Our book group will be reading Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by John Krakauer as our next book. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, February 19th at 1:00 at the library. Everyone is welcome!
Chill Out with a Hot Book
It’s time again for our annual reading program for adults, Chill Out with a Hot Book. The program is open to anyone 18 or older in the greater Lonsdale area with a library card. Don’t have a card? We would be glad to sign you up for one.
We will be playing book bingo: Read books in the right categories, cross them off, finish a bingo, and collect a fun giveaway like tea or a mini candy bar. Plus, each bingo gets you another entry in our grand prize drawing. At the end of the program, one participant will win a gift basket full of cool bookish stuff!
We’ll also be offering fun events to fill those long winter evenings. Everything is always free!
Every Tuesday at 6:00 pm
You do not have to be registered for the winter reading program to participate in events.
January 14: Bingo: Join us for some classic bingo with fun prizes.
January 21: Craft: Guest artist Terinee Stangler will help you create your own beaded bracelet. All supplies provided; donations welcome. Recommended for ages 13+. (8-12 okay with parent.) Limit of 20 participants. Please pre-register; just call the library.
January 28: TV Trivia: The Decades: Create a team or come alone and join one. We will cover the 1960s through the 2000s, so bring the whole family! Fun prizes! Pre-registration encouraged.
February 4: Adult Coloring: We will provide some cool coloring sheets, markers and colored pencils and free refreshments. Bring your friends for a nice, relaxing night.
February 11: Chocolate Tasting: Expand your palate with a blind tasting of a variety of chocolate treats.
February 18: Harry Potter Escape Room: Try out an escape room without paying big bucks. This room, set in the Harry Potter universe, will be suitable for teens through adults. We will run multiple sessions at 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Pre-registration required. Maximum of six people per session.
The holidays are fast approaching and so is the snow. We may settle in for the season, but we’re still keeping busy. Here are the events at your library this month.
Monday, November 4th at 1:00 pm: Classic Movie Matinee
Ninotchka starring Greta Garbo
This delightful comedy satirized the Soviet Union, with Garbo playing a no-nonsense official who finds herself seduced by Paris and by one Count in particular.
Wednesday, November 6th at 10:30: Hands-On Science
The theme this month is food! We will try our hands at making butter along with some other edible experiments. Best for ages 18 months-5 years.
Friday, November 8th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Minnesota animals in winter.
Wednesday, November 13th at 11:00: Coffee and Conversation
Get to know your neighbors over a hot beverage.
Friday, November 15th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Where the Wild Things Are!
Saturday, November 16th at 11:00: Family Matinee
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Max the terrier encounters canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey when he visits the countryside. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses. Free and fun for the whole family. Free popcorn!
Wednesday, November 20th at 1:00: Book Group
Our book group for adults will discuss Persepolis, a graphic novel memoir of life in revolutionary Iran. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30: Library Board Meeting
If you’re curious about how the library runs or interested in joining the board, you can join us any month at our meeting.
Thursday, November 21st at 6:00: Writing Group
We have a small, but enthusiastic group of writers who share our work. It is a non-judgmental space. Writers of any genre or experience level are welcome.
Friday, November 22nd at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 27th at 11:00: Coffee and Conversation
Bring your friends or make new ones over a hot beverage.
Friday, November 29th all day: Drop-in crafts
Skipping the shopping hordes? Need to get the kids out of the house? Come to the library and make some crafts.
Friday, November 29th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is courage.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s concert!
Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 pm
Lonsdale Crawl Passport around Town
Thursday, October 17, 4:00-7:30
The library will be participating in the Lonsdale Crawl again this year. We will have treats and a simple but fun activity to earn your passport stamp. Come see us!
How to Trace Your Family Tree on FamilySearch.org
Tuesday, October 29 at 6:00 pm
You don’t need to spend a lot of money to research your family history. FamilySearch.org, a free site, has a large, growing collection of historic records, books, photos and family trees. In this class, you’ll learn how to search the databases on FamilySearch and how to share and preserve your own family’s photographs and historic records on the website.
Gao Hong and Issam Rafea
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm
Lonsdale Public Library
Blending music and hearts from Syria and China, the Gao Hong and Issam Rafea Duo brings together two master world musicians who explore the common bond between their two instruments and creative visions. Issam’s instrument, the Arabic lute called the oud, and Gao Hong’s instrument, the Chinese four-stringed lute called the pipa, originated from the same ancient instrument – the Persian barbat.
Since they only improvise live compositions, no two performances from the duo are ever exactly the same. In concerts, they ask for titles from audience members and then create instantaneous site-and audience-specific pieces based on the suggested titles.
In their presentation they will introduce their instruments and discuss their unique approach to performance. Both artists are wonderful composers, and this helps each anticipate what the other will do in their improvisations. Since nothing is discussed or prepared for in advance, the audience experiences one-of-a-kind musical experiences that will never be repeated.
Monday, September 9
Come to the library to enjoy a classic movie and some free popcorn. This month we will enjoy the delightful comedy It Happened One Night. Starring Claudette Colbert as a pampered socialite who falls for a roguish reporter played by Clark Gable, it swept the major category Oscars in 1934.
Already have a card? Great! We will be offering a special patron appreciation week, including a fine amnesty. Bring your card in to the library (Yes, you must bring your card!) during the week of September 9th through September 14th and we will forgive your late fees from our library. We are not able to forgive fines from other libraries or lost item fees.
Coffee and Conversation
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!