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You can register for children's programs by clicking on the link below, by calling 742-4959 ext. 211, or stopping at the Youth Services desk.

To register for a youth program click on this icon >>> storytime

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Upcoming Children's Programs and Activities



Girl with Watering CanFamily Fun Event: Saturday, May 2, 10-11 a.m.

We’ll be planting the garden beds, doing some garden crafts & more!

Monster Reading BookTuesday, May 5: Picture Book Read-a-thon, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

To celebrate National Children’s Book Week we’ll have guest readers from the community reading continuously some favorite children’s picture books.

Child Reading


Thursday, May 7: Poetry Party for 3rd-5th grades, 3:30-4:30.

We’ll read some well-known poetry & then try our hand at creating our own poetry. Poetry crafts & games, too!



Thursday, May 14:

Students going into 6th grade & up are invited to the Teen Volunteer meeting, 3:45-4:30 in the Children’s Program Room. Any student interested in helping with summer programming is encouraged to attend this meeting. Bring summer schedules to check your availability.


Monday, June 1: Online registration for Summer Library Program begins! Register from any computer with Internet access at home, work or the library. In-person registration begins Thursday, June 4 at 9:00 a.m. at the children’s circulation desk.

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.




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.

        tutor.com  Tutor.com


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