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Summer Reading Week Two

Our all virtual summer reading program continues.  This week our projects are about storytelling and make-believe.

We still have a limited number of week one packets so if you couldn’t make it in last week, come on in.  We have ordered more supplies, so if you need a supply packet of crayons, scissors and glue stick, they will be available soon.  Remember, you will use these supplies all summer long and then they are yours to keep.

Additional resources:

Pre-reader:

Week two with Marguerite and Penny

Baa Baa Black Sheep on YouTube

Two Little Blackbirds on YouTube

Reader:

Week two with Marguerite and Penny

Not exactly the same as our project, but similar enough to be useful if you’re looking for inspiration:  Making a maze with straws on YouTube 

Teen:

Week two with Marguerite

Story Layers project from the Hirshhorn Museum

 

Summer Reading Program week one

Welcome to Summer Reading Program 2020!

Remember that we are not doing in-person programs this year.   Refer to previous entry for more details.  Instead, each week there will be a new packets of worksheets, coloring pages, crafts and activities for pre-readers, readers, and teens.

Feel free to drop by the library whenever is convenient for you and pick up your packet from the entryway.  A few notes:

  • Please register by calling the library at 507-744-3977 or using this online form.  These registration numbers are important for us to plan and get funding.
  • Week one packets include a reading log.  These are to encourage you to read and have adventures all summer long.  Please do not return them to the library this year.
  • Week one packets also include a book.  Please choose your packet and book without opening the packet.  If you have questions about a book, ask a library worker.  The book is yours to keep!
  • Craft supplies packets are also available.  Please take one if you need it and plan to use it all summer.  Note that there are two types of scissors depending on your age.
  • You may want to wipe down the outside of the packet before opening.
  • Check out the videos below for more information and craft demonstrations.
  • When you have finished your crafts, we would love to see them.  Share in comments or on our Facebook or Instagram!

Additional resources

Pre-reader:

Week one with Marguerite and Penny

Hush Little Baby on YouTube

Reader:

Week one with Marguerite and Penny

Fire-Breathing Paper Roll Dragon Video
Note that this demo uses a hot glue gun.  If you choose to do so, please use a hot glue gun only with adult supervision.

Teen:

Week one with Marguerite and Penny

Easy origami rabbit video

Rabbit too easy?  Try this:

Origami dragon video

 

Summer Reading Program 2020

Hello readers!  This year’s summer reading program is going to be different than the past, but we will be doing fun things, don’t worry!  We won’t have any big gatherings.  However, we will be producing online content and distributing packets with worksheets, crafts, coloring and other fun stuff every week!

FAQ:

How do we sign up?

You can call the library at 507-744-3977 starting on June 8th.  Or, if you prefer, sign up online here.  Please do register so we know how many kids are participating.

Will there be reading logs?

Yes.  We will include a reading log in your first weekly packet.  Or download a copy here.

reading log pre-reader

reading log readers

reading log teens

You can use this to keep track of your achievements.  However, the library will not be keeping track of your progress, so there’s no need to return the logs at any point.

Will we still be able to earn prizes?

Yes and no.  We won’t be giving out prizes based on how many tasks you complete.  The good news is, we will be distributing prizes in some of your weekly activity packets.  Everyone’s a winner!

Will you be having big events like the pizza party?

No.  We will not be doing any large gatherings this summer.

What about crafts and other activities?

Instead of gathering together to create crafts and work on other projects we will package up weekly kits with crafts, worksheets and other fun stuff arranged by age group.  You can pick up your kit at the library at a time that is convenient for you.  Please take only one packet per kid per week.  We encourage you to share your finished projects on our Facebook page.

What about craft supplies?

We will offer separate packets of crayons, glue sticks, and scissors that you can pick up anytime.  Crafts will include most of the items you will need.  A few projects may require some materials that hopefully you have at home (like flour or toilet paper rolls).

Which packet should I take?

There are three categories of packet and reading log: pre-readers, readers and teens.  We recommend pre-readers for 0-4, readers for 5-10 and teens for 11+.   This should help to assure that the materials are the appropriate level of interest and difficulty.

Will the library be open?

Yes, the library will be open for limited hours for browsing and pickup of materials and use of computers.  Social distancing will be in effect.

 

Summer Reading Program recap

It’s hard to believe that it’s over, but summer reading 2019 is in the books.  Let’s take a look back.

Total kids registered: 309!
Number who finished: 109!

Pizza Party and astronaut training

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks, Lonsdale Lions, volunteers and Mackenthun’s!  And thanks to the 133 of you who came and made it so much fun.

STARLAB Planetarium

Thanks TCU Community Ed!  And to the 142 kids of all ages who learned about the universe.

Space Pirate Encounter Escape Room

 

Thanks volunteer Sara Richter!  And to the 18 brave teens and tweens who saved their spaceship from disaster by using their wits and teamwork.

Remarkable Reptiles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to the 100 excited kids and brave parents who enjoyed learning about these cool animals.

