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Families can enjoy the Scandinavia Public Library's story walk in Jorgens Park Preserve. Located near the northeastern edge of Silver Lake in Scandinavia, the story walk is a 0.4-mile loop trail beginning east of the park's picnic pavilion. As families walk the trail, they will enjoy reading pages from a children's picture book that have been placed along the trail.

Combining literacy with outdoor activity, the story walk is a great way to enjoy some meaningful family-bonding time.

The story walk runs from April through early November each year and features books of all types, from classic to new, and even non-fiction. If there's a book that you'd like to see on the story walk, please let us know!

Jorgens Park Map 2018.jpgThe story walk was named "Walk with Donnie" in honor of Donnie Jensen, who was a Scandinavia Public Library and Friends of Jorgens Park Preserve board member. "Donnie volunteered many hours in support of both the library and Jorgens Park," said Library Director Sue Vater Olsen. "It's my hope that people can enjoy the story walk and remember Donnie's life." Donnie passed away in 2016.

Facebook users can friend the Scandinavia Public Library and the Friends of Jorgens Park Preserve on Facebook to remain current with events in both locations.

Make a donation for the Scandinavia Public Library’s 2019 story walk in Jorgens Park Preserve and receive a Scandinavian folded star ornament!

  • Donate $4 and receive one 4” fabric star or a package of 2” paper stars.
  • Donate $10 and receive your choice of three 4” fabric stars, three 2” paper star packages, or mix and match three of your choice!

Find stars and make your donations at the Scandinavia Public Library or ScandiHus (one block down the street at 280 N. Main Street, Scandinavia, WI  54977).

Stars will be available through December 31, 2018 or until they run out, whichever happens first, so stop in soon for the best selection!

Welcome to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten! This free program encourages you to read 1000 books with your child before he or she enters school, a goal experts say children need to help them learn to read for themselves. One of the best ways to encourage learning is to spend time sharing books every day. Reading together helps develop important pre-reading skills that are key to school and learning success. Plus, sharing stories together is fun!

To participate:

1. Sign up at the Scandinavia Public Library and receive a 1000 Books Before Kindergarten log and book bag.

2. Read together

3. Write the titles on your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten log. If you read a book more than once, you can record it each time. Books read at library storytime, at daycare or by others to your child also count! You can also color in or check off a book read rather than writing down the title.

4. When you finish 100 books, bring your sheet to the library. Your child will receive a sticker to acknowledge his or her progress.

5. Return to the library each time 100 books are completed for additional stickers.

6. After finishing 1000 books, your child will receives a book to keep and a certificate

Gets a jumpstart on success in school and life by reading together. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten has no end date except your child’s going to school, so don’t feel rushed. Enjoy the experience! Take every chance you have to read with your children, tell and talk about 

The Scandinavia Public Library has developed an ongoing early literacy initiative called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten that began October 2013. This multiyear project encourages parents to read aloud at least 1000 books with their children before they enter school.

The program, open to any preschooler, whose caregiver uses the Scandinavia Public Library in person,has an initial goal of reaching–and involving- 25 (or more!) children over a two year period.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten goals include:

  • Introducing a fun method to encourage families to read aloud to preschoolers
  • Introducing children to a wide range of excellent books to promote pre-literacy so children enter school ready to learn
  • Encouraging regular library use by families and enhancing our outreach to caregivers

Children receive a reading folder and book bag at registration with pages to record the books read. Registration is done in person at the Scandinavia Public Library. Families are encouraged to return to the library every time they finish reading and listening to 100 books. Children receive a congratulatory stickers each time they finish a  batch of 100 books. The culminating prize is a book the child can keep.

A key aspect of 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is to connect it with caregivers. You can assist us by:

Book Group, the Scandinavia Public Library's book discussion group, meets at 4 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month except December. Our discussions are open to anyone who has read the month's selected title and will participate in a civil manner. Readers are welcome to attend as many meetings as their interest and schedules permit.

We read a wide variety of books, covering all genres and occasional non-fiction titles. Titles are selected by our staff, but we also welcome suggestions from our readers!

Previous titles include, but are not limited to:



The Scandinavia Public Library is closed Saturday, April 14 and Monday, April 16. If you have library materials that were due these days, they are now due on Tuesday. Can't return the items on Tuesday? Contact us at 715-467-4636 and we will waive storm related fines.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a multi-year project designed to encourage parents to read aloud at least 1000 books with their children before they enter school.

The program is open to any preschooler whose primary caregiver uses the Scandinavia Public Library in person.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten goals include:

Did you know that you have access to over 135 full-color digital magazines, free with your libary card? Read anywhere, anytime on your mobile divice or computer. We have magazines on food & cooking, health & fitness, life-style, cars & motorcycles, science & technology, travel, current events, woodworking, photography, and more!

If you haven't tried our digital magazine collection yet, keep reading to learn how to get started.

The Scandinavia Public Library invites all crafters to Crafting Bee! Enjoy an atmosphere of creativity and mutual support as you work alongside other crafters. Whether you knit, crochet, cross stitch, quilt bead, or scrap, and whether you are a novice or an experienced pro, these sessions are open to everyone! Assistance is available for a wide variety of crafts as well. All ages are welcome, although younger children should be supervised. This group meets every Thursday morning from 10 a.m. ─ noon.

Several small crocheted projects including a washcloth, and washcloth in progress, and two coasters
Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Friday, February 21, 2020 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Have you ever wanted to learn how to crochet? Or have your crochet skills gotten rusty from disuse? Drop in at any time on one or both days of this free program to learn (or re-learn) this easy, fun craft with librarian Meredith!

After learning some information about yarn and hooks, a basic washcloth project will teach you chain, single crochet, double crochet, and fan stitches; edge stitching and turning corners on an easy border; and weaving in the yarn ends.

An easy coaster project will teach crocheting in the round.

A couple of bonus patterns will also be available.

This program is designed for ages 10 through adult and is free to attend, although we recommend that participants bring their own yarn and crochet hook.

A 2 to 2-1/2 oz. skein of weight category 4 cotton yarn, such as Lily Sugar 'n Cream or Lion Brand Re-Up, wil be enough for both projects. The library will have yarn that participants can use if they're unable to bring their own. A small number of crochet hooks may also be available to borrow during the program. Please call the library to reserve a hook, if you think you will need one.

The label at left4A52B91B-1C08-431D-8443-6BF8682ABF5D.jpeg shows what to look for on the packaging if you purchase your own yarn.

  • Made with at least 85% cotton or other natural fiber (yellow circle)

  • Weight category 4 (red circle)

  • Recommended hook size (blue circle). Hook size can be one size smaller or larger than recommended. In this image, a size H hook is recommended, so a G hook would be one size smaller, and an I hook one size larger. A smaller or larger hook will somewhat alter the finished size and weave density of your projects.