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Summer Reading Program 2018

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.)

SPECIAL EVENTS

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.

WEEKLY EVENTS

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.

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 and Fridays, 10:30-11:00: Storytimes
Don’t forget our twice-weekly pre-school storytimes with books and crafts.  Best suited for ages 3-6.

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.

Drop-in Craft

Every week, we will have a different craft to do any time the library is open.  Best suited for ages 4-12.

Handouts
Every week we will have new take-home worksheets for all age groups. 

 

Peter Geye

Peter Geye
Lonsdale Public Library
Thursday, April 12
7:00 pm

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.

Hot Reads for Cold Nights

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.

For more information, follow us on Facebook or contact the library at 507-744-3977.

 

 

 

 

 

Pizza Party

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 started the day with a special outdoor storytime with really big books.


Everybody got in on the action.

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!


But best of all is signing up to get awesome free prizes just for reading or having someone read to you!

Don’t forget: summer reading runs through July 22nd, so sign up and start keeping track of those minutes.

Summer Reading Program 2017

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.

EVENTS

Friday, June 9, 11:00-12:30:
Pizza party
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
Craft sessions every Wednesday at 2:00 

Special thanks to the American Legion Auxiliary for their donation, which helped to fund all of these awesome activities!

Follow us at our website and on Facebook for more information and any schedule changes or additions.

 

Historic Homes of Minnesota talk

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.

 

Hot Reads for Cold Nights 2017

January 10-February 18, 2017

It’s time again for our annual reading 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 giving away five weekly prizes of a Hot Reads mug plus your choice of book and one grand prize of a Hot Reads tote bag filled with a magnet, mug, book lover’s calendar and your choice of book.  You receive one entry for the prize drawings just for signing up.  You can earn more entries by playing book bingo.

EVENTS

Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00 pm:  Adventures Down Under.  Your librarian Marguerite Moran shares pictures and facts about her vist to Australia and New Zealand.  There will be coffee and treats.

Saturday, January 21st at 10:00 am: Flashback Matinee.  Enjoy a 1940 moviegoing experience complete with cartoon, newsreel and His Girl Friday, starring Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell.  There will be popcorn and lemonade.

Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm:  Social Hour.  We will have coloring for grown-ups, snacks and a mocktail bar.  Leave your worries at home and relax with friends.

Tuesday, February 7th at 7:00 pm:  Local author Taha M. Muhammad will share his book We Survived Iraq and Turkey: Long Road to Freedom.  He will have copies of the book for sale.

For more information, follow us on Facebook, see our website: lonsdale.lib.mn.us, or contact the library at 507-744-3977.

 

Read for the Win Summer Reading Program

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Summer Reading Program
June 10-July 23, 2016

Summer reading is back!  Studies show that keeping kids reading over the summer helps prevent “summer slide,” helps their reading competency, encourages critical thinking skills, and best of all is loads of fun!

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Kids and young people from 0-18 can sign up at the library to get a reading log.  For every 15 minutes that they read or are read to, they can cross off a circle on their reading log.  For every 10 circles, they get a prize!

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 noon on July 23 in order to enter drawing.

Event schedule:

Friday, June 10
Special outdoor story time, 10:30- 11:00 (weather permitting)iRead2016-23
Opening day pizza party, 11:00-12:30
We will serve pizza from 11:00 until either the pizza or the interest runs out. Meanwhile, kids can register for our “international library games” and participate in events both inside and out.
Registration for the summer reading program starts at 11:00. No registrations will be accepted before that time.  You can register anytime after that until the program ends.

Wednesday, June 15
Domácí Czech Folk Dancers, 1:00-2:00
Enjoy one of last year’s hits—a visit from the Domácí Czech Folk Dancers, a group of young people who perform traditional Czech dances in costume. They make even teach you a dance!
Craft session, 2:00-3:00

Wednesday, June 22
Tori’s Precious Pets, 1:00-2:00 pm
Get up close and personal with a variety of cuddly (and not-so-cuddly) pets.
Craft session, 2:00-3:00

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Remarkable Reptiles, 1:00-2:00
Our most popular event the last two years is back! Local reptile expert Jim Gerholdt will present and share information about many of his reptile friends.

Craft session, 2:00-3:00

 

Wednesday, July 6
Craft session, 2:00-3:00

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Mystery of Chemistry from Mad Science MN, 1:00-2:00
See a series of experiments that change, smoke, and spurt!

Wednesday, July 13
Craft session, 2:00-3:00

Wednesday, July 20
Craft session, 2:00-3:00

Every week we will also have new coloring pages and other fun handouts, plus our Tuesday evening and Friday morning
story times.  Be sure to follow us on our website and Facebook for more details and event updates.
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Hot Reads for Cold Nights

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January 12, 2016-February 20, 2016

It’s time again for our annual reading 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.

tumblr_ngfrgaAwtA1qg9kado1_500We will be giving away five weekly prizes of a tote bag and a book plus one grand prize of a tote bag filled with a magnet, mug, lunch bag, book and book lover’s calendar.  You receive one entry for the prize drawings just for signing up.  You can earn more entries by playing book bingo!

Have you read a book recently that you absolutely loved?  We will offer you the chance to recommend titles to your friends and neighbors.  We will also have three fun get-together nights to brighten up those dark winter evenings.

Tuesday, January 19th:  Coloring for Grown-ups.  Coloring is not just for kids anymore.  We will have printed pages along with colored pencils and markers.  Or bring your own coloring books; we don’t judge.

LiKd5AaRTTuesday, February 2nd:  Game Night.  We will have a variety of board games including Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble and Monopoly.  Bring a team or come alone, but put on your competitive shoes!

Tuesday, February 16th:  Craft Time.  Making crafts is fun, but it can be a lonely pursuit.  Bring your projects in to the library and socialize while you work!  Don’t have a craft?  We’ll have a few fun projects you can do in an hour.

For more information, follow us on Facebook or contact the library at 507-744-3977.

Book Group

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Did you know that we have a book group? We meet once a month on a Wednesday to discuss a book and enjoy some coffee and treats. We read across different genres, so it’s a fun way to expand your reading list. We will meet at 1 pm on Wednesday, October 14th to discuss Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Join us!

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