La Crosse Public Library “dares” kids to join a new summer youth program

Summer Library Carnival kicks off youth programs

The La Crosse Public Library “dares” kids to make this the best summer yet!

Local youth were invited to join the “Summer Dare” at the La Crosse Public Library, which kicked off with a free Summer Library Carnival on Tuesday, June 11. Children can get involved by picking up “dare sheets” at all three La Crosse Public Library locations throughout the summer.

These dares include fun library challenges focused on reading, learning, creating, exercising, and volunteering.

Dawn Wacek, Youth Services Manager at the La Crosse Public Library, and now Interim Director, says the library is taking a different approach to the traditional summer reading program.

“Rather than focus exclusively on reading, we want our local kids to be learning and growing in all sorts of ways.” Wacek hopes to expand how the community thinks about literacy. “We dare you to be curious and seek out new information, ideas and opportunities. Be active and get outside. Be kind and help a friend or neighbor. Be here and visit the library for fun learning adventures all summer long!”

Wacek further explains the communal value of creating a more holistic library program by saying, “We know that in addition to the reading gap, we have an experience gap among our children. Our library programs are focused on exposing children to new opportunities.”

To help provide these experiences, the La Crosse Public Library has an almost daily schedule of activities for children, including a juggler, concerts, a free carnival, regular story times, nature walks, costume parties, and opportunities to try new technology and creation tools.

For more information on the upcoming schedule of programs click here.

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