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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.


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.


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


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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Summer Reading Success!

While every hero still has a story, our summer reading program for this year has come to an end.  We had another great year.  312 kids and young adults signed up for the program and 92 finished all five levels.  That’s a lot of reading!

We had many opportunities to learn about and become heroes  this summer.  We had visits from the Lonsdale Police Department, the Domácí Czech Folk Dancers, some old cars, illustrator Gary Harbo and reptile expert Jim Gerholdt.  We trained to be superheroes and created our own costumes.  Above all, we read lots of good books and had tons of fun!

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Book Group

Did you know that the libraryleaves of grass has a book group for adults?  We meet once a month to discuss our most recent book and choose what to read next.  We might read a mystery one month and a classic the next.  This month we tackled the American classic Leaves of Grass.  Want to help decide what we read next month?  Join us Wednesday, July 15 at 1:00 pm.

Every Hero Has a Story Week Six

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Can you believe that we’ve reached the last week of the summer reading program?  We’ve had loads of fun celebrating all kinds of heroes, and for our last week we celebrate the ways we can all be heroes!

Don’t forget to bring in your reading logs by Saturday, July 18 to collect your prizes!

Craft session–Wednesday, July 15, 3-4 pm

Our last craft session will be extra special! Bring all the pieces of your superhero costume and we will have a superhero photo shoot!  We will be making Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy pom-poms, paper bag superheroes and the last piece of our superhero costumes–the mask!

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