Hands-On Science

WHAT: STEAM for pre-schoolers
WHO: Kids aged 2-5
WHEN: The first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am
WHERE: Lonsdale Public Library

Pre-schoolers are born scientists: they love to ask questions, explore and learn.  We want to feed that with an hour-long drop-in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) program for young hands.  Every month we will have several activities with a shared theme.  No pre-registration is required, but we do ask an adult caregiver to stay with their little e xplorer.

Free and open to all!





Join the library board!

Be a part of our board!

The Lonsdale Public Library Board is looking for a member starting in May.  It’s a great way to get involved in your community!

What are the responsibilities?

  • Attend a monthly board meeting every month on the third Wednesday at 6:30 pm
  • Guide the goals and strategies of the library

What are the qualifications?

  • Live in Lonsdale or Erin, Forest, Webster or Wheatland Townships
  • Care about the library and the community

You can download the application HERE or pick one up at the library or City Hall.  Thanks for being part of our team!

Gao Hong Chinese Pipa Concert

Gao Hong

Thursday, May 3
6:30-7:30 pm
Lonsdale Public Library

Join us for a free concert by world-renowned musician Gao Hong as she plays the Chinese pipa, a traditional lute.  The show is free and appropriate for all ages.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Gao Hong Library Poster LONSDALE


Beanie Babies!

You know you can check out books at the library.  You know you can check out movies at the library.  You know you can check out magazines at the library.  You know you can check out e-books at the library.  But now you can also check out Beanie Babies at the library!  They were so excited that they ran all over the library having fun.

Celebrating our birthday!


Doing a puzzle!

Reading a book together!

They can’t wait to visit your house and see what kind of adventures you can have together.  Stop by and check one out!

Peter Geye event

Thanks to everyone who came out for our author event.   Peter Geye gave a very interesting talk and the audience asked some very thoughtful questions.
























Peter Geye

Peter Geye
Lonsdale Public Library
Thursday, April 12
7:00 pm

Join us for an evening with award-winning Minnesota author Peter Geye.  He will read from his most recent book , Wintering.

Peter Geye is the author of Safe from the Sea (Unbridled Books, 2010) which won the Indie Lit Award for fiction, The Lighthouse Road (Unbridled Books, 2012) which won the Northeast Minnesota Book Award for fiction and was also a World Book Night selection in 2014, and Wintering which won the Minnesota Book Award, the Northeast Minnesota Book Award, and the Midwest Bookseller Choice awards. He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He was born and raised in Minneapolis where he still lives. He’s the proud parent of three great kids.

Food for Fines


We are celebrating our birthday the week of April 10-14.  We’re 8!  As usual, we are asking you for gifts of donations to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf.  Please drop off your unexpired non-perishable food and/or personal care items at the library that week.  For any size donation, we will waive up to $10 per card of late fees from Lonsdale Public Library.  We cannot waive lost item charges or fees from other libraries.

Planning to join us for author Peter Geye on Thursday, April 12th at 7:00 pm?  Good idea!  That’s a good chance to bring in some donations!