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“Adventure Begins at Your Library”

Summer Library Program

  • Summer Reading is for babies/toddlers, children, teens, and adults!
  • See all the events in a printable calendar!  (Events subject to change.)
  • Use a printed reading log or the Beanstack app.
  • Earn tickets to enter into weekly and Grand Prize Drawings, when you log your reading minutes and activities you have completed.
  • Activities you may complete include Family Programs, Travel Programs, Smokey Bear’s Reading Challenge and programs, Tween & Teen Programs, a StoryWalk® on the Library Nature Trail, Trivia Nighrs, writing book reviews,  participating in virtual programs, and so much more!
  • Last day to physically turn in your paper form is FRIDAY, August 2, 2024 before 5 pm (closing.)
  • Read the full details here.

Read 2 Me (0-3)  And Children (4 – 11) Programs

Tails and Tales

Outdoor Storytimes

Tuesdays June 11 – August 30, 10:15 am

Held outside on the Children’s Patio.

In case of high temperatures or bad weather, Storytime will be held in the

Children’s Room.

Presented by Northwest Connection Family Resources.


 StoryWalk® Series

Every week a different book will be posted.

Walk the trail to read alone or bring your family.

At the end of the walk please let the library know you’ve read the book by completing a short survey on Google forms.

May 31 – June 6

 If I Had a Gryphon by Vikki VanSickle.

June 7 – 13

Don’t Feed the Bear by Kathleen Doherty.

June 14 – 20

Once Upon a Loon by Scott Rykken.

June 21 – 27

Bob & Joss Get Lost! by Peter McCleery.

June 28 – July 4

Please Don’t Eat Me by Liz Climo.

July 5 -11

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner.

July 12 -18

Lost & Found by Oliver Jeffers.

July 19 – 25

Bowwow Powwow by Brenda Child.

July 26 – Aug. 1

Once Upon a Book by Grace Lin.

Lumberjacks Love Pancakes Storytime

July 30 @ 10:15 am

Come to Storytime on July 30 to hear author Sammie Gates read her book “Lumberjacks Love Pancakes”.  We will also have a special craft.

Family Programing

Family Entertainment

Youth/Family – Thursdays @ 10:30 am

June 6, Dragon Training Academy – Dragon Animatronic (There was an error in an earlier publication.).
June 13, Rondini, “Bombastic Bubbles,” presentation & hands-on participation.
June 20, Superior Zoomobile, animals.
June 27, Bob & Trish Juggling, juggling, acrobatics, & more!
July 11, Mischief & Magic, magician.
July 18, Traveling Lantern, performance theatre, “The Quest for the Kakapo.”
July 25, Pam Corcoran, puppeteer, “Three Little Pig Adventures.”
Aug. 1, Mammoth Hunter, learn about mammoths, the Stone Age, & more.

In Library Actvities


ISpy for June and July

Stop by the library to play I-Spy with June’s World Monuments I-SPy tank! Find the objects listed on the provided form. Checkmark them on the form, fill in your contact information, and turn it into the front desk for a fun little prize!

July will be ISpy Monuments in the United States!

Take-N-Make Kits

Kits for ages 0 to 3

June 4 – Hot Air Balloon
June 18 – Pool Coloring
June 25 – S’more
July 2 – Chinese Lantern
July 16 – Lei Necklace
July 30 – Boom-a-Rang

Kits for 4 to 11

June 4 – Camper
June 11 – Peacock Fortune Teller
June 18 – Pool Cupcake
June 25 – Contact Paper Lantern
July 2 – Chinese Dragon Puppet
July 9 – Camera
July 16 – Tiki Necklace
July 23 – Spin Drum
July 30 – Star Art Weaving

Monthly Scavenger Hunts in the Children's Room

Stop by the library to play I-Spy with June’s World Monuments I-SPy tank! Find the objects listed on the provided form. Checkmark them on the form, fill in your contact information, and turn it into the front desk for a fun little prize!

New Scavenger Hunt in July!

Find the Special AIrplane

  • Let us know when you found the “Special” Airplane (in many colors) and what number is it.
  • The Airplane will move every week and will have a different number on it.
  • Turn in the form to get a small prize!
    One entry per week per child.

Scavenger Hunts

Scavenger Hunts in the Library

June 3 – 28


Look for the travel items hiding around the Children’s Room and fill in the letters for the answer to the riddle. Bring your completed paper to the front desk for a prize!


New Scavenger Hunt  – TBD

July 1 – Aug. 3

    • More information coming soon!

    Scavenger Hunts Outside of the Library

    Scavenger Hunt – Downtown Hayward

    Join us for a scavenger hunt in the Downtown Hayward area. See if you can name the business or building associated with each photo on the backside of this sheet. To participate, pick up a form at the library or the Hayward Area Chamber; fill out a Google Form at: https://tinyurl.com/bderukvz or scan the QR Code at the bottom of this page. Submit your completed forms to the library by noon on July 6, 2024, for a chance to win a $30 Walmart Gift Card. Winners need not be present and will be notified by phone after July 10, 2024.

