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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.

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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.

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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.

Summer Reading Program Week Six

This is it, the last week of our unusual, COVID-era summer reading program.  Thanks for coming along with us on this journey.    We hope to keep seeing you in the library!

Additional Resources:

Pre-readers:

Week six with Marguerite and Lois

Five Little Fairies song

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Readers:

Week six with Marguerite 

Simple paste recipe

If you’re 10 or older, check out our Alice in Wonderland Virtual Escape Room.

Teens and Tweens:

Week six with Marguerite

Harry Potter mini books instructions including video

Pottermore sorting hat

If you haven’t already, check out our Alice in Wonderland Virtual Escape Room.

Summer Reading Program week five

Big thanks to Casey’s for the donation of 50 frozen treat coupons!  The first 50 kids to pick up their packets this week (starting Monday at noon) will get a free treat!

Our theme this week is everyday heroes.  It’s a good time to think about who you admire and how you can be a hero yourself.

Additional Resources:

Pre-readers:

Week five with Marguerite and Penny

Five Green and Speckled Frogs song

Readers:

Week five with Marguerite and Penny

Who Was book printable lesson plans and activity sheets

Teens and Tweens:

Week five with Marguerite and Penny

Want to add to your city?  Download more templates.  Build Your Own City challenges

 

Summer Reading Program Week Four

It’s week four!  This week our theme is royals and knights.  There are lots and lots of great books on that topic, so now’s a good time to check them out.

Additional Resources:

Pre-readers:

Week four with Marguerite and Penny

Here are some sing-along versions of this week’s songs:

Frere Jacques

Are You Sleeping, Brother John?

Mahurdeeysaa

Readers:

Week four with Marguerite and Penny

Fun Facts about Royals

Teens:

Week four with Marguerite and Penny

More marshmallow and toothpick building challenges

 

Summer Reading Program Week Three

Welcome to week three!  Can you believe we’re almost half-way done?  This week we’re doing some projects related to mythology and tall tales.  Do you have a favorite?

We do still have some week two packets.  Look in the box behind week three.

Additional Resources:

Pre-reader:

Week three with Marguerite and Penny

Want to give your Little Red Riding Hood some friends?
Little Red Riding Hood, wolf & woodcutter crafts

Hey Diddle Diddle song

The Itsy Bitsy Spider song

Reader:

Week three with Marguerite and Penny

Anansi the Spider book read aloud

Anansi the Spider old time animated video

There are lots of examples of gnome and fairy gardens online.  Here are a few tutorials that might be helpful if you decide to make one.

Gnome garden for kids video

How to make a fairy/gnome garden

13 fairy garden tips

Teen:

Week three with Marguerite and Penny

These aren’t exactly the same as our solar distiller project, but very close:

Solar distiller from large and small bottles

Solar distiller from a bottle and a can

Solar distiller from several bottles

 

 

Summer Reading Program Reading List

We hope you are all enjoying Imagine Your Story.  If you’re looking for books of fairy tales, myths, talls tales, wizards, princesses and imagination, we hope you will appreciate this list by book type.  These are all books we have in our library.  Come in and check them out!

 

Board Books

Barton, Chris.  Shark vs. Train.

Bentley, Dawn.  Ten Tiny Fairies: A Fairy Tale Counting Book.

Brett, Jan.  The Mitten: A Ukrainian Folktale.

Runnells, Treesha.  Ten Wishing Stars.

Saltzberg, Barney.  Beautiful Oops!

Soman, David.  Ladybug Girl Dresses Up!

Wells, Rosemary.  The Itsy-Bitsy Spider.

 

Picture Books

Braun, Eric.  Pecos Bill Tames a Colossal Cyclone.

Brett, Jan.  Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella.

Bruchac, Joseph.  The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story.

Burleigh, Robert.  Flight of the Last Dragon.

DePaola, Tomie.  Strega Nona: An Old Tale.

DiPucchio, Kelly.  Dragon Was Terrible.

Disney.  Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Forest, Heather.  Stone Soup.

Garland, Michael.  Miss Smith’s Incredible Storybook.

Gay, Marie-Louise.  Any Questions?

Hoberman, Mary Ann.  Very Short Tall Tales To Read Together.

LaRochelle, David.  The End.

Long, Ethan.  One Drowsy Dragon.

Marshall, James.  Red Riding Hood.

