Summer Reading Prizes

When you sign up for the summer reading program, you get a chance to enter a drawing for one of these grand prize baskets.  There’s something for  everybody!  Ages are just suggestions, choose what you like.  (Please note: some items may be a choking hazard for younger children.  Use caution.)

  1. TODDLER BATH TIME (0-3)
  • octopus bath toy
  • patriotic bear
  • sand toys
  • beach ball
  • mermaid duck

  1. LEARNING AND GROWING (2-5)
  • stuffed green crayon
  • rainbow counting bears set
  • Trolls poster set
  • mermaid duck
  • panda hand sanitizer

  1. COLORFUL FUN (4-8)
  • Lite Brite
  • Tonka suncatchers craft kit
  • washable markers
  • jump rope
  • blue winter bear beanie baby

  1. READY FOR A CASTLE (5-10)
  • unicorn plush
  • unicorn water bottle
  • flower sunglasses
  • jump rope
  • Disney princess lip gloss

  1. HAVE FUN, WILL TRAVEL (7-11)
  • Uno travel tin
  • stuffed shark
  • Minions stationary set
  • dinosaur water bottle
  • dinosaur rubber duck

  1. CRAFTY FUN (8-12)
  • jelli rez craft kit
  • heart bear beanie baby
  • Civil War paper dolls
  • washable markers
  • sloth hand sanitizer

  1. OUTDOOR FUN (8-12)
  • pop-pass ball game set
  • Reading Colors Your World drawstring bag
  • flying disc
  • foam football
  • beach ball

  1. BEACH DAY (8-14)
  • donut duck floatie
  • summer fruit crazy straw cup
  • beach ball
  • goggles
  • dinosaur rubber duck

  1. BE PREPARED (10-18)
  • Reading Colors Your World water bottle
  • pocket multi-tool (screwdriver, level, light)
  • color yourself to calmness book
  • Reading Colors Your World mood pen
  • pineapple hand sanitizer

  1. FASHION PASSION (10-18)
  • Reading Colors Your World tote bag
  • fashion through the ages coloring book
  • colored pencils
  • kitty cosmetic bag
  • Wonder Woman candy tin

 

Summer Reading Program Kickoff

READING COLORS YOUR WORLD
SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2O21

Kickoff Party Cookout, Sticha Park, June 7th, 12:00-1:30
Sponsored by Mackenthun’s

We are starting our summer reading program this year with a cookout!  Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and lemonade!  Thanks to Mackenthun’s for helping us out with the food!  We will serve until 1:30 or until the food runs out.  We’ll play some outdoor games and kids 0-18 will have a chance to sign up for summer reading. Come one, come all! All ages.

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Summer Reading Program

Reading Colors Your World!

Summer reading program is back!  This year will be a little different again. Like last year, we will be giving out packets every week with worksheets, crafts, coloring and other fun stuff.  These are divided between pre-readers, readers, and teens/tweens.  When you register, you can enter for a chance to win one of ten grand prize baskets.  After that, you can stop by the library and pick up the right packet for you from the entryway at any time.  There will be videos on Facebook and YouTube each week with demonstrations. We are still being cautious about gathering in large numbers in the library, but we are having several events elsewhere.

Big thanks to Subway and Casey’s for donating prizes and Mackenthun’s for helping with the cost of the cookout!

EVENTS:

Kickoff Party Cookout, Sticha Park, June 7th, 12:00-1:30

We start the whole program off with a cookout.  Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and lemonade!  We will serve until 1:30 or until the food runs out.  We’ll play some outdoor games and you’ll have a chance to sign up for summer reading. Come one, come all! All ages.

Jolly Pops, Sticha Park, June 23rd, 1:00-2:00

The Jolly Pops combine upbeat, original music with a host of children’s standards for a concert that is sure to please kids and adults alike. Take a fun ride with the Happy Dads and their puppet friends as they sing about alligator dancing, popsicles, trains, pet dinosaurs…and more! Aimed at ages 3-8, but all ages welcome.

Remarkable Reptiles, Lonsdale Elementary School Gym, June 30th, 12:00-1:00 and 1:15-2:15

Your friend and ours, Jim Gerholdt, will be back with his snakes, lizards and turtles.  There will be two sessions with limited space.  Please pre-register at  https://tricity.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/63/program_id/15.  All ages.

Ice Cream Social, Sticha Park, July 16th, 12:00-1:00

Join us in the park one last time to close out the year with friends and ice cream!  All ages.

STORYTIMES AND OTHER FUN STUFF:

In person storytimes are back Friday mornings at 10:30 starting June 4th!  We will meet outside the library; just follow the signs. (No storytime on wet days.)  We will have “I Spy” games in the windows, so you can play anytime.  The things to search for will change every week, so come back regularly.  We’re also planning an art gallery of your work!

Once again we ask you not to turn in your reading logs, but encourage you to use them to inspire you to keep reading, learning and exploring!  We will distribute prizes in your weekly packets.  There will also be ten grand prize baskets.  You can choose the grand prize drawing to enter when you sign up. You can register at the library in person, call us at 507-744-3977 or sign up online.  Registration opens June 7th.

New Mask Rules

Masks are no longer required to enter the library.  The health and safety of our staff and patrons remains our first priority. If you have not been vaccinated, you are encouraged to continue to wear a mask.

Please continue to socially distance and stay home if you feel sick or have been exposed to COVID-19.  No-contact pickup is still available on demand.

 

Regular hours return!

It’s been a long time since we could say this, but the library is returning to our regular hours beginning Monday, May 3rd!  Since you may have forgotten , here’s a reminder of what those are:

MONDAY           12-6
TUESDAY          12-8
WEDNESDAY   10-6
THURSDAY       12-6
FRIDAY               10-6
SATURDAY        10-2
SUNDAY             CLOSED

Masks and social distancing requirements are still in effect.  In-person programs are still suspended until further notice.

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day!  We are celebrating by sharing everything you need to grow a plant: a little biodegrable pot, some potting soil and a couple of seeds for either green beans or sunflowers.

Plant kits are free to anyone of any age while supplies last.  We will also be offering a fabulous prize to whoever grows the most magnificent plant, so be sure to share a picture with us when your plant is flourishing!

Book Chat – Podcasts

Our latest book chat by Penny discussed what podcasts are, and some good ones about books.
Podcasts discussed were:
LeVar Burton Reads
Fictional
Myths and Legends
Greeking Out
Professional Book Nerds
What Should I Read Next
The Slowdown
By the Book

Brief mentions were made of: Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day, SFF Yeah!, Hurry Up and Read, Celebrity Book Club, Smart Podcast Trashy Books, Hey YA

Click on any of the above podcasts to be taken to their website, where you can listen to past and present episodes.

Podcasts can also be listened to on cellphones. There are many different apps that can be used to stream a podcast. If you are using your cellphone, it most likely came with a podcast app that you can use. An iphone comes with the apple podcast app while other phones may have Google podcasts.  Some other popular apps that are available through an app store on your phone Stitcher, Spotify, IHeartRadio, PodcastAddict, Pandora, and PodcastGuru.   After you select an app, you can search for the names of the podcasts you want to listen to, and voila! You are then able to listen to episodes of those podcasts.

If you would like to try listening to podcasts, but need a little help getting started, feel free to stop by the library, and Penny would be glad to help you!