UPDATE: It looks like there were a few glitches in the initial release. I apologize if you were marked wrong for a question you got right. It should be fixed now.
It’s our birthday week here at the library. We’re 10!
We would like to be celebrating in person, but it’s more important to keep our neighbors safe. Still, we can have some fun together. How about a TV trivia quiz? We have questions by decade, so there should be something for everyone. Be sure to visit us on Facebook to brag about your score!
As you may know, our library has a book group for grownups. We usually meet on the third Wednesday of each month. Since that’s not possible right now, let’s meet online! You don’t have to already be a member to join in.
Since we can’t order copies of the book while libraries are closed, we will read something available online for free. Let’s lighten our mood with the classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde. You can download a copy for free from Project Gutenberg. https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/844
Get a start reading and we’ll post discussion questions soon. Take care, 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.
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?
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.
Did you know that we show a classic movie on the first Monday of every month? If you’re hanging around the house looking for something fun to do, come on down. We will even have free popcorn!
What: Classic Movie Monday
When: Monday at 1:00 pm
Where: Lonsdale Public Library meeting room
March 2: Harvey
James Stewart stars as Elwood P. Dowd, a mild-mannered man who just happens to have a six-foot tall invisible rabbit as his best friend. (1950, 1 hour and 44 minutes)
Fred Astaire and Judy Garland star in this charming musical with music by Irving Berlin. (1948, 1 hour and 43 minutes)
May 4: You Can’t Take It With You
Have a laugh with this Frank Capra classic. A wealthy young man gets engaged to a woman with a decidedly eccentric family. (1938, 2 hours and 6 minutes)
Tuesday, February 11
Join us for an evening of chocolate tasting as part of our adult reading program, Chill Out with a Hot Book. We will do a blind taste test of six different types of milk chocolate. Are expensive brands better than the cheap stuff? Let’s find out! We will also sample some exotic flavors…
TV Trivia: The Decades, 1960s-2000s
Tuesday, January 28th, 6:00-7:30
Our trivia night will feature 10 questions per decade about the iconic shows that have made us laugh, cry and think. It’s the perfect activity to share across generations. Put together your own team of up to five or come alone and we’ll hook you up. Every member of the winning team will get to choose a prize from our fabulous selection. You do not have to be registered for the winter reading program or even 18 to play.