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Upcoming Children's Programs and Activities

Every Hero has a Story!

Online registration for the Summer Library Program is now open! Register from any computer with Internet access at home, work or in the library. Click the purple "Register Your Kids" button to get started!

- In-person registration begins Thursday, June 4 at 9:00 a.m. at the children’s circulation desk.

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Mondays during June & July, 9:30-10:00 a.m. Book Buddies for grades 1st-5th, children’s program room.

Wednesdays, June 10-July 1, 10-10:45 a.m. “Hero Academy” for preschoolers up to age 6, children’s program room.



Thursday, July 16th, 7:00PM - Truly Remarkable Loon

Join Truly Remarkable Loon for a juggling extravaganza! Read books and juggle everything else! This program is appropriate for children of all ages. No registration is required to attend.

Geoff Akins with child inside super bubble

Tuesday, July 28th, 2:00PM - Geoff Akins, the Super Bubbleman!

For children who were in the "On-My-Own" reading group (grades 1-5 only) Geoff Akins will perform a show with his super bubbles.




Parents/Caregivers: Pre-K Klub is geared toward area preschoolers currently enrolled in a Portage school district pre-kindergarten program (Head Start, The Little School, Alphabet Express, St. John's/St. Mary's) and homeschoolers but who do not attend weekly preschool story times at the library. Klub meets once a month and includes Mrs. Foster reading a classic children's picture book and then using "STEM" (science, technology, engineering, math) principles to further the lesson. Kids have a lot of "hands-on" fun with experiments, math concepts, and more.




When choosing books for beginning or emerging readers, be sure to look for colored dots on books in the easy reader collection. The colored dot will be on the spine of the book and is meant to be a recommendation when choosing books for beginning readers. Red Dot books are pre-primers for children just starting to read.

early readers


Youth Services Displays: Be sure to check out the youth display case near the front door to the Youth Department. You'll always find up-to-the-minute programming information.



Book Awards for Children 2014

Randolph Caldecott Medal Winners for best children's book illustrator

John Newberry Medal Winners for most distinguished children's book author




New Math Kits in the Children's Library

Math kits  math kit 

math kit


Virtual Tour of the American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural history (Click on Logo on left for video)


Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian Museum

Smithsonian Museum  (Click on logo on left for video)


A new online program through the Portage Public Library that provides homework support for students in elementary through high school. At Tutor.com, you get live one-to-one help with a certified tutor.  Click on the logo below, or go to online resources (at the left),view by name, and click on local resources.  Then scroll down to Tutor.com and click on Portage Library.

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