This is it, the final week of summer reading 2022. We hope you have been enjoying it as much as we have. Be sure to bring your booklets in by 2:00 on Saturday to get all the grand prize entries you have earned. Winners will be notified on Monday.
We will make fun and tasty fruit and vegetable bugs.
Teens & Tweens Thursday
We will make fun and tasty fruit and vegetable bugs.
Coding Club will not be held this week.
Ice Cream Social
Join us at Sticha Park at 12:00 noon on Friday for free ice cream!
Week one is actually more than a week, since we start on a Friday, but please play along. You can sign up for the summer reading program starting on June 10th or any day after that until July 22nd. Here’s what’s happening just in the first week!
Eat hot dogs and chips, drink lemonade, sign up for the summer reading program and get a free book! All ages.
Monday, June 13 at 2 pm: Maker Monday
For our first week, we will make egg carton bees and butterfly rings. Plus, we will have a bee relay race. Best for ages 6-10.
Educators from the Rice County Extension Department will present a program about the importance of pollinators, including a craft and a plant to take home! Best for ages 5+.
Thursday, June 16 at 11:30 am: Storytime with Chione Quintet
Join us for a special musical storytime based on Twin Cities author Ka Vang’s Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon. All ages. (This event was rescheduled. This is the correct day and time.)
For week one, we are making workout headbands from old t-shirts. Bring your own t-shirt if you have one in a cool color. We will also have some at the library, but they may not be cool. Best for ages 11+.
Thursday, June 16 at 2:00 pm: Coding Club
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.) Best for ages 8+.
Every week we have a pre-school storytime with books, fingerplays, songs and crafts. This week’s theme is princesses. Best for ages 3-6.
Each week we will also have a drop-in craft to do in the library anytime. Week one we have a toilet paper roll bee and a mix and match flower.
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.
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.
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
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.
We wrap up the program with ice cream and fun at Sticha Park. All ages.
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.
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!
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
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.
- 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)
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- 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
- If you are using frozen fruits, allow them to thaw slightly.
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- 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.
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!
Enjoying a free lunch.
Another volunteer cooking.
Hot dogs are awesome, just like reading!
Picking up those week one packets.
READING COLORS YOUR WORLD
SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2O21
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.
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!
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.
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.
Here’s a fun experiment for grade school and older kids!