July programs for kids, teens

Summer at the Fond du Lac Public Library is a busy, busy time. As of mid-June, more than 3,000 people – kids, teens, adults – had signed up for Summer Reading @ the Library, a record-setting pace. Registration is simple and takes just minutes at any library service desk or online here.

Another big part of summer at the library is the great lineup of free programs for kids and teens. July is jam-packed. Find the roster of summer 2018 events for kids here, for teens here or for the full schedule, go to the Calendar.

July free programs for kids ages birth-12:

  • Special performers: Family-friendly performances by professional entertainers. Free tickets are required and are available only at the Children’s Desk at the downtown library on the dates listed below.
    • Jessica Reedy, Animal Quest Show: 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, July 9. So many animals: up close and touchable. Tickets available starting Monday, July 2.
    • David Landau, musician: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, July 28. Dance and sing along to Madison’s “rock star for 3-year-olds.” Tickets available starting Saturday, July 21.
  • Whole-family programs: No registration required.
    • Family Lego Night: 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5. Drop in for a casual evening of Lego fun.
    • Drive-In Movie: 10 a.m.-noon Friday, July 6. Decorate your own cardboard box car and “drive” it down to the McLane Meeting Room to watch fun movie shorts from your car.
    • Giant Candyland: 2:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 12. Make your way along the sugary path to the Candy Castle. Watch your step! You could get stuck in the Licorice Lagoon.
    • Touch a Truck @ Lakeside Park: 10 a.m.-noon Friday, July 20. Explore gigantic city construction trucks and vehicles, and learn all about how they work. Go to the Harbor View Drive parking lot near the baseball field. A partner program with FDL Public Works Dept.
    • Family Movie: 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26. Watch “Early Man” (PG), and munch on snacks. Movie starts promptly at 6 pm.
  • Programs for young friends: No registration required.
    • Toddler Storytime: 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Ages 2 and under. 20 minutes of Storytime followed by 20 minutes of play in the Storytime Room.
    • Preschool Storytime: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Ages 3-5. 30 minutes of fun books, songs and more.
  • Programs for school-age friends: No registration required.
    • Fort Night: 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, July 13. You bring blankets, we’ll bring snacks. Check in at 5:30 p.m. When the library closes at 6 p.m., stay and build blanket forts, share stories with your family and snack on treats. Kids must be accompanied by an adult.
    • Defend the Castle: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, July 16. Build a tabletop castle and prepare to defend it. How long will you last under siege?

July free programs for teens grades 6-12: Free, no registration or library card required. Door prizes at every event.

  • Movies for Teens: 1 p.m. every Tuesday. Watch a movie and enjoy epic snackage such as root beer floats, popcorn buffets or other awesome eats.
    • July 3: “Beauty and the Beast” (2017 version) (PG)
    • July 10: “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (PG-13)
    • July 17: “Wonder” (PG)
    • July 24: “Justice League” (PG-13)
    • July 31: “Ready Player One” (PG-13)
  • Escape Room Challenge: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Grab a group of friends, solve puzzles and complete challenges to survive the Escape Room. Drop in or sign up for a time slot in advance at fdlpl.org, click Calendar.


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