    Pdf copy available here on June 17.


    Around the County – Local Wonders

    July 7 – Aug. 3


    Smokey Bear Reading Challenge –

    June 3 – Nov. 28, 2024

    Flat Smokey Bear

    • Pick up a Flat Smokey sheet at the Library
      Color and cut out Smokey Bear.
    • Take Flat Smokey with you on all your outdoor adventures.
    • Take a picture of you and Smokey practicing fire prevention and safety with family and friends.
    • Post on social media with #FlatSmokeyWI.
    • Share your images with us by emailing to hlibrary@hayward.wislib.org and we’ll post the photo in the library.
    • Copy of Flat Smokey.

    June 4 – Meet Smokey

    • Join us to kick-off
      Smokey Bear’s Reading Challenge
    • Meet Smokey Bear
    • Take pictures with Smokey
    • Bring your stuffie with you
    • Stay for a Bedtime Story
    • Make a name tag for your stuffie
    • Leave your stuffie for a sleepover
    • Pick up your stuffie the next day

    Smokey Bear & Project Northwoods Program

     July 16 @ 6 pm

    • Information coming soon!

    Adventures Into STEM – Ages 9-12

    3:30 – 4:30 pm

    June 18

    July 16

    Aug. 6

    Programs for 9 – 12-year-olds will be held on the following Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm: June 18, July 2, July 16, and August 6. Partnered with 4-H & Youth – Sawyer County Extension. Awesome science activities, including Foam Rockets, Hydraulic Syringes, Circuit Greeting Cards, Regatta Activity, Water Windmill Challenge

    Adventure Around the World

    July 13 @ 10:30 am

    Children and their families are welcome to have an Adventure Around the World on the Library Trail.  Please be ready to be outside. The event will be held inside the library in case of bad weather.

    Teens & Adult Program


    Trivia Nights

    via Zoom or meet in the Library’s Meeting Room.

    June 25 @ 6 pm – Friends

    the TV Show

    July 30 @ 6 pm – Lord of the Rings

    (movies and books).

    Wednesdays: Tween & Teen Time

    Wednesdays 1 pm – 3 pm

    Come to the first meeting to choose activities! Crafts, STEM, Games, Anime, Ladder Golf, Crunchy Roll, *D &D and more TBA!

    • June 5, 12*, 19*, 26*

      July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31*

      Aug. 7*, 14*, 21, 28

      Come to the first meeting to choose activities! Crafts, STEM, Games, Anime, Ladder Golf, Crunchy Roll, *D &D and more TBA!

    Community Read

    • June 12 -Pick up a copy of “Around the World in 80 Days” by Jules Verne at the Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library. (We’ve got some set aside in the back.)
    • Read the novel.
    • Join us for a discussion on Aug. 1 @ 6 pm, with a possible
      showing of the movie.

    Tiny Art Show &

    Take-N-Make & Exhibit

    Geared toward Teens & Adults

    • June 12 – Pick up While Supplies Last
    • Bring back to the library by July 30 to be part of the Tiny Art Show
      exhibit and to be entered in a prize drawing.
    • Tiny Art Show July 5 – Aug. 30
    • Connect with your inner artist for our Tiny Art Show! Starting June 12, you can pick up a Tiny Art Kit, while supplies last. That day you can pick up a 4”x 4” canvas for any media to create art using the theme of “Adventure Begins at Your Library.” Please ask us if you need paint, etc. Turn in your art by July 30 for the Tiny Art Show which will be displayed from July 5 to Aug. 30. All
      who return their entries will be eligible for a prize drawing, which will be chosen at random from artwork returned to the library.

    Travel Programs


    June 11 @ 6 pm – Family Adventures Near & Far

    Presented by

    the Nelson Family

    In July 2011, David and Josie Nelson, their 2-year-old son Karl, and friends Darby and Geri Nelson canoed for three and a half weeks on the Noatak River in Alaska’s Brooks Range. From the headwaters in Gates of the Arctic National Park to the village of Noatak, they paddled 370 miles. The Nelsons enjoyed seeing musk oxen, caribou, wolves, and incredibly diverse plant life, but the trip was truly unique because of the joy and excitement that came from traveling with a toddler.

    Last June, the Nelson kids, now 12 and 15, cooked up a plan with their friends. They wanted to travel from the Nelson home in Hayward to their friends’ home in Stillwater MN solely by human power. The two families walked about 6 miles from the Nelson home to the Namekagon River, then paddled 80 miles on the Namekagon to the Saint Croix River, paddled 120 miles on the Saint Croix River, then walked about a mile from the river to their friends’ home. It was an unforgettable 10 day adventure!

