For our science friday this week, enjoy a fun recipe for a playdough using Easter Peeps! The whole family can create together!
Valentine’s Day is coming soon! Although we are open to the public again (Yippee!), we are not doing in-person programs yet. So, we will be putting together packets of fun for pre-readers and readers. Each packet will have coloring pages, worksheets, a craft, a recipe to try at home and some candy! You can pick them up in the lobby of the library starting at noon on Friday, February 12th. They will be there until we run out.
This week’s science project is a fun mix of craft and science. This project from Scholastic has kids gluing pasta or glue shapes in a recurring pattern, a chance to learn about geometry and make something beautiful.
It’s week four! This week our theme is royals and knights. There are lots and lots of great books on that topic, so now’s a good time to check them out.
Here are some sing-along versions of this week’s songs:
Welcome to week three! Can you believe we’re almost half-way done? This week we’re doing some projects related to mythology and tall tales. Do you have a favorite?
We do still have some week two packets. Look in the box behind week three.
Want to give your Little Red Riding Hood some friends?
Little Red Riding Hood, wolf & woodcutter crafts
There are lots of examples of gnome and fairy gardens online. Here are a few tutorials that might be helpful if you decide to make one.
These aren’t exactly the same as our solar distiller project, but very close:
We still have a limited number of week one packets so if you couldn’t make it in last week, come on in. We have ordered more supplies, so if you need a supply packet of crayons, scissors and glue stick, they will be available soon. Remember, you will use these supplies all summer long and then they are yours to keep.
Not exactly the same as our project, but similar enough to be useful if you’re looking for inspiration: Making a maze with straws on YouTube
Remember that we are not doing in-person programs this year. Refer to previous entry for more details. Instead, each week there will be a new packets of worksheets, coloring pages, crafts and activities for pre-readers, readers, and teens.
Feel free to drop by the library whenever is convenient for you and pick up your packet from the entryway. A few notes:
- Please register by calling the library at 507-744-3977 or using this online form. These registration numbers are important for us to plan and get funding.
- Week one packets include a reading log. These are to encourage you to read and have adventures all summer long. Please do not return them to the library this year.
- Week one packets also include a book. Please choose your packet and book without opening the packet. If you have questions about a book, ask a library worker. The book is yours to keep!
- Craft supplies packets are also available. Please take one if you need it and plan to use it all summer. Note that there are two types of scissors depending on your age.
- You may want to wipe down the outside of the packet before opening.
- Check out the videos below for more information and craft demonstrations.
- When you have finished your crafts, we would love to see them. Share in comments or on our Facebook or Instagram!
Fire-Breathing Paper Roll Dragon Video
Note that this demo uses a hot glue gun. If you choose to do so, please use a hot glue gun only with adult supervision.
Rabbit too easy? Try this:
Hello library friends. We hope you are all doing well. Restrictions are slowly loosening, but the world is still different and likely will be for a long while. Thanks for letting us continue to be a part of your lives.
Library update: We continue to do no-contact pickup in the lobby. If you want to request items or have questions, give us a call at 507-744-3977. More updates when circumstances change.
Summer reading update: There will be a summer reading program, but it will look very different. What won’t be different is the fun and learning. Look for an entry with more details coming soon.
Meanwhile, here are some more fun things to do right now in the real word and the virtual world.
Real world stuff:
I know a lot of you are taking regular walks, especially now that the weather seems to be changing. One fun way to entertain kids on your walk is to make a bracelet of duct tape, sticky side out, and attach pretty flowers and plants you find. Check out The Kitchen Pantry Scientist for more information.
Fun for little hands on a warm day is this activity that may be familiar to attendees of our Hands-On Science group. Put a few small plastic toys in a freezable container, cover in water and freeze. When you’re ready, take them out to the lawn on a sunny day along with some water and tools like eyedroppers or squeeze bottles. Kids will love melting them free. Little Bins for Little Hands has more specific ideas.
Shop local! Maybe consider a gift certificate if your favorite business is not open yet.
These virtual walks in Yellowstone National Park are beautiful and relaxing.
When you’ve done all of your jigsaw puzzles and visited the library’s puzzle exchange so often you’ve done all of those, too, but you still have a hankering, check out JigZone for free online puzzles.
Learn to dock a spacecraft with this Space X simulator.
See Prince and the Revolution “live” in concert on YouTube and donate to COVID-19 relief.
Chill Out with a Hot Book
It’s time again for our annual reading program for adults, Chill Out with a Hot Book. The program is open to anyone 18 or older in the greater 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: Read books in the right categories, cross them off, finish a bingo, and collect a fun giveaway like tea or a mini candy bar. Plus, each bingo gets you another entry in our grand prize drawing. At the end of the program, one participant will win a gift basket full of cool bookish stuff!
We’ll also be offering fun events to fill those long winter evenings. Everything is always free!
Every Tuesday at 6:00 pm
You do not have to be registered for the winter reading program to participate in events.
January 14: Bingo: Join us for some classic bingo with fun prizes.
January 21: Craft: Guest artist Terinee Stangler will help you create your own beaded bracelet. All supplies provided; donations welcome. Recommended for ages 13+. (8-12 okay with parent.) Limit of 20 participants. Please pre-register; just call the library.
January 28: TV Trivia: The Decades: Create a team or come alone and join one. We will cover the 1960s through the 2000s, so bring the whole family! Fun prizes! Pre-registration encouraged.
February 4: Adult Coloring: We will provide some cool coloring sheets, markers and colored pencils and free refreshments. Bring your friends for a nice, relaxing night.
February 11: Chocolate Tasting: Expand your palate with a blind tasting of a variety of chocolate treats.
February 18: Harry Potter Escape Room: Try out an escape room without paying big bucks. This room, set in the Harry Potter universe, will be suitable for teens through adults. We will run multiple sessions at 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. Pre-registration required. Maximum of six people per session.
The holidays are fast approaching and so is the snow. We may settle in for the season, but we’re still keeping busy. Here are the events at your library this month.
Monday, November 4th at 1:00 pm: Classic Movie Matinee
Ninotchka starring Greta Garbo
This delightful comedy satirized the Soviet Union, with Garbo playing a no-nonsense official who finds herself seduced by Paris and by one Count in particular.
Wednesday, November 6th at 10:30: Hands-On Science
The theme this month is food! We will try our hands at making butter along with some other edible experiments. Best for ages 18 months-5 years.
Friday, November 8th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Minnesota animals in winter.
Wednesday, November 13th at 11:00: Coffee and Conversation
Get to know your neighbors over a hot beverage.
Friday, November 15th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Where the Wild Things Are!
Saturday, November 16th at 11:00: Family Matinee
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Max the terrier encounters canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey when he visits the countryside. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses. Free and fun for the whole family. Free popcorn!
Wednesday, November 20th at 1:00: Book Group
Our book group for adults will discuss Persepolis, a graphic novel memoir of life in revolutionary Iran. Everyone is welcome.
Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30: Library Board Meeting
If you’re curious about how the library runs or interested in joining the board, you can join us any month at our meeting.
Thursday, November 21st at 6:00: Writing Group
We have a small, but enthusiastic group of writers who share our work. It is a non-judgmental space. Writers of any genre or experience level are welcome.
Friday, November 22nd at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 27th at 11:00: Coffee and Conversation
Bring your friends or make new ones over a hot beverage.
Friday, November 29th all day: Drop-in crafts
Skipping the shopping hordes? Need to get the kids out of the house? Come to the library and make some crafts.
Friday, November 29th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is courage.