Ice Cream Social

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to our fabulous volunteers and to the 76 of you who braved the insane heat for the sweet finish to our summer reading program.

We also had Maker Mondays, family movie Tuesdays and Teens ‘n Tweens Thursdays.  Oh, and drop-in crafts and worksheets.  In short, it was a whirlwind!  Thanks again to everyone who participated.  See you next year.

Ice Cream Social

Can you believe that summer reading program is almost over?  Good times really fly!  We will celebrate everyone’s accomplishments with an ice cream social.  We will have ice cream for all ages on the front lawn of the library.  (Library meeting room in case of bad weather.)  

WHAT: Free ice cream and games for all!
DATE: Friday, July 19th
TIME: 1:00 pm

 

Summer Reading Program update

We are approaching the halfway point in our Universe of Stories summer reading program.  We have 284 kids registered, but our goal is 325 so tell your friends!

Let’s take a look back and then a look forward.

June 7th: Pizza Party kickoff

We welcomed 133 people.  Kids signed up for the summer reading program and trained like an astronaut.  Everyone enjoyed pizza cooked and served by the Lonsdale Lions.  Thanks, Lions!  And thanks to the anonymous donor who provided the pizzas!  And thanks to Mackenthun’s for helping us out with drinks and ice!

June 20th: Eagle Bluff Starlab Planetarium

An amazing 142 people visited the planetarium to learn about the universe.

June 25th and 26th: Escape room

A space pirate escape room for kids 10 and up attracted 18 kids to five separate sessions.  They all escaped!

Weekly events

Maker Mondays encourage school-age kids to explore their creativity.

Tuesday evening family movies are fun for all ages.

Teens ‘n Tweens do crafts and activities just for them.

Coming soon

Wednesday, July 10, 1:00 pm: Remarkable Reptiles

Your friend and mine, Jim Gerholdt, will be back with his snakes, lizards and turtles.

Friday, July 19, 1:00 pm: Ice Cream Social

We will close the program again with ice cream and good company.

Weekly events will continue every week through the end of the program on July 19th.

We’ve given out 167 prizes, but we have LOTS more, so keep reading!  Thanks to Subway and Casey’s for our delicious third prizes!

 

Eagle Bluff Starlab Planetarium

Starlab Portable Planetarium

45-60 minutes

Where: TCU Lonsdale Elementary School
1000 Idaho St SW, Lonsdale, MN 55046

When: 1:00, 2:15 or 3:30

How to register: Go to https://www.tcu2905.us/page/4231 and register online.  Be sure to choose Lonsdale as your location and take note of the session time you choose.

The event is free.  All ages are welcome!

The STARLAB program features an inflatable planetarium to showcase 3,000 stars of different colors and sizes, as well as the constellations. Whether it’s telling the stories behind the stars or focusing on the stars of the seasons, this program is great for all ages and addresses Minnesota K-8 academic standards.

 

SUMMER READING 2019 TEENS ‘N TWEENS SCHEDULE

What: Special activities for teens and tweens (recommended ages 11-15) 

When: Every Thursday at 1:00 pm (with two exceptions)

Projects:

June 13: Build a space colony

Friday, June 21: Candy constellation game

June 27: galaxy slime

Friday, July 5: Guess who

July 11: tassel keychains

July 18: solar system necklaces

And did we mention the free snacks?  Free snacks!

Summer Reading Grand Prizes

Remember, young people, if you finish all four levels of the summer reading program by July 19th, you can choose a book to keep and enter into a drawing for the grand prize basket of your choice.  Here are this year’s grand prizes.  Pick out your favorite!

BABY PLAY
Duck in space bath book
Frog bath toys
Dinosaur teether set
Stacker cups
Nibbler beanie baby

TODDLER TIME
Minnie bowling set
Chunky space puzzle
Colors and shapes memory cards
Avengers bubbles
Daisy cow beanie baby

AT THE BEACH
Rideable inflatable duck
Sand pail with shovel
Package of dive squid
Splash catchers game
Hulk bubbles

TRANSPORTATION FUN
Paw Patrol track toy
Paw Patrol stationery set
Little space puzzle
Miles from Tomorrowland activity book
Blue space frisbee

GIRL POWER
Super hero girls stationery set
Vampirina velvet art poster
Red butterfly Frisbee
Jump rope set
Mum beanie baby

RAINBOW MAGIC
My Little Pony doodle book kit
Emoji cinch sack
Shopkins stationery set
Chinese jump rope
Rainbow bear beanie baby

SPACE ADVENTURE
A Universe of Stories puzzle
Cosmic magnetic sculpture
Incredibles stationery set
Pocket secret mission kit
Niteglo stars

OUTDOOR PLAY
Badminton set
Jump rope set
Chinese jump rope
Yellow bee frisbee
Pirate goggles

TEEN CREATIVITY
Color with music mandalas
Paint by sticker birds book
Extreme dot-to-dot book
A Universe of Stories water bottle
Pens