As summer brings our community All Together Now, visit the Caestecker Library to enjoy reading rewards for all ages, daily drop-in activities, weekly Activity Packs, large group programs, and other fun opportunities provided by Thrasher Opera House, Green Lake County educators, Green Lake Festival of Music, and the Green Lake Association. Activities typically start at 10 am on weekdays from June 19—July 31. For the full lineup of programs and opportunities visit our calendar at

Monday: Large group programs and new Activity Packs are released. Our presenters this year include music with Stuart Stotts, a live amphibian program from J&R Aquatic Animal Rescue, animatronic dinosaurs with Dino Dimensions, singer Tom Pease, a live animal learning opportunity with Nature’s Niche, Anne Moser from the UW Water Library presenting on All the Water in the World, and accordion player extraordinaire Micah Sommersmith. All programs are paid for by the Caestecker Library Foundation and we are always grateful for their generosity to go above and beyond our normal operating budget.

Tuesday: Stroll & Play—walking group starts at 9:30, snacks and play back at the library side yard until noon. Come and go as your schedule allows. If it’s too hot or rainy we will move the play portion of the day to the Burr Oak room.

Wednesday: Storytime with Ms. Margie and Tia the Reading Therapy Dog

Thursday: Puzzles & Prizes

Friday: Cooking with kids!

In addition to our summer reading programming lineup, please mark your calendars for a couple other special events this month:

  • Two opportunities to enjoy Green Lake Festival of Music concerts. Concerts are free and enjoyable for all ages. Visit the lower level of the library to enjoy these professional quartets: Saturday, June 10 at 1 pm, Iowa-based string quartet Kaydenn and Thursday, June 29 at 10 am, Boston-based Balourdet string quartet, a Thomas E. Caestecker Free Family Concert.
  • The Dartford Historical Society presents: Powell Spring. In advance of the July 1st open house at Powell Spring Conservancy, Tom Schultz will share about the history and natural beauty of Powell Spring in the lower-level Burr Oak room at the library. Light refreshments will be provided. Sunday, June 18 from 2-3pm.
  • Friends Book Sales are Saturday, June 10 from 9am-1pm and Wednesday, June 21 from 1-4pm.

The library is joining in the local pickleball craze with the newest addition to the Library of Things. We now have two pickleball sets with paddles and indoor/outdoor balls in a handy carry case that checkout with your library card for a week at a time. The Friends of the Library are to thank for the new Pickleball sets, summer reading program supplies and prizes, and hospitality at all our events. They are the best kind of Friends for a library to have! We hope you’ll visit the library soon to attend an event, sign up for summer reading, to enjoy catching up with friends and neighbors, or to enjoy the quiet adventure found in the pages of the new book you just picked up.