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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.)

Lonsdale Elementary School on Google Maps

The Jolly Pops!

The Jolly Pops!
Wednesday, June 23rd at 1:00 pm
Sticha Park

We are Happy Dads, We are Jolly Pops!

The family music group The Jolly Pops (Chanhassen, MN) combine upbeat, original music with a host of children’s standards for a concert that is sure to please kids and adults alike. Take a fun ride with the Happy Dads and their puppet friends as they sing about alligator dancing, popsicles, trains, pet dinosaurs…and everything in between!

The target audience is 3 – 8 year olds, but all ages are welcome.  If you would like a chair, please bring one from home.   The concert will last approximately 45 minutes-an hour.  You do not have to be signed up for the summer reading program to attend.  No RSVP required.

Sticha Park on Google Maps

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Summer Reading Kickoff Pictures

Our summer reading program kickoff cookout was a hit!  Lots of families came by to enjoy free hot dogs, chips and lemonade and to sign up for summer reading.   Big thanks to all our volunteers!

Don’t forget, you can still sign up at the library or online.

Thanks to Mackenthun’s for helping us out with the food!

Signing up!

Enjoying a free lunch.

Volunteers serving.

Another volunteer cooking.

Hot dogs are awesome, just like reading!

Picking up those week one packets.

Summer Reading Prizes

When you sign up for the summer reading program, you get a chance to enter a drawing for one of these grand prize baskets.  There’s something for  everybody!  Ages are just suggestions, choose what you like.  (Please note: some items may be a choking hazard for younger children.  Use caution.)

  1. TODDLER BATH TIME (0-3)
  • octopus bath toy
  • patriotic bear
  • sand toys
  • beach ball
  • mermaid duck

  1. LEARNING AND GROWING (2-5)
  • stuffed green crayon
  • rainbow counting bears set
  • Trolls poster set
  • mermaid duck
  • panda hand sanitizer

  1. COLORFUL FUN (4-8)
  • Lite Brite
  • Tonka suncatchers craft kit
  • washable markers
  • jump rope
  • blue winter bear beanie baby

  1. READY FOR A CASTLE (5-10)
  • unicorn plush
  • unicorn water bottle
  • flower sunglasses
  • jump rope
  • Disney princess lip gloss

  1. HAVE FUN, WILL TRAVEL (7-11)
  • Uno travel tin
  • stuffed shark
  • Minions stationary set
  • dinosaur water bottle
  • dinosaur rubber duck

  1. CRAFTY FUN (8-12)
  • jelli rez craft kit
  • heart bear beanie baby
  • Civil War paper dolls
  • washable markers
  • sloth hand sanitizer

  1. OUTDOOR FUN (8-12)
  • pop-pass ball game set
  • Reading Colors Your World drawstring bag
  • flying disc
  • foam football
  • beach ball

  1. BEACH DAY (8-14)
  • donut duck floatie
  • summer fruit crazy straw cup
  • beach ball
  • goggles
  • dinosaur rubber duck

  1. BE PREPARED (10-18)
  • Reading Colors Your World water bottle
  • pocket multi-tool (screwdriver, level, light)
  • color yourself to calmness book
  • Reading Colors Your World mood pen
  • pineapple hand sanitizer

  1. FASHION PASSION (10-18)
  • Reading Colors Your World tote bag
  • fashion through the ages coloring book
  • colored pencils
  • kitty cosmetic bag
  • Wonder Woman candy tin

 

Summer Reading Program Kickoff

READING COLORS YOUR WORLD
SUMMER READING PROGRAM 2O21

Kickoff Party Cookout, Sticha Park, June 7th, 12:00-1:30
Sponsored by Mackenthun’s

We are starting our summer reading program this year with a cookout!  Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and lemonade!  Thanks to Mackenthun’s for helping us out with the food!  We will serve until 1:30 or until the food runs out.  We’ll play some outdoor games and kids 0-18 will have a chance to sign up for summer reading. Come one, come all! All ages.

Sticha Park on Google Maps

Summer Reading Program

Reading Colors Your World!

Summer reading program is back!  This year will be a little different again. Like last year, we will be giving out packets every week with worksheets, crafts, coloring and other fun stuff.  These are divided between pre-readers, readers, and teens/tweens.  When you register, you can enter for a chance to win one of ten grand prize baskets.  After that, you can stop by the library and pick up the right packet for you from the entryway at any time.  There will be videos on Facebook and YouTube each week with demonstrations. We are still being cautious about gathering in large numbers in the library, but we are having several events elsewhere.

Big thanks to Subway and Casey’s for donating prizes and Mackenthun’s for helping with the cost of the cookout!

EVENTS:

Kickoff Party Cookout, Sticha Park, June 7th, 12:00-1:30

We start the whole program off with a cookout.  Enjoy free hot dogs, chips and lemonade!  We will serve until 1:30 or until the food runs out.  We’ll play some outdoor games and you’ll have a chance to sign up for summer reading. Come one, come all! All ages.

Jolly Pops, Sticha Park, June 23rd, 1:00-2:00

The Jolly Pops combine upbeat, original music with a host of children’s standards for a concert that is sure to please kids and adults alike. Take a fun ride with the Happy Dads and their puppet friends as they sing about alligator dancing, popsicles, trains, pet dinosaurs…and more! Aimed at ages 3-8, but all ages welcome.

Remarkable Reptiles, Lonsdale Elementary School Gym, June 30th, 12:00-1:00 and 1:15-2:15

Your friend and ours, Jim Gerholdt, will be back with his snakes, lizards and turtles.  There will be two sessions with limited space.  Please pre-register at  https://tricity.cr3.rschooltoday.com/public/getclass/category_id/63/program_id/15.  All ages.

Ice Cream Social, Sticha Park, July 16th, 12:00-1:00

Join us in the park one last time to close out the year with friends and ice cream!  All ages.

STORYTIMES AND OTHER FUN STUFF:

In person storytimes are back Friday mornings at 10:30 starting June 4th!  We will meet outside the library; just follow the signs. (No storytime on wet days.)  We will have “I Spy” games in the windows, so you can play anytime.  The things to search for will change every week, so come back regularly.  We’re also planning an art gallery of your work!

Once again we ask you not to turn in your reading logs, but encourage you to use them to inspire you to keep reading, learning and exploring!  We will distribute prizes in your weekly packets.  There will also be ten grand prize baskets.  You can choose the grand prize drawing to enter when you sign up. You can register at the library in person, call us at 507-744-3977 or sign up online.  Registration opens June 7th.