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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

 

Book Chats

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or YouTube, hopefully you have seen that we are producing book chats of recommendations for what to read next.  All of the videos are available on this playlist on our YouTube channel.  New episodes are posted every Wednesday at 3:00 pm.  What kind of books do we discuss?  You name it, we will probably get around to it.  If you have suggestions, let us know.  The schedule so far is:

8/19:  psychological thrillers

8/26: read alouds for the whole family

9/2: science-fiction

9/9: hot dish cookbooks

9/16: early chapter books

9/23: overcoming adversity memoirs

9/30: favorite elderly protagonists

Something for everyone!

Fun for kids

We’ve got some new activities in our window.  You can do them without coming into the library.  Just follow the arrows!

Jazz up your walk with this Lonsdale scavenger hunt.  You can pick up a physical copy in the library if you prefer.

Fun for grown-ups

Book Chats:

Your library staff loves recommending books.  We do it in person when we can, but since we’re seeing fewer of you and spending less time together when we do, we’ve decided to go digital.  We will take a few minutes to share a few titles that we love and why we recommend them.  The videos will be available on our YouTube channel and our Facebook page.  Up first, Marguerite talks psychological thrillers.

Because we can’t travel abroad, check out Get Your Guide for virtual tours and experiences.  There’s never been a better time to be an armchair traveler.

Family Fun:

Did you know there’s a drive-in theater just up the road in Elko New Market?  Check out the details on their website.

Take the kids camping in your backyard.  Make s’mores, tell ghost stories, listen to the birds.  You can even break out some scouting-style crafts like whittling, making lanyards,  or making leaf rubbings.  (Of course, not all activities are suitable for all ages.)

Want more ideas?  The Mayo Clinic has a list of safe outdoor activities.

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

 

 

More fun stuff

Hello library friends.  We hope you are all doing well.  Restrictions are slowly loosening, but the world is still different and likely will be for a long while.  Thanks for letting us continue to be a part of your lives.

Library update:  We continue to do no-contact pickup in the lobby.  If you want to request items or have questions, give us a call at 507-744-3977.  More updates when circumstances change.

Summer reading update: There will be a summer reading program, but it will look very different.  What won’t be different is the fun and learning.  Look for an entry with more details coming soon.

Meanwhile, here are some more fun things to do right now in the real word and the virtual world.

Real world stuff:

I know a lot of you are taking regular walks, especially now  that the weather seems to be changing.  One fun way to entertain kids on your walk is to make a bracelet of duct tape, sticky side out, and attach pretty flowers and plants you find.  Check out The Kitchen Pantry Scientist for more information.

Fun for little hands on a warm day is this activity that may be familiar to attendees of our Hands-On Science group.  Put a few small plastic toys in a freezable container, cover in water and freeze.  When you’re ready, take them out to the lawn on a sunny day along with some water and tools like eyedroppers or squeeze bottles.  Kids will love melting them free.  Little Bins for Little Hands has more specific ideas.

The outdoors is great for messy crafts, like squirt gun paintingacrylic paint sun prints, and DIY yard Yahtzee.

Get grilling!

Shop local!  Maybe consider a gift certificate if your favorite business is not open yet.

Online stuff:

These virtual walks in Yellowstone National Park are beautiful and relaxing.

When you’ve done all of your jigsaw puzzles and visited the library’s puzzle exchange so often you’ve done all of those, too, but you still have a hankering, check out JigZone for free online puzzles.

Learn to dock a spacecraft with this Space X simulator.

See Prince and the Revolution “live” in concert on YouTube and donate to COVID-19 relief.

Educational fun

It’s a new week.  I’m sure some of you parents feel like this stay-at-home order has lasted forever.  In case no one has said it today, you’re doing a great job!  Here are some more resources to keep kids learning and entertained.

Love the Magic Tree House book series?  I know I do!  We’re excited about Magic Tree House Adventures, where every week they will have readalongs and activities based around a theme.  This week is animals!

The Minnesota Science Museum is letting you watch films free at home.  Check out their Omnifest site!

Junior Library Guild is offering free access to great online books for elementary, middle school and high school.

The world-famous Cincinnati Zoo has great videos featuring different animals on their Home Safari page.

The Kitchen Table Classroom has free online art classes for kids.  Most can easily be done with supplies you have at home.

If you are looking for images for a report or just want to check out some amazing photos, check out Wikimedia Commons.  A good place to start is featured pictures.  Don’t be surprised if you find yourself browsing for a while.