Our book group meets the first Thursday of the month at 6:00 pm. Join our fun group!
For our next read, we have selected Maid by Stephanie Land. If you want to request a copy, just contact the library.
We’ve finished half our summer reading program, but there’s still plenty of time to sign up!
Don’t forget we’re closed on Monday for Independence Day.
Join us for a special Maker Monday on Tuesday. We will make patriotic rocket crafts and red, white and blue pretzels.
Bring your stuffed friends in for a special storytime at 6:30, then leave them behind for a sleepover. Wednesday morning you can pick them up along with a report on their adventures.
Teens & Tweens Thursday
We will make a red, white and blue windsock.
Learn coding for ages 8-12 and 13+. Please bring your own device if you have one.
Make a shadow puppet and/or a stick person.
Week one is actually more than a week, since we start on a Friday, but please play along. You can sign up for the summer reading program starting on June 10th or any day after that until July 22nd. Here’s what’s happening just in the first week!
Eat hot dogs and chips, drink lemonade, sign up for the summer reading program and get a free book! All ages.
Monday, June 13 at 2 pm: Maker Monday
For our first week, we will make egg carton bees and butterfly rings. Plus, we will have a bee relay race. Best for ages 6-10.
Educators from the Rice County Extension Department will present a program about the importance of pollinators, including a craft and a plant to take home! Best for ages 5+.
Join us for a special musical storytime based on Twin Cities author Ka Vang’s Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon. All ages. (This event was rescheduled. This is the correct day and time.)
For week one, we are making workout headbands from old t-shirts. Bring your own t-shirt if you have one in a cool color. We will also have some at the library, but they may not be cool. Best for ages 11+.
Thursday, June 16 at 2:00 pm: Coding Club
Learn coding by working on self-directed projects. Ages 8-12 can learn Scratch or Dot and Dash robots. 13 and up may learn Python or advanced projects. Bring your own device. (If you are interested but don’t have a device, contact the library and we will try to arrange use of one for you.) Best for ages 8+.
Every week we have a pre-school storytime with books, fingerplays, songs and crafts. This week’s theme is princesses. Best for ages 3-6.
Each week we will also have a drop-in craft to do in the library anytime. Week one we have a toilet paper roll bee and a mix and match flower.
Join us Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 pm for Minnesota author Kim Todd. You don’t need to have read the book to enjoy her presentation about pioneering female reporters who dared to tell the truth.
Kim Todd, Ph.D., is known for her award-winning storytelling about science, nature, and history. Her most recent publication, Sensational: The Hidden History of America’s “Girl Stunt Reporters,” is a 2022 MN Book Awards Finalist.
When you sign up for the summer reading program, you get a chance to enter a drawing for one of these grand prize baskets. Earn more entries by filling out your reading log.
This year there are 14 different baskets! Numbers in parentheses are suggested ages, but choose whatever you like. (Please note: some items may be a choking hazard for younger children. Use caution.)
The summer reading program is back in person! We will have reading logs, weekly events, special events, grand prize drawings–everything we’ve been missing! Everyone from babes in arms through age 18 is welcome to participate.
(We will continue to make masks available for adults and children, but they are not required. If you would like a take-home version of a weekly craft, please let us know and we will do our best to accomodate you.)
We will again have a selection of grand prize baskets for different ages. Kids get to enter a drawing for the basket of their choice just by signing up, and can earn another entry for every page they complete in their reading log. We have logs for pre-readers, readers, and teens. Get your choice of book just by signing up! Logs must be turned in by 2 pm on July 23rd to get entries.
All events are at the library unless noted otherwise
Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 am: Chione Quintet Storytime
(Yes, this is technically before the kickoff, but it’s too much fun to miss!) Join us for a special musical storytime based on Minnesota author Ka Vang’s Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon. All ages.
Friday, June 10 at 12:00 pm: Summer Reading Kickoff Cookout at Sticha Park
Drop by Sticha Park for hotdogs, chips, lemonade and literacy! Eat, play games and sign up for the summer reading program all in one. All ages.
Learn about the importance of pollinators and what you can do to help with this hands-on learning event from the Rice County Extension Service. Best for ages 5-10.
Thursday, June 23 – Saturday, June 25 (multiple sessions): Summer Camp Treasure Hunt Escape Room
Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 pm: Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Join us for a special evening storytime at 6:30, then drop off your stuffed friend to spend the night having adventures in the library. Best for ages 3-6.
Tuesday, July 12 at 11:00 am: Live Eagle Program at Lonsdale Elementary School
An interpreter from the National Eagle Center shares an entertaining presentation all about eagle biology, ecology and natural history complete with live eagle. Event held in the gym at Lonsdale Elementary School. All ages.
We wrap up the program with ice cream and fun at Sticha Park. All ages.
Our weekly get-together for ages 6-10. We will make crafts and do some other fun activities. (Note: We will have Maker Monday on Tuesday, July 5th because of the holiday.)
Teens ‘n Tweens Thursday at 1:00 pm
This weekly event for ages 11+ will do crafts and activities aimed at an older audience.
Learn coding by working on self-directed projects. Ages 8-12 can learn Scratch or Dot and Dash robots. 13 and up may learn Python or advanced projects. Bring your own device. (If you are interested but don’t have a device, contact the library and we will try to arrange use of one for you.)
Friday Storytime at 10:30 am
Don’t forget out pre-school storytime, which will continue during the summer. Books, songs, fingerplays and crafts!
Our book group has chosen The Lager Queen of Minnesota by J. Ryan Stradal as our next book. First, come to the library June 1st at 6:00 for a talk by the author, then come back June 2nd for book group to discuss the book!