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!
Banned Books Week is September 23-29. It’s the time every year when libraries and other book lovers celebrate our right to read!
Books are still being banned and challenged today. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials.
While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.
Lonsdale Public Library
Summer Reading Program
Friday, June 8-Saturday, July 21
Studies show that kids who continue to read during the summer retain more of their skills and excel not just in reading but in all subjects. Our experience shows that reading is awesome and kids who read or are read to have more adventures! Ages 0-18 are welcome to sign up to win prizes just for reading and to come to any or all of our fun activities.
This year we will have three types of reading logs: pre-readers, readers, and teens. Each will feature not just reading but other cool things to do. Finish ten tasks and bring in your log for a prize. This year we will have four levels of really cool prizes. Finish all four and you will be entered into a drawing for one of our fantastic grand prize bundles. Sign up any time during the program. Reading logs must be returned by 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 21 in order to be entered. Thanks to Subway and Casey’s for providing prizes!
In case that’s not enough incentive, if 100 kids finish all four levels, you can all bring your squirt guns and water balloons to the closing day ice cream social and give your library staff a good soaking. (We reserve the right to limit the time, distance and water pressure allowed.)
Friday, June 8, 11:00-12:30: Pizza Party sponsored by Mackenthun’s
We kick things off with a special outdoor storytime at 10:30. Then stick around for pizza and games. And don’t forget to sign up for the program. Special thanks to Mackenthun’s for providing the food and to the Lonsdale Lions for cooking and serving!
Wednesday, June 13, 1:00-2:00: Siama’s Music from Congo
Siama is a guitarist from Congo, in central Africa. He will play songs, tell stories, and even encourage the audience to play along.
Wednesday, June 20, 1:00-2:00: Domácí Czech Dancers
Our favorite local dance group will perform and teach attendees about Czech and Slovak traditional dances.
Wednesday, June 27, 1:00-2:00: Remarkable Reptiles
Jim Gerholdt is back with his snakes, turtles and lizards. Learn all about reptiles and maybe even pet a boa constrictor.
Wednesday, July 11, 1:00-2:00: The Magic of Jim Jayes
Kid-friendly magic and comedy from veteran performer Jim Jayes.
Saturday, July 21, 11:00-12:30: Ice Cream Social
We close out the program with ice cream and music from local musician Ron Kadrlik.
All events are free and suitable for all ages.
Mondays, 3:00-3:30: Make, Listen & Move
Make a musical instrument craft, play along with some music, and do a music-related activity. Best suited for ages 5-10.
Thursdays, 3:00-3:30: Thursday Teens & Tweens
Crafts, art projects and other fun activities just for young adults. Snacks will be served. Best suited for ages 11-15.
Every week, we will have a different craft to do any time the library is open. Best suited for ages 4-12.
Lonsdale Public Library
Thursday, April 12
Join us for an evening with award-winning Minnesota author Peter Geye. He will read from his most recent book , Wintering.
Peter Geye is the author of Safe from the Sea (Unbridled Books, 2010) which won the Indie Lit Award for fiction, The Lighthouse Road (Unbridled Books, 2012) which won the Northeast Minnesota Book Award for fiction and was also a World Book Night selection in 2014, and Wintering which won the Minnesota Book Award, the Northeast Minnesota Book Award, and the Midwest Bookseller Choice awards. He received his MFA from the University of New Orleans and his PhD from Western Michigan University, where he was editor of Third Coast. He was born and raised in Minneapolis where he still lives. He’s the proud parent of three great kids.
January 9 — February 16, 2018
It’s time again for our annual reading (and other fun stuff) program for adults. Hot Reads for Cold Nights is open to anyone 18 or older in the 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: Collect fun giveaways like tea or mini candy bars for every bingo. Plus, each bingo gets you another entry in our weekly prize drawings. You could win one of five weekly prizes of a Hot Reads magnet plus your choice of book or the grand prize of a Hot Reads tote bag filled with a magnet, mug, your choice of book and whatever other goodies we can dream up.
