Summer 2019


 Reading registration begins Friday, June 7!
(continues throughout summer)
Final day to turn in reading sheets is Saturday, August 17.
We have reading challenges and fun events for ALL ages: pre-readers, children, teens and adults!
Register Online     Print Reading Slips for: Pre-Readers & Children, Children's Bonus Reading, Teens and Adults

Summer Reading Challenge     Schedule of Events: Children, Families, Teens, Adults
Program Supporters


Summer Reading Challenge

This summer the Ruth Culver Community Library encourages EVERYONE to participate in our summer reading challenges!  All you have to do is read whatever, wherever and whenever you like! Register at the library or register online beginning June 7. More information and challenge materials will be available at the library.

Children's Challenge

Children of all ages, including pre-readers, can participate and all you have to do is read! Yes, just read! We want to encourage you to keep reading all summer long, anytime, anywhere, anything with words! There are weekly prizes for everyone and Grand Prizes for three lucky readers each month! We also have a new Give Back opportunity this year. It's Give a Book - Get a Book! During week 5 and beyond, kids can choose a book to give to our library. They put their name on a name plate inside the cover, then can be the first to check it out! Once they've completed week 6, kids choose a new book to add to their home book collection!

Teen Challenge

Read for 2 hours and you'll earn an entry into the monthly grand prize drawings. You'll also receive a scratch-off ticket with the chance to win an additional prize. Redeem 5 completed scratch-offs for a free book (while supplies last)!  There are no limits on the number of entries you can have. Get a new sheet as soon as you fill one up!

Adult Challenge

Read for 2 hours and you'll earn an entry into the monthly grand prize drawings. There are no limits on the number of entries you can have. Get a new sheet as soon as you fill one up!

Amazing Mondays!

All programs are free and no registration is required unless noted. All ages welcome unless specified. Children under 5 must be accompanied by an adult. Contact Beth at 643-8318 with questions.

Treats by the Trail
Monday, June 10, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sign-up for summer reading and come outside to enjoy a frozen treat, bubbles and music by the trail.

Monday, June 17, 1:00 p.m.
Steve Schindler, an expert on all things reptilian,  will introduce huge toads and frogs, colorful snakes, exotic skinks and a humongous monitor lizard. Attendees will learn about how different adaptations allow animals to live in specific habitats and what interesting physical modifications they use to protect themselves from predators. 

Wayne the Wizard
Monday, June 24, 1:00 p.m.
Wayne the Wizard will bring his out of this world magic and ventriloquist show to the library!

Face Painting & Balloon Sculpting
Monday, July 8, 1:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of face painting and balloon twisting fun! Julie and Steve Surprenant of Paint My Face will share their talents with attendees. Latex will be present.

Musician Dave Landau
Monday, July 15, 1:00 p.m.
Join David Landau for an entertaining and educational musical program that promises to be lively and upbeat in nature while encouraging audience participation.

Cows & Princesses
Monday, July 22, 1:00 p.m.
Don't miss live cows, princesses and ice cream at the library! This event is sponsored by the Wisconsin Holstein Association with ice cream provided by Compeer Financial.

UW Space Place Myths & Legends
Monday, July 29, 1:00 p.m.
The University of Wisconsin Space Place will bring Myths & Legends to the library. Learn what constellations are visible in the night sky and how to find them. Hear Greek and Native American myths about several of the constellations.  This event is appropriate for school-aged children.




Don't miss our traditional storytimes Tuesdays, Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. and musical storytimes Fridays at 10:00 a.m.   Make sure to check the summer storytime brochure. Storytimes are appropriate for ages 2 and up.

Bouncing Babies

Bring your baby (birth to 24 months) to the library Friday mornings at 8:15 a.m. and enjoy stories, songs and play time!


Summer Clubs

Game On!
One Wednesday each month, 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Kids of all ages are invited to come and play the tabletop games provided.  Chess clubbers take note: we'll have six chess sets available so bring your friends!  Contact Beth at 643-8318 with questions. Club meets from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. one Wednesday each Month. Meeting dates: Wednesday, June 19, Wednesday, July 24 and Wednesday, August 21.

