Flashback Matinee 1945

The Lonsdale Public Library presents a flashback Saturday Matinee experience.  Go back in time with us and enjoy a newsreel, a Casper cartoon and feature film  “And Then There Were None.”  Admission is free and so are the popcorn and lemonade.  Period dress is optional!


Based on the Agatha Christie novel, “And Then There Were None” is the thrilling tale of eight strangers who receive mysterious invitations to an island staffed by two newly-hired servants.  When they sit down to dinner the first night, a recording of their absent host accuses all ten of them of murder and promises vengeance.  When the guests start to die, they don’t know who to trust.

Date:  Saturday, February 7
Time:  10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Place:  Lonsdale Public Library

Flashback Matinee 1936

The Lonsdale Public Library presents a flashback Saturday Matinee experience.  Go back in time with us and enjoy a newsreel of highlights from the 1936 Olympics, a Popeye cartoon and the feature film “My Man Godfrey.”  Admission is free and so are the popcorn and lemonade.  Period dress is optional!


A scatterbrained socialite hires a vagrant as a family butler…but there’s more to Godfrey than meets the eye.  Starring William Powell and Carole Lombard , this screwball comedy guarantees the laughs

Date: Saturday, January 17
Time: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Place: Lonsdale Public Library meeting room

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

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It’s timWeb Graphic 2 (300x600)e again for our annual reading program for adults!  Hot Reads for Cold Nights is open to anyone 18 or older in the Lonsdale area with a library card.  Don’t have a card?  We would be glad to sign you up for one.

We will be giving away five weekly prizes of a tote bag and two grand prizes of a tote bag filled with a tumbler, coasters and Book Lover’s Calendar.  You receive one entry for the prize drawings just for signing up.  You can earn more entries by playing book bingo.

We will also be offering a few special events:

Saturday, January 17, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm:  Flashback matinee 1936 including a Looney Tunes cartoon, authentic newsreels and feature film “My Man Godfrey”

Saturday, February 7, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm:  Flashback matinee 1945 including a Looney Tunes cartoon, authentic newsreels and feature “And Then There Were None”butterfly

Thursday February 19, 7:00 – 8:00 pm: Planning a Butterfly Garden program presented by master gardener Lisa Reuvers

Holiday hours

The holiday season is on us again.  Your library staff will be celebrating with our families and hope you will, too.  Here are our special holiday hours:ChristmasSantaRetro-GraphicsFairy1red1

Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)        CLOSED
Christmas Day (Dec. 25)       CLOSED
New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)       Reduced hours of 12-4 pm
New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)         CLOSED

Otherwise, we will be open as usual, including our regular story times on Tuesday evening at 6:30 and Friday morning at 10:30.

Happy holidays from all of us to all of you! tree_18

4H Book Drive

The Wheatland Wheaties are once again sponsoring a book drive to collect donations for th2_large_glossy_bookse Lonsdale Public Library.  A collection bin will be available at Fred’s Market Place Foods in Lonsdale from December 13th through January 10th.  We would prefer new (last five years) books, CDs and DVDs in good condition.  Please no encyclopedias or magazines.  If you have questions, please contact the library at 507-744-5977.

Holidays in Czech Republic and Slovakia

Where:  LUkrainian-Egg-Decorating-Part-I1-150x150onsdale Public Library large meeting room
When:  Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6:30-7:30 pm
Free admission

Join us for  a discussion of the holiday traditions of the Czech Republic and Slovakia presented by Daniela Mahoney, egg artist and cultural educator.  Topics will include Masopust, Easter, Night of the WitCzech straw ornamentches, Ride of the Kings, Celebration of the Souls, Svatý Mikuláš and New Year!  Gift items will be for sale and hand-made egg ornaments can be personalized following the lecture.

Sponsored by the Czech Heritage Club, www.czechheritageclub.com.


We E._Stuart_Hardy_4will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but open our regular hours Friday and Saturday.  That includes our regular Friday morning story time at 10:30 am.

So relax and enjoy your turkey on Thursday.  Then skip the crowds on Friday and come to the library where (as long as you return your items on time) everything is always free!

Lonsdale history scrapbooks

Attention genealogists and local history enthusiasts!  We have a collection of scrapbooks with newspaper clippings about Lonsdale and the surrounding area.  The books were put together by local resident Adeline Jasan and donated to the library by her daughter, Sandra McPhee.  The articles date from approximately 1954-2005 and cover a broad range of local happenings.

Scrapbooks 11-12-14 001Even better, with the ongoing help of volunteers including members of the Tri-City United National Honor Society, we are developing an index by name and type of article.  You can find a link to the index on the right column of our main page.  You can use ctrl-F to search by name or keyword.  (Try searching for your last name.  The common Czech names have lots of hits!)

The index is still in process, so it is not complete.  We welcome new volunteer indexers, too!