HOT READS EVENTS
Beginning crochet – Tuesday, January 9th, 6:30-8:00
Have you ever wanted to learn to crochet but were intimidated? Sign up for our free, no-stress introduction. The library will lend out crochet hooks and provide a limited selection of yarn. You are free to bring your own if you prefer. Are you an experienced crocheter and just want to get out of the house? Come on down! We will provide snacks. We encourage you to pre-register by calling the library at 744-3977.
Coloring and mocktails – Thursday, January 18th, 6:30-8:00
Back by popular demand! Color your cares away at the library while experimenting with fun new mocktail recipes. We will provide coloring pages, markers, and pencils, plus snacks. You bring your friends and your spirit of fun.
Beginning crochet – Tuesday, January 23rd, 6:30-8:00
If you came to the first class, bring your project back. If you missed it and want to start from scratch, come on by. Everyone is welcome. We will provide snacks. We encourage you to pre-register by calling the library at 744-3977.
Coloring and mocktails – Tuesday, January 30th, 6:30-8:00
Because once is not enough! Color your cares away at the library while experimenting with fun new mocktail recipes. We will provide coloring pages, markers, and pencils, plus snacks. You bring your friends and your spirit of fun.
Woodwind quintet – Tuesday, February 13th, 6:30-7:30
Join us for an evening of chamber music with St. Olaf group Pure Quintuition. The members are: Lauren Flaten – Flute, Colin Lang – Oboe, Jackson Brown – Clarinet, Henry Johnson – Bassoon, and Delaney Breen – French Horn.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
March TBA: String quartet. A mix of classical, jazz, folk and rock to entertain all ages.
Thursday, April 12th at 7:00 pm: Peter Geye. Minnesota author Peter Geye will read from his award-winning book, Wintering.
Summer reading arrived as usual with a big pizza party full of food, games, and fun! We had food, did some science experiments, played some games, and signed up for the summer reading program! There’s lots more summer reading fun to come, so come back soon!
Special thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible: the Lonsdale Lions, who come back every year to cook and serve pizzas, all the many grown-up and teen (and younger!) volunteers who helped keep everything moving smoothly and the fun happening, and all the parents and caregivers who took the time to bring the kids in. We couldn’t do it without you!
We ate a lot of pizza!
The Lonsdale Lions did all the cooking and serving. Thank you, Lions! (Hey, is that they mayor?)
Eating pizza with your friends is good!
You know what else is good? Building things out of Legos and making crafts!
And making slime is pretty great!
Don’t forget: summer reading runs through July 22nd, so sign up and start keeping track of those minutes.
Lonsdale Public Library
Summer Reading Program 2017
Friday, June 9 – Saturday, July 22
All ages (0-18) can register at the library for our summer reading program. For every 15 minutes that you read or are read to, mark your reading log. For every 10 circles, get a prize! (Special teen prizes available.) All kids and teens who finish all five prize levels will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card. All book logs must be returned by 2:00 pm on July 22nd in order to enter drawing.
The theme this year is Reading by Design, so we wil be doing all kinds of fun activities, crafts, programs and story times about building, creating, science, art and design.
Friday, June 9, 11:00-12:30:
Wednesday, June 14, 1:00-2:00:
Domáci Czech Dancers
Wednesday, June 28, 1:00-2:00: Remarkable Reptiles
Friday, July 7: 1:00-1:45:
Mad Science MN
Wednesday, July 19: 1:00-2:00 pm:
You Can Build It
Special thanks to the American Legion Auxiliary for their donation, which helped to fund all of these awesome activities!
Living the Dream: Historic Homes of Minnesota by Doug Ohman
Lonsdale Public Library meeting room
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Freelance photographer and public speaker Doug Ohman will be at Lonsdale Public Library on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm. Doug’s work has been widely published in magazines, calendars and books, and in the popular book series, Minnesota Byways.
Take a tour of Minnesota’s most elegant homes. Hear the stories and personalities that surround many of these historic treasures. You’ve heard the expression, “If walls could talk” and in this photo presentation, it’s as if they do! Doug will also tell his own story about how he took his passion for history and love of photography and combined them into a successful career.
The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Doug will have copies of his books for sale at the event.
Doug has degrees in both Geography and History from the University of Minnesota. Before becoming a full time photographer, he was the Operations Manager at the Mall of America. He currently lives in New Hope, MN with his wife of over 30 years, Krin.