The winter cold is setting in, and families are heading online for new ways to keep their children engaged and entertained with high-quality programs.
Milwaukee Public Library keeps right on serving the community in December with free virtual story times for all ages, curbside pickup at all locations, and academic support for grades 1-8.
They currently offer free online story times each week in English and Spanish, with special monthly story times available in Hmong and ASL.
Want to check out your favorite holiday books? Curbside pick up is available at all locations. You can request materials online or by calling Ready Reference at 414-286-3011. Stay connected to mpl.org for the latest updates.
Need help with school? Teachers in the Library connects students to teachers via Google Meet to assist students in grades 1 through 8 and their parents with class assignments, academic support, and encouragement.
We put all the programs, dates, and links in one place for you, below. See you at the library!
Daily Story Time (ages 0-5)
Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.
Young children and their caregivers are invited to a virtual story time filled with fun stories, songs, and fingerplays all designed to help little ones develop important literacy skills needed prior to learning how to read.
Weekly PJ Story Time (ages 0-5)
Mondays, 6:30 p.m.
Families with young children are invited to a virtual story time filled with stories, songs, and rhymes designed to develop early literacy skills and encourage a love of reading. Cozy PJs and stuffed animal friends encouraged!
Weekly Spanish Language Story Time (ages 0-5)
Fridays, 9:30 a.m.
This Spanish story time rotates between two themes each week. The programs are presented in Spanish.
Melanie Melville, Librarian in the Central Library Children’s Room, leads Spanish Story Time
Cuentacuentos en español – Dec. 4, 18
Join the gathering with your little ones for stories, rhymes and songs all designed to help little ones develop literacy skills.
Juega y aprende para familias – Dec. 11
Join us for pretend games for families with young children. Each program is designed to be a fun and family activity that incorporates the development of early literacy skills through play. Learn the importance of talking, singing, reading, and having fun together for your child’s growth.
Monthly Bilingual Hmong/English Story Time (ages 0-5)
Thursday, December 10, 9:30 a.m.
Young children and their caregivers are invited to a Bilingual Virtual Story Time in English and Hmong filled with fun stories, songs, and fingerplays all designed to help little ones develop important literacy skills needed prior to learning how to read.
Monthly Bilingual ASL/English Story Time (ages 0-5)
Thursday, December 17, 9:30 a.m.
Celebrate the culture of Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HoH) with a story time interpreted in American Sign Language (ASL). Young children and caregivers are invited to a virtual story time filled with fun stories, rhymes and finger plays. Hearing children and caregivers are welcome to attend.
During the month of December children ages 6-12 can receive help from a teacher through Virtual Teacher in the Library.
Virtual Teacher in the Library (ages 6-12)
Monday, Dec. 7, 14, 4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.Tuesday, Dec. 1, 8, 15, 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 2, 9, 16, 4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 3, 10, 17, 4 p.m.
Teachers are available via Google Meet to assist students in grades 1 through 8 and their parents with class assignments, academic support, and encouragement. Register for a 30 minute session with a Teacher in the Library. Registration closes each day at 3:30 p.m.
For more information about these programs, or to check out a book for curbside pickup, head to mpl.org.