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.
Don’t miss tomorrow’s concert!
Wednesday, October 23, 7:00 pm
Gao Hong and Issam Rafea Concert
Gao Hong and Issam Rafea
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 pm
Lonsdale Public Library
Blending music and hearts from Syria and China, the Gao Hong and Issam Rafea Duo brings together two master world musicians who explore the common bond between their two instruments and creative visions. Issam’s instrument, the Arabic lute called the oud, and Gao Hong’s instrument, the Chinese four-stringed lute called the pipa, originated from the same ancient instrument – the Persian barbat.
Since they only improvise live compositions, no two performances from the duo are ever exactly the same. In concerts, they ask for titles from audience members and then create instantaneous site-and audience-specific pieces based on the suggested titles.
In their presentation they will introduce their instruments and discuss their unique approach to performance. Both artists are wonderful composers, and this helps each anticipate what the other will do in their improvisations. Since nothing is discussed or prepared for in advance, the audience experiences one-of-a-kind musical experiences that will never be repeated.
Good news! We were able to reschedule the event cancelled by the spring blizzard.
Wednesday, May 8th
Recipient of the Ole Bull Award from the Ole Bull Folk Academy in Voss, Norway, and the St. Olaf Medal from the government of Norway for her work promoting Norwegian culture in the United States. She will perform on the Hardanger fiddle, (the nine-stringed folk fiddle from Norway) and the violin.
Lonsdale Public Library
Thursday, April 25
A Nancy Dice Memorial Concert presented by International Friendship Through the Performing Arts.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Thursday, March 21
Join us for an evening of music provided by a woodwind quintet from St. Olaf College. They are: Madison Maynard on flute, Kristen Diederichs on oboe, Aaron Linde on clarinet, William Beimers on french horn, and Jonah Schmitz on bassoon. The event is free and suitable for all ages.
This is it! The last week of summer reading program 2018 is here! Get your reading logs in by 2:00 pm on Saturday, July 21st to claim your prizes!
Monday, July 9, 3:00-3:30: Make, Listen & Move
We will make our own harmonicas and then learn to dance the electric slide. Best suited for ages 6-10.
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:00 & Fridays, 10:30-11:00: Storytimes
Don’t forget our twice-weekly pre-school storytimes with books and crafts. Best suited for ages 3-6.
Thursdays, 3:00-3:45: Thursday Teens & Tweens
Our final craft will be scarves and/or bracelets from old t-shirts. We have some t-shirts, but if you have an old shirt to cut up, feel free to bring it. Best suited for ages 11-15.
Saturday, 11:00-12:00: Ice Cream Social
Enjoy free ice cream and music from local musician Ron Kadrlik! And if we get 100 kids to finish the summer reading program you can bring your water pistols and soak the library’s staff.
Drop by whenever the library is open and make punk rocks . Best suited for ages 4-12.
Every week we will have new take-home worksheets for all age groups.
Thursday, May 3
Lonsdale Public Library
Join us for a free concert by world-renowned musician Gao Hong as she plays the Chinese pipa, a traditional lute. The show is free and appropriate for all ages.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Southeastern Minnesota Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Gao Hong Library Poster LONSDALE
We had a good crowd for The Blue Chameleon Quartet. Thanks to everyone who came out. If you want to hear more of them, check out these resources.
We hope to present more events like this in the future.
FREE MUSIC NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY
TUESDAY, MARCH 20
Join us for another evening of free music at the library. We are welcoming The Blue Chameleon Quartet from St. Olaf.
All ages are welcome. The event is free and so are the refreshments! Tell your friends!