Hot Reads for Cold Nights 2017

January 10-February 18, 2017

It’s time 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 Hot Reads mug plus your choice of book and one grand prize of a Hot Reads tote bag filled with a magnet, mug, book lover’s calendar and your choice of book.  You receive one entry for the prize drawings just for signing up.  You can earn more entries by playing book bingo.


Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00 pm:  Adventures Down Under.  Your librarian Marguerite Moran shares pictures and facts about her vist to Australia and New Zealand.  There will be coffee and treats.

Saturday, January 21st at 10:00 am: Flashback Matinee.  Enjoy a 1940 moviegoing experience complete with cartoon, newsreel and His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.  There will be popcorn and lemonade.

Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm:  Social Hour.  We will have coloring for grown-ups, snacks and a mocktail bar.  Leave your worries at home and relax with friends.

Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 pm:  Local author Taha M. Muhammad will share his book We Survived Iraq and Turkey: Long Road to Freedom.  He will have copies of the book for sale.

For more information, follow us on Facebook, see our website:, or contact the library at 507-744-3977.


Food for Fines, Dec. 6-10

Food for Fines!  December 6-10, 2016

Want to wipe awaygingerbread-borders1v your library fines while also doing a good deed?  The Lonsdale Public Library is again offering our semi-annual week-long “Food for Fines” event.  During the week of December 6-10 support the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf by donating items or money at the library and have your fines forgiven up to $10 per card.  Non-perishable foods and personal care items welcomed, only non-expired items please.  Think about making someone’s day by donating store-bought holiday treats such as nuts, candy or cookies! Please note that we can only waive late fees, not lost item fees, and only for fines imposed by Lonsdale Public Library.  Any size donation is welcome and will help your friends and neighbors!



It’s good to be back!

I want to say thank you to the fantastic staff of the Lonsdale Public Library (Susan, Darlene, Ali and special guest star Penny) for doing a bang-up job while I was “down under” in Australia and New Zealand.  I did many interesting things, but my favorite was my visit to Hobbiton.  All you Lord of the Rings fans should recognize whose house I am standing in front of here.

14666302_10154858573014767_7985148625654193408_nIt’s great to be back!  We are planning some fun things at the library this winter and spring, so stay tuned.




Meet your new library staff!










Susan, Penny, Darlene, Marguerite and Ali

We  recently said goodbye to Alli Nickel, who has been our shelver for the last year.  We will miss her quiet charm and great work ethic.  She is off to Hamline University, so we expect great things.  Good luck, Alli!

We welcome Ali Geist as our next shelver.  You may know her already from her volunteer work running craft sessions for the summer reading program.  Welcome, Ali!

Marguerite is off on a two-month adventure abroad, so our own Susan Watts will be in charge through the end of October.  Good luck, Susan!

Finally, we welcome Penny Matchinski, who will be filling in as a temporary library technician for September and October.  As a library power-user, we’re sure she’ll hit the ground running.  Welcome, Penny!

P.S.: Darlene Smisek will continue to be the one and only Darlene Smisek.  Way to go, Darlene!

Goodbye Summer Reading 2016

Read for the Win is finished.  It’s sad to see it go,  but we all have lots to be proud of.  We had 311 kids sign up and 92 finish all five levels.  That’s thousands of reading hours!  We offered 12 events that were attended by 592 people.  Thanks again to all of the kids and young adults who participated, the parents and caregivers, and particularly the volunteers!

Opening day pizza party and field games

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Domácí Czech Folk Dancers

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Tori’s Precious Pets (photo courtesy of Lori Nickel and the Lonsdale Area News-Review)

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Remarkable Reptiles

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Mad Science MN

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Kids also made lots of crafts like Olympic ring collages and megaphones!

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