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Check us out online!

Just because we can’t host large gatherings doesn’t mean we’ve forgotten about our patrons. Check out our Facebook page every week for library interactions!

Monday at 6:30pm – Storytime with Susan and Lois
Wednesday at 3:30pm – Book chat with Marguerite or Penny

Storytime play dough recipe

Check out Susan’s “under the snow” storytime on our Facebook page.  Then make her cool hedgehog craft using this super-easy recipe for play dough.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/4 cup of salt
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 3-5 drops of natural food coloring

Instructions:

  1.  Mix together the flour and the salt.
  2. Mix together 1/2 cup of warm water with a few drops of food coloring.  (We tried to get brown by mixing red, blue and yellow, but the results were not great.  Basically, pick a color you like and go for it!)
  3. Slowly pour the water into the flour mixture, stirring as you pour.  Stir until combined, then knead with your hands until the flour is completely absorbed.  If the dough is too sticky, add more flour until it doesn’t stick at all.

Adopted from a recipe at diynaturals.com.

What to do when you’re stuck at home

Hello friends,

I hope you’re all staying safe during these tough times.  I expect a lot of you are stuck at home, with or without kids.  What can you do to keep entertained and enlightened?  Here are some resources that may help.

Read ebooks:

As I hope you already know, you can use your library card to check out ebooks and e-audiobooks from our collection.  Use the free Libby app to download.  Want to get started with electronic content?  Check out this user guide that will talk you through the process on your type of device.

You can find more free content on Ebooks Minnesota, a collection of books from Minnesota’s independent publishers.  Get started by browsing by category.

Classics are available to download or read online from Project Gutenberg.

Desperate for wifi?  Our network is still up and available.  You should be able to pull up your vehicle and use it from the parking lot.

Physical books and more:

We have carts in the entryway of the library loaded with books, puzzles and activity sheets.  They are all free for the taking.  There is also a little free library downtown by the Veterans’ Memorial.

Online learning and entertainment for kids and adults:

Scholastic Learn At Home has lots of free projects by grade level.

Junior Library Guild has opened access to their ebooks for kids and young adults.

Educational publisher Abdo has provided free access to all of their ebooks and databases through June to keep kids reading.  Find books for PreK-8 and 5-12.  Also, check out the Zoom research database for beginning readers.

Nickelodeon has a site with activities including Spongebob’s handwashing lesson.

Why not take a virtual tour of the world’s great museums?

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can start a free online course from an Ivy League University.

Lots of streaming services are offering special content.    Amazon Prime is offering free kids content even to non-subscribers.  Other services are extending their free trials to 30 days.  Explore this list from Slate.

This NPR article lists more, including theater, learning and workout sites.

Coffee and Conversation

Coffee and Conversation

Second and fourth Wednesday of each month
11 am – 1 pm

Starting in September, drop in to the library for a hot beverage and a chance to meet new friends or visit old ones.  Bring your knitting or your book, a board game or an article you want to talk about.  We will provide the coffee and tea, you provide your own lunch or a treat to share.

Does this all sound a little vague?  Good.  This will be your group, and we want you to shape it.  Everyone is welcome!

Summer Reading Program update

We are approaching the halfway point in our Universe of Stories summer reading program.  We have 284 kids registered, but our goal is 325 so tell your friends!

Let’s take a look back and then a look forward.

June 7th: Pizza Party kickoff

We welcomed 133 people.  Kids signed up for the summer reading program and trained like an astronaut.  Everyone enjoyed pizza cooked and served by the Lonsdale Lions.  Thanks, Lions!  And thanks to the anonymous donor who provided the pizzas!  And thanks to Mackenthun’s for helping us out with drinks and ice!

June 20th: Eagle Bluff Starlab Planetarium

An amazing 142 people visited the planetarium to learn about the universe.

June 25th and 26th: Escape room

A space pirate escape room for kids 10 and up attracted 18 kids to five separate sessions.  They all escaped!

Weekly events

Maker Mondays encourage school-age kids to explore their creativity.

Tuesday evening family movies are fun for all ages.

Teens ‘n Tweens do crafts and activities just for them.

Coming soon

Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 pm: Remarkable Reptiles

Your friend and mine, Jim Gerholdt, will be back with his snakes, lizards and turtles.

Friday, July 19, 1:00 pm: Ice Cream Social

We will close the program again with ice cream and good company.

Weekly events will continue every week through the end of the program on July 19th.

We’ve given out 167 prizes, but we have LOTS more, so keep reading!  Thanks to Subway and Casey’s for our delicious third prizes!