    June 27 @ 6 pm – Galapagos

    presented by

    Mel Baughman

    During a one-week cruise on a small ship, we hiked across lava fields and snorkeled along rocky shores twice each day. On land we approached within a few feet of giant tortoises, lizards, and a diversity of birds. The sea was alive with tropical fish, sea stars, turtles, sea lions, fur seals, and penguins.


    July 2 @ 6 pm – Woods, Water, Wildlife: Adventure into the Woods

    presented by

    Michael Dombeck

    Mike’s presentation will take us through decades of time and how peoples’ dependence on and relationship with the land (woods, water and wildlife) has changed over the years. Why being good stewards of the land is more important today than ever.

    Michael Dombeck is one of the most respected and renowned contemporary conservationists. He dedicated a quarter of a century to managing federal lands and natural resources with an impact on nearly 500 million acres of public lands. Dombeck is the only person to date to lead America’s two largest land management agencies—the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service. He graduated from Hayward High in 1966 and wrote a column for the Visitor magazine (published in Hayward) for 40 years (from 1974-2014).


    July 23 @ 6:30 pm Betwixt Now & Then

    presented by

    Thom Holden

    Highlighting some of the many Lake Superior shipwrecks found over the past half-century presented by Thom Holden

    More than 200 ships lost on Lake Superior are still to be found. This group of “Went Missing” ships has been a challenge to locate and identify. But dedicated recreational divers have stepped up to the task with much success, adding greatly to Great Lakes maritime history. Thom Holden, retired director of Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center in Duluth, will discuss several of the discoveries in this illustrated talk which is free and open to the public.

    Programs for All Ages

    paperpie Book Fair

    To Benefit the Children’s Book Collection

    July 10, 11, and 12 from 10 am to 5 pm

    Please help the library build our children’s book collection!
    You will help us:

    When you purchase books for yourself, your family, & friends, 50% of the proceeds will go to the library.

    We’ll use the funds to buy paperpie books. You can also order online at https://paperpie.com/brandpartner/G9094/event/4019173 from June 3 through Monday, July 15 (until 8 pm).

    When you purchase books the library would like in the collection, you will get a dedication plate inside the book, and also get the chance to check out the book first!

    When you check our Facebook page for a post about the event with a link to purchase books.

    Share the post with your friends to be entered in a drawing for a book!

    Cable Natural History Museum:

    Junior Naturalist and Little Programs

    Junior Naturalist - grades K-6

    10 – Noon

    June 28 – Color Crazy
    July 5 – Survivor
    July 12 – Insect Investigations
    July 19 – Stories in Nature
    July 26 – Creepy Crawly Creatures

    The Cable Natural History Museum’s
    popular Junior Naturalists program is
    also in Hayward! Welcoming kids
    entering grades K-6 for games, art,
    & outdoor exploration at this 2-hour
    drop-off program at the Library.

    Meet at the Hayward Library back patio for drop-off/pick-up.

    FREE, please RSVP at cablemuseum.org/events
    or 715-798-3890

    Find full series info at

    Your Little Naturalist - Ages 3 - 6 yrs. old

    10 – 11:30 am

    June 26 – Five Senses

    July 3 – Art in Nature

    July 10 – Water Wonders

    July 17 – Best Bugs

    July 31 – Predator/Prey

    Little Naturalists offers the opportunity to
    playfully explore our environment using
    our sense and imagination. This series
    is geared towards children ages 3-6.
    Adults are encouraged to stay with
    children and siblings are welcome.

    Meet at the Hayward Library back patio for drop-off/pick-up.

    FREE, please RSVP at cablemuseum.org/events
    or 715-798-3890

    Find full series info at

    Thank you Sponsors, Partners, and Donors


    The Read to Me and Youth Summer Reading Challenges are sponsored by the Friends of the Library in partnership with Northwest Connection Family Resources and the Hayward Library Foundation.

    This year the Teen and Adult Summer Reading Challenges are sponsored by the Hayward Library Foundation.

    The Beanstack app is provided by the WI Dept. of Public Instruction.


    2024 Sponsors, Partners & Donors

    Partners and Donors

    Advanced Printing

    Brule River Canoe Rental 

    Cable Natural History Museum Summer Schedule

    Great Lakes Aquarium

    H & R Block – R & C Susedik, Tax & Accounting LLC

    Hayward Cinema

    Hayward Golf Club

    Hayward School District

    Jack Links Aquatic & Activity Center

    Jump River Electric Cooperative, Inc.

    Kwik Trip

    L & M Fleet Supply

    Lori’s Card & Gift

    Lynne Marie’s Candies

    Northwest Connection Family Resources

    Outdoor Ventures

    U. S. Forestry Dept.