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Reduce Your Stress

Reduce Your Stress Workshop

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Time: 6:30-7:30
Place: Lonsdale Library meeting room

Susan Watts, MA
–Trained in stress management techniques and strategies
–19 years experience helping people to feel better quickly and stay that way

will lead you in:

  • Understanding the two types of stress
  • Acknowledging causes of your stress (living with pressures)
  • Recognizing the effects of stress
  • Practicing techniques to manage stress
  • Visualization
  • Action plan!

Limit 12
Ages 18+

Please call 507-744-3977 to register.

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.

Kim Todd author tour

Join us Tuesday, June 14th at 7:00 pm for Minnesota author Kim Todd.  You don’t need to have read the  book to enjoy her presentation about pioneering female reporters who dared to tell the truth.

Kim Todd, Ph.D., is known for her award-winning storytelling about science, nature, and history.  Her most recent publication, Sensational: The Hidden History of America’s “Girl Stunt Reporters,” is a 2022 MN Book Awards Finalist.

Summer Reading Program Grand Prize Baskets

When you sign up for the summer reading program, you get a chance to enter a drawing for one of these grand prize baskets.  Earn more entries by filling out your reading log.

This year there are 14 different baskets!  Numbers in parentheses are suggested ages, but choose whatever you like.  (Please note: some items may be a choking hazard for younger children.  Use caution.)

 

  1. BATH FUN (0-4)
    Octopus bath toy
    Dragon bib
    Sand toys
    Penguin stuffed animal
    Mermaid rubber duck
  2. ANIMAL FUN (18 months-4 years)
    Leapfrog 100 Animals
    Fox stuffed animal
    Beach ball
    Green Frisbee
    Sidewalk chalk
  3. HERO FUN (3-8)
    Paw Patrol fire truck
    Patriot beanie baby
    Dirt bike toy
    Green sunglasses
    Blue jump rope
  4. NATURE FUN (3-8)
    Binoculars
    Bug catching kit
    Stuffed hedgehog
    Yellow dinosaur Frisbee
    Yellow jump rope
  5. MUSEUM FUN (4-8)
    Children’s Museum of Southern MN passes
    Trolls World Tour coloring pack
    Dog stuffed animal
    Red Frisbee
    Watermelon sunglasses
  6.  ART FUN (6-14)
    Window art kit
    Modeling clay
    Squishy Palz
    Purple jump rope
    Natural branch pencil
  7.  GAMING FUN (7-11)
    Minecraft Uno game
    Two paracord bracelets
    Slinky
    Camping stickers
    Natural branch pencil
  8. FASHION FUN (8-15)
    Hair chalk
    Pink unicorn stuffed animal
    Daisy novelty glasses
    Natural branch pencil
    Rainbow splash ring
  9. CAMPING FUN (8-14)
    S’mores Squishmallow
    Camping stickers
    Unicorn paddleball
    Goofy string
    Natural branch pencil
  10. OUTDOOR FUN (8-16)
    Nerf gun
    ATV toy
    Camping stickers
    Tire splash ring
    Natural branch pencil
  11. WIMPY KID FUN (9-12)
    Diary of a Wimpy kid book
    Diary of a Wimpy kid bag
    Camping stickers
    Mandalorian coloring pocket activity
    Natural branch pencil
  12. SUMMER CAMP FUN (10+)
    Burt’s Bees lip shimmer
    Read Beyond the Beaten Path book light
    Camp iRead reflector
    Plastic boomerang
    Natural branch pencil
  13. NINJA FUN (10+)
    Conquer Ninja gym passes (not pictured)
    Read Beyond the Beaten Path water bottle
    Camping stickers
    Blue shark Frisbee
    Natural branch pencil
  14. DRAWING FUN (11+)
    Drawing pens
    Sketch book
    Fluffy rainbow pen
    Planner stickers
    Natural branch pencil

 

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!

 

Toddler Storytime

 

Introducing Toddler Storytime!

You know our preschool storytime every Friday morning.  But lately we’ve been seeing more toddlers, so we wanted to create something new just for you!

Designed for ages 18 months-3 years, Toddler Storytime will feature more interactive music and movement to keep young participants engaged.

We will start with one a month and consider expanding if there is interest.  So, mark your calendars for our premiere…

Wednesday, March 30 at 10:30 am
Jungle Animals Toddler Storytime

FAQ:

Q: So, what age is your Friday storytime designed for?
A: Friday storytimes are designed for preschoolers aged 3-5.  (That said, we understand that caregivers often bring the whole family and do our best to accomodate everyone.)

Q: Do we need to pre-register?
A: No, just come on Wednesday, March 30th with your toddler in tow.

Q: What is the value of storytimes?
A: Long before they begin to read, young children can learn how sounds make words and how stories work.  Building these early literacy skills will help them grow and learn.  Also, it’s both fun and good for your toddlers to explore and play with you and their peers.

Book Group

Our public book meets the first Thursday of every month at 6:00 pm.  Everyone is welcome!

The next book we are reading is Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  It chronicles the rise and fall of a fictional 1970s rock group, and particularly the volatile relationship between leaders Daisy and Billy.  It’s a wild, thrilling, and surprisingly moving story.

If you have any questions about book group or would like to check out a copy of the book, give us a call.