Where the Wild Things Are

About the Blog

Where the Wild Things Are is a blog for kids & families. Youth Services Librarian, Ann Hardginski, will share info about great books for kids & parents, cool websites, and other info related to youth services at the library.

Zita the Spacegirl

girl wearing space outfit
It is always exciting to hear of a children's book being made into a movie. Heading off the comic page and onto the silver screen is Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. Fox Animation has acquired rights to the trilogy. The graphic novel trilogy follows the adventures of Zita as she learns to be brave and navigate her far out world. Bleeding Cool lists it as one of the “Essential 8 Comics For Kids,” writing:
“… everything I love about comic books; adventure, humor, humanity and a big heaping dose of wonder … Hatke has made something really special here … original and fun. It’s completely appropriate for kids but like the best stories, I think everyone will appreciate it.”
The other two books of the trilogy are Legends of Zita the Spacegirl and The Return of Zita the Spacegirl. No word yet on when the film will be released, but this would be a good time to check out the books in anticipation.
Hatke won an Eisner Award for Little Robot. His other books include Nobody Likes a Goblin, and Julia’s House for Lost Creatures.

Fall Programming Underway

Fall is not only back to school time, but it is also a busy learnng season at the library. Check out some of the available classes offered:

  • Family Story Time on Wednesdays in Little Chute and Thursdays in Kimberly at 10:10 a.m.
  • Baby Story Time on Tuesdays in Kimberly at 10:10 a.m.
  • Pooches and Pages, our reading to therapy dogs program for kids in grades 1-5, takes place on the third Saturday of the month during the school year with the exception of December and May. It is a great program to build reading confidence.
  • Legos and More, a creative building free play class, takes place on the second Monday of the month from 3:00-4:30 p.m. in Little Chute.

We also feature other story time specials and movie nights, so be sure to check the calendar and/or subcribe to our events on Facebook to see what is happening.

Party on the Plaza

Bring the whole family to Party on the Plaza, August 25th in Little Chute from 4:30-7 p.m.
We're partnering with Little Chute Park and Rec to bring a variety of life-size games (human foosball, Chutes & Ladders, Jenga and more) and art projects to the Little Chute Village Plaza. The Little Chute Windmill Project is staying open late, the Little Chute Diamond Club will have food available for purchase, and Culver's will be scooping custard for dessert.
What a fun way to wrap up the summer! 

Grand Prize Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in our summer reading program, and congratulations to the following grand prize winners from our children's program:

1. Pirate Ship – Josiah C.
2. Olaf Chair – Amelia E.
3. Basketball and Soccer Ball – Callie R.
4. T-Rex – Abram W.
5. Lego Friends – Abigayle .
6. Minions Scooter – Jaden T.
7. Outdoor Fun Kit – Claire B.
8. Frozen Figurines – Allie G.
9. Skyzone Passes – Ryan J.
10. Baseball Set & DVDs – Ryan B.
11. Minecraft Books – Gwen R.
12. Lego Minecraft – Declan P.
13. Doc McStuffins – Vada S.
14. Paw Patrol – Jonny S.
Are you wondering how many candies were in the Guess How Many jar? Here are the totals: 331 in Kimberly and 197 in Little Chute. 
We hope you enjoyed your summer of On Your Mark, Get Set--Read!  Keep on reading!

Going for the Gold

We did it!! Thank you to all of our fantastic summer readers for helping us reach our gold medal level of 25,000 hours of reading! Because of your efforts and the generosity of Vanderloop Shoes and FOLKS, we will be giving $1000 to Special Olympics! How awesome!

Silver Medal Reading Level Reached

Thank you, Summer Library Program Readers, for helping us reach the silver medal level of 20,000 hours of reading--which means a $600 donation to Special Olympics! The gold medal level is 25,000 hours for a $1000 donation, and with your help we can reach that by our deadline of July 29. Thank you to our matching sponsors, Vanderloop Shoes and FOLKS, for generously supporting our reading for charity initiative.

Bronze Medal Earned

Thank you, Summer Library Program Readers, for helping us reach the bronze medal level of 15,000 hours of reading--which means a $300 donation to Special Olympics! The silver medal level is 20,000 hours, and with your help we can reach that soon for a $600 donation. We are still striving for the gold medal level of 25,000 hours by July 29 to give $1000, so keep on reading!

2016 Summer Reading Program for Kids


It is time for another fun summer of reading! This year's theme is On Your Mark, Get Set--Read! The focus is on sports, health, and fitness--perfect for the upcoming Summer Olympics. Registration begins on May 31, so stop by either location to pick up your first Olympic card. The program will run June 6-July 29 for eight weeks of reading, and each weekly card will feature a different Olympic event. Medal in reading by reading/being read to for a minimum of two hours each week. Readers receive a prize when they complete cards 2, 4, 6, and 8, and completing an odd-numbered card earns an entry into our grand prize drawing.

The children's program is for kids ages 3 through entering grade 5. The teen program is for students in grades 6-12, and there is also an adult program for ages 18+, so the whole family can participate.

Each hour you read will help raise money for Special Olympics. Vanderloop Shoes and FOLKS are matching donors, so we will donate more money the more you read. The goal is to have kids, teens, and adults reach 25,000 hours of reading this summer which will earn $1000 for Special Olympics. We need to reach 15,000 hours to give $300 and 20,000 hours to give $600. Let's go for the gold and reach that top mark for the highest donation!

Book Donations for Summer

Do you have books in great condition that need a new home? The youth department is in search of "like new" children and teen books to use as prizes for our summer reading program. 

Please keep in mind that we do not accept the following:

  • Textbooks
  • Encyclopedias
  • Child Craft Encyclopedias
  • Reader’s Digest Condensed Books
  • Magazines
  • Audiobooks on Cassette
  • VHS Tapes
  • Items that are moldy, smelly, yellowed, in bad shape

Please let a staffer know when you drop off your donations that the books are for the summer reading program. You may fill out a "Waive of Ownership" form for your tax purposes if you wish. Some donated items may be placed in our book sale if the book doesn't fit the criteria for a reading prize; you will still be benefiting the library. 

Thank you for helping our young readers!