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Summer Reading Program recap

It’s hard to believe that it’s over, but summer reading 2019 is in the books.  Let’s take a look back.

Total kids registered: 309!
Number who finished: 109!

Pizza Party and astronaut training

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Lonsdale Lions, volunteers and Mackenthun’s!  And thanks to the 133 of you who came and made it so much fun.

STARLAB Planetarium

Thanks TCU Community Ed!  And to the 142 kids of all ages who learned about the universe.

Space Pirate Encounter Escape Room

 

Thanks volunteer Sara Richter!  And to the 18 brave teens and tweens who saved their spaceship from disaster by using their wits and teamwork.

Remarkable Reptiles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to the 100 excited kids and brave parents who enjoyed learning about these cool animals.

Ice Cream Social

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to our fabulous volunteers and to the 76 of you who braved the insane heat for the sweet finish to our summer reading program.

We also had Maker Mondays, family movie Tuesdays and Teens ‘n Tweens Thursdays.  Oh, and drop-in crafts and worksheets.  In short, it was a whirlwind!  Thanks again to everyone who participated.  See you next year.

Ice Cream Social

Can you believe that summer reading program is almost over?  Good times really fly!  We will celebrate everyone’s accomplishments with an ice cream social.  We will have ice cream for all ages on the front lawn of the library.  (Library meeting room in case of bad weather.)  

WHAT: Free ice cream and games for all!
DATE: Friday, July 19th
TIME: 1:00 pm

 

Summer Reading Program update

We are approaching the halfway point in our Universe of Stories summer reading program.  We have 284 kids registered, but our goal is 325 so tell your friends!

Let’s take a look back and then a look forward.

June 7th: Pizza Party kickoff

We welcomed 133 people.  Kids signed up for the summer reading program and trained like an astronaut.  Everyone enjoyed pizza cooked and served by the Lonsdale Lions.  Thanks, Lions!  And thanks to the anonymous donor who provided the pizzas!  And thanks to Mackenthun’s for helping us out with drinks and ice!

June 20th: Eagle Bluff Starlab Planetarium

An amazing 142 people visited the planetarium to learn about the universe.

June 25th and 26th: Escape room

A space pirate escape room for kids 10 and up attracted 18 kids to five separate sessions.  They all escaped!

Weekly events

Maker Mondays encourage school-age kids to explore their creativity.

Tuesday evening family movies are fun for all ages.

Teens ‘n Tweens do crafts and activities just for them.

Coming soon

Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 pm: Remarkable Reptiles

Your friend and mine, Jim Gerholdt, will be back with his snakes, lizards and turtles.

Friday, July 19, 1:00 pm: Ice Cream Social

We will close the program again with ice cream and good company.

Weekly events will continue every week through the end of the program on July 19th.

We’ve given out 167 prizes, but we have LOTS more, so keep reading!  Thanks to Subway and Casey’s for our delicious third prizes!

 

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.

 

SUMMER READING 2019 TEENS ‘N TWEENS SCHEDULE

What: Special activities for teens and tweens (recommended ages 11-15) 

When: Every Thursday at 1:00 pm (with two exceptions)

Projects:

June 13: Build a space colony

Friday, June 21: Candy constellation game

June 27: galaxy slime

Friday, July 5: Guess who

July 11: tassel keychains

July 18: solar system necklaces

And did we mention the free snacks?  Free snacks!

Summer Reading Grand Prizes

Remember, young people, if you finish all four levels of the summer reading program by July 19th, you can choose a book to keep and enter into a drawing for the grand prize basket of your choice.  Here are this year’s grand prizes.  Pick out your favorite!

BABY PLAY
Duck in space bath book
Frog bath toys
Dinosaur teether set
Stacker cups
Nibbler beanie baby

TODDLER TIME
Minnie bowling set
Chunky space puzzle
Colors and shapes memory cards
Avengers bubbles
Daisy cow beanie baby

AT THE BEACH
Rideable inflatable duck
Sand pail with shovel
Package of dive squid
Splash catchers game
Hulk bubbles

TRANSPORTATION FUN
Paw Patrol track toy
Paw Patrol stationery set
Little space puzzle
Miles from Tomorrowland activity book
Blue space frisbee

GIRL POWER
Super hero girls stationery set
Vampirina velvet art poster
Red butterfly Frisbee
Jump rope set
Mum beanie baby

RAINBOW MAGIC
My Little Pony doodle book kit
Emoji cinch sack
Shopkins stationery set
Chinese jump rope
Rainbow bear beanie baby

SPACE ADVENTURE
A Universe of Stories puzzle
Cosmic magnetic sculpture
Incredibles stationery set
Pocket secret mission kit
Niteglo stars

OUTDOOR PLAY
Badminton set
Jump rope set
Chinese jump rope
Yellow bee frisbee
Pirate goggles

TEEN CREATIVITY
Color with music mandalas
Paint by sticker birds book
Extreme dot-to-dot book
A Universe of Stories water bottle
Pens

Summer Reading Program 2019

SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2019

Friday, June 7 – Friday, July 19

Our annual reading program for ages 0-18 is back!  There are a lot of good, responsible reasons to keep reading during the summer.¹  But the important part is that reading is fun, and it’s even more fun to get rewards and participate in awesome activities at the same time!

How it works:  Starting June 7th, you can register and pick up a reading log.  We have special logs for readers, pre-readers and teens. Complete the tasks on your reading log. For every ten tasks you earn a prize.  You can collect four prizes total, plus finish all the levels to enter a drawing for your choice of our awesome grand prize baskets.  All book logs must be returned by 6 pm on July 19 in order to enter drawing.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

Friday, June 7, 10:30/11:00: Pizza Party

Come at 10:30 for a special outdoor story time, then enjoy free pizza and lemonade starting at 11:00.  We will also have activities going on inside and out, so plan to stick around for a while.  All ages.

Thursday, June 20, 1:00, 2:15, 3:30: STARLAB Planetarium

Experience a real inflatable planetarium to learn about stars and constellations.  Because space is limited, there will be three sessions.  NOTE: This program will take place at Lonsdale Elementary School.  There is no charge, but you must pre-register at: https://www.tcu2905.us/page/4231.  Be sure to select Lonsdale and take note of your session time.  All ages.

Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00: Escape Room

You must solve puzzles to escape and save the day in this space-themed adventure.  Pre-registration strongly recommended.  Best for ages 10-14.

Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 pm: Remarkable Reptiles

Your friend and mine, Jim Gerholdt, will be back with his snakes, lizards and turtles.  All ages.

Friday, July 19, 1:00 pm: Ice Cream Social

We will close the program again with ice cream and good company.  All ages.

WEEKLY EVENTS:

Maker Monday, 2:00 pm

Dive in to creation!  We will provide the supplies and a challenge; you bring the imagination.  Best for ages 6-10.

Family Movie Tuesday, 6:30 pm

We will show a family-friendly movie with a space theme.  Free snacks included.  All ages.

Teens ‘n Tweens Thursday, 1:00 pm

A special activity just for teens and tweens.  Free snacks included.  Best for ages 11-15.

Friday Storytime, 10:30 am

Don’t forget our weekly storytime for pre-schoolers.  Enjoy a few books and a craft.  Best for ages 3-6.

Drop-In Craft

A new craft will be available all week on a self-serve basis.

Handouts

We will also offer take-home activities for different age groups, new every week.

¹ Serious facts for grown-ups: Multiple studies show that children who read regularly over the summer break experience less of a “summer slide,” and are better prepared to keep up to grade level in all subjects.  This effect is cumulative and even stronger in disadvantaged children.  For more, visit http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/summer/research.htm.