Kids & Families

Story Hours

Pre-school Storytime:  Bring your children of all ages to read, sing, talk, and play.  Storytime is on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. and Fridays at 10:10 a.m.  Both storytimes are the same so pick the time and day that works best for your family.

Pajama Story Time:  Held at the library for all ages, at 6:30-7:00 p.m. every second Tuesday evening of the month. Join us for bedtime stories, songs, and a snack. Wear your PJ’s and bring your blanket and favorite stuffed animal if you wish.  Each child will receive a free book, compliments of the Ellsworth Public Library and Jump Start to Literacy, Inc.

Storytime schedules and themes are found on the website calendar. No registration required. (Note: if Ellsworth schools are cancelled due to weather, story time is also cancelled. Any questions, call the library at 715.273.3209.

Summer Library Program

A reading program for children (preschool – 5th grade) is held during the summer to promote reading. Our program includes exciting reading challenges, fun activities, awesome prizes, and great entertainers. As summer draws near, watch for details of the summer program on the website, at the library and in the local newspaper.

“I Read 100 Stories” Challenge

Each year, the library challenges preschool-2nd grade students to read/be read to 100 stories and 3rd-5th grade students to read 500 pages, which is equivalent to 100 stories. Books need to be from the Ellsworth Public Library. Readers who complete the challenge will receive an “I Read 100 Stories” t-shirt. Registration is required.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Early Literacy Program

This is a multi-year program to encourage parents to read aloud 1000 books with their children before they enter five-year-old Kindergarten.  We invite you and your child to embark on a fantastic adventure together that’s sure to create a lifelong love of reading! The Ellsworth Public Library is joining libraries across the nation in offering this early literacy initiative. Although it may sound overwhelming to imagine reading 1,000 books before Kindergarten, it is not very difficult with an early start. At the rate of just one book per day, it takes less than three years. Sign up at the library to receive a book bag and your first reading record!

Legos in the Library

Kids of all ages are invited to let their imaginations run wild with Legos.  Join us every third Tuesday of the month from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  No registration required.

Make & Take

Kids ages 6 and up are invited to join us at the library for some after-school artistic fun.  Make art and take it home with you!  Join us on the third Thursdays during the months of September-January at 4:00 p.m. Registration is required.

Family Movie Night

Fun for the whole family!  Bring a blanket to sit on and we'll provide a snack while you enjoy a movie together.  Come to the "theater" every 4th Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.  Family Movie Night is held in the lower level of the library building. Check the website calendar to see what's showing.

Family Game Night

Fun for the whole family! Held every first Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.  Games inspire critical thinking, problem solving, and social interaction.  Join us to play some favorites or learn a new game.  All ages welcome.  Snacks provided..


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Teens (Middle and High School Students)

Reading Programs

Our teen summer and winter reading programs encourages teens to read or listen to books from our library.  Each program has a fun theme and winning fabulous prizes is part of all the fun! Watch for details of the Teen Summer and Winter Reading Programs on the website, at the library, in the schools, and in the local newspaper.

Teen Activities 

Teen Maker Meet-Up

Teen artists, crafters and makers ages 12-18 - explore and create at our Teen Maker Meet-Up.  Most sessions are held on the fourth Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m.  Registration is required.  Call 715-273-3209 or stop by the library to sign up.  View the website's calendar for more information.

Teen Writes

Youth will explore and experiment with various genres of writing using monthly prompts, and then share their writing with one another in a safe environment.  There will also be visits from local authors.  This group is open to youth ages 12-18.  Sessions are held during the months of February-May on the second Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.  Registration is required.  Call 715-273-3209 or stop by the library to sign up.  View the website's calendar for more information.

T.A.B. (Teen Advisory Board)

Youth ages 12-18 meet semi-annually to discuss books, movies, and teen issues and to plan and implement programs in our library.  Call 715-273-3209 or stop by the library to sign up and to get further information.


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