Because we couldn’t do a real-life escape room this year, we have created a virtual escape room. It can be enjoyed by one person alone or a family working together. Kids 10 and up (or maybe a little younger given how clever you readers are) can enjoy!
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.
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
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!
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.
Rabbit too easy? Try this:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
Starlab Portable Planetarium
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.
When: Every Thursday at 1:00 pm (with two exceptions)
June 13: Build a space colony
Friday, June 21: Candy constellation game
June 27: galaxy slime
July 11: tassel keychains
July 18: solar system necklaces
And did we mention the free snacks? Free snacks!
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!
Duck in space bath book
Frog bath toys
Dinosaur teether set
Nibbler beanie baby
Minnie bowling set
Chunky space puzzle
Colors and shapes memory cards
Daisy cow beanie baby
AT THE BEACH
Rideable inflatable duck
Sand pail with shovel
Package of dive squid
Splash catchers game
Paw Patrol track toy
Paw Patrol stationery set
Little space puzzle
Miles from Tomorrowland activity book
Blue space frisbee
Super hero girls stationery set
Vampirina velvet art poster
Red butterfly Frisbee
Jump rope set
Mum beanie baby
My Little Pony doodle book kit
Emoji cinch sack
Shopkins stationery set
Chinese jump rope
Rainbow bear beanie baby
A Universe of Stories puzzle
Cosmic magnetic sculpture
Incredibles stationery set
Pocket secret mission kit
Jump rope set
Chinese jump rope
Yellow bee frisbee
Color with music mandalas
Paint by sticker birds book
Extreme dot-to-dot book
A Universe of Stories water bottle