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Year in Review

We are saying goodbye to 2020, a tumultuous year to say the least, and welcome 2021.  Let’s take a quick look back.

With the COVID-19 epidemic, we were closed for part of the year and did no-contact pickup for part of the year.  Like many in the community, several members of the staff contracted the disease, but we all recovered.  We greatly appreciate all of you who use the library; you have been great sports.  Thanks for hanging in there with us!

We checked out 14,438 physical items in 2020, which is not bad, all things considered.
For comparison we checked out 21,576 in 2010.  Final numbers for e-book checkouts are still pending, but are expected to be much, much higher than past years.

Our most checked out books were a little more diverse than in previous years, including a board book, easy readers, a juvenile non-fiction book, a chapter book, and even a grown-up mystery.

EVENTS

Before COVID hit we squeezed in a Harry Potter-themed escape room, which was conquered by kids and adults alike.

Shortly after that everything changed, and the rest of the year was all about connecting in different ways.   Summer reading became a take-and-make affair.  We put together packets each week for pre-readers, readers and teens/tweens.  In the end, we distributed 650 over six weeks.  The staff created videos to introduce the contents of each packet and demonstrate the crafts.

 

Our annual Halloween party also became a take-and-make affair.  We gave out 100 or so packets with fun activities, coloring pages, toys and candy.  Luckily, many of our friends showed up in costume to pick them up.  We love to see those great costumes and big smiles!

The community also played along with our in-person and online favorite candy bracket.  After 250 votes, we determined that Lonsdale’s favorite candy is Twix!

We embraced social media more than ever, producing virtual storytimes for kids and book chats for grownups. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, so you don’t miss anything.

Here’s hoping we get to see a lot more of you next year!

 

Holiday Cookie Recipe Exchange

Have a favorite cookie recipe you’d like to share?  Drop it off at the library or email to mmoran@selco.info.

Looking for new cookie recipes to try?  Stop by starting on Monday, November 24 and pick up a copy of the recipes contributed.  We will also share here on the website.

Because you can never have too many Christmas cookies!  (Just don’t eat them all in one sitting.)

Halloween Party in a Bag

Come to the library on Friday, October 30 or Saturday, October 31 to get your party in a bag!  We’re sad that we won’t be able to offer our usual party, but instead, you can bring the fun home.  Packets will include coloring pages, activity sheets, a recipe, a craft, a prize or two and a bag of candy!  Choose pre-reader, reader or teen/tween.

Friday 1:00-6:00
Saturday 10:00-2:00

 

Virtual Storytimes

Hello storytimers!  We have missed you!  It’s not exactly the same, but Ms. Susan will be creating virtual storytime videos that will be shared on our Facebook page.  Each weekly episode will premiere Monday at 6:30, starting August 31st.   You don’t need a Facebook account to watch.

Our storytimes are designed for pre-schoolers, but feel free to watch at any age!

 

Summer Reading Program week five

Big thanks to Casey’s for the donation of 50 frozen treat coupons!  The first 50 kids to pick up their packets this week (starting Monday at noon) will get a free treat!

Our theme this week is everyday heroes.  It’s a good time to think about who you admire and how you can be a hero yourself.

Additional Resources:

Pre-readers:

Week five with Marguerite and Penny

Five Green and Speckled Frogs song

Readers:

Week five with Marguerite and Penny

Who Was book printable lesson plans and activity sheets

Teens and Tweens:

Week five with Marguerite and Penny

Want to add to your city?  Download more templates.  Build Your Own City challenges

 

Summer Reading Program Week Four

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.

Additional Resources:

Pre-readers:

Week four with Marguerite and Penny

Here are some sing-along versions of this week’s songs:

Frere Jacques

Are You Sleeping, Brother John?

Mahurdeeysaa

Readers:

Week four with Marguerite and Penny

Fun Facts about Royals

Teens:

Week four with Marguerite and Penny

More marshmallow and toothpick building challenges

 

Summer Reading Program Week Three

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.

Additional Resources:

Pre-reader:

Week three with Marguerite and Penny

Want to give your Little Red Riding Hood some friends?
Little Red Riding Hood, wolf & woodcutter crafts

Hey Diddle Diddle song

The Itsy Bitsy Spider song

Reader:

Week three with Marguerite and Penny

Anansi the Spider book read aloud

Anansi the Spider old time animated video

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.

Gnome garden for kids video

How to make a fairy/gnome garden

13 fairy garden tips

Teen:

Week three with Marguerite and Penny

These aren’t exactly the same as our solar distiller project, but very close:

Solar distiller from large and small bottles

Solar distiller from a bottle and a can

Solar distiller from several bottles

 

 

Summer Reading Program 2020

Hello readers!  This year’s summer reading program is going to be different than the past, but we will be doing fun things, don’t worry!  We won’t have any big gatherings.  However, we will be producing online content and distributing packets with worksheets, crafts, coloring and other fun stuff every week!

FAQ:

How do we sign up?

You can call the library at 507-744-3977 starting on June 8th.  Or, if you prefer, sign up online here.  Please do register so we know how many kids are participating.

Will there be reading logs?

Yes.  We will include a reading log in your first weekly packet.  Or download a copy here.

reading log pre-reader

reading log readers

reading log teens

You can use this to keep track of your achievements.  However, the library will not be keeping track of your progress, so there’s no need to return the logs at any point.

Will we still be able to earn prizes?

Yes and no.  We won’t be giving out prizes based on how many tasks you complete.  The good news is, we will be distributing prizes in some of your weekly activity packets.  Everyone’s a winner!

Will you be having big events like the pizza party?

No.  We will not be doing any large gatherings this summer.

What about crafts and other activities?

Instead of gathering together to create crafts and work on other projects we will package up weekly kits with crafts, worksheets and other fun stuff arranged by age group.  You can pick up your kit at the library at a time that is convenient for you.  Please take only one packet per kid per week.  We encourage you to share your finished projects on our Facebook page.

What about craft supplies?

We will offer separate packets of crayons, glue sticks, and scissors that you can pick up anytime.  Crafts will include most of the items you will need.  A few projects may require some materials that hopefully you have at home (like flour or toilet paper rolls).

Which packet should I take?

There are three categories of packet and reading log: pre-readers, readers and teens.  We recommend pre-readers for 0-4, readers for 5-10 and teens for 11+.   This should help to assure that the materials are the appropriate level of interest and difficulty.

Will the library be open?

Yes, the library will be open for limited hours for browsing and pickup of materials and use of computers.  Social distancing will be in effect.