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Summer Reading Program 2023

Lonsdale Public Library
Summer Reading Program
June 9-July 21, 2023

Reading program with fun activities for ages 0-18.  Everyone who signs up gets a free book! Finish your reading log and register to enter a drawing for one of our great grand-prize baskets. Journals must be submitted by July 21st to qualify.


All events are at the library unless specified otherwise.

Friday, June 9, 12:00: Cookout, JAYCEE PARK

We start the season right with hotdogs, chips and lemonade at Sticha Park.  (Need directions?  Pick up a map at the library.)  Sign up for the reading program and choose your free book! Play games and make new friends!  All ages.

Wednesday, June 14, 1:00: Siama’s Congo Music

Siama Matuzungidi plays intricate, rhythmic guitar and traditional African instruments while Dallas Johnson encourages everyone to sing along to happy songs in Kikongo, Lingala & English. They share stories that bring Siama’s rural homeland to life. This heart-warming program is  designed for kids and families, but enjoyed by all, so don’t miss it!  All ages.


Thursday, June 22, 1:00: Afoutayi, TCU Lonsdale Elementary School

This interactive performance is a vibrant educational tool filled with dance, music, drumming, storytelling and history. Learn about Haitian cultural heritage the fun way with songs in Creole and French languages with live drumming accompaniment. Enjoy as  dancers engage in a playful, spontaneous interchange with the audience.   All ages.


Tuesday, June 27, 6:30: Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Join us for a special evening storytime at 6:30, then drop off your stuffed friend to spend the night having adventures in the library.  Pick them up the next morning and receive a report complete with pictures.  Best for ages 3-8.

Thursday, June 29, 1:00: Local Author Gina Kammer

This Lonsdale author will read from her Norse Myths series.  The group will decide what choices to make, which will shape the adventure.  Will you succeed?  There will be time to ask questions and buy books.  Best for ages 8-12.


Thursday, July 6—Saturday, July 8 (multiple sessions): Pop Star Escape Room

Your favorite pop star is in town for a big concert and you won backstage passes!  When there’s a lockdown you find yourself trapped in her dressing room with a bomb.  The mad bomber is convinced that pop music is rotting our brains, so he set up a series of clever puzzles.  If you can solve them all in 45 minutes, you can save the day!  You must pre-register, up to 5 per session.  Best for ages 10+.

Wednesday, July 12, 1:00: Remarkable Reptiles

A perennial favorite, local reptile expert Jim Gerholdt, will be back to visit with some of his friends.  And his friends are snakes, lizards and turtles!  Kids will learn about these fascinating creatures, and maybe even get to pet a boa constrictor!  All ages.


Friday, July 21, 6:30: Ice Cream Social / New Prague Community Band, Sticha Park

Cap off the summer reading season with free ice cream and music!  Enjoy the music of the New Prague Community Band!  Please bring your own chairs and blankets.  Everyone is welcome even if they weren’t part of the summer reading program, so invite your family, friends and neighbors!  All ages.


Activities will be available all week or while supplies last.

Drop-in craft

A fun craft to do at the library when you visit.  Best for ages 3-8.

Take-home craft

A different fun craft all packaged up to take home and do when you like.  Best for ages 6-12.

Activity sheets

As always, we will have cool fun sheets and coloring pages to take home.  All ages.

Sherlock Holmes Escape Room

Sherlock Holmes Escape Room


January 19-21, 2023

Are you good at puzzles?  Are you a team player?  Do you like free fun events?  Come to our escape room at the library!  No experience necessary.

The villain Moriarty has kidnapped Sherlock Holmes and demanded a ransom in jewels.  Can you and your team solve a series of puzzles in time to save him?

This popular event is free and suitable for ages 14 and up.  We will register up to six people per session.  Please call the library at 507-744-3977 to pre-register.

Session Times:

Thursday, January 19th

Friday, January 20th

Saturday, January 21st

Summer Reading Week Five

There’s still lots of fun to be had with the summer reading program as we enter our next-to-last week!

Maker Monday


We will make fun clothespin dragonflies, match animal tracks and make yummy rainbow sprinkle pretzels.

National Eagle Center Event

Join us Tuesday at 11:00 am at the TCU Lonsdale Elementary School for a presentation with a live eagle.

Teens & Tweens Thursday

We will make a god’s eye craft.

Coding Club

Learn coding for ages 8-12 and 13+.  Please bring your own device if you have one.

Pre-school Storytime

Enjoy stories and other fun for ages 3-6 with a cowboy theme.

Drop-in Crafts

