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Hands-On Science

WHAT: STEAM for pre-schoolers
WHO: Kids aged 2-5
WHEN: The first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 am
WHERE: Lonsdale Public Library

Pre-schoolers are born scientists: they love to ask questions, explore and learn.  We want to feed that with an hour-long drop-in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) program for young hands.  Every month we will have several activities with a shared theme.  No pre-registration is required, but we do ask an adult caregiver to stay with their little e xplorer.

Free and open to all!

 

 

 

 

Beanie Babies!

You know you can check out books at the library.  You know you can check out movies at the library.  You know you can check out magazines at the library.  You know you can check out e-books at the library.  But now you can also check out Beanie Babies at the library!  They were so excited that they ran all over the library having fun.

Celebrating our birthday!

Coloring!

Doing a puzzle!

Reading a book together!

They can’t wait to visit your house and see what kind of adventures you can have together.  Stop by and check one out!

Bouncing egg experiment

Do you think an egg can bounce?  Your library staff investigated a book called How To Make a Bouncing Egg by Jennifer L. Marks.  It says that if you leave an egg in vinegar for three days, the shell will dissolve but the membrane will thicken enough that the egg will bounce if dropped from an inch or two high.

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see, the shell does dissolve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And by day three and four, the egg does become rubbery.

For the video with results, you will have to check out our Facebook page.  

 

 

Halloween Party

Halloween is just around the corner.  Join us on Friday, October 27th at the library for our annual spooky celebration.

We will be making crafts and playing games from 4:00-6:00.  All ages are welcome.  Costumes are encouraged but not mandatory.

 

 

 

 

 

We will also have some fun activities and giveaways going on all day, so drop by anytime.  And don’t forget our spooky(-ish) storytime at 10:30.

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.

Story room

Meet our new(ly designated) story room and study space.  Formerly a seldom-used small meeting room, the story room has been re-envisioned as a fun place to relax and play or buckle down and study–your choice!

  • Join us here for story times Tuesday evenings and Friday mornings.
  • Kids and families can play and relax here anytime the door is open.
  • If you want a quiet space to study or meet, you can sign up at the library on a first-come, first-served basis.