Computer tutoring at the library

Computer tutoring at the library

Join us for one-on-one computer instruction.  If you need help getting started with computers in general or need to learn about a particular program, we would be glad to help you.  You name the topic, and we’ll work together on one of our computers.

Our volunteer tutor is available on the third Wednesday of the month from 3-6 pm.  An appointment is strongly suggested.  Please contact the library at 507-744-3977 or email Marguerite Moran to schedule your session.

Some topics that we can help with:

  • Computer basics: What’s this mouse thing for again?
  • e-mail basics
  • Microsoft Word
  • Excel (spreadsheets)
  • Internet search strategies
  • Getting started with Overdrive (e-books)

Are you a computer whiz who would like to help teach others?  We could always use more volunteers.

Food for Fines

FOOD FOR FINES
November 28 – December 2

It’s time once again for that magical week when your fines can be forgiven at the same time as you do a good deed.  The Lonsdale Public Library is again offering our semi-annual week-long “Food for Fines” event.  During the week of November 28 – December 2 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.

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!

New DVD policies

Free the DVDs!  We have some new policies that you may enjoy.  We have lifted the three item limit, so you can check as many DVDs as you think you can watch in three weeks.  You can also now return DVDs in the book drop.  Get ready to binge!

Halloween Party

Halloween is just around the corner.  Join us on Friday, October 27th at the library for our annual spooky celebration.

We will be making crafts and playing games from 4:00-6:00.  All ages are welcome.  Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory.

 

 

 

 

 

We will also have some fun activities and giveaways going on all day, so drop by anytime.  And don’t forget our spooky(-ish) storytime at 10:30.

Jeopardy party!

Your librarian, Marguerite, is going to be on Jeopardy!  Join us Wednesday, October 4th at 4:30 to watch the episode live.  Stick around afterward to ask Marguerite questions about the experience or bring a trivia question to stump her!  We will have free popcorn and pop for all.

Free Clip Art Trivia Game

Get involved with the library!

We have two opening for volunteer positions to influence the future of your library.

Lonsdale Public Library Board

Help shape the library as a member of our board.

  • Attend monthly meetings to oversee the library’s budget and operations
  • Interview and hire new employees
  • Advocate for the library in the community

Board members are appointed by the Mayor.   You must be a resident of the city of Lonsdale.  Please fill out this application:  City Board Application and return it to City Hall.

SELCO Advisory Board

Help influence library services at a broader level by getting involved with our regional library system.

  • Attend quarterly meetings to oversee SELCO’s budget and operations
  • Serve on committees to shape the region’s future library services
  • Advocate for libraries

Lonsdale’s SELCO representative is appointed by the Library Board.  Please contact the library if you are interested or need more information.

We’re hiring a shelver!

LONSDALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
LIBRARY SHELVER OPENING

The Lonsdale Public Library Board is accepting applications for a part-time (8-12 hours per week) Library Shelver to shelve materials, process, help with programs & assist staff.  Minimum qualifications: High School diploma or GED or current high school student and familiarity with libraries. Availability during library hours required.

Starting salary: $10.58/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, August 11, 2017.

Application

If the link above doen’st work, contact Lonsdale Public Library at 507-744-3977 or City Hall at 507-744-2327 for a job application.

Summer reading program update

Here we are halfway through summer reading 2017.  We have 269 young people signed up from ages less than 1 to 17.  We’ve already given away more that 200 prizes and had 8 enterprising young readers who have finished all five levels!

We’ve also done lots of fun activities:


We learned traditional Czech and Slovak dances from the Domácí Czech Folk Dancers.


We painted with marbles.


We met Harper, a service dog in training.


We made robots out of boxes and tinfoil.


We learned about all kinds of reptiles…


…and made friends with a boa constrictor.

 


We built marble mazes out of cardboard and drinking straws.

And that’s only the first half.  We’ve got lots more to come.

Wednesday, July 5th at 2:00 pm:  Crafts including catapults and spectroscopes

Friday, July 7th at 1:00 pm: Mad Science MN presents Phantastic Physics

Wednesday, July 12th at 2:00 pm: Crafts including necklaces and race cars

Wednesday, July 19th at 1:00 pm: You Can Build It fair

Wednesday, July 19th at 2:00 pm: Crafts including painting with nuts and bolts