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COVID tests

Need a COVID rapid test kit?  We have plenty to give away.  Limit of two per household member aged 2+.  Thanks to Rice County Public Health for distributing and Mayo Clinic Health System for donating.

COVID-19 tests available

You can now pick up a rapid COVID-19 test at the library!  The iHealth rapid antigen test is FREE. It detects proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19.

To help keep our community healthy and slow the spread of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has partnered with local community-based organizations to provide free at-home rapid tests to low income Minnesotans.

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends testing for the following reasons:

  • You are feeling symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You had a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • You are testing before going to a large gathering.
  • Even with a negative rapid test result, someone who has symptoms should take a PCR COVID-19 test and should not return to regular activity until symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free for 24 hours. If you test positive or have symptoms, stay home and away from others. Follow the public health guidance about what to do if you are sick .

The test kits expire July 1, 2022.
Tests will be distributed while supplies last.

Summer Reading Program Sneak Peek

Just because the library book sale is over with doesn’t mean the library staff can relax.  Even though it’s barely spring, staff members are busily working on Summer Reading Program 2022: Read Beyond the Beaten Path.  This summer we are planning on having in-person events instead of packets.  We’re also revamping our grand prize baskets, and have some really fantastic prizes in store.  We can’t wait to share them with you, but you’re going to have to wait. Summer Reading Program this year will run from Friday, June 10 through Saturday, July 23.

Food for Fines

Held over for another week!  Bring in your donations through November 13th!

You can donate even if you don’t have library fines.

Food for Fines! | Lonsdale Public Library

Donate any unexpired non-perishable food, household item, or cash to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf and we will waive up to $10 in late fees from our library.  Our Food for Fines program goes until Saturday, November 6, so hurry in to get those fines waived!

Halloween Party

WHEN:  Friday, October 29th, 4-6 pm
WHERE: Lonsdale Public Library
WHAT: Halloween Party!!!

Visit the mad scientist’s laboratory to see creepy experiments, examine terrifying specimens, and drink a potion, if you dare!

Enjoy our indoor amusement park where you can play mini-golf, toss a ball into a monster’s mouth, do some boo bowling or pin the alien in its spaceship!

And don’t forget the library, where we will have crafts for little and not-so-little kids, coloring and worksheets, a spooky photo backdrop, trivia for grown-ups and lots of yummy treats!

Because of the size of the crowd, we ask you to please wear your masks.  Thanks for helping us keep our community safe.

Our Food for Fines drive starts the day of the party and goes until Saturday, November 6th.  Donate any unexpired non-perishable food, household item, or cash to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf and we will waive up to $10 in late fees from our library.

Book Donations Wanted

Do you have books that you’re looking to get rid of?  As long as they are in good condition and are not reference materials, consider donating them to us!  The books that don’t get added to our shelves may be sold at our book sale in February.  The funds from the sale will go towards programming for people of all ages.  Did I mention that your donation is tax-deductible?  To donate, simply bring in the books during our normal library hours.  (No after-hours drop offs, please)