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Summer reading program update

Here we are halfway through summer reading 2017.  We have 269 young people signed up from ages less than 1 to 17.  We’ve already given away more that 200 prizes and had 8 enterprising young readers who have finished all five levels!

We’ve also done lots of fun activities:


We learned traditional Czech and Slovak dances from the Domácí Czech Folk Dancers.


We painted with marbles.


We met Harper, a service dog in training.


We made robots out of boxes and tinfoil.


We learned about all kinds of reptiles…


…and made friends with a boa constrictor.

 


We built marble mazes out of cardboard and drinking straws.

And that’s only the first half.  We’ve got lots more to come.

Wednesday, July 5th at 2:00 pm:  Crafts including catapults and spectroscopes

Friday, July 7th at 1:00 pm: Mad Science MN presents Phantastic Physics

Wednesday, July 12th at 2:00 pm: Crafts including necklaces and race cars

Wednesday, July 19th at 1:00 pm: You Can Build It fair

Wednesday, July 19th at 2:00 pm: Crafts including painting with nuts and bolts

 

Remarkable Reptiles

Remarkable Reptiles

 

Wednesday, June 28 at 1:00 pm

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And you may want to stick around afterwards, because we’re making crafts at 2:00.

Domáci Czech Dancers

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

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!

Also, feel free to stick around and join us for the first of our weekly summer reading craft sessions at 2:00.  Our theme for the first week is art, so plan on making mosaics and painting with marbles.  All events and supplies are free.  Projects designed for ages 5-10, but everyone is welcome.

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!

FRIDAY SCHEDULE:

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.

READING BY DESIGN SUMMER READING PROGRAM  JUNE 9 – JULY 22

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.

Summer Reading Program 2017

Lonsdale Public Library
Summer Reading Program 2017
Friday, June 9 – Saturday, July 22

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.

The theme this year is Reading by Design, so we wil be doing all kinds of fun activities, crafts, programs and story times about building, creating, science, art and design.

EVENTS

Friday, June 9, 11:00-12:30:
Pizza party
Wednesday, June 14, 1:00-2:00:
Domáci Czech Dancers
Wednesday, June 28, 1:00-2:00: Remarkable Reptiles
Friday, July 7: 1:00-1:45:
Mad Science MN
Wednesday, July 19: 1:00-2:00 pm:
You Can Build It
Craft sessions every Wednesday at 2:00 

Special thanks to the American Legion Auxiliary for their donation, which helped to fund all of these awesome activities!

Follow us at our website and on Facebook for more information and any schedule changes or additions.

 

Historic Homes of Minnesota talk

Living the Dream: Historic Homes of Minnesota by Doug Ohman

Lonsdale Public Library meeting room
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Freelance photographer and public speaker Doug Ohman will be at Lonsdale Public Library on Tuesday, March 14 at 6:30 pm. Doug’s work has been widely published in magazines, calendars and books, and in the popular book series, Minnesota Byways.

Take a tour of Minnesota’s most elegant homes. Hear the stories and personalities that surround many of these historic treasures. You’ve heard the expression, “If walls could talk” and in this photo presentation, it’s as if they do! Doug will also tell his own story about how he took his passion for history and love of photography and combined them into a successful career.

The talk is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Doug will have copies of his books for sale at the event.

Doug has degrees in both Geography and History from the University of Minnesota. Before becoming a full time photographer, he was the Operations Manager at the Mall of America.  He currently lives in New Hope, MN with his wife of over 30 years, Krin.

 

Local Author Taha Muhammad

Tuesday, February 7th
7:00 pm

Taha Muhammad will talk about his book, We Survived Iraq and Turkey: Long Road to Freedom: A True Story of an Iraqi Kurdish Family’s Escape to America, and describe his Kurdish family’s escape from Saddam Hussein’s regime, and journey to the United States.  After his family  arrived, Taha was able to resume his teaching career, including as a substitute at Tri-City United, and served as a translator for four years, assisting U.S. troops in Iraq.

Books will be available for purchase.

The event will be free.  Refreshments will be served.