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Summer Reading Program 2022

Lonsdale Public Library
Summer Reading Program
Friday, June 10-Saturday, July 23

The summer reading program is back in person!  We will have reading logs, weekly events, special events, grand prize drawings–everything we’ve been missing!  Everyone from babes in arms through age 18 is welcome to participate.

(We will continue to make masks available for adults and children, but they are not required.  If you would like a take-home version of a weekly craft, please let us know and we will do our best to accomodate you.)

We will again have a selection of grand prize baskets for different ages.  Kids get to enter a drawing for the basket of their choice just by signing up, and can earn another entry for every page they complete in their reading log.  We have logs for pre-readers, readers, and teens.  Get your choice of book just by signing up!  Logs must be turned in by 2 pm on July 23rd to get entries.

SPECIAL EVENTS:

All events are at the library unless noted otherwise

Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 am: Chione Quintet Storytime

(Yes, this is technically before the kickoff, but it’s too much fun to miss!)  Join us for a special musical storytime based on Minnesota author Ka Vang’s Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon.  All ages.

Friday, June 10 at 12:00 pm: Summer Reading Kickoff Cookout at Sticha Park

Drop by Sticha Park for hotdogs, chips, lemonade and literacy!  Eat, play games and sign up for the summer reading program all in one.  All ages.

Wednesday, June 15 at 1:00 pm: The Power of the Flower: Helping Bees and Butterflies

Learn about the importance of pollinators and what you can do to help with this hands-on learning event from the Rice County Extension Service.  Best for ages 5-10.

Thursday, June 23 – Saturday, June 25 (multiple sessions): Summer Camp Treasure Hunt Escape Room 

When you arrive at your summer camp cabin, you find a mysterious message.  Can  you find the hidden treasure before time runs out?  Best for ages 10+.

Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 pm: 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.  Best for ages 3-6.

Tuesday, July 12 at 11:00 am: Live Eagle Program at Lonsdale Elementary School

An interpreter from the National Eagle Center shares an entertaining presentation all about eagle biology, ecology and natural history complete with live eagle.  Event held in the gym at Lonsdale Elementary School.  All ages.

Friday, July 22 at 12:00 pm: Ice Cream Social at Sticha Park

We wrap up the program with ice cream and fun at Sticha Park.  All ages.

WEEKLY EVENTS:

Maker Mondays at 2:00 pm

Our weekly get-together for ages 6-10.  We will make crafts and do some other fun activities.  (Note: We will have Maker Monday on Tuesday, July 5th because of the holiday.)

Teens ‘n Tweens Thursday at 1:00 pm

This weekly event for ages 11+ will do crafts and activities aimed at an older audience.

Coding Club Thursday at 2:00 pm

Learn coding by working on self-directed projects.  Ages 8-12 can learn Scratch or Dot and Dash robots.  13 and up may learn Python or advanced projects.  Bring your own device.   (If you are interested but don’t have a device, contact the library and we will try to arrange use of one for you.)

Friday Storytime at 10:30 am

Don’t forget out pre-school storytime, which will continue during the summer.  Books, songs, fingerplays and crafts!

 

Cookie Decorating Class

Cookie Decorating Class
Thursday, December 9th, 6:00-7:00pm

Have you always wanted to make those beautiful decorations you see in the stores, but don’t know where to start?  Join Lois for a cookie decorating class.  You will learn several techniques that you can use on different types of desserts.  Plus, bring your product home!

Adults (or teens with a parent) only.  Class size is limited to 8.  Please pre-register by calling the library at 507-744-3977.

We wil provide materials, but if you have your own decorating bags and tips, feel free to bring them.  Masks are required to be worn.

Photo attribution: Jonathunder, GFDL 1.2 <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html>, via Wikimedia Commons

We’re batty for bats!

This week, our storytime focused on bats.   Did you know that many bats eat insects, including mosquitoes, up to 1200 per hour?  And many more are pollinators, helping grow many crops.  So, in their honor, we would like to share a couple of yummy recipes brought to you by bats.  You can download these and more in this recipe book from Batweek.org.

Bat trail mix

  • 1 1/2 cup mixed raw nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, etc.)
  • 1 cup raw seeds (sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.)
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried fruit (cherries, banana chips, cranberries, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup yummy chocolate (chocolate chips, M&Ms, etc.)
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and/or pinch of nutmeg (optional)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. immediately or store in a plastic sealing bag or mason jar.  (Will keep for 2-3 weeks.)

