Read for the Win Summer Reading Program


Summer Reading Program
June 10-July 23, 2016

Summer reading is back!  Studies show that keeping kids reading over the summer helps prevent “summer slide,” helps their reading competency, encourages critical thinking skills, and best of all is loads of fun!

How it works:Kelly poster Eng

Kids and young people from 0-18 can sign up at the library to get a reading log.  For every 15 minutes that they read or are read to, they can cross off a circle on their reading log.  For every 10 circles, they get a prize!

All kids and teens who finish all five prize levels will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card.

All book logs must be returned by noon on July 23 in order to enter drawing.

Event schedule:

Friday, June 10
Special outdoor story time, 10:30- 11:00 (weather permitting)iRead2016-23
Opening day pizza party, 11:00-12:30
We will serve pizza from 11:00 until either the pizza or the interest runs out. Meanwhile, kids can register for our “international library games” and participate in events both inside and out.
Registration for the summer reading program starts at 11:00. No registrations will be accepted before that time.  You can register anytime after that until the program ends.

Wednesday, June 15
Domácí Czech Folk Dancers, 1:00-2:00
Enjoy one of last year’s hits—a visit from the Domácí Czech Folk Dancers, a group of young people who perform traditional Czech dances in costume. They make even teach you a dance!
Craft session, 2:00-3:00

Wednesday, June 22
Tori’s Precious Pets, 1:00-2:00 pm
Get up close and personal with a variety of cuddly (and not-so-cuddly) pets.
Craft session, 2:00-3:00

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Remarkable Reptiles, 1:00-2:00
Our most popular event the last two years is back! Local reptile expert Jim Gerholdt will present and share information about many of his reptile friends.

Craft session, 2:00-3:00


Wednesday, July 6
Craft session, 2:00-3:00

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Mystery of Chemistry from Mad Science MN, 1:00-2:00
See a series of experiments that change, smoke, and spurt!

Wednesday, July 13
Craft session, 2:00-3:00

Wednesday, July 20
Craft session, 2:00-3:00

Every week we will also have new coloring pages and other fun handouts, plus our Tuesday evening and Friday morning
story times.  Be sure to follow us on our website and Facebook for more details and event updates.
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Saturday Hours Changing June 1st

SATIn an effort to be more responsive to the needs of our community, we are changing our Saturday hours.  As of June 1, 2016, we will be open on Saturdays from 10:00-2:00.  So, sleep in, then come down to the library and check out some books and movies for the rest of your weekend!

Monday:         CLOSED
Tuesday:        NOON – 8pm
Wednesday:  NOON – 6pm
Thursday:      NOON – 6pm
Friday:            10am – 6pm
Saturday:       10am – 2pm
Sunday:         CLOSED


Allen Eskens author tour


LIFEWEBURYTensions, twists, and turns: The Life We Bury

Fans of mystery and suspense novels are in for a treat in April!  Author Allen Eskens will visit Lonsdale Public Library on April 21st to discuss his book The Life We Bury, a 2015 Minnesota Book Award finalist for Genre Fiction.

Where: Lonsdale Public Library
When: Thursday, April 21st at 7:00 pm
The event is free and open to the public.  Refreshments will be served.

Suspense Magazine says, “Set against the backdrop of a brutal Minnesota winter, The Life We Bury is much more than a satisfying, suspenseful novel. This story kept me turning the pages, and it touched my heart. The characters are as real as my next-door neighbors, the story compelling, and the writing superb.”

Allen Eskens is a criminal defense attorney from Minnesota who has turned his talent and attention to writing highly evocative and engaging fiction—mysteries with a literary edge. He published his award-winning debut novel The Life We Bury  in the fall of 2014 and his follow-up novel, The Guise of Another is now available. Mr. Eskens has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Minnesota, and a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law.

Come work with us!


The Lonsdale Public Library Board is accepting applications for a part-time (22 hours per week) Library Technician I to work the circulation desk, catalog materials, process inter-library loans, and perform various other library tasks.  Must be meticulous with good people skills and willingness to learn.  Flexible schedule a plus.  Minimum qualifications: High School diploma with two years of library or other applicable experience.  Desired:  Bachelors Degree with four years of library or other applicable experience.

Starting salary: $10-14/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, March 11, 2016.  Drop by the library for an application or download below.


Hot Reads Craft Night

DIY anthropologie scarf 2As part of our ongoing celebration of Hot Reads for Cold Nights, we will be hosting a craft night Tuesday, February 16th at 7:00.  If you have a project you’re working on and want to show it off, or just enjoy some company, bring it along.  If you don’t have a project, we will have a few fun things to work on, like the scarf to the right.  Want to bring the kids?  We can find something fun for them to do, too.HRCN 2016 Web Graphic 2 (728x90)

Board Game Night Rescheduled

Now that the blizzard is behind us, let’s plan a new night for board games.

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Board Game Night
Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 pm

Join us for Trivial Pursuit, Jenga, Scrabble and Yahtzee.  Don’t like those games?  Bring your own!  We will have hot beverages and sweet treats.  This is part of our adult reading program, but feel free to bring the whole family!HRCN 2016 Web Graphic 2 (728x90)

Library is closed!

Due to the blizzard conditions, the library will be closed today, Tuesday, February 1st. The board game event planned for tonight will be rescheduled. There will be no story time tonight or Friday of this week. Stay home and stay safe!

Board game night!

trivpurThe next fun event we have planned for our Hot Reads for Cold Nights program is a board game night, coming up this Tuesday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm.  We will have Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, Jenga and many more fun games, plus some fun treats to nibble on.  Bring the entire family!  As always, everything is totally free!