytime and playgroup options for young children and their caregivers during this summer.


Summer Reading Club

Open to children age birth through those finishing 6th grade. Registration for the teen and adult summer reading program is at the Adult Reference Desk.

Please register your child for the grade they will be entering in the fall of 2017.

Registration begins: Thursday, June 1

First day to turn in reading record: Monday, June 12

Summer Reading Club ends: Saturday, August 5

Children age 3 years through those finishing 6th grade

From June 1 – August 5, kids who participate in the Summer Reading Club read books & win prizes. Not only is it fun and a great excuse to visit the library, but participation in the program keeps kids reading—and learning—all summer long.

Children under the age of 3 years

It’s never too early to start reading to your child! Parents can learn early literacy techniques and little ones can earn a book. This reading club is designed for children age birth to 35 months and their parents.

The Waukesha Public Library’s Summer Reading Club is dedicated to motivating children to read. Our goal is to make reading a fun and beneficial part of everyday life. While some children may be motivated by the surprises we distribute, we hope that most of the joy will come from the satisfaction of reaching a personal goal, parental enthusiasm and the sheer pleasure of reading.

Read to Feed!

By joining the Summer Reading Club, children will not only improve their reading abilities, but will also have an opportunity to provide animal gifts to others in the world as they read. With a generous donation from the Waukesha County Community Foundation Donald J. & Betty Lou Tikalsky Fund, the money sponsored from the children’s reading will provide livestock and training to needy families around the world. The more minutes they read, the more families we can reach.

Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.

Summer Reading Club Kick-Off & Buchnerfest

Help us celebrate this year’s summer reading theme Build A Better World! and the opening of Buchner pool. This is a collaboration of the Waukesha Public Library, Waukesha Parks, Recreation & Forestry Department and the Waukesha County Dairy Promotions Committee.

Saturday, June 10, 10:00 a.m.- noon


Friends of Waukesha Public Library
Many of the programs offered in this brochure are made possible through the generous support of the Friends of Waukesha Public Library. Friends receive funds through membership dues, merchandise sales and donations. If you are interested in joining the Friends, please ask at one of the desks for information.


Rip Roaring Reading Program Wrap-up!
Monday, August 7, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Help us celebrate your reading accomplishments at this special party in Cutler Park. It’s the perfect time to finish up your reading records and turn them in! Kidsplay will start us off with a fun and lively comedy act. We’ll follow it up with an ice cream party for everyone who attends.


No registration required for these programs.

Outdoor Storytimes
All ages welcome.
Wednesdays, 11:00 a.m.
June 14 – August 2
Bring a blanket and a bag lunch and enjoy a half hour of stories and activities in Cutler Park. Rain or shine – we’ll meet in the Children’s Program Room if it rains.

Stories Alive ~ Drop-in
All ages welcome. Children’s Program Room.
Fridays, 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
June 9 – August 4
Discover the many treasures that await you in children’s stories.

Stories in the Park
All ages welcome.
Stories, tongue-twisters, reader’s theater and magic tricks. The Library offers storytimes for children at these parks:
Mondays, July 10 – July 31
Banting Park: 12:30-1:00 p.m. • 2101 Butler Drive
Buchner Park: 2:00-2:30 p.m. • 231 Oakland Avenue
Merrill Crest Park: 3:00-3:30 p.m. • 616 S. University Drive

Bilingual Storytimes in the Parks
Thursdays, July 13 – August 3
Sentinel Park: 12:30-1:00 p.m. • Corner of West Ave. & Sentinel Dr.
Saratoga Park: 1:30-2:00 p.m. • 301 S. Prairie Avenue

Drop-In Programs

No registration required for these programs.

Game Days
Fridays, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
June 9 – August 25
We’ve got the board games, iPads and Wiis…you just need to come for the fun!

Children of all ages and their families. No registration required.
Mondays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
June 12 – July 31 (July 3 we will celebrate Independence Day)
Build A Better World! using your imagination and materials provided by the library. Each week we’ll havedifferent stations set up for children and families to build, invent, explore and create. Themes include mini-golf, hand-made donations for local charities, architecture, and much more! You choose the time of day you’d like to come and we’ll provide the fun!

Happy Birthday America!
All ages welcome.
Monday, July 3
10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Join us as we celebrate our nation’s birthday! Stop by the Children’s Program Room anytime between 10:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. Learn about America’s symbols, make a party hat to wear in the parade, and enjoy activities and games that are sure to be a hit!

Family Fun Days

Performances for all ages in the Children’s Program Room
FREE tickets are available at the Children’s Reference Desk 45 minutes prior to the performance.
Programs are sponsored by the Friends of Waukesha Public Library and Bridges Library System.

Comedy Sportz!
June 13, 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
The CSz Milwaukee two-person exhibition match is a fast paced, fun, wild ride of improvised comedy! With the use of fun-loving audience volunteers and scene suggestions, our players will make you laugh, giggle, and laugh some more!

LEGO™ City ~ An Exploration in Architecture
June 20, 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Architect John Peine and his wife Sylvia will introduce the audience to Architecture using LEGOs. Afterward, help us build a LEGO city. All materials provided.

Animal Quest
June 27, 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Get ready to embark on an unforgettable journey into the wild and wondrous world of the animal kingdom! See and learn about some fascinating animals you may not have even known existed!

July 4 ~ No performances on this day. LIBRARY CLOSED

Circus Boy ~ Bobby Hunt
July 11, 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Nothing is “routine” about this performance featuring magic, juggling, and loads of laughs! Fun fact: Circus Boy holds a Guinness World Record for riding the world’s smallest bike.

