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Summer Reading Program week one

Welcome to Summer Reading Program 2020!

Remember that we are not doing in-person programs this year.   Refer to previous entry for more details.  Instead, each week there will be a new packets of worksheets, coloring pages, crafts and activities for pre-readers, readers, and teens.

Feel free to drop by the library whenever is convenient for you and pick up your packet from the entryway.  A few notes:

  • Please register by calling the library at 507-744-3977 or using this online form.  These registration numbers are important for us to plan and get funding.
  • Week one packets include a reading log.  These are to encourage you to read and have adventures all summer long.  Please do not return them to the library this year.
  • Week one packets also include a book.  Please choose your packet and book without opening the packet.  If you have questions about a book, ask a library worker.  The book is yours to keep!
  • Craft supplies packets are also available.  Please take one if you need it and plan to use it all summer.  Note that there are two types of scissors depending on your age.
  • You may want to wipe down the outside of the packet before opening.
  • Check out the videos below for more information and craft demonstrations.
  • When you have finished your crafts, we would love to see them.  Share in comments or on our Facebook or Instagram!

Additional resources

Pre-reader:

Week one with Marguerite and Penny

Hush Little Baby on YouTube

Reader:

Week one with Marguerite and Penny

Fire-Breathing Paper Roll Dragon Video
Note that this demo uses a hot glue gun.  If you choose to do so, please use a hot glue gun only with adult supervision.

Teen:

Week one with Marguerite and Penny

Easy origami rabbit video

Rabbit too easy?  Try this:

Origami dragon video

 

Summer Reading Program 2020

Hello readers!  This year’s summer reading program is going to be different than the past, but we will be doing fun things, don’t worry!  We won’t have any big gatherings.  However, we will be producing online content and distributing packets with worksheets, crafts, coloring and other fun stuff every week!

FAQ:

How do we sign up?

You can call the library at 507-744-3977 starting on June 8th.  Or, if you prefer, sign up online here.  Please do register so we know how many kids are participating.

Will there be reading logs?

Yes.  We will include a reading log in your first weekly packet.  Or download a copy here.

reading log pre-reader

reading log readers

reading log teens

You can use this to keep track of your achievements.  However, the library will not be keeping track of your progress, so there’s no need to return the logs at any point.

Will we still be able to earn prizes?

Yes and no.  We won’t be giving out prizes based on how many tasks you complete.  The good news is, we will be distributing prizes in some of your weekly activity packets.  Everyone’s a winner!

Will you be having big events like the pizza party?

No.  We will not be doing any large gatherings this summer.

What about crafts and other activities?

Instead of gathering together to create crafts and work on other projects we will package up weekly kits with crafts, worksheets and other fun stuff arranged by age group.  You can pick up your kit at the library at a time that is convenient for you.  Please take only one packet per kid per week.  We encourage you to share your finished projects on our Facebook page.

What about craft supplies?

We will offer separate packets of crayons, glue sticks, and scissors that you can pick up anytime.  Crafts will include most of the items you will need.  A few projects may require some materials that hopefully you have at home (like flour or toilet paper rolls).

Which packet should I take?

There are three categories of packet and reading log: pre-readers, readers and teens.  We recommend pre-readers for 0-4, readers for 5-10 and teens for 11+.   This should help to assure that the materials are the appropriate level of interest and difficulty.

Will the library be open?

Yes, the library will be open for limited hours for browsing and pickup of materials and use of computers.  Social distancing will be in effect.

 

TV Trivia

UPDATE:  It looks like there were a few glitches in the initial release.  I apologize if you were marked wrong for a question you got right.  It should be fixed now.

Hello friends,

It’s our birthday week here at the library.  We’re 10!

We would like to be celebrating in person, but it’s more important to keep our neighbors safe. Still, we can have some fun together.  How about a TV trivia quiz?  We have questions by decade, so there should be something for everyone.  Be sure to visit us on Facebook to brag about your score!

 

TV Trivia: The 1960s

TV Trivia: The 1970s

TV Trivia: The 1980s

TV Trivia: The 1990s

TV Trivia: The 2000s

Virtual Book Group

As you may know, our library has a book group for grownups.  We usually meet on the third Wednesday of each month.  Since that’s not possible right now, let’s meet online!  You don’t have to already be a member to join in.

Since we can’t order copies of the book while libraries are closed, we will read something available online for free.  Let’s lighten our mood with the classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.  You can download a copy for free from Project Gutenberg.  https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/844

Get a start reading and we’ll post discussion questions soon.  Take care, friends.

 

More fun online literacy stuff

I’m sure many of you are sharing your space with antsy kids.  Here are some suggestions of activities that are fun and sneak in some learning.

Lots of great children’s authors are hosting online storytimes.  This article has a list with links.  Search for #OperationStoryTime on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to find more.

