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Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Summer reading program 2023 is done. Thank you to the 271 kids who signed up for the program. Congrats to the 62 who finished the entire program and our five grand prize winners!
We had a total of 8 special events, attended by 465 people.  That’s a lot of fun!
We couldn’t have done it without all of you! Special thanks to Caseys, Conquer Ninja Warrior Gym, TCU Community Ed, New Prague Community Band, Lonsdale Ambassadors and most of all, to our amazing volunteers!
Even though the summer reading program is finished, don’t stop reading! We’re always here to help you find that perfect book.

Summer Reading Program Week Two

It’s week two of our Summer Reading Program 2023.  There is so much fun stuff yet to come.  You can still register for a free book and a chance to win a grand prize package.

Thursday, June 22nd at 1:00 pm
TCU Lonsdale Elementary School gym

Learn about the culture of Haiti with this  interactive performance filled with dance, music, drumming, storytelling and history.

Toddler Storytime
Wednesday, June 21st at 10:30 am

Enjoy a summer themed story and fun.

Our drop-in craft is a VIP tree about your family.  The take-home craft is a family handprints wall hanging.

Summer Reading Program 2023

Lonsdale Public Library
Summer Reading Program
June 9-July 21, 2023

Reading program with fun activities for ages 0-18.  Everyone who signs up gets a free book! Finish your reading log and register to enter a drawing for one of our great grand-prize baskets. Journals must be submitted by July 21st to qualify.


All events are at the library unless specified otherwise.

Friday, June 9, 12:00: Cookout, JAYCEE PARK

We start the season right with hotdogs, chips and lemonade at Sticha Park.  (Need directions?  Pick up a map at the library.)  Sign up for the reading program and choose your free book! Play games and make new friends!  All ages.

Wednesday, June 14, 1:00: Siama’s Congo Music

Siama Matuzungidi plays intricate, rhythmic guitar and traditional African instruments while Dallas Johnson encourages everyone to sing along to happy songs in Kikongo, Lingala & English. They share stories that bring Siama’s rural homeland to life. This heart-warming program is  designed for kids and families, but enjoyed by all, so don’t miss it!  All ages.


Thursday, June 22, 1:00: Afoutayi, TCU Lonsdale Elementary School

This interactive performance is a vibrant educational tool filled with dance, music, drumming, storytelling and history. Learn about Haitian cultural heritage the fun way with songs in Creole and French languages with live drumming accompaniment. Enjoy as  dancers engage in a playful, spontaneous interchange with the audience.   All ages.


Tuesday, June 27, 6:30: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Join us for a special evening storytime at 6:30, then drop off your stuffed friend to spend the night having adventures in the library.  Pick them up the next morning and receive a report complete with pictures.  Best for ages 3-8.

Thursday, June 29, 1:00: Local Author Gina Kammer

This Lonsdale author will read from her Norse Myths series.  The group will decide what choices to make, which will shape the adventure.  Will you succeed?  There will be time to ask questions and buy books.  Best for ages 8-12.


Thursday, July 6—Saturday, July 8 (multiple sessions): Pop Star Escape Room

Your favorite pop star is in town for a big concert and you won backstage passes!  When there’s a lockdown you find yourself trapped in her dressing room with a bomb.  The mad bomber is convinced that pop music is rotting our brains, so he set up a series of clever puzzles.  If you can solve them all in 45 minutes, you can save the day!  You must pre-register, up to 5 per session.  Best for ages 10+.

Wednesday, July 12, 1:00: Remarkable Reptiles

A perennial favorite, local reptile expert Jim Gerholdt, will be back to visit with some of his friends.  And his friends are snakes, lizards and turtles!  Kids will learn about these fascinating creatures, and maybe even get to pet a boa constrictor!  All ages.


Friday, July 21, 6:30: Ice Cream Social / New Prague Community Band, Sticha Park

Cap off the summer reading season with free ice cream and music!  Enjoy the music of the New Prague Community Band!  Please bring your own chairs and blankets.  Everyone is welcome even if they weren’t part of the summer reading program, so invite your family, friends and neighbors!  All ages.


Activities will be available all week or while supplies last.

Drop-in craft

A fun craft to do at the library when you visit.  Best for ages 3-8.

Take-home craft

A different fun craft all packaged up to take home and do when you like.  Best for ages 6-12.

Activity sheets

As always, we will have cool fun sheets and coloring pages to take home.  All ages.

Children’s Programming

We will be making some changes to our programming for younger children starting in March. 


Week 1: Preschool Storytime on Friday at 10:30

Week 2: Hands-on Science on Wednesday at 10:30

Week 3: Preschool Storytime on Friday at 10:30

Week 4: Toddler Storytime on Wednesday at 10:30


Preschool Storytime is our classic storytime designed for ages 3-6.  We will read one or more books, share songs and fingerplays, and do an age-appropriate craft.

Hands-On Science is a chance for ages 2-4 to explore and learn.  We will have science-themed activities for young hands.

Toddler Storytime is designed for ages 18 months-3.  We will share one or more age-appropriate books, share songs and other fun experiences.

If you have any questions, give the library a call at 507-744-3977.