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,


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!

Food for Fines!

Food for Fines!  November 4-8, 2014

fiber-clipart-McLLLxjKi Have library overdue fees you would like to get rid of?  The Lonsdale Public Library is offering a week-long “Food for Fines” event.  During the week of November 4-8 support  the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf by donating items or money at the library and have your fines forgiven.  Non-perishable foods and personal care items welcomed, only non-expired items please.  For any size donation, the library will waive up to $10 in latLonsdale Food Shelfe fees per card or $25 per family.  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!

Minnesota History Player Harriet Bishop

What:  Minnesota History Player Harriet Bishop
When:  Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Time: 7:00 pm
Where: Lonsdale Public Library


St. Paul’s first schoolteacher

In 1847, Harriet Bishop became St Paul’s first public school teacher when she moved from Vermont to what would become the territory and eventually the state of Minnesota. As a devout Baptist committed to social reform, she helped establish many charitable societies in St Paul and promoted the causes of temperance and woman suffrage. She played a vital role in the congregation of St Paul’s First Baptist Church and opened the first Sunday school in St Paul upon her arrival.


She will discuss:

  • The role of women in American frontier education
  • The differences and similarities between school in the 19th and 21st centuries
  • The diverse peoples who lived in St. Paul during Minnesota’s territorial years
  • The mid-19th century experience of leaving one’s home behind to move to a new territory