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Halloween Party

We broke our attendance record with this year’s Halloween Party.  Over 100 people dropped by to show off their awesome costumes, play some games, do some crafts, romp through an enchanted forest and eat some candy.  Thanks to everyone who helped make it a special day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Reading Wrap-Up

Well, that’s it.   Summer Reading 2018 is complete.  Here are some final numbers.

Kids signed up: 307
Kids who finished all four levels: 91 (
Ages of participants: 2 months – 17 years
Programs offered in these six weeks (including storytimes): 28
Total attendance at those programs: 786

We want to thank everyone who made it great.

Subway, who donated lots of cookies and kids’ meals.  You made many kids happy!

Casey’s, who donated yummy ice cream treats.  You, too, made kids happy!

Mackenthun’s, who donated all of the pizzas and drinks for the opening day pizza party.  You made kids and grown-ups happy!

The Lonsdale Lions who cooked and served all those pizzas.  You made everybody happy!

Ron Kadrlik, whose music made our ice cream social a success!

The Domácí Czech Dancers, who taught us about traditional Czech and Slovak dances!

Jim Jayes,  whose humor and magic delighted all ages!

Jim Gerholdt of Remarkable Reptiles, who shared his knowledge and his scaly friends!

 

Siama and Dallas, who shared the songs and stories of the Congo, causing us all great joy!

To every parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, cousin, babysitter, older sibling, daycare provider and friend who brought a kid into the library.  We couldn’t do it without you!

And finally to all 307 kids and young people who signed up and participated.  Thank you for reading,  playing, learning, creating and building our future one book at a time!  See you next year and keep on reading. 

Libraries Rock Week Six

This is it!  The last week of summer reading program 2018 is here!  Get your reading logs in by 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 21st to claim your prizes!

Monday, July 9, 3:00-3:30: Make, Listen & Move

We will make our own harmonicas and then learn to dance the electric slide.  Best suited for ages 6-10.

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 & 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, 3:00-3:45: Thursday Teens & Tweens

Our final craft will be scarves and/or bracelets from old t-shirts.  We have some t-shirts, but if you have an old shirt to cut up, feel free to bring it.  Best suited for ages 11-15.

Saturday, 11:00-12:00: Ice Cream Social

Enjoy free ice cream and music from local musician Ron Kadrlik!  And if we get 100 kids to finish the summer reading program you can bring your water pistols and soak the library’s staff.

Drop-in Craft

Drop by whenever the library is open and make punk rocks .  Best suited for ages 4-12.

Handouts

Every week we will have new take-home worksheets for all age groups.

 

Summer reading week one

It’s almost here!  Here’s everything that’s happening in the first week (+ a few days).

Friday, June 8, 10:30-11:00: Outdoor storytime

Come early on Friday for our special annual outdoor storytime with really big books.

Friday, June 8, 11:00-12:30:  Pizza Party sponsored by Mackenthun’s

Join us for the biggest event of the year!  We will have pizza and ice-cold lemonade thanks to our friends at Mackenthun’s.  Our good pals the Lonsdale Lions will be back to cook and serve.  We will also have games and activities inside and out.  And don’t forget to register and pick up your reading log to start earning prizes!  All ages.

Wednesday, June 13, 1:00-2:00: Siama’s Music from Congo

Siama is a guitarist from Congo, in central Africa.  Along with his partner Dallas, they tell Siama’s fun stories about growing up in rural Congo and everyone’s encouraged to play African hand percussion and to sing along in Kikongo, Swahili and Lingala. All ages.

Mondays, 3:00-3:30: Make, Listen & Move

Make a musical instrument craft, play along with s

ome music, and do a music-related activity.  Best suited for ages 6-10.

Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 & 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.

 

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. 

 

Hands-On Science

WHAT: STEAM for pre-schoolers
WHO: Kids aged 2-5
WHEN: The first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am
WHERE: Lonsdale Public Library

Pre-schoolers are born scientists: they love to ask questions, explore and learn.  We want to feed that with an hour-long drop-in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) program for young hands.  Every month we will have several activities with a shared theme.  No pre-registration is required, but we do ask an adult caregiver to stay with their little e xplorer.

Free and open to all!

 

 

 

 

String Quartet

FREE MUSIC NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY
TUESDAY, MARCH 20
7:30-8:30 PM

Join us for another evening of free music at the library.  We are welcoming The Blue Chameleon Quartet from St. Olaf.

All ages are welcome.  The event is free and so are the refreshments!  Tell your friends!

Bouncing egg experiment

Do you think an egg can bounce?  Your library staff investigated a book called How To Make a Bouncing Egg by Jennifer L. Marks.  It says that if you leave an egg in vinegar for three days, the shell will dissolve but the membrane will thicken enough that the egg will bounce if dropped from an inch or two high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, the shell does dissolve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And by day three and four, the egg does become rubbery.

For the video with results, you will have to check out our Facebook page.