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Free Programs
Programs are for middle and high school students and are held in the Program Room unless noted.

Register online, at the Children's Desk or by calling 608-758-6585.  



Build a Better World: VR
Thursday, June 29, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 03:30 PM
Explore and create your own virtual reality world using CoSpaces. Equipment and devices will be provided. Limited space. Woodruff Computer Lab.

Library Closed for Independence Day
Tuesday, July 04, 2017 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM


Free Summer Lunch at Library Park
Wednesday, July 05, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Hedberg Public Library is a free lunch site for kids ages 18 and under.  Get lunch in the Park Monday - Friday from 11:30-1:00 p.m.  The lunch program runs from Monday, June 12 - Friday, August 18.  (There is no lunch on Tuesday, July 4). Adults 19 and older are welcome to purchase a sack lunch.  The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and run by the School District of Janesville.

Build a Better Game: Gamestar Mechanic
Wednesday, July 05, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 03:30 PM
Go on a Gamestar Mechanic Quest, then select the rules, components and mechanics to design your own online game. Participation in both sessions is suggested but not required. Limited space. Woodruff Training Lab.

Build a Better Game: Gamestar Mechanic
Thursday, July 06, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 03:30 PM
Go on a Gamestar Mechanic Quest, then select the rules, components and mechanics to design your own online game. Participation in both sessions is suggested but not required. Limited space. Woodruff Training Lab.

Youth Battle of the Bands at Marvin W. Roth Community Pavilion
Thursday, July 13, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Youth Battle of the Bands will be held on Thursday, July 13 from 6-8 p.m. at the Marvin W. Roth Community Pavilion at Lower Courthouse Park. Band members must be entering grades 6-12 (up to two members may be younger or older up to age 20). Entry forms are available at the Children's Desk at the library and on the library's website. Rain location is at JPAC.

Youth Battle of the Bands Winners Showcase at Voigt Music Center
Saturday, July 15, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 03:00 PM
1st and 2nd place Battle winners will perform at a concert for all ages on The Main Stage at Voigt Music Center, 34 S. Main Street. Refreshments provided. No registration necessary.

Pokemon GO
Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Meet in Teen Central to celebrate the one-year anniversary of Pokemon GO with game updates and a chance to win a Pokemon prize. Then use your Pokemon GO app in the Library Park (inside in case of rain) where lure modules will be dropped every 30 minutes. Charging stations and refreshments will be provided. Kids 10 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. No registration necessary.

Free Summer Lunch at Library Park
Monday, July 17, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 01:00 PM
Hedberg Public Library is a free lunch site for kids ages 18 and under.  Get lunch in the Park Monday - Friday from 11:30-1:00 p.m.  The lunch program runs from Monday, June 12 - Friday, August 18.  (There is no lunch on Tuesday, July 4). Adults 19 and older are welcome to purchase a sack lunch.  The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and run by the School District of Janesville.

Rock County Teen Battle of the Books at Beloit Public Library
Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Teens (ages 11-15) will battle it out with other Rock County readers! Pick up a registration form for your team of 2-4 players from May 15 - June 16 at any participating Rock County library. No registration necessary for spectators. Battle will be held at Beloit Public Library, 605 Eclipse Blvd. Visit rockcountybattleofthebooks.tumblr.com for rules and updates.

CosPlay DIY:Dynamite Costumes on a Budget
Saturday, July 22, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Gear up for Quest Con as we explore ways to create fun and easy costumes.  Bring your own supplies or use ours.


Build a Better Robot: LEGO Robotics
Thursday, July 27, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Build, program and maneuver LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots. Limited space.

Used Book Sale
Friday, July 28, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 05:00 PM


Used Book Sale
Saturday, July 29, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 05:00 PM


Quest Con
Saturday, August 05, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Geek out over books, movies, TV shows, video games and comics at our 4th annual celebration of popular culture.  Enjoy interactive booths, photo ops, crafts, snacks and more.  Come dressed as your favorite character and enter our costume contest!


JM4C Lecture Series Part 4: How to Be an Ally
Tuesday, August 08, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 08:00 PM

Join Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change for Session 4, How to Be an Ally. This lecture series promotes awareness and understanding about LGBTQ individuals. No registration is necessary.  

For more information, contact Kathy Comeau at 608-741-2105 or kcomeau@jm4c.org.



Teen SLP Finale & Prize Drawing
Friday, August 11, 2017 from 3:00 PM to 04:30 PM
Celebrate your summer reading with food, music and games in Teen Central. The official Teen SLP Prize Drawings will be held LIVE at 4 p.m. Teens in attendance will receive an extra book and prize following the Finale as supplies last. No registration necessary.

Fiesta Latina
Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with music, crafts, food and more.  There will also be community service organizations sharing information about their programs.



Peace Meditation and Peace Pole Reveal
Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
at Peace Park Peace Pole
Join us in our meditation for peace and as we reveal the new peace plaques on the Peace Pole.  No registration necessary.


Peace Week: Peace Hike
Thursday, September 21, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 07:30 PM
at the Peace Trail in Peace Park
Join us for a hike along the Peace Trail led by the members of the Rock Trail Coalition.  Learn the history of the trail while enjoying the peaceful beauty of nature.  No registration necessary.


Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM


International Day of Peace
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Join us in our celebration of the International Day of Peace.  Meet a panel of high school students who will discuss the meaning of peace and the role and responsibilities of their generation to help bring about meaningful and lasting peace.  We will have a presentation on the United Nations Together Project.  There will also be information booths with community organizations working on peace and activities for children and families.  No registration necessary.


3D Printer Meet-Up
Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 04:00 PM


JM4C Spectrum Lecture Series
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 08:00 PM

Join Janesville Mobilizing 4 Change for a program featuring clergy discussing the intersection of faith and LGBTQ. This Spectrum Lecture Series promotes awareness and understanding about LGBTQ individuals. No registration is necessary.   

For more information, contact Kathy Comeau at 608-741-2105 or kcomeau@jm4c.org.



From a Birth of Freedom to a New Birth of Freedom: A Visit with Abraham Lincoln
Saturday, October 07, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Join us for this special visit with Abraham Lincoln where you will hear quotes from some of Mr. Lincoln's best-known speeches and writings and learn about his life in politics.  Mr. Lincoln will be portrayed by Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter who is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times.  Appropriate for ages 7 - adult, but families are welcome.  No registration necessary.

Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM


Día de los muertos/Day of the Dead
Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 04:00 PM
Learn about Day of the Dead, a traditional Latin American holiday, with stories, crafts, snacks and more.  Also, you can bring a small photo of a loved one who has passed to be displayed in our Community Ofrenda in the display cases.  No registration necessary.  For more information, contact Rene Bue at 608-758-5803.


Used Book Sale
Friday, November 03, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 05:00 PM


Used Book Sale
Saturday, November 04, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 05:00 PM


Faces of the World International Fair
Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 04:00 PM
at the Janesville Performing Arts Center, 408 S. Main Street
Sample the sights and sounds of cultures around the world.  Enjoy entertainment, crafts, food and more.  For all ages.  No registration required.  Free and open to the public.
In partnership with the Janesville Performing Arts Center.


Paint Together with Vannie Gogh
Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 2:00 PM to 03:00 PM
Create your own masterpiece based on a famous painting at this free Paint Together event featuring area artists. Canvas, paint and supplies will be provided. Limited space. Program Room.

Library Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
Thursday, November 23, 2017 from 12:00 AM to 12:00 AM


 

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