The library will be closed Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.
The summer reading program is a big deal and we couldn’t do it without help. We are looking for volunteers, teens or adults, who are interested in helping out. You can help at the kickoff cookout, help out with crafts and activities on Maker Mondays or come in at a time of your choosing to prepare craft materials for the next week. If you’re interested, please call the library at 507-744-2977 or let us know in person.
Lonsdale Public Library
Summer Reading Program
Friday, June 10-Saturday, July 23
The summer reading program is back in person! We will have reading logs, weekly events, special events, grand prize drawings–everything we’ve been missing! Everyone from babes in arms through age 18 is welcome to participate.
(We will continue to make masks available for adults and children, but they are not required. If you would like a take-home version of a weekly craft, please let us know and we will do our best to accomodate you.)
We will again have a selection of grand prize baskets for different ages. Kids get to enter a drawing for the basket of their choice just by signing up, and can earn another entry for every page they complete in their reading log. We have logs for pre-readers, readers, and teens. Get your choice of book just by signing up! Logs must be turned in by 2 pm on July 23rd to get entries.
All events are at the library unless noted otherwise
Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 am: Chione Quintet Storytime
(Yes, this is technically before the kickoff, but it’s too much fun to miss!) Join us for a special musical storytime based on Minnesota author Ka Vang’s Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon. All ages.
Friday, June 10 at 12:00 pm: Summer Reading Kickoff Cookout at Sticha Park
Drop by Sticha Park for hotdogs, chips, lemonade and literacy! Eat, play games and sign up for the summer reading program all in one. All ages.
Learn about the importance of pollinators and what you can do to help with this hands-on learning event from the Rice County Extension Service. Best for ages 5-10.
Thursday, June 23 – Saturday, June 25 (multiple sessions): Summer Camp Treasure Hunt Escape Room
Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 pm: Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Join us for a special evening storytime at 6:30, then drop off your stuffed friend to spend the night having adventures in the library. Best for ages 3-6.
Tuesday, July 12 at 11:00 am: Live Eagle Program at Lonsdale Elementary School
An interpreter from the National Eagle Center shares an entertaining presentation all about eagle biology, ecology and natural history complete with live eagle. Event held in the gym at Lonsdale Elementary School. All ages.
We wrap up the program with ice cream and fun at Sticha Park. All ages.
Our weekly get-together for ages 6-10. We will make crafts and do some other fun activities. (Note: We will have Maker Monday on Tuesday, July 5th because of the holiday.)
Teens ‘n Tweens Thursday at 1:00 pm
This weekly event for ages 11+ will do crafts and activities aimed at an older audience.
Learn coding by working on self-directed projects. Ages 8-12 can learn Scratch or Dot and Dash robots. 13 and up may learn Python or advanced projects. Bring your own device. (If you are interested but don’t have a device, contact the library and we will try to arrange use of one for you.)
Friday Storytime at 10:30 am
Don’t forget out pre-school storytime, which will continue during the summer. Books, songs, fingerplays and crafts!
Our book group has chosen The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal as our next book. First, come to the library June 1st at 6:00 for a talk by the author, then come back June 2nd for book group to discuss the book!
Due to nasty weather last time, we’re going to try this toddler storytime again! Wednesday, 4/27, at 10:30am. We’ll read, we’ll sing, we’ll get goofy! For more info, refer to this post. See you there!
The Library Board meets on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm at the library. These meetings are open to the public. This month we will also have a Zoom option. Please contact the library for a link.
Introducing Toddler Storytime!
You know our preschool storytime every Friday morning. But lately we’ve been seeing more toddlers, so we wanted to create something new just for you!
Designed for ages 18 months-3 years, Toddler Storytime will feature more interactive music and movement to keep young participants engaged.
We will start with one a month and consider expanding if there is interest. So, mark your calendars for our premiere…
Q: So, what age is your Friday storytime designed for?
A: Friday storytimes are designed for preschoolers aged 3-5. (That said, we understand that caregivers often bring the whole family and do our best to accomodate everyone.)
Q: Do we need to pre-register?
A: No, just come on Wednesday, March 30th with your toddler in tow.
Q: What is the value of storytimes?
A: Long before they begin to read, young children can learn how sounds make words and how stories work. Building these early literacy skills will help them grow and learn. Also, it’s both fun and good for your toddlers to explore and play with you and their peers.