Salsabrosa Dance Company, MKE
July 18, 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Experience Latin music sensation and flair as Milwaukee’s Salsabrosa Dance Company performs its unique brand of dance routines. Fun for the entire family.

Magician ~ David Seebach
July 25, 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
An enjoyable mix of magic, mystery and lots of audience participation. It’s all presented with lots of humor and Seebach’s intriguing delivery.

August 1, 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Features the zany antics of a northwoods fisherman! Warning: side splitting humor is bound to keep you laughing!

Pint Sized Polkas
August 8, 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Dance the polka half-step to an accordion beat! This Polish and Bohemian tradition is just right for pint-sized little ones and their families.

Traveling Lantern ~ The Ribbles Build a Residence
August 15, 3:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Thia Tweet, bird architect extraordinaire, and Gerry the Ant Contractor assist the Ribbles in building a new home for a better world. A theater performance you won’t want to miss!

A Tale of Two Hemispheres
Thursday, August 17, 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy two plays in one about opposite sides of the globe highlighting polar bears and penguin puppet friends. Kohl’s Wild Theater, presented by the Zoological Society of Milwaukee.

Fun with JumpBunch
Children 3-6 years old.
Thursdays, 10:00-10:30 a.m. OR 11:00-11:30 a.m.
A non-competitive introduction to sports and fitness through activities and stories. Each class is a fun and unique experience.

Please register your child for each class separately.
Registration is required.
June 15 – Bucket & Chicken Toss
Registration begins June 5.
June 22 – Bull’s Eye
Registration begins June 12.
June 29 – Kooshie Ball
Registration begins June 19.
July 6 – Popcorn & Parachute Activities
Registration begins June 26.
July 13 – Jump Rope & Hoops
Registration begins July 3.
July 20 – Have a Heart!
Registration begins July 10.
July 27 – Yoga & Balancing Act
Registration begins July 17.

STEAM Discovery Center
Drop-in activities for children age 7-12 years.
Thursdays, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
June 15 – July 27
Children are naturally curious about how the world works and often enjoy exploring, building, and inventing. Those who are 7-12 years of age are invited to join us in the Children’s Program Room anytime between 2:00-3:00 p.m. There will be different centers set up for children to work on their own, with others, or receive instruction from Library Staff—their choice!

Fantastic Flicks
Children of all ages and their families. In the Children’s Program Room.
Wednesdays, 2:00 p.m.
August 2, 9, 16 & 23
Get out of the heat and enjoy a newer release or popular family movie.

Book Discussions
Books are received at the time of registration and should be read by the date of the discussion. The books are generously provided by the Friends of the Library and are yours to keep if you join us for the discussion.

Register in the Children’s Services Department. Please register your child for the grade that they will be entering in the fall of 2017.

1st & 2nd Grade
Wednesdays, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
June 14: Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole by Wong Herbert Yee
Walk-in only registration begins June 1.
June 28: Salsa: A Cooking Poem by Jorge Argueta
Walk-in only registration begins June 14.
July 12: Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly by Grace Lin
Walk-in only registration begins June 28.

3rd & 4th Grade
Wednesdays, 2:30-3:15 p.m.
June 14: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Walk-in only registration begins June 1.
June 28: The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Walk-in only registration begins June 14.
July 12: The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
Walk-in only registration begins June 28.

5th & 6th Grade
Tuesdays, 1:00-1:45 p.m.
June 13: As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
Walk-in only registration begins June 1.
June 27: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
Walk-in only registration begins June 13.
July 11: Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Walk-in only registration begins June 27.


• ONLINE – Go to the library’s event calendar
www.waukeshapubliclibrary.org and click on the day of the event
• Register at the library or call: 262-524- 3692

Build a Better World

Teen Zone
All events are held in the Teen Zone, unless otherwise noted. Snacks and supplies will be provided. Teens going into grades 7-12 are invited.

6 Minute to Build It Challenges @ 3:30 p.m.
13 Wii U Open Game Day @ 3:30 p.m.
15 Makerspace: Succulent Plants @ 3:30 p.m.
29 Dig In and Read @ 3:30 p.m.

6 Makerspace: String Art @ 3:30 p.m.
11 Minecraft Game Day @ 3:30 p.m.
20 Makerspace: Recycled Art @ 3:30 p.m.

1 Kindness Rocks: Rock Painting & More @ 3:30 p.m.
4 Teen Lock-In and Grand Prize Drawing @ 4:55 p.m. in the Community Room. Registration and permission slips are required.
8 Wii U Open Game Day @ 3:30 p.m.
22 Tabletop Games @ 3:30 p.m.

Teen Clubs
All clubs meet in the Community Room.
Teen Manga and Anime Club meets the third Tuesday of every month @ 5:00 p.m.

Teen Advisory Group meets the last Tuesday of every month @ 6:00 p.m.

Teen Book Club meets the last Tuesday of every month @ 7:00 p.m.

We welcome the opportunity to serve people with disabilities. If you or your child requires a program to be in an accessible format, please call 262-524- 3692 at least 48 hours in advance so arrangements can be made.

321 Wisconsin Avenue, Waukesha, WI 53186
Children’s Services: (262) 524-3692
Adult & Teen Reference: (262) 524-3682

Hours Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Summer)
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (October – April)



*Many of these events that do not require registration are located on our calendar or search “Waukesha Library” in our search bar on the top right.