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More fun online literacy stuff

I’m sure many of you are sharing your space with antsy kids.  Here are some suggestions of activities that are fun and sneak in some learning.

Lots of great children’s authors are hosting online storytimes.  This article has a list with links.  Search for #OperationStoryTime on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to find more.

Storyline Online features celebrities reading picture books.  Many are perfect for kindergarten through third grade.

We can’t get out to the Minnesota Zoo, but they do have some excellent learning resources to use online and download.

How about concerts from children’s musicians?  This website has an updated list of dates and times.  Many are free, but some request donations and others may require a small fee.

Math can be fun!  Cool Math 4 Kids has games to make practicing grade school math entertaining.

You may remember Highlights magazine from your childhood, since they’ve been around since 1946.  Their website has games, learning, real world activity suggestions and more for ages 6-12.

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.

Book Group

The next book group book is The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland.  Our next meeting will be March 18th.

The public book group meets every month on the third Wednesday at 1:00 pm.  Everyone is  always welcome!  (And we have treats.)

Book Group

Our book group is a lot of fun.  We meet on the third Thursday every month.  For December we are reading Founding Mothers:  The  Women  Who  Raised Our Nation by Cokie Roberts.  Plan to join us on December 18th at 1:00 pm.

 

What’s up in November

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.

Monday, November 11th: Closed for Veterans’ Day

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.

Thursday, November 28th: closed for Thanksgiving

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.

Fine Forgiveness Week

Fine Forgiveness Week
September 9-14

 

Bring in your library card all week and we will forgive all of your late fees from our library.  We cannot forgive fines from other libraries or the cost of lost items.

Have books you’re embarassed to bring back because they’re SO late?  Now’s the time to return them!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Reading Program 2019

SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2019

Friday, June 7 – Friday, July 19

Our annual reading program for ages 0-18 is back!  There are a lot of good, responsible reasons to keep reading during the summer.¹  But the important part is that reading is fun, and it’s even more fun to get rewards and participate in awesome activities at the same time!

How it works:  Starting June 7th, you can register and pick up a reading log.  We have special logs for readers, pre-readers and teens. Complete the tasks on your reading log. For every ten tasks you earn a prize.  You can collect four prizes total, plus finish all the levels to enter a drawing for your choice of our awesome grand prize baskets.  All book logs must be returned by 6 pm on July 19 in order to enter drawing.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Friday, June 7, 10:30/11:00: Pizza Party

Come at 10:30 for a special outdoor story time, then enjoy free pizza and lemonade starting at 11:00.  We will also have activities going on inside and out, so plan to stick around for a while.  All ages.

Thursday, June 20, 1:00, 2:15, 3:30: STARLAB Planetarium

Experience a real inflatable planetarium to learn about stars and constellations.  Because space is limited, there will be three sessions.  NOTE: This program will take place at Lonsdale Elementary School.  There is no charge, but you must pre-register at: https://www.tcu2905.us/page/4231.  Be sure to select Lonsdale and take note of your session time.  All ages.

Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00: Escape Room

You must solve puzzles to escape and save the day in this space-themed adventure.  Pre-registration strongly recommended.  Best for ages 10-14.

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

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

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

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

WEEKLY EVENTS:

Maker Monday, 2:00 pm

Dive in to creation!  We will provide the supplies and a challenge; you bring the imagination.  Best for ages 6-10.

Family Movie Tuesday, 6:30 pm

We will show a family-friendly movie with a space theme.  Free snacks included.  All ages.

Teens ‘n Tweens Thursday, 1:00 pm

A special activity just for teens and tweens.  Free snacks included.  Best for ages 11-15.

Friday Storytime, 10:30 am

Don’t forget our weekly storytime for pre-schoolers.  Enjoy a few books and a craft.  Best for ages 3-6.

Drop-In Craft

A new craft will be available all week on a self-serve basis.

Handouts

We will also offer take-home activities for different age groups, new every week.

¹ Serious facts for grown-ups: Multiple studies show that children who read regularly over the summer break experience less of a “summer slide,” and are better prepared to keep up to grade level in all subjects.  This effect is cumulative and even stronger in disadvantaged children.  For more, visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm.

Book Group

Did you know that we have a book group at the library?  We meet once a month on a Wednesday at 1:00 pm.  We read a wide variety of books, fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, etc.  You can order the books through the library, so there’s no cost, and we take turns bringing snacks!  Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 24th.  We will be discussing Bossypants by Tina Fey.  Come join us!