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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.  

 

 

FREE MUSIC PERFORMANCE

 

 

FREE MUSIC NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13
6:30-7:30 PM

Join us for an evening of chamber music with St. Olaf group Pure Quintuition. The members are: Lauren Flaten – Flute, Colin Lang – Oboe, Jackson Brown – Clarinet, Henry Johnson – Bassoon, and Delaney Breen – French Horn.  Suitable for all ages.  The event is free and so are the refreshments.

Food for Fines

FOOD FOR FINES
HELD OVER FOR A SECOND WEEK!
November 28 – December 9

It’s time once again for that magical week when your fines can be forgiven at the same time as you do a good deed.  The Lonsdale Public Library is again offering our semi-annual week-long “Food for Fines” event.  During the week of November 28 – December 2 support the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf by donating items or money at the library and have your fines forgiven up to $10 per card.  Non-perishable foods and personal care items welcomed, only non-expired items please.

Please note that we can only waive late fees, not lost item fees, and only for fines imposed by Lonsdale Public Library.  Any size donation is welcome and will help your friends and neighbors!

Halloween Party

Halloween is just around the corner.  Join us on Friday, October 27th at the library for our annual spooky celebration.

We will be making crafts and playing games from 4:00-6:00.  All ages are welcome.  Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory.

 

 

 

 

 

We will also have some fun activities and giveaways going on all day, so drop by anytime.  And don’t forget our spooky(-ish) storytime at 10:30.

Jeopardy party!

Your librarian, Marguerite, is going to be on Jeopardy!  Join us Wednesday, October 4th at 4:30 to watch the episode live.  Stick around afterward to ask Marguerite questions about the experience or bring a trivia question to stump her!  We will have free popcorn and pop for all.

Free Clip Art Trivia Game

Remarkable Reptiles

Remarkable Reptiles

 

Wednesday, June 28 at 1:00 pm

 

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 are welcome.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you may want to stick around afterwards, because we’re making crafts at 2:00.