Fruit Bat Loves Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup papaya pieces
  • 1/2 cup mango pieces
  • 1/2  banana
  • 1/4 cup blueberries or blackberries
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup soy or almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon carob powder
  • juice of one large orange
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  1. If you are using frozen fruits, allow them to thaw slightly.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into a glass and serve.

Next week’s storytime theme is shapes with guest star Ms. Lois.  The week after will be apples.  If you have a pre-schooler and can make it Friday at 10:30, drop in and share some learning fun.

Summer Reading Kickoff Pictures

Our summer reading program kickoff cookout was a hit!  Lots of families came by to enjoy free hot dogs, chips and lemonade and to sign up for summer reading.   Big thanks to all our volunteers!

Don’t forget, you can still sign up at the library or online.

Thanks to Mackenthun’s for helping us out with the food!

Signing up!

Enjoying a free lunch.

Volunteers serving.

Another volunteer cooking.

Hot dogs are awesome, just like reading!

Picking up those week one packets.

Summer Reading Program Kickoff

READING COLORS YOUR WORLD
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Kickoff Party Cookout, Sticha Park, June 7th, 12:00-1:30
Sponsored by Mackenthun’s

We are starting our summer reading program this year with a cookout!  Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and lemonade!  Thanks to Mackenthun’s for helping us out with the food!  We will serve until 1:30 or until the food runs out.  We’ll play some outdoor games and kids 0-18 will have a chance to sign up for summer reading. Come one, come all! All ages.

Sticha Park on Google Maps

Summer Reading Program

Reading Colors Your World!

Summer reading program is back!  This year will be a little different again. Like last year, we will be giving out packets every week with worksheets, crafts, coloring and other fun stuff.  These are divided between pre-readers, readers, and teens/tweens.  When you register, you can enter for a chance to win one of ten grand prize baskets.  After that, you can stop by the library and pick up the right packet for you from the entryway at any time.  There will be videos on Facebook and YouTube each week with demonstrations. We are still being cautious about gathering in large numbers in the library, but we are having several events elsewhere.

Big thanks to Subway and Casey’s for donating prizes and Mackenthun’s for helping with the cost of the cookout!

EVENTS:

Kickoff Party Cookout, Sticha Park, June 7th, 12:00-1:30

We start the whole program off with a cookout.  Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and lemonade!  We will serve until 1:30 or until the food runs out.  We’ll play some outdoor games and you’ll have a chance to sign up for summer reading. Come one, come all! All ages.

Jolly Pops, Sticha Park, June 23rd, 1:00-2:00

The Jolly Pops combine upbeat, original music with a host of children’s standards for a concert that is sure to please kids and adults alike. Take a fun ride with the Happy Dads and their puppet friends as they sing about alligator dancing, popsicles, trains, pet dinosaurs…and more! Aimed at ages 3-8, but all ages welcome.

Remarkable Reptiles, Lonsdale Elementary School Gym, June 30th, 12:00-1:00 and 1:15-2:15

Your friend and ours, Jim Gerholdt, will be back with his snakes, lizards and turtles.  There will be two sessions with limited space.  Please pre-register at  https://tricity.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/63/program_id/15.  All ages.

Ice Cream Social, Sticha Park, July 16th, 12:00-1:00

Join us in the park one last time to close out the year with friends and ice cream!  All ages.

STORYTIMES AND OTHER FUN STUFF:

In person storytimes are back Friday mornings at 10:30 starting June 4th!  We will meet outside the library; just follow the signs. (No storytime on wet days.)  We will have “I Spy” games in the windows, so you can play anytime.  The things to search for will change every week, so come back regularly.  We’re also planning an art gallery of your work!

Once again we ask you not to turn in your reading logs, but encourage you to use them to inspire you to keep reading, learning and exploring!  We will distribute prizes in your weekly packets.  There will also be ten grand prize baskets.  You can choose the grand prize drawing to enter when you sign up. You can register at the library in person, call us at 507-744-3977 or sign up online.  Registration opens June 7th.

Virtual Food for Fines

As you may know, this is the time of year when we encourage you to donate to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf by waiving late fees for donations.  Since we are currently not open to the public, we are not collecting food donations this year, but you can still drop off donations at Lonsdale Liquors or you can donate by check or credit card.  Check out the LAFS website for more details.

Then just give us a call anytime from December 7 to December 19 to let us know you have donated and we will waive up to $10 per card in late fees.  (Yes, we’re trusting you.)  Happy holidays!

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.)