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Summer Reading Program Week One

Week one is actually more than a week, since we start on a Friday, but please play along.  You can sign up for the summer reading program starting on June 10th or any day after that until July 22nd.  Here’s what’s happening just in the first week!

Friday, June 10 at noon: Kickoff Cookout at Sticha Park

Eat hot dogs and chips, drink lemonade, sign up for the summer reading program and get a free book!  All ages.

Monday, June 13 at 2 pm: Maker Monday

For our first week, we will make egg carton bees and butterfly rings.  Plus, we will have a bee relay race.  Best for ages 6-10.

Wednesday, June 15 at 1:00 pm: The Power of the Flower:  Helping Our Bees and Butterflies

Educators from the Rice County Extension Department will present a program about the importance of pollinators, including a craft and a plant to take home!  Best for ages 5+.

Thursday, June 16 at 11:30 am: Storytime with Chione Quintet

Join us for a special musical storytime based on Twin Cities author Ka Vang’s Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon.  All ages.  (This event was rescheduled.  This is the correct day and time.)

Thursday, June 16 at 1:00 pm: Teens and Tweens

For week one, we are making workout headbands from old t-shirts.  Bring your own t-shirt if you have one in a cool color.  We will also have some at the library, but they may not be cool.  Best for ages 11+.

Thursday, June 16 at 2:00 pm: Coding Club

Learn coding by working on self-directed projects.  Ages 8-12 can learn Scratch or Dot and Dash robots.  13 and up may learn Python or advanced projects.  Bring your own device.   (If you are interested but don’t have a device, contact the library and we will try to arrange use of one for you.)  Best for ages 8+.

Friday, June 17 at 10:30 am: Storytime

Every week we have a pre-school storytime with books, fingerplays, songs and crafts. This week’s theme is princesses.  Best for ages 3-6.

Drop-in crafts

Each week we will also have a drop-in craft to do in the library anytime.  Week one we have a toilet paper roll bee and a mix and match flower.

Summer Reading Program Grand Prize Baskets

When you sign up for the summer reading program, you get a chance to enter a drawing for one of these grand prize baskets.  Earn more entries by filling out your reading log.

This year there are 14 different baskets!  Numbers in parentheses are suggested ages, but choose whatever you like.  (Please note: some items may be a choking hazard for younger children.  Use caution.)


  1. BATH FUN (0-4)
    Octopus bath toy
    Dragon bib
    Sand toys
    Penguin stuffed animal
    Mermaid rubber duck
  2. ANIMAL FUN (18 months-4 years)
    Leapfrog 100 Animals
    Fox stuffed animal
    Beach ball
    Green Frisbee
    Sidewalk chalk
  3. HERO FUN (3-8)
    Paw Patrol fire truck
    Patriot beanie baby
    Dirt bike toy
    Green sunglasses
    Blue jump rope
  4. NATURE FUN (3-8)
    Bug catching kit
    Stuffed hedgehog
    Yellow dinosaur Frisbee
    Yellow jump rope
  5. MUSEUM FUN (4-8)
    Children’s Museum of Southern MN passes
    Trolls World Tour coloring pack
    Dog stuffed animal
    Red Frisbee
    Watermelon sunglasses
  6.  ART FUN (6-14)
    Window art kit
    Modeling clay
    Squishy Palz
    Purple jump rope
    Natural branch pencil
  7.  GAMING FUN (7-11)
    Minecraft Uno game
    Two paracord bracelets
    Camping stickers
    Natural branch pencil
  8. FASHION FUN (8-15)
    Hair chalk
    Pink unicorn stuffed animal
    Daisy novelty glasses
    Natural branch pencil
    Rainbow splash ring
  9. CAMPING FUN (8-14)
    S’mores Squishmallow
    Camping stickers
    Unicorn paddleball
    Goofy string
    Natural branch pencil
  10. OUTDOOR FUN (8-16)
    Nerf gun
    ATV toy
    Camping stickers
    Tire splash ring
    Natural branch pencil
  11. WIMPY KID FUN (9-12)
    Diary of a Wimpy kid book
    Diary of a Wimpy kid bag
    Camping stickers
    Mandalorian coloring pocket activity
    Natural branch pencil
  12. SUMMER CAMP FUN (10+)
    Burt’s Bees lip shimmer
    Read Beyond the Beaten Path book light
    Camp iRead reflector
    Plastic boomerang
    Natural branch pencil
  13. NINJA FUN (10+)
    Conquer Ninja gym passes (not pictured)
    Read Beyond the Beaten Path water bottle
    Camping stickers
    Blue shark Frisbee
    Natural branch pencil
  14. DRAWING FUN (11+)
    Drawing pens
    Sketch book
    Fluffy rainbow pen
    Planner stickers
    Natural branch pencil


Summer Reading Call for Volunteers!

The summer reading program is a big deal and we  couldn’t do it without help.  We are looking for volunteers, teens or adults, who are interested in helping out.  You can help at the kickoff cookout, help out with crafts and activities on Maker Mondays or come in at a time of your choosing to prepare craft materials for the next week.  If you’re interested, please call the library at 507-744-2977 or let us know in person.