Hello library friends. We hope you are all doing well. Restrictions are slowly loosening, but the world is still different and likely will be for a long while. Thanks for letting us continue to be a part of your lives.
Library update: We continue to do no-contact pickup in the lobby. If you want to request items or have questions, give us a call at 507-744-3977. More updates when circumstances change.
Summer reading update: There will be a summer reading program, but it will look very different. What won’t be different is the fun and learning. Look for an entry with more details coming soon.
Meanwhile, here are some more fun things to do right now in the real word and the virtual world.
Real world stuff:
I know a lot of you are taking regular walks, especially now that the weather seems to be changing. One fun way to entertain kids on your walk is to make a bracelet of duct tape, sticky side out, and attach pretty flowers and plants you find. Check out The Kitchen Pantry Scientist for more information.
Fun for little hands on a warm day is this activity that may be familiar to attendees of our Hands-On Science group. Put a few small plastic toys in a freezable container, cover in water and freeze. When you’re ready, take them out to the lawn on a sunny day along with some water and tools like eyedroppers or squeeze bottles. Kids will love melting them free. Little Bins for Little Hands has more specific ideas.
The outdoors is great for messy crafts, like squirt gun painting, acrylic paint sun prints, and DIY yard Yahtzee.
Shop local! Maybe consider a gift certificate if your favorite business is not open yet.
These virtual walks in Yellowstone National Park are beautiful and relaxing.
When you’ve done all of your jigsaw puzzles and visited the library’s puzzle exchange so often you’ve done all of those, too, but you still have a hankering, check out JigZone for free online puzzles.
Learn to dock a spacecraft with this Space X simulator.
See Prince and the Revolution “live” in concert on YouTube and donate to COVID-19 relief.