This program is free, fun, and easy! You can start at any time by picking up a folder at the library. As you read with your little ones, you will earn stickers and a prize along the way and a free book when you complete the program. Kids are welcome to start the program as infants, while in kindergarten, or older if parents feel it will be beneficial.


Reading Explorer: 500 Books Before Middle School

This program is free and fun and will keep kids read, read, reading! Kids can start at any time by picking up a folder at the library. As you read, you will earn badges and stickers along the way and a free book when you complete the program. There are suggestions and challenges for reading, but kids and parents are free to choose books that will suit their reading level and interests.


Arr mateys, here be a treasure trove of books! If you are in first, second, or third grade you are invited to join our book club! Whether you can read alone or need a little help, this club is for you. Join us for fun crafts, tasty snacks, and talking about our favorite books. You can join at any point, September through May. Bookaneers meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 4:30pm.

Maker Workshops:

Check the calendar to see and register for our latest Maker Workshops!

STEM Activity Calendar

These are activities you can do at home, school, or the library.

Click here to access the calendar or stop by library to learn more!!

Family Programs & Playgroups

Check the calendar for our current schedule of events!

Reading Resources

Lexile Lists

Find a great book that meets your lexile needs!


This is a great website for practicing reading skills for children in preK thru fifth grade that is not only fun, but free. There are books to listen to and follow along with, games to play, and specific activities to help your child strengthen their reading and math skills!

Book Adventure

Book Adventure is a fun, free way to motivate your child to read! Kids in grades K-8 can search for books, read them offline, come back to quiz on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success

Early Literacy Calendar

Early Literacy activities you can do at home, school, or the library with young children. Read, write, sing, play, and talk all week long!

International Children’s Digital Library

Discover books from around the world at the International Children’s Digital Library.  The free site does not read the books aloud, but students can read them independently during Read to Self or free time.  This is a great site for extension activities when learning about different regions of the world and can be used effectively into the middle school grades.

 Reading Resource – Websites for Kids

Check out some of these great reading websites for kids that teach Letter Knowledge, Phonemic Awareness, Alphabetic Principle (Basic & Advanced Code), Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension! Games and activities are organized by skill which makes choosing what your child needs most easier.

Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image.

Professor Garfield

This is a great website with fun and interactive games and activities that have an emphasis on literacy.

National Geographic Young Explorers Magazine

National Geographic Young Explorers is a magazine designed specifically for kindergarten and first grade students.  Children can listen to the magazine being read to them as they follow along with the highlighted text.  It is a great way to bring interesting non-fiction stories into reading center time.

PBS Kids

PBS Kids has a variety of games, videos, and activities for your child to explore. You can find some of your favorite characters or learn about someone new. The opportunities are endless!


While some areas of Starfall are part of their premium service, they have many early reader stories available for free.  Students can follow along as the story is read to them and can, in some instances, help create their own story.  The website is highly engaging and a favorite of young readers

Community Resources

Outreach Programs: The library offers outreach visits and field trips to Elkhorn area schools and daycares. For more information, or to view the schedule and book a visit or field trip, please contact Jennifer Wharton, jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us

Parent Connections

EASD Options 

Walworth County Homeschoolers Facebook Page

Lakes Area Christian Homeschooling C0-op: For more information please contact Beth Fryer at (262)607-0781 or Bethanymom3@gmail.com