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.

Winter/Spring 2022 YS Newsletter

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.


Thursday, July 7 at 4:30pm in the Story Room

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. 


Tuesday, July 5 at 5:30pm in the Story Room

You’ve started your journey with the Bookaneers, now dive deeper with the Aquanauts! Kids ages 9-12 are invited to a book club full of hands-on activities, discussion, and diving into chapter books of all genres, from fantasy to nonfiction.

Sign up for reminders, booklists and more!

Paws to Read

Mondays at 4:15pm :  June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25

Join some special furry friends and volunteers from the Lakeland Animal Shelter. All ages are welcome to interact and play, listen to stories, and read to the animals. Live animals will be present and confined to the Storyroom. This program is sponsored by the Lakeland Animal Shelter.

Family Storytime

Fun in the forest: Wednesday, July 6 at 10am

Fly with the birds: Wednesday, July 13 at 10am

I spy with my eyes: Wednesday, July 20 at 10am


Pokemon Club

Tuesday, June 14 and 28 and July 12 from 4-5pm; Thursday, July 28 from 4-5pm

Are you a fan of Pokemon? Bring your friends for an hour of crafts, cards, and movies in the Community Room. We’ll spend the first half playing and crafting and then watch some classic Pokemon shows for the second half. Kids are welcome to bring their own cards to play or share, but staff cannot supervise trading.

We Explore Artist Julie Paschkis

Tuesday, June 28 at 10 am

Join us for a special storytime introducing author and illustrator Julie Paschkis. We’ll be reading her stories and creating art with paint, paper, and more. This special storytime is designed for kids of all ages and abilities who enjoy creating art and listening to stories.

Family Game Night

Tuesday, June 28, July 12, July 26 at 6-7:45 pm 

Monday, July 11, August at 6-7:45 pm

The library will supply a fun variety of board games and card games and materials for Dungeons and Dragons game-playing and you provide the players!

Please note that no staff will be present at this self-directed program.

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.