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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. 

 

Gao Hong Chinese Pipa Concert

Gao Hong

Thursday, May 3
6:30-7:30 pm
Lonsdale Public Library

Join us for a free concert by world-renowned musician Gao Hong as she plays the Chinese pipa, a traditional lute.  The show is free and appropriate for all ages.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Gao Hong Library Poster LONSDALE

 

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.

FREE MUSIC PERFORMANCE

 

 

FREE MUSIC NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
6:30-7:30 PM

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.  Suitable for all ages.  The event is free and so are the refreshments.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Food for Fines

FOOD FOR FINES
HELD OVER FOR A SECOND WEEK!
November 28 – December 9

It’s time once again for that magical week when your fines can be forgiven at the same time as you do a good deed.  The Lonsdale Public Library is again offering our semi-annual week-long “Food for Fines” event.  During the week of November 28 – December 2 support the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf by donating items or money at the library and have your fines forgiven up to $10 per card.  Non-perishable foods and personal care items welcomed, only non-expired items please.

Please note that we can only waive late fees, not lost item fees, and only for fines imposed by Lonsdale Public Library.  Any size donation is welcome and will help your friends and neighbors!

Halloween Party

Halloween is just around the corner.  Join us on Friday, October 27th at the library for our annual spooky celebration.

We will be making crafts and playing games from 4:00-6:00.  All ages are welcome.  Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory.

 

 

 

 

 

We will also have some fun activities and giveaways going on all day, so drop by anytime.  And don’t forget our spooky(-ish) storytime at 10:30.

Jeopardy party!

Your librarian, Marguerite, is going to be on Jeopardy!  Join us Wednesday, October 4th at 4:30 to watch the episode live.  Stick around afterward to ask Marguerite questions about the experience or bring a trivia question to stump her!  We will have free popcorn and pop for all.

Free Clip Art Trivia Game