Storyline Online features celebrities reading picture books.  Many are perfect for kindergarten through third grade.

We can’t get out to the Minnesota Zoo, but they do have some excellent learning resources to use online and download.

How about concerts from children’s musicians?  This website has an updated list of dates and times.  Many are free, but some request donations and others may require a small fee.

Math can be fun!  Cool Math 4 Kids has games to make practicing grade school math entertaining.

You may remember Highlights magazine from your childhood, since they’ve been around since 1946.  Their website has games, learning, real world activity suggestions and more for ages 6-12.

What to do when you’re stuck at home

Hello friends,

I hope you’re all staying safe during these tough times.  I expect a lot of you are stuck at home, with or without kids.  What can you do to keep entertained and enlightened?  Here are some resources that may help.

Read ebooks:

As I hope you already know, you can use your library card to check out ebooks and e-audiobooks from our collection.  Use the free Libby app to download.  Want to get started with electronic content?  Check out this user guide that will talk you through the process on your type of device.

You can find more free content on Ebooks Minnesota, a collection of books from Minnesota’s independent publishers.  Get started by browsing by category.

Classics are available to download or read online from Project Gutenberg.

Desperate for wifi?  Our network is still up and available.  You should be able to pull up your vehicle and use it from the parking lot.

Physical books and more:

We have carts in the entryway of the library loaded with books, puzzles and activity sheets.  They are all free for the taking.  There is also a little free library downtown by the Veterans’ Memorial.

Online learning and entertainment for kids and adults:

Scholastic Learn At Home has lots of free projects by grade level.

Junior Library Guild has opened access to their ebooks for kids and young adults.

Educational publisher Abdo has provided free access to all of their ebooks and databases through June to keep kids reading.  Find books for PreK-8 and 5-12.  Also, check out the Zoom research database for beginning readers.

Nickelodeon has a site with activities including Spongebob’s handwashing lesson.

Why not take a virtual tour of the world’s great museums?

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can start a free online course from an Ivy League University.

Lots of streaming services are offering special content.    Amazon Prime is offering free kids content even to non-subscribers.  Other services are extending their free trials to 30 days.  Explore this list from Slate.

This NPR article lists more, including theater, learning and workout sites.

Family Matinee

Our family matinee is fun for the whole family the third Saturday of every month at 11:00.  For no money at all, you can come into the library and watch a G or PG movie on our big screen.  We will even throw in some free popcorn!  Everyone is welcome, no pre-registration required.

March 21: Frozen II (PG) EVENT CANCELLED

Your favorite characters from Frozen are back!  When she hears a mysterious voice calling to her Queen Elsa embarks on a journey to the Enchanted Forest to discover the source of her magical powers and save the kingdom of Arendelle.  And, of course she couldn’t undertake the journey without the help of  her sister Anna and their friends ice harvester Kristoff, snowman Olaf and reindeer Sven.

 

 

 

 

April 18: The Princess Diaries (G)

Mia is a regular, somewhat awkward high school student living with her mother in San Francisco when she gets the shocking  news that she’s the heir to the throne of the European country of Genovia.  Her newly-discovered grandmother Clarisse gives Mia a makeover and etiquette lessons designed to turn her into someone new.  Can Mia become a princess while still remaining true to herself?

 

 

 

May 16: Sonic the Hedgehog (PG)

Based on the popular video game character, Sonic is an alien blue hedgehog who can run at supersonic speeds.  He comes to Earth to hide out from the bad guys, but when he causes an accident he draws dangerous attention.  He must escape Doctor Robotnik with the help of his new friend, Sheriff Tom Wachowski.

Classic Movie Afternoon

Did you know that we show a classic movie on the first Monday of every month?  If you’re hanging around the house looking for something fun to do, come on down.  We will even have free popcorn!

What: Classic Movie Monday
When: Monday at 1:00 pm
Where: Lonsdale Public Library meeting room

March 2: Harvey

James Stewart stars as Elwood P. Dowd, a mild-mannered man who just happens to have a six-foot tall invisible rabbit as his best friend.   (1950, 1 hour and 44 minutes)

 

 

 

 

 

April 6: Easter Parade   

Fred Astaire and Judy Garland star in this charming musical with music by Irving Berlin.  (1948, 1 hour and 43 minutes)

 

May 4: You Can’t Take It With You

Have a laugh with this Frank Capra classic.  A wealthy young man gets engaged to a woman with a decidedly eccentric family.  (1938, 2 hours and 6 minutes)

 

 

 

Book Group

The next book group book is The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland.  Our next meeting will be March 18th.

The public book group meets every month on the third Wednesday at 1:00 pm.  Everyone is  always welcome!  (And we have treats.)