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Food for Fines


We are celebrating our birthday the week of April 10-14.  We’re 8!  As usual, we are asking you for gifts of donations to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf.  Please drop off your unexpired non-perishable food and/or personal care items at the library that week.  For any size donation, we will waive up to $10 per card of late fees from Lonsdale Public Library.  We cannot waive lost item charges or fees from other libraries.

Planning to join us for author Peter Geye on Thursday, April 12th at 7:00 pm?  Good idea!  That’s a good chance to bring in some donations!

Food for Fines

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!

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

Pizza Party

Summer reading arrived as usual with a big pizza party full of food, games, and fun!  We had food, did some science experiments, played some games, and signed up for the summer reading program!  There’s lots more summer reading fun to come, so come back soon!

Special thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible: the Lonsdale Lions, who come back every year to cook and serve pizzas, all the many grown-up and teen (and younger!) volunteers who helped keep everything moving smoothly and the fun happening, and all the parents and caregivers who took the time to bring the kids in.  We couldn’t do it without you!

We started the day with a special outdoor storytime with really big books.

Everybody got in on the action.

We ate a lot of pizza!

The Lonsdale Lions did all the cooking and serving.  Thank you, Lions!  (Hey, is that they mayor?)

Eating pizza with your friends is good!

You know what else is good?  Building things out of Legos and making crafts!

And making slime is pretty great!

But best of all is signing up to get awesome free prizes just for reading or having someone read to you!

Don’t forget: summer reading runs through July 22nd, so sign up and start keeping track of those minutes.

Pizza Party Friday, June 9

The summer reading program is almost here!  As always, we will be kicking off the program with a big pizza party.  Our good friends the Lonsdale Lions will be cooking and serving the pizzas.  Thanks, Lions!  Everyone is welcome and everything is free!


10:30 am: Special BIG BOOK storytime on the front lawn of the library

11:00 am – 12:30 pm:  

  • Pizza and lemonade served in the library’s large meeting room
  • Sign up for summer reading in the library
  • Games, science experiments, and outside art supplies on the front lawn
  • More games and coloring pages inside the large meeting room

Can’t make the pizza party?  No problem!  You can sign up for the summer reading program any time the library is open, right up until the end of the program.


All ages (0-18) can register at the library for our summer reading program.  For every 15 minutes that you read or are read to, mark your reading log.  For every 10 circles, get a prize! (Special teen prizes available.) All kids and teens who finish all five prize levels will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Barnes & Noble gift card. All book logs must be returned by 2:00 pm on July 22nd in order to enter drawing.

Other upcoming events:

Craft sessions every Wednesday at 2:00 

Our weekly craft sessions are a chance to create several projects that kids can take home.  All events and supplies are free.  Projects designed for ages 5-10, but everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, June 14, 1:00-2:00: Domáci Czech Dancers

We are delighted to welcome back the Domáci Czech Folk Dancers, a local group of young people who interpret traditional Czech dances, complete with authentic music and costumes.  Kids who attend may even get a chance to learn a dance of their own!  All ages are welcome, even grown-ups.

Wednesday, June 28, 1:00-2:00: 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 are welcome.

Friday, July 7: 1:00-1:45: Mad Science MN

Mad Science MN presents Phantastic Physics. Have fun with physics as we create lightning indoors! See electricity at work as we float pie tins and make a pickle light bulb! Discover the power of a Tesla coil as we use it to ignite a cannon. Then, we send 200,000 volts of electricity through one lucky volunteer for a truly hair-raising experience!  Content is designed for grade school ages, but everyone is welcome.  Special thanks to the Lonsdale American Legion Auxiliary, whose generous donation made this program possible!

Wednesday, July 19: 1:00-2:00 pm: You Can Build It

We will have our very own You Can Build It Fair, featuring demonstrations and interactive activities on topics like robotics, origami, building, and a contest to build the tallest tower with provided materials. Projects designed for ages 8-14, but all ages are welcome.

Happy birthday to us!

We are celebrating our seventh birthday!  That’s right, the Lonsdale Public Library had its grand opening on April 10, 2010.


We had special story times with cupcakes. Yum!











But we saved the best gift for you.  During the entire week of April 11-15, just bring in any donation for the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf (of unexpired non-perishable food, personal care items, and/or money) and we will forgive up to $10 per person of late fees from our library! Everybody wins!


Food for Fines

Food for Fines
April 11-15

It’s our birthday!  That’s right, your library is turning 7 years old.

We have decided to celebrate with a week-long Food for Fines event.  Just bring in any donation for the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf (of unexpired non-perishable food, personal care items, and/or money) and we will forgive up to $10 per person of late fees from our library! Everybody wins!