Summer Reading Success!

While every hero still has a story, our summer reading program for this year has come to an end.  We had another great year.  312 kids and young adults signed up for the program and 92 finished all five levels.  That’s a lot of reading!

We had many opportunities to learn about and become heroes  this summer.  We had visits from the Lonsdale Police Department, the Domácí Czech Folk Dancers, some old cars, illustrator Gary Harbo and reptile expert Jim Gerholdt.  We trained to be superheroes and created our own costumes.  Above all, we read lots of good books and had tons of fun!

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We are hiring!


 The Lonsdale Public Library Board is accepting applications for a part-time (8-12 hours per week) Library Shelver to shelve materials, process materials in preparation for circulation, shelf read & assist staff.  Minimum qualifications: High School diploma or GED or current high school student and familiarity with libraries. A flexible schedule is a plus.

Starting salary: $9.00/hour. Insurance benefits not included.

A completed job application, cover letter and resume must be submitted to Marguerite Moran, Library Director, no later than 6 pm on Friday, August 14, 2015.  Contact Lonsdale Public Library at 507-744-3977 or City Hall at 507-744-2327 for a job application & description, or download below.  Faxed applications not accepted.


Book Group

Did you know that the libraryleaves of grass has a book group for adults?  We meet once a month to discuss our most recent book and choose what to read next.  We might read a mystery one month and a classic the next.  This month we tackled the American classic Leaves of Grass.  Want to help decide what we read next month?  Join us Wednesday, July 15 at 1:00 pm.

Every Hero Has a Story Week Six

Week six:  We Are All Heroesflashcolor

Can you believe that we’ve reached the last week of the summer reading program?  We’ve had loads of fun celebrating all kinds of heroes, and for our last week we celebrate the ways we can all be heroes!

Don’t forget to bring in your reading logs by Saturday, July 18 to collect your prizes!

Craft session–Wednesday, July 15, 3-4 pm

Our last craft session will be extra special! Bring all the pieces of your superhero costume and we will have a superhero photo shoot!  We will be making Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy pom-poms, paper bag superheroes and the last piece of our superhero costumes–the mask!

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Every Hero Has a Story Week Five

Week five : Animal heroes2015 SRP graphics 324

We’re getting closer to the end of our summer reading program, but we still have some fun stuff happening this week.

Craft session—Wednesday, July 8, 3-4 pm 

We will be continuing our superhero costume by making utility belts.  We will also make PAW Patrol ears and Horton Hears a Who pictures.

Remarkable Reptiles–Thursday, July 9, 1-2 pmremrep12

Back by popular demand, last year’s hit–Remarkable Reptiles!  Local animal expert Jim Gerholdt will drop by with some of his snake, turtle and lizard friends.  Learning and fun for kids of all ages!



Stop by anytime to pick up coloring pages and other fun worksheets.  And don’t forget our story times every Tuesday at 6:30 pm and Friday at 10:30 am.


Every Hero Has a Story Week Four

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Can you believe the summer reading program is halfway finished?  For week four we celebrate historical heroes.  We will be enjoying a visit by some vintage cars and another fun craft session.

Craft session—Wednesday, July 1 at 3 pm
We will be making our superhero capes, a patriotic star wreath and a red, white and blue necklace.

Event: Old car visit—Thursday, July 2 at 1:00 pm
The whole family can come see vintage cars, some close to 100 years old!  Chat with the owners and sip some free lemonade.SRP MODEL T EVENT 7-9-14 001








As always, we will have some fun handouts and coloring pages available all week.  We will also be writing letters to members of the US armed forces.  For more information check out the website:

Every Hero Has a Story Week Three

Week three: Superheroesthorkid

Week three is superhero week!  It will be lots of fun!  Remember, our craft session is on a special day, Thursday, this week only.  And yes, you can still register for summer reading.

Gary Harbo workshops—Wednesday, June 24, 1-3 pm

Illustrator Gary Harbo will teach kids grades 2-6 how to create their very own hero and other characters.

Craft session—Thursday, June 25 at 3 pm

We will make our superhero shield, plus a comic book bookmark and a superhero puppet.escape openshirt



Want to get started right away?  Check out this fun superhero name generator:

Every Hero Has a Story Week Two

Week two: Fantastic Heroes

T2015 SRP graphics 119he summer reading program continues with more fun adventures in week two!  Remember, kids 0-18 can still register anytime the library is open.

Domácí Czech Dancers — Wednesday, June 17, 1-2 pm
Parents, kids and people of all ages can enjoy watching young people doing traditional Czech dances.  Then stick around for…

msmarvelgirlCraft session — Wednesday, June 17, 3-4 pm 
We will make the second part of our superhero costume–the cuffs–plus a knight collage and a superhero lollipop!

Plus, anytime during the week kids can drop by our craft table to color, do a maze or create their very own superhero poster.  And don’t forget our storytimes at 6:30 pm on Tuesday and 10:30 am on Friday.

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Week One:  Local Heroes

superkidOur summer reading program begins with a bang!  The first week of the program will be jam packed!  We hope you will join us for some or all of our events.  And remember, you can register for summer reading any day the library’s open starting June 9th.

Pizza party/superhero training party—
Tuesday, June 9, 1-3 pm
Drop by on the first day to help us kick off the summer reading program.  Kids 0-18 can register and pick up their reading logs.  The whole family can enjoy some pizza and lemonade.  And, most exciting of all, we will have stations where you can brush up on your superpowers!

NO FEAR Compression Only CPR–Wednesday, June 10, 1-2 pm
The Northfield Area Heart Safe Project will be leading a CPR training session for kids grade 4 and up.  Learn how to save a life!  Younger kids can enjoy other fun activities.


Craft session—Wednesday, June 10, 3-4 pm2015 SRP graphics 056
In our first weekly craft session we will be making a superhero medal (the first part of your superhero costume), a clothespin firefighter and a police car.

Visit from the Police Department–
Thursday, June 11, 1-2 pm
Your local Lonsdale Police Department will drop by to share information about what they do and how to stay safe.

Plus, anytime during the week kids can drop by our craft table to color, do a maze or tell us about their everyday hero.  And don’t forget our storytimes at 6:30 pm on Tuesday and 10:30 am on Friday.