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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 Sale

Our big book sale is getting closer!  We will have kids’ books, thriller, romances, cookbooks and lots more!  The prices will be reasonable and all proceeds will go to enhancing our fun room for kids.

Lonsdale Public Library Meeting Room
Thursday, February 10th: 4-8 pm
Friday, February 11th:          12-6 pm
Saturday, February 12th:  10 am-4 pm

Bring your own bag and get $.25 off!  If you’re interested in volunteering, please give us a call.  Cash or check only.

 

Stuffed animal sleepover

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Tuesday, December 28-Wednesday, December 29

Join us Tuesday at 6:30 for a special bedtime storytime with your stuffed animal or doll friend.  Then leave the stuffed friends with us for a library sleepover.  The animals will have adventures and then be ready to be picked up Wednesday morning complete with a report of what they got up to.  We’ll even have some breakfast treats while they last.

Halloween Party

WHEN:  Friday, October 29th, 4-6 pm
WHERE: Lonsdale Public Library
WHAT: Halloween Party!!!

Visit the mad scientist’s laboratory to see creepy experiments, examine terrifying specimens, and drink a potion, if you dare!

Enjoy our indoor amusement park where you can play mini-golf, toss a ball into a monster’s mouth, do some boo bowling or pin the alien in its spaceship!

And don’t forget the library, where we will have crafts for little and not-so-little kids, coloring and worksheets, a spooky photo backdrop, trivia for grown-ups and lots of yummy treats!

Because of the size of the crowd, we ask you to please wear your masks.  Thanks for helping us keep our community safe.

Our Food for Fines drive starts the day of the party and goes until Saturday, November 6th.  Donate any unexpired non-perishable food, household item, or cash to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf and we will waive up to $10 in late fees from our library.

We’re batty for bats!

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.

Bat trail mix

  • 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)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
  2. 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
  1. If you are using frozen fruits, allow them to thaw slightly.
  2. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. 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.

Upcoming Events

WHAT’S NEW IN SEPTEMBER

Facebook Giveaway:

For adults, we will be giving away a book every month.  All you have to do is comment on our question of the month and you’ll be entered into the drawing.

Our prize this month is Ocean Prey by John Sandford.  This 2021 novel mixes the long-running Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers series.  When three members of the Coast Guard are murdered, it will take all the skills of these two investigators to find justice.

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Pre-school Storytime: Friday at 10:30

Beginning September 10th, storytimes will be held in the large meeting room.  They are a great opportunity for pre-readers to enjoy a story or two, share songs or finger plays, do cool crafts and develop those pre-literacy skills.  Not to mention a place for parents to relax and meet.

Book Chats

We’re back online recommending books for all ages and interests.  We will post a new video to our Facebook and YouTube pages the first and third Wednesdays of the month.  If you have a few related books to recommend, we welcome guest stars!

Book Group

It’s time to get the gang back together!  We are currently selecting a day and time for our book group for grown-ups, so if you’re interested, please let us know when would work for you.  We pick our next book as a group and tend to read widely, so get ready for a fun adventure.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

MEA drop-in crafts coming October 21-22

Halloween party coming October 29, 4-6 pm

A mad scientist lab, games, crafts, treats and more.  Fun for the whole family!

Food for Fines coming October 29-November 6

Donate any unexpired food item(s) to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf and we will waive up to $10 in late fees from our library per card.

Book sale coming in February, 2022

We are accepting donations of good-quality recent books now.  We need volunteers to plan, sort and to assist on the sale day.  If you can do any of these, please talk to us.

Escape room coming this fall

Teens and adults will need to solve the murder of Mr. Boddy!