McCourt, Lisa.  Granny’s Dragon.

Moncure, Jane Belk.  A Dragon in a Wagon.

Pichon, Liz.  The Three Horrid Little Pigs.

Prelutsky, Jack.  The Wizard.

Ray, Jane.  The Apple-Pip Princess.

Rubin, Adam.  Dragons Love Tacos.

Soman, David.  Ladyburg Girl and Bumblebee Boy.

Steptoe, John.  Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale.

Thomas, Shelley Moore.  Take Care, Good Knight.

Tolhurst, Marilyn.  Somebody and the Three Blairs.

Tucker, Kathy.  The Seven Chinese Sisters.

Underwood, Deborah.  Interstellar Cinderella.

Willems, Mo.  Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs.

 

Early Readers

Blackaby, Susan.  The Ugly Duckling.

Conlon, Mara.  Dragon’s Pancake Party.

Disney.  Welcome to Royal Prep. (Sofia the First)

George, K.  Spark.

Kilgras, Heidi.  Cinderella’s Countdown to the Ball.

Low, Alice.  The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches.

Meadows, Daisy.  Pet Fairies series.

Neubecker,  Robert.  Days of the Knights.

Schwartz, Alvin.  Ghosts!: Ghostly Tales from Folklore.  J ER 398.25 S

Winkelman, Barbara Gaines.  Pinocchio’s Nose Grows.

 

Chapter Books

Baker, E.D.  The Frog Princess.

Barnhill, Kelly Regan.  The Girl Who Drank the Moon.

Colfer, Eoin.  Artemis Fowl series.

DiCamillo, Kate.  The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread.

Ferris, Jean.  Twice Upon a Marigold.

French, Jackie.  My Dad the Dragon.

George, Jessica Day.  Dragon Slippers.

Hale, Shannon.  The Princess in Black.

Healy, Christopher.  The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom.

Krulik, Nancy E.  Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo series.

Levine, Gail Carson.  Ella Enchanted.

Lewis, C.S.  The Chronicles of Narnia series.

Meadows, Daisy.  Jewel Fairies series.

Norton, Mary.  The Borrowers.

Osborne, Mary Pope.  Magic Tree House series.

Paolini, Christopher.  Eragon.

Riordan, Rick.  Percy Jackson & the Olympians series.

Rodda, Emily.  The Key to Rondo.

Ryder, Chloe.  Princess Ponies series.

Shulman, Polly.  The Grimm Legacy.

Sutherland, Tui.  Wings of Fire.

 

Juvenile Graphic Novels

Kibuishi, Kazui.  Amulet series.

O’Neill, Katie.  Princess Princess Ever After.

Ostertag, Molly.  The Witch Boy.

Powell, Martin.  The Elves and the Shoemaker: A Grimm Graphic Novel.

Sell, Chad.  The Cardboard Kingdom.

Sutherland, Tui.  Wings of Fire: The Graphic Novel series.

 

Young Adult

Adeyemi, Tomi.  Children of Blood and Bone.

Albert, Melissa.  The Hazel Wood.

Amerie.  Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy.

Cho, Kat.  Wicked Fox.

Delaney, Joseph.  Last Apprentice series.

De Lint, Charles.  The Blue Girl.

Froud, Brian.  Good Fairies: Bad Fairies.

Funke, Cornelia.  Inkheart.

Green, Sally.  Half Bad.

Hartman, Rachel.  Seraphina.

Meyer, Marissa.  Cinder.

Myers, Edward.  Storytelling.

Riggs, Ransom.  Tales of the Peculiar.

Van Risseghem, Kristin D.  The Masquerade, an Altar & a Fairy.

 

Juvenile Non-fiction

Finch, Mary.  The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  J 398.2 Fi.

Goble, Paul.  Buffalo Woman.  J 398.2 Go.

Hamilton, Sue.  Monsters.  J 001.94 Ha.

Kerns, Ann.  Wizards and Witches.  J 133.4 Ke

London, Martha.  Gnomes.  J 398.2 Lo.

Myths and Legends of North America: Canada and the Northern United States.  J 398.2 My

Resnick, Jane Parker.  Original Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.  J 398.2 Re OVERSIZE.

Wizardology: The Book of the Secrets of Merlin.  J 133.4 Wi OVERSIZE.

Zelinsky, Paul O.  Rumpelstiltskin.   J 398.2 Ze.