Kid & Family Programs

2021 Summer Reading Program: Tails & Tales
Saturday, May 15 (All day) to Friday, August 6 (All day) DeForest Area Public Library

This reading program is based on what you read!

  • Turtles are reading Board, Picture, and Early Reader Books.
  • Chameleons are reading Chapter and Plus Books.
  • Seahorses are reading Kids, Teen, and Adult Books.
  • Whales are reading Kids, Teen, and Adult Books.

If you would like to submit your reading via a paper form instead of Beanstack you can download and print it here!

The last day to enter books is 5:00 pm on August 6, 2021. The last day to redeem and spend Dragon Dollars is at 5:00 pm on August 8, 2021.

You can also get Beanstack on your phone:
Get it on Google Play



Q: Do you have any tutorials on how to use Beanstack?

A: The Live Oak Public Libraries Academy has Intro and tutorial videos on using Beanstack!
Our Beanstack url is


Q: What happened to the Teen vs Staff Challenge?

A: We still have it! This year it is the Seahorses vs. the Giraffes and it is called the Tie-Dye Pie Challenge. 


Q: What are Dragon Dollars?

A: Dragon Dollars are our Reading Program currency. As you read books, attend program, and complete activities you will earn Dragon Dollars that can be spent in our Reading Program Prize Store, or donated to one of the following organizations:

  • Dane County Humane Society
  • DeForest Area Needs Network
  • DeForest Area Public Library Endowment Fund
  • Homeless Action Network of DeForest
  • International Crane Foundation (New this reading program!)
  • Wisconsin Big Cat Rescue (New this reading program!)


Q: Who can join your reading program?

A: Everyone! We have a program for all ages and reading levels. If you are reading to your child or new born, you can register them and yourself under the Turtle program. If you do not live in the DeForest Area you are still welcome to join. Please note that we do not ship prizes so if you would like to claim Dragon Dollars or enter ticket drawings you must be able to come and pick up your prizes, either in the building or curbside. 


Q: I'm an adult reading picture books to my kids, can I still join?

A: Absolutely! Our programs are based on what you are currently reading. If you mainly read picture books to your kid(s) you can join the Turtle program and if you are mainly reading chapter books you can join the Chameleon program. It doesn't matter what age you are as long as you are reading or listening to books.


Q: Are there different prizes or rewards in the different programs?

A: Each program still earns Dragon Dollars, Dragon Disc Drops, and tickets for reading books and attending events. Activity badges and review badges are the same for all programs. New this year, each program has a ticket drawing just for that program. Whales have a Date Night bundle, Seahorses have a Pizza Party bundle, and Chameleons and Turtles each have a Zoomin' with Miss Emily bundle. 


Q: Do graphic novels or audio books count?

A: YES! Any type of book counts.


Q: If my parent/guardian/sibling and I listen to the same book at the same time can we both count it?

A: Yes.


Q: Do the books have to be library books?

A: No. Although we do encourage you to use our library and our digital library, any book you read counts. During our Winter programs you can even count books you are reading in school! If you were given a Summer Reading List, not only can we help you get a copy of your book, you can count that book towards the reading program as well.


Q: Can I buy the prizes with real money?

A: No, the prizes in our prize store can only be purchased with Dragon Dollars. The reading program is free and open to everyone so sign up and start entering your reading!

Summer Story Walk: Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees
Saturday, June 5 (All day) to Monday, August 2 (All day) See Event Details

Our travelling story walk is back! Dance to your own tune as you read this delightful story along Market Street (across from the Library) or at one of our area parks this summer.

  • Along Market Street from June 5 - June 12
  • Liberty Land Park from June 13 - June 27
  • To Be Determined from June 28 - July 11
  • Fireman's Park from July 12 - July 25
  • Along Market Street from July 26 - August 2


Summer Book Sale | Monday, June 21 (All day) | Lower Level

Stock up on hot summer reads at the self-service Friends of the DAPL Book Sale.

