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More fun stuff

Hello library friends.  We hope you are all doing well.  Restrictions are slowly loosening, but the world is still different and likely will be for a long while.  Thanks for letting us continue to be a part of your lives.

Library update:  We continue to do no-contact pickup in the lobby.  If you want to request items or have questions, give us a call at 507-744-3977.  More updates when circumstances change.

Summer reading update: There will be a summer reading program, but it will look very different.  What won’t be different is the fun and learning.  Look for an entry with more details coming soon.

Meanwhile, here are some more fun things to do right now in the real word and the virtual world.

Real world stuff:

I know a lot of you are taking regular walks, especially now  that the weather seems to be changing.  One fun way to entertain kids on your walk is to make a bracelet of duct tape, sticky side out, and attach pretty flowers and plants you find.  Check out The Kitchen Pantry Scientist for more information.

Fun for little hands on a warm day is this activity that may be familiar to attendees of our Hands-On Science group.  Put a few small plastic toys in a freezable container, cover in water and freeze.  When you’re ready, take them out to the lawn on a sunny day along with some water and tools like eyedroppers or squeeze bottles.  Kids will love melting them free.  Little Bins for Little Hands has more specific ideas.

The outdoors is great for messy crafts, like squirt gun paintingacrylic paint sun prints, and DIY yard Yahtzee.

Get grilling!

Shop local!  Maybe consider a gift certificate if your favorite business is not open yet.

Online stuff:

These virtual walks in Yellowstone National Park are beautiful and relaxing.

When you’ve done all of your jigsaw puzzles and visited the library’s puzzle exchange so often you’ve done all of those, too, but you still have a hankering, check out JigZone for free online puzzles.

Learn to dock a spacecraft with this Space X simulator.

See Prince and the Revolution “live” in concert on YouTube and donate to COVID-19 relief.

Educational fun

It’s a new week.  I’m sure some of you parents feel like this stay-at-home order has lasted forever.  In case no one has said it today, you’re doing a great job!  Here are some more resources to keep kids learning and entertained.

Love the Magic Tree House book series?  I know I do!  We’re excited about Magic Tree House Adventures, where every week they will have readalongs and activities based around a theme.  This week is animals!

The Minnesota Science Museum is letting you watch films free at home.  Check out their Omnifest site!

Junior Library Guild is offering free access to great online books for elementary, middle school and high school.

The world-famous Cincinnati Zoo has great videos featuring different animals on their Home Safari page.

The Kitchen Table Classroom has free online art classes for kids.  Most can easily be done with supplies you have at home.

If you are looking for images for a report or just want to check out some amazing photos, check out Wikimedia Commons.  A good place to start is featured pictures.  Don’t be surprised if you find yourself browsing for a while.

 

Earth Day

It’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  Remember, there’s no planet B so we had better protect the one we have.  Here are some great resources for celebrating the planet today and every day.

Earth Day has gone digital.  View events all day.

This NASA article reminds us of how lucky we are to live on this planet.

Also from NASA, Earth As Art, a breathtaking free e-book of photos.

One of the actions you can take is supporting our bees and other pollinators.  The University of Minnesota Extension offers help with making your garden pollinator friendly.

The Green Education Foundation has 10 steps to make the world a better place.

Test your knowledge of environmental issues with these quizzes from earthday.org.

FUN FOR KIDS

Explore the EPA’s Recycle City.

Coloring and activities help kids learn to be an energy star.

Learn about the Amazon the fun way with the Wild Kratts Amazin’ Amazon Adventure game.

 

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.

What’s up in November

The holidays are fast approaching and so is the snow.  We may settle in for the season, but we’re still keeping busy.  Here are the events at your library this month.

Monday, November 4th at 1:00 pm:  Classic Movie Matinee
Ninotchka starring Greta Garbo
This delightful comedy satirized the Soviet Union, with Garbo playing a no-nonsense official who finds herself seduced by Paris and by one Count in particular.

Wednesday, November 6th at 10:30: Hands-On Science
The theme this month is food!  We will try our hands at making butter along with some other edible experiments.  Best for ages 18 months-5 years.

Friday, November 8th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Minnesota animals in winter.

Monday, November 11th: Closed for Veterans’ Day

Wednesday, November 13th at 11:00: Coffee and Conversation
Get to know your neighbors over a hot beverage.

Friday, November 15th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Where the Wild Things Are!

Saturday, November 16th at 11:00: Family Matinee
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Max the terrier encounters canine-intolerant cows, hostile foxes and a scary turkey when he visits the countryside. Luckily for Max, he soon catches a break when he meets Rooster, a gruff farm dog who tries to cure the lovable pooch of his neuroses.  Free and fun for the whole family.  Free popcorn!

Wednesday, November 20th at 1:00: Book Group
Our book group for adults will discuss Persepolis, a graphic novel memoir of life in revolutionary Iran.  Everyone is welcome.

Wednesday, November 20th at 6:30: Library Board Meeting
If you’re curious about how the library runs or interested in joining the board, you can join us any month at our meeting.

Thursday, November 21st at 6:00: Writing Group
We have a small, but enthusiastic group of writers who share our work.  It is a non-judgmental space.  Writers of any genre or experience level are welcome.

Friday, November 22nd at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 27th at 11:00: Coffee and Conversation
Bring your friends or make new ones over a hot beverage.

Thursday, November 28th: closed for Thanksgiving

Friday, November 29th all day: Drop-in crafts
Skipping the shopping hordes?  Need to get the kids out of the house?  Come to the library and make some crafts.

Friday, November 29th at 10:30: Storytime
The theme of the week is courage.

Hands-On Science

What:  Hands-On Science
When: Wednesday, October 2 at 10:30
Who: Best for ages 2-4, but everyone is welcome

Hands-On Science for pre-schoolers is going to be lots of fun this week.  We are playing with colors.  We will do some bubbly science and some sorting.  Lots to keep little hands happy!