All posts by Marguerite

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!


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.


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


Remarkable Reptiles

Remarkable Reptiles


Wednesday, June 28 at 1:00 pm


A perennial favorite, local reptile expert Jim Gerholdt, will be back to visit with some of his friends.  And his friends are snakes, lizards and turtles!  Kids will learn about these fascinating creatures, and maybe even get to pet a boa constrictor!  All ages are welcome.











And you may want to stick around afterwards, because we’re making crafts at 2:00.

Domáci Czech Dancers

Domáci Czech Dancers
Wednesday, June 14, 1:00-2:00

We are delighted to welcome back the Domáci Czech Folk Dancers, a local group of young people who interpret traditional Czech dances, complete with authentic music and costumes.  Kids who attend may even get a chance to learn a dance of their own.  All ages are welcome, even grown-ups!

Also, feel free to stick around and join us for the first of our weekly summer reading craft sessions at 2:00.  Our theme for the first week is art, so plan on making mosaics and painting with marbles.  All events and supplies are free.  Projects designed for ages 5-10, but everyone is welcome.

Pizza Party

Summer reading arrived as usual with a big pizza party full of food, games, and fun!  We had food, did some science experiments, played some games, and signed up for the summer reading program!  There’s lots more summer reading fun to come, so come back soon!

Special thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible: the Lonsdale Lions, who come back every year to cook and serve pizzas, all the many grown-up and teen (and younger!) volunteers who helped keep everything moving smoothly and the fun happening, and all the parents and caregivers who took the time to bring the kids in.  We couldn’t do it without you!

We started the day with a special outdoor storytime with really big books.

Everybody got in on the action.

We ate a lot of pizza!

The Lonsdale Lions did all the cooking and serving.  Thank you, Lions!  (Hey, is that they mayor?)

Eating pizza with your friends is good!

You know what else is good?  Building things out of Legos and making crafts!

And making slime is pretty great!

But best of all is signing up to get awesome free prizes just for reading or having someone read to you!

Don’t forget: summer reading runs through July 22nd, so sign up and start keeping track of those minutes.

Story room

Meet our new(ly designated) story room and study space.  Formerly a seldom-used small meeting room, the story room has been re-envisioned as a fun place to relax and play or buckle down and study–your choice!

  • Join us here for story times Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings.
  • Kids and families can play and relax here anytime the door is open.
  • If you want a quiet space to study or meet, you can sign up at the library on a first-come, first-served basis.