Food for Fines! December 8-12, 2015

6ipoAb9AT Want to wipe away 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 8-12 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 asLonsdale Food Shelf 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!

We’re hiring a Library Technician I!


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, December 11, 2015.  Contact Lonsdale Public Library at 507-744-3977 or City Hall at 507-744-2327 for a job application & description, or visit the Library’s web site at  Faxed applications not accepted.

Book Group

Did you know that we have a book group that holidays on iceanyone can join?  We meet once a month on a Wednesday, enjoy a book discussion and some treats and then pick our next book as a group.  The next book we are reading is Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.  Check it out, have a good laugh, and then plan to join us on Wednesday, December 9th at 1 pm at the library.


Thanksgiving Schedule

thanksgiving-clip-art-turkey-with-brown-hatThe library will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26th).  We will, however, be open on Friday and Saturday.  Escape the shopping craziness and drop in for a book or just some peace and quiet.

We will have our regular storytime on Friday at 10:30 am.

Friends of the Library

Friends of the Lonsdale Public Library Meeting

Thursday, November 5thfriends
6:30 pm
Library meeting room

Everyone is welcome.  Refreshments will be served.

This will be a preliminary meeting to recruit members and create a plan for the Friends going forward.  Come and find out what it’s all about.  No experience?  No problem!

What is the Friends of the Library?

The Friends of the Library is a group of library users who care about and support the library.  We need a core group of dedicated volunteers who will help to resurrect the group.   The members can choose a structure, but the Friends will likely need officers.

What needs to be done?

There are some specific tasks that are needed to recreate the friends group including writing a mission statement and bylaws, and applying for 501(c)(3) non-profit status.

What kind of activities do the Friends of the Library do?

The members of the Friends of the Library will get to choose what activities they think are important.  Some common tasks that friends groups do include advocating for the library, raising funds for special projects, and sponsoring programs.

Do I need to donate money?

The Friends of the Library can choose to charge dues or not.  The friends group may also raise money other ways, including the ongoing book sale in the library.

Is the Friends of the Library part of the library?

No.  While the Friends of the Library exists to improve the collections, programs and visibility of the library, the group does not answer to the library, its staff or any government agency.



Halloween Party October 27th!

treat-clipart-halloween3Get ready for our second annual Halloween party at the library.  We will have spooky crafts, and games with creepy prizes for all starting at 5 pm.  Then a special scary storytime at 6:30!  Wear your costume and have your photo taken in our eerie photo booth.  All ages are welcome.  (Honestly, it probably won’t be all that scary, but fun is guaranteed!)



Book Group

Book:970618.00.01:Pic:Supplied:Sun Herald News (22 June). Cover of John Berendt's book "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil".

Did you know that we have a book group? We meet once a month on a Wednesday to discuss a book and enjoy some coffee and treats. We read across different genres, so it’s a fun way to expand your reading list. We will meet at 1 pm on Wednesday, October 14th to discuss Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Join us!

Pic:Supplied:Sun Herald News (22 June).