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Summer Reading Program 2023

Lonsdale Public Library
Summer Reading Program
June 9-July 21, 2023

Reading program with fun activities for ages 0-18.  Everyone who signs up gets a free book! Finish your reading log and register to enter a drawing for one of our great grand-prize baskets. Journals must be submitted by July 21st to qualify.


All events are at the library unless specified otherwise.

Friday, June 9, 12:00: Cookout, JAYCEE PARK

We start the season right with hotdogs, chips and lemonade at Sticha Park.  (Need directions?  Pick up a map at the library.)  Sign up for the reading program and choose your free book! Play games and make new friends!  All ages.

Wednesday, June 14, 1:00: Siama’s Congo Music

Siama Matuzungidi plays intricate, rhythmic guitar and traditional African instruments while Dallas Johnson encourages everyone to sing along to happy songs in Kikongo, Lingala & English. They share stories that bring Siama’s rural homeland to life. This heart-warming program is  designed for kids and families, but enjoyed by all, so don’t miss it!  All ages.


Thursday, June 22, 1:00: Afoutayi, TCU Lonsdale Elementary School

This interactive performance is a vibrant educational tool filled with dance, music, drumming, storytelling and history. Learn about Haitian cultural heritage the fun way with songs in Creole and French languages with live drumming accompaniment. Enjoy as  dancers engage in a playful, spontaneous interchange with the audience.   All ages.


Tuesday, June 27, 6:30: 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.  Pick them up the next morning and receive a report complete with pictures.  Best for ages 3-8.

Thursday, June 29, 1:00: Local Author Gina Kammer

This Lonsdale author will read from her Norse Myths series.  The group will decide what choices to make, which will shape the adventure.  Will you succeed?  There will be time to ask questions and buy books.  Best for ages 8-12.


Thursday, July 6—Saturday, July 8 (multiple sessions): Pop Star Escape Room

Your favorite pop star is in town for a big concert and you won backstage passes!  When there’s a lockdown you find yourself trapped in her dressing room with a bomb.  The mad bomber is convinced that pop music is rotting our brains, so he set up a series of clever puzzles.  If you can solve them all in 45 minutes, you can save the day!  You must pre-register, up to 5 per session.  Best for ages 10+.

Wednesday, July 12, 1:00: 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.


Friday, July 21, 6:30: Ice Cream Social / New Prague Community Band, Sticha Park

Cap off the summer reading season with free ice cream and music!  Enjoy the music of the New Prague Community Band!  Please bring your own chairs and blankets.  Everyone is welcome even if they weren’t part of the summer reading program, so invite your family, friends and neighbors!  All ages.


Activities will be available all week or while supplies last.

Drop-in craft

A fun craft to do at the library when you visit.  Best for ages 3-8.

Take-home craft

A different fun craft all packaged up to take home and do when you like.  Best for ages 6-12.

Activity sheets

As always, we will have cool fun sheets and coloring pages to take home.  All ages.

Summer Reading Week Six

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.

Maker 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!

Summer Reading Program Week One

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!

Friday, June 10 at noon: Kickoff Cookout at Sticha Park

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.

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

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.)

Thursday, June 16 at 1:00 pm: Teens and Tweens

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+.

Friday, June 17 at 10:30 am: Storytime

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.

Drop-in crafts

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.