Welcome to the Youth Services Department

Welcome to the youth area of the Matheson Memorial Library. We offer a wide variety of materials for circulation, a community space for families to gather, and programming for all ages.

What can you do in the library?

Browse and check out books, audiovisual materials, toys, maker kits, and STEAM labs. Many of our games and hands-on activities are now available for circulation.

Sign up for summer reading June 1st and pick up take home activities and stickers every week.

Attend in-person programs in June – registration is required and opens May 15th. Registration for Family Storytime with Pattie Woods will be on a weekly basis, starting June 7th.

What can you do outside the library?

Visit the library garden; stop by to play, have a picnic, and enjoy the sunshine or register for one of our outdoor programs in the garden or at Tasch Park.

What can you do virtually or at home?

Ask Ms. Jennifer to pick out books for your kids.

Check out our digital resources on the website and on Pinterest.

Check out booktalks and more on our youtube channel.

Kids up through middle school can submit their creative work to Reading Colors Your World.

How can you support the youth services department?

If you shop on Amazon, you can contribute to the library by selecting Friends of Matheson Memorial Library Corp and shopping through smile.amazon.com
If you would like to contribute directly, you can shop our wishlists for crafts and supplies and for books.

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian, jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us

Reading Colors Your World

A monthly collection of the best writing and art of Elkhorn students from preschool to middle school. Available to the public in the library each month, located above the early readers.

Submission guidelines

Who can submit?
– Kids in preschool through middle school.

What can they submit?
– Art, including photographs, and writing, both fiction and nonfiction. All submissions should fit
on an 8×11 sheet of paper and be no more than 10 pages long.

How do you choose what is included?
– Library staff will review submissions for quality, appropriate content, and space.

How do kids submit their work?
Fill out a submission form and include it with your art or writing. If you are submitting it electronically, send to
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us. Hard copies can be dropped off at the library or sent via the school delivery van by teachers.

Don’t forget to proofread, edit, and turn in your best work!
We cannot return your submissions, so make sure you submit a photo of your art or a copy of your writing.


Arr mateys, here be a treasure trove of books! If you are in first, second, or third grade you are invited to join Bookaneers; Whether you can read alone or need a little help, this club is for you. Join us for crafts, talking about our favorite books, and picking out exciting new books to read for the next month. Registration for club meetings in June, July, and August will open May 15th.

Read and Grow & Reading Explorer will be

coming back in the Fall of 2021!

We are excited to resume in-person programming in summer 2021. There will be a few differences this summer as we work to keep staff and patrons safe.

Registration for all programs is required. Registration for youth programs (except Family Storytime with Ms. Pattie) will open May 15th, registration for summer reading will open June 1st.

All programs will be held in the Community Room or outdoors, in the library garden or at Tasch Park.

Family Storytime with Ms. Pattie will be held in the community room and will last approximately 30 minutes. Storytime activities will be available to take home after storytime and families are encouraged to socialize before and after storytime in the library garden.

Families can register starting on Monday for each week’s sessions in person or by calling 723-2678.

Tuesdays June 8, June 15, June 22, July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27 at 10am

Tuesdays July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27 at 11am

Thursdays June 10, June 17, June 24, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29 at 10am

Special summer programs

These will be held in the Community Room and livestreamed on Facebook.

Colossal Fossils: A whale of a tale

Friday, June 11 at 10am

Join Colossal Fossils to learn about whales, dolphins, and their amazing prehistoric ancestors. You’ll have the opportunity to get up close to some of the biggest bones and fossils you’ve ever seen, including a real orca skull!

Incredible Bats

Friday, July 23 at 2pm

Get ready to learn about these amazing and important creatures as well as meet some real, live bats. https://incrediblebats.com/

Storywagon: Figureheads

Wednesday, August 18, 10am

Get moving and singing with Figureheads, a Parent’s Choice Gold Award winning artist who provides hip-hop music for youth of all ages. https://www.facebook.com/figureheadsinc/

Other programs this summer will include We Explore Art, Grow a Story, Teen Outdoor Challenges, Outdoor games with Ms. Jessica, and more.

Resources for home learning and educational activities

Visit Pinterest for free, virtual activities.

Check out Badgerlink for all ages educational resources.

Check out Brainfuse for help with tutoring, writing, studying, collaborating and more!

Check out PBS Ready to Learn – free lesson plans and activities.

For free ebooks, audiobooks, and streaming video, visit Hoopla, Kanopy, and Overdrive.

Looking for Books

Fill out this form for Ms. Jennifer to select reading materials for your children. 


Browse Pinterest for new children’s books, teen materials, audiobooks, and more.


NoveList is a reader’s advisory tool that you can use to look up author read-a-likes or book read-a-likes. It can also be useful in finding books in a series or reader’s guides.

Caregivers Collection: Books to help in tough times

Browse these Pinterest boards to find books on social-emotional learning, feelings, death and grieving, puberty and more. These are books meant to be read with an adult or caregiver. Titles addressing sensitive topics are located in our Caregivers Collection.

Activity Calendars

Early Literacy Activity Calendar (May/ June 2021)

Read, write, sing, play, and talk all week long! Click here to access the calendar.

STEAM Activity Calendar (May/ June 2021)

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math projects for kids to do at home, school, or the library. Click here to access the calendar!!

Reading levels

Lexile Lists Browse

Browse a spreadsheet of library titles with lexile, Reading Counts points, and genre.

Browse Early Readers by Level

Browse our early reader collection on Pinterest by reading level and place holds by clicking on covers.