Visit Kenosha, Visit our Libraries

4/7/2019 - Denise Bernacki

Kenosha Public Libraries provide great programming for local residents and visitors alike!
Kenosha Public Libraries provide great programming for local residents and visitors alike!
Kenosha Public Libraries provide great programming for local residents and visitors alike!

Happy National Library Week! We are very lucky to have wonderful libraries in the Kenosha Area – they provide fabulous programing for local residents and visitors alike.

Dr. Seuss said it best, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”  Dr. Seuss is one of our 4-year-old son Dominic’s favorite authors and the Kenosha Public Library is his favorite place to go.  While the library is a weekly staple for us and other locals to visit, it’s a great place for vacationers to visit too, especially those with young children.  There are several free story times every week so it’s something fun for kids do that is budget-friendly.  Dom and I are regulars at the preschool story times so here’s a synopsis of what those look like, but never fear, there’s story times for infants, one-year-olds and toddlers too!  Preschool story times are designed for three to five-year-old children.  During this classic story time, children enjoy 30 minutes of books, songs, finger plays and more.  

Mondays at 10am you can find us at Simmons Library, Dom’s favorite library.  He refers to it as the “twisty stairs” because of the spiral staircase that takes you down to the children’s section.  You will also find Miss Karen there with books, rhymes and songs ready to go. Miss Karen starts out every story time with her special welcome song, “Hello Everybody, How Do You Do?”  Sing along and wait for Miss Karen to point you out in the crowd because she is so happy to see you.  In between each song there is usually a song or a rhyme so if you are not a morning person, especially on a Monday, this story time is for you!  No time to be tired because you will be up, moving and dancing in no time…there may even be a parachute or a parade, you never know!  Miss Karen’s story times always end the same way, with a cute ink stamp on your hand matching that story time’s theme.  Dom is always so proud to show everyone his stamp throughout the day. Afterwards Dom fills up my bag with too many books, we check them out upstairs and we head home to read some more. 

Wednesdays are for preschool story time at the Northside Library with Miss Shawn at either 10 or 11am.  Take a right at the lobby and you will find yourself in the children’s section; take another right and you will find yourself in the story time room. Find a spot on the reading rug and sing along, clap your hands and stomp your feet with Miss Shawn to her welcome song, “Hello, Hello Everyone”.  True to form, this story time features about three books, rhymes, songs and dancing, all intertwined with a special theme.  Other musical favorites are featured like ABC, If You’re Happy And You Know It and Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.  Miss Shawn always picks a Letter of the Day.  Today it was F because all the stories were about Frogs. The children practice writing it in the air with the help of a writing application the TV screen.  Finally Miss Shawn picks a word that starts with the Letter of the Day; today it was Flexible.  Via a different educational application on the TV screen, she goes through each letter in the word and the children practice letter identification and what each letter sounds like.  Finally, story time ends with the goodbye song, “My Hands Say Thank You”.

The fun doesn’t stop there though!  If you are going to the 11am story time session, stay for the Preschool Party afterwards at 11:30am.  It’s an early literacy party!  The fun keeps going with a variety of activities that will extend your child’s learning.  Today we made a rainbow, but other times we’ve made jewelry, a lion or something else equally fun!  Yep, this is free too!

If you can’t make the morning story time, you can catch Miss Shawn on Thursday nights at 6:30pm - different time, same place!

Fridays mark the third and final preschool story time of the week!  The Southwest Library is the place to be at either 9:30 or 10:30am.  Take a right at the lobby and turn into the first door on the left to find Miss Donna.  Story time starts with Miss Donna’s welcome song “Bread and Butter, Marmalade and Jam” and to say ‘Hello’ as high as you can!  Miss Donna has the most animated style of storytelling that the children really enjoy; she really puts herself into the stories and makes them really fun to listen to.  You will find rhymes, dancing and songs here too but Miss Donna is most famous for her wooden rhythm sticks.  All the children grab a pair sticks and tap along to the beat of “The Wheels On The Bus” and then see what letters they can make with the sticks.  So fun!  Once upon a time when all the songs have been sung and all the books have been read, Miss Donna closes with her goodbye song, “Wave Goodbye”.  Give Miss Donna a high five and head across the hall to the Preschool Party.  Unlike Wednesdays at Northside, there is a Preschool Party after each story time, at 10 and 11am.  

Here, you may see a familiar face from Simmons Library, Miss Karen or Miss Lisa, Dom’s favorite (shh, don’t tell the other librarians!).  No matter who is leading the party, the children are sure to have a ball!  First there will be either a letter or a number of the day and then tons of projects and activities.  Make an art project, practice writing the number or letter of the day or do an activity; whether you choose to do one thing or all of them, you will not be disappointed!  Yep, this one is free too!

Can’t make the Friday morning story time?  Drop in to the Southwest Library on Tuesday nights at 6:30pm.  

Note that these story times and parties are only going through May 10 so be sure to grab “The Insider” guide at your local Kenosha Public Library to see when the new schedule will start.  Also look for other programs that the library offers like Preschool Play Labs, Wee Explore, Tiny Artists, Kidding Around Yoga Jr., Toddler Box Parties and Baby Bop Sock Hops.  Most programs are free but some do require registration.  See “The Insider” guide or visit for more information.

The library programs aren’t just for babies, toddlers and preschoolers!  Check out classes for children in grades K-5, events for families, teens and adults.  

The Kenosha Public Library is the place to be!  I love the library for so many reasons but the biggest reason is for what it has done for my son.  Dominic loves books.  As a matter of fact I’ve never seen a kid get so excited over picking out new books. We have read so many books together that our world of reading has led us to discover new authors, new experiences and tons of much-needed snuggling time while reading his favorites.  If it weren’t for the library, our winter would have been very boring.  While Spring is in the air, don’t think we will be there any less.  The only difference will be instead of reading on the couch, we will read out on the patio set in the yard.  

No matter which Kenosha Public Library location you choose to visit, you will not be disappointed.  There is truly something for everyone.  Discover Where Kenosha Connects.


Learn more about our Kenosha Public Libraries and the Little Free Libraries in our area in this blog post.

Community Blog Team 2018

Denise Bernacki

Community Blogger

Brand new Kenosha resident – just relocated here Fall 2017 from NW Indiana. Touring Kenosha for the first time along with my husband and 3-year-old son.