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COVID-19 tests available

You can now pick up a rapid COVID-19 test at the library!  The iHealth rapid antigen test is FREE. It detects proteins from the virus that causes COVID-19.

To help keep our community healthy and slow the spread of COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has partnered with local community-based organizations to provide free at-home rapid tests to low income Minnesotans.

The Minnesota Department of Health recommends testing for the following reasons:

  • You are feeling symptoms of COVID-19.
  • You had a close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • You are testing before going to a large gathering.
  • Even with a negative rapid test result, someone who has symptoms should take a PCR COVID-19 test and should not return to regular activity until symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free for 24 hours. If you test positive or have symptoms, stay home and away from others. Follow the public health guidance about what to do if you are sick .

The test kits expire July 1, 2022.
Tests will be distributed while supplies last.

Coffee and Conversation

Coffee and Conversation

Second and fourth Wednesday of each month
11 am – 1 pm

Starting in September, drop in to the library for a hot beverage and a chance to meet new friends or visit old ones.  Bring your knitting or your book, a board game or an article you want to talk about.  We will provide the coffee and tea, you provide your own lunch or a treat to share.

Does this all sound a little vague?  Good.  This will be your group, and we want you to shape it.  Everyone is welcome!

Eagle Bluff Starlab Planetarium

Starlab Portable Planetarium

45-60 minutes

Where: TCU Lonsdale Elementary School
1000 Idaho St SW, Lonsdale, MN 55046

When: 1:00, 2:15 or 3:30

How to register: Go to https://www.tcu2905.us/page/4231 and register online.  Be sure to choose Lonsdale as your location and take note of the session time you choose.

The event is free.  All ages are welcome!

The STARLAB program features an inflatable planetarium to showcase 3,000 stars of different colors and sizes, as well as the constellations. Whether it’s telling the stories behind the stars or focusing on the stars of the seasons, this program is great for all ages and addresses Minnesota K-8 academic standards.


Thank you, Snowizards!

Big thanks to the Lonsdale Snowizards Snowmobile Club for their generous donation to our children’s programming.  We will soon have a new kids’ size craft table and chairs to enhance our storytimes, hands-on science and other fun activities for young people.  Also, keep your eyes peeled for upcoming movie programs, since the Snowizards sponsored a public performance license, alllowing us to legally show all sorts of movies for kids and adults, alike!

Food for Fines

DECEMBER 10-15, 2018

It’s that time of year again.  Share the holiday spirit by donating to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf.  Bring in non-perishable, unexpired food, household or personal care items such a toilet paper or deoderant, or cash to the Lonsdale Public Library.  We will waive up to $10 in late fees from our library per card for any size donation.  Everybody wins!

Czech Genealogy Program

Czeching Out the Czechs
by George Mikiska
Lonsdale Public Library
Tuesday, October 9th, 7:00 pm
Sponsored by the Czech Heritage Club

George Mikiska will lead a program about genealogy.  Topics will include how to start your family tree; where to look for information locally, nationally and worldwide; important Czech words used in genealogy, and helpful websites. Bring your questions and he can help you get started.  Find more information on the Czech Heritage club on their website.

Summer reading program volunteers

Love kids?  Love the library?  We are looking for adult and teen volunteers to help with our summer reading program.

Mondays at 10:30 am: Make, Listen and Move, our craft and music program for kids 6-10.  One or two volunteers needed to assist at the program.  Also, to help prepare craft projects ahead of time.

Special events:

Friday, June 8 at 10:30 am: Pizza party kickoff   Four to six volunteers needed to help with outdoor games, sign up participants and direct traffic.

Saturday, July 21 at 11:00 am: Ice cream social closing party.  Three to four volunteers needed to serve ice cream and help with activities.

Please let us know ahead of time if you are interested.  You can call the library at 507-744-3977 or email Marguerite.

Thanks for helping us make these events awesome!

Food for Fines


We are celebrating our birthday the week of April 10-14.  We’re 8!  As usual, we are asking you for gifts of donations to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf.  Please drop off your unexpired non-perishable food and/or personal care items at the library that week.  For any size donation, we will waive up to $10 per card of late fees from Lonsdale Public Library.  We cannot waive lost item charges or fees from other libraries.

Planning to join us for author Peter Geye on Thursday, April 12th at 7:00 pm?  Good idea!  That’s a good chance to bring in some donations!