Lego Building Club
2nd Friday of the month, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Don't miss the library's Lego Building Club! Drop in to build with the legos provided. This program is appropriate for school-age kids. Kids under 6 must be accompanied by an adult.  Duplos will be available for younger children. Contact Beth with questions. Meeting dates: Friday, June 14, Friday, July 12 and Friday, August 9.

Maker Mondays Club
Mondays, August 5, 12, 19, 26 at 2:00 p.m.
Kids (age 8 and up) and teens are invited to our summer maker club. Each week will have a different theme.  Contact Meagan at 643-8318 for more information.

August 5: Stop Motion Animation

August 12: LED Origami & Felt Pins

August 19: Green Screen Photography

August 26: Slime Registration appreciated this week.


Family Movie & Dessert Nights

Enjoy a family friendly movie and special dessert in the library community room. The fun starts at 6:00 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month!

June 20

July 18

August 15


Teen Tuesdays

All programs are free and no registration is required unless specified. Especially intended for grades 6-12

Trivia Challenge
Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 p.m.
Challenge your friends and see who has the right answers...and fastest fingers! Please bring a mobile device if possible. A limited number of devices will be available for use.

"Shelfie" Scavenger Hunt
Tuesday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.
Work in teams to take "shelfies" at all the hidden markers in the library.

Open Art Night: 8-Bit Art
Tuesday, June 25, 6:30 p.m.
We'll have a variety of art supplies for you to do your own thing. This month's special projects will focus on "8-bit art" (think perler beads and post-its).

Watermelon Fries (& Other Fruit Recipes)
Tuesday, July 2, 6:30 p.m.
We'll have ingredients to make a variety of fruit-filled snacks, including watermelon fries!

Totally Tetris
Tuesday, July 9, 6:30 p.m.
Challenge your friends to see who can get the highest Tetris score on iPads, try giant Tetris and more!

Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 p.m.
Make your own melt-and-pour soap. All supplies will be provided!

Escape the Library
Tuesday, July 23, 6:30 p.m.
Back by popular demand, see if your team can crack the clues to escape the library.

Open Art Night: Felt Creations
Tuesday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.
We'll have a variety of art supplies for you to do your own thing. This month's special projects will focus on felt creations.

Candy Sushi
Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 p.m.
Become a sushi chef and make your own version of sushi using a variety of candy.

Green Screen Photography
Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 p.m.
Make photo magic using green screen technology!

Virtual Reality
Tuesday, August 20, 5:00 p.m.
Hang out with elephants, visit famous world locations or try one of many Virtual Reality games available at the library Tuesday, August 20. We're starting at 5:00 p.m. this week, so come early if you want to make sure you get a turn!




Personalized Tumblers
Wednesday, June 26, 5:45 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m.
Learn how to personalize your own acrylic tumbler using vinyl. Due to limited space, two sessions will be held, 5:45 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m.  Registration is required.  This event is open to ages 18 and older. All supplies will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Ruth Culver Community Library.

Digital Sketching
Wednesday, July 31, 6:00 p.m.
Are you curious about digital sketching? Come experiment at the library! We will have iPads and Apple pencils available for use.  This event is open to ages 18 and older. Registration is required.

Read, See, Discuss Movie Night
Tuesday, August 27, 6:00 p.m.
Read the book, see the movie and discuss your thoughts!  Copies of the book Big Fish by Daniel Wallace will be available for checkout prior to the screening of the movie. Discussion will follow at the end of the movie. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Ruth Culver Community Library.  This event is appropriate for ages 18 and up.

Mystery Book Club
Join fellow mystery lovers for discussions on the second Thursday each month. 
    June 13: Miss Dimple vs. Darling Dahlias
    July 11: Mysteries by Jessica Fellowes
    August 8: Mysteries by C.J. Box


Program Supporters

Thank you to all the great supporters of our summer programs!

Black Earth Children’s Museum

Cave of the Mounds

Circus World Museum

Compeer Financial

Country Farmacy in Poynette


Dane County Fair

Friends of the Ruth Culver Community Library

Jayne Katers


Madison Mallards

Milwaukee Public Museum

Mt. Olympus Resort

National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, Dubuque, IA

Pizza Hut

Timbavati Wildlife Park