Introducing Toddler Storytime!
You know our preschool storytime every Friday morning. But lately we’ve been seeing more toddlers, so we wanted to create something new just for you!
Designed for ages 18 months-3 years, Toddler Storytime will feature more interactive music and movement to keep young participants engaged.
We will start with one a month and consider expanding if there is interest. So, mark your calendars for our premiere…
Wednesday, March 30 at 10:30 am
Jungle Animals Toddler Storytime
Q: So, what age is your Friday storytime designed for?
A: Friday storytimes are designed for preschoolers aged 3-5. (That said, we understand that caregivers often bring the whole family and do our best to accomodate everyone.)
Q: Do we need to pre-register?
A: No, just come on Wednesday, March 30th with your toddler in tow.
Q: What is the value of storytimes?
A: Long before they begin to read, young children can learn how sounds make words and how stories work. Building these early literacy skills will help them grow and learn. Also, it’s both fun and good for your toddlers to explore and play with you and their peers.
Our book sale was a big hit! We attracted lots of customers and raised over $800! Keep your eye on this space for improvements to our small family fun room as we spend those dollars.
Big thanks to our volunteers who helped make this possible! It was a great event and we couldn’t have done it without you.
The members of the book group have chosen as our next read Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson. Our next meeting will be Thursday, February 3rd at 6:00 pm at the library. Everyone is welcome!
Get a Clue Escape Room
Lonsdale Public Library Story Room
Thursday, Jan. 20-Saturday, Jan. 22
Oh no, Mr. Boddy has been murdered! You just came for a party, but now YOU are the main suspect. The police will be here in 45 minutes. If you can’t prove who the real killer is, then it’s off to prison with you.
The popular event for teens and adults returns! Unlike other escape rooms, ours is completely free! Use your wits to solve a series of puzzles as a team. We will register up to 5 people per session. Please call the library at 507-744-3977 to pre-register. Suggested for ages 12 and up.
Thursday, January 20
Friday, January 21
Saturday, January 22
Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Tuesday, December 28-Wednesday, December 29
Join us Tuesday at 6:30 for a special bedtime storytime with your stuffed animal or doll friend. Then leave the stuffed friends with us for a library sleepover. The animals will have adventures and then be ready to be picked up Wednesday morning complete with a report of what they got up to. We’ll even have some breakfast treats while they last.
Our book group will be reading The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho. Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 6th at 6:00 pm in the library. Everyone is welcome!
Cookie Decorating Class
Thursday, December 9th, 6:00-7:00pm
Have you always wanted to make those beautiful decorations you see in the stores, but don’t know where to start? Join Lois for a cookie decorating class. You will learn several techniques that you can use on different types of desserts. Plus, bring your product home!
Adults (or teens with a parent) only. Class size is limited to 8. Please pre-register by calling the library at 507-744-3977.
We wil provide materials, but if you have your own decorating bags and tips, feel free to bring them. Masks are required to be worn.
Photo attribution: Jonathunder, GFDL 1.2 <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html>, via Wikimedia Commons
WHEN: Friday, October 29th, 4-6 pm
WHERE: Lonsdale Public Library
WHAT: Halloween Party!!!
Visit the mad scientist’s laboratory to see creepy experiments, examine terrifying specimens, and drink a potion, if you dare!
Enjoy our indoor amusement park where you can play mini-golf, toss a ball into a monster’s mouth, do some boo bowling or pin the alien in its spaceship!
And don’t forget the library, where we will have crafts for little and not-so-little kids, coloring and worksheets, a spooky photo backdrop, trivia for grown-ups and lots of yummy treats!
Because of the size of the crowd, we ask you to please wear your masks. Thanks for helping us keep our community safe.
Our Food for Fines drive starts the day of the party and goes until Saturday, November 6th. Donate any unexpired non-perishable food, household item, or cash to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf and we will waive up to $10 in late fees from our library.
This week, our storytime focused on bats. Did you know that many bats eat insects, including mosquitoes, up to 1200 per hour? And many more are pollinators, helping grow many crops. So, in their honor, we would like to share a couple of yummy recipes brought to you by bats. You can download these and more in this recipe book from Batweek.org.
Bat trail mix
- 1 1/2 cup mixed raw nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, etc.)
- 1 cup raw seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
- 1 cup unsweetened dried fruit (cherries, banana chips, cranberries, etc.)
- 1/2 cup yummy chocolate (chocolate chips, M&Ms, etc.)
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and/or pinch of nutmeg (optional)
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- immediately or store in a plastic sealing bag or mason jar. (Will keep for 2-3 weeks.)
Fruit Bat Loves Smoothie
- 1/2 cup papaya pieces
- 1/2 cup mango pieces
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup blueberries or blackberries
- 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup soy or almond milk
- 1 tablespoon carob powder
- juice of one large orange
- juice of 1/2 lime
- If you are using frozen fruits, allow them to thaw slightly.
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and serve.
Next week’s storytime theme is shapes with guest star Ms. Lois. The week after will be apples. If you have a pre-schooler and can make it Friday at 10:30, drop in and share some learning fun.
WHAT’S NEW IN SEPTEMBER
For adults, we will be giving away a book every month. All you have to do is comment on our question of the month and you’ll be entered into the drawing.
Our prize this month is Ocean Prey by John Sandford. This 2021 novel mixes the long-running Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers series. When three members of the Coast Guard are murdered, it will take all the skills of these two investigators to find justice.
Pre-school Storytime: Friday at 10:30
Beginning September 10th, storytimes will be held in the large meeting room. They are a great opportunity for pre-readers to enjoy a story or two, share songs or finger plays, do cool crafts and develop those pre-literacy skills. Not to mention a place for parents to relax and meet.
We’re back online recommending books for all ages and interests. We will post a new video to our Facebook and YouTube pages the first and third Wednesdays of the month. If you have a few related books to recommend, we welcome guest stars!
It’s time to get the gang back together! We are currently selecting a day and time for our book group for grown-ups, so if you’re interested, please let us know when would work for you. We pick our next book as a group and tend to read widely, so get ready for a fun adventure.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
MEA drop-in crafts coming October 21-22
Halloween party coming October 29, 4-6 pm
A mad scientist lab, games, crafts, treats and more. Fun for the whole family!
Food for Fines coming October 29-November 6
Donate any unexpired food item(s) to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf and we will waive up to $10 in late fees from our library per card.
Book sale coming in February, 2022
We are accepting donations of good-quality recent books now. We need volunteers to plan, sort and to assist on the sale day. If you can do any of these, please talk to us.
Escape room coming this fall
Teens and adults will need to solve the murder of Mr. Boddy!