Browse the racks on the lower level of the Library, including the children's book room, and pay for them at the Circulation Desk on the main level during library business hours. Payment will be on the honor system. Change will not be available, but donations above your purchase price are welcome.

Volunteers will update the selection regularly, so shop often!

Please support the Friends of the DeForest Area Public Library, a 501(c)(3) organization. All proceeds benefit the DeForest Area Public Library.

Masks are encouraged and appreciated while in the Library.

Time for Bed! | Monday, June 21 - 7:00pm | Facebook

Guest readers will be featured each Monday night for our Time for Bed program.

Hat Making | Tuesday, June 22 - 12:00pm | Children's Room

Join us in the Children's room between 12-1 for Hat making. When finished head over to the Rocks (Village Green) for Mr. Steve.

Masks are suggested.

Concert at the Rocks: Mr. Steve - Master Facilitator of Fun | Tuesday, June 22 - 1:00pm | The Village Green

A fast-paced musical show with side-splitting audience participation.

Mr. Steve has been entertaining kids and families for more than 30 years. He has performed throughout the Midwest and Florida, Georgia, and Texas. He also traveled to Ghana West Africa with "Kids Around the World," an organization that builds playgrounds.

He has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Science from Trinity Internation University and has a background working as a Camp Counselor, Youth Director, and more. He has performed at libraries, child care facilities, festivals, and County Fairs. His shows can be described as wholesome, wacky, and interactive.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the wonderful entertainment with us!

*In case of rain this event will be live streamed on Facebook*

Performers and programs are subject to change. Check back for details and updates!

Thank you to our Concert Sponsors: 

  • Anonymous Music Lover
  • Friends of the DeForest Area Public Library
  • Paulson Development LLC
  • South Central Library System
  • TDS Telecom
  • Essential Family Vision
  • LINKages Committee

Pride Month Rainbow Tie Dye - Registration Required | Tuesday, June 22 - 3:00pm | The Workshop

Join us to celebrate LGBT pride by signing up to make your own tie dye shirt!  Bring your own white cotton shirt (or other item) and twist and color it they way you want.

Masks are appreciated and allow us to help you. Please note the last 15 minutes of each session are for cleanup and resetting for the next session.

Tails & Tales - Registration Required | Wednesday, June 23 - 9:00am | Zoom

Registration: Register!

Journey with us through stories about princesses, giants, heroes, and more using our imaginations and electronic instruments.

Join us at 9 am on the fourth Wednesday of each month for a fun interactive class presented by Music Play Patrol. Their music educators will get you and your little ones singing and dancing with their engaging and entertaining programs. Registration is required to receive a secure Zoom link for each class.

Pride Month Rainbow Tie Dye - Registration Required | Wednesday, June 23 - 3:00pm | The Workshop

Join us to celebrate LGBT pride by signing up to make your own tie dye shirt!  Bring your own white cotton shirt (or other item) and twist and color it they way you want.

Masks are appreciated and allow us to help you. Please note the last 15 minutes of each session are for cleanup and resetting for the next session.

Summer Exploratory | Wednesday, June 23 - 3:00pm | Children's Room

Exploratories are family activity times for pre-school and elementary school-aged children and their families held in the Library Children's Room. Join in the fun!

If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate, please contact library staff.

The Workshop @ Home | Thursday, June 24 - 9:00am | Facebook

We've missed seeing everyone explore and create in The Workshop, so we're going to work on bringing the spirit of The Workshop to you on our Facebook page. We will share a Workshop-style project or tips each Thursday at 9 am.

2021 Harry Potter Book Night | Thursday, June 24 - 6:00pm | Library Patio

Celebrate the magic and the wonder of Diagon Alley! 

Activities! Crafts! And More! 

Unable to celebrate in-person? Kits available in the Library Street lobby on June 24, while supplies last. Plus, a video will be posted on Facebook & Instagram of Raechel showing the crafts and activities at 6 pm.

Rain Location: Community Room