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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!

 

 

Drop-in crafts

We will be sharing a drop-in craft every week in August.  Come in Wednesday through Saturday and make one of your own.  During this Olympic year, we’re seeing a lot of flags.  What would your flag look like?  Design your own!

Virtual Museum Tours

For week five of summer reading program, every level (pre-reader, reader, and teen/tween) has a museum tour activity.  If you can’t get to a physical museum, check out these suggestions.

The Minneapolis Institute of Art:  Minnesota’s largest art museum has a large collection spanning the world and 5000 years of history.  It’s open in person or visit online.

The Louvre:  One of the most famous museums in the world, the Louvre is a former palace located in the heart of Paris.  Some of its most famous works are Leonardo daVinci’s  Mona Lisa, the Venus de Milo and Eugène Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People. 

Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Met, as it’s called, is the largest art museum in the U.S.  Located in New York, it contains a giant collection of art and artifacts from around the world and from ancient to modern.  Don’t miss the mummies!

The Musée d’Orsay:  Housed in a beautiful former train station in Paris, the Orsay houses a fine collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist art.  Monet!  Van Gogh!

The British Museum: Located in London, the British Museum is a vast collection of human history, art and culture from around the world.  Don’t miss the Rosetta Stone!

Frida Kahlo Museum:  Kahlo was a Mexican painter known for her many self-portraits that incorporated Mexican culture and magical realism.  Her Mexico City home is now a museum of her work.

There are lots more museums to explore, of course.  Take a family trip to one in the area that’s open or search online.

 

Remarkable Reptiles

Remarkable Reptiles
Wednesday, June 30th at 12:00 and 1:15
Lonsdale Elementary School

Our favorite reptile expert, Jim Gerholdt, is back with his turtle, lizard and snake friends.  You may even get to pet a boa constrictor!

 

There will be two shows, 12:00 and 1:15 at Lonsdale Elementary School.  You need to pre-register here for one session with Tri-City United Community Ed.  There is no charge.  You do not need to be signed up for the summer reading program.  (But you should definitely come in and sign up to get more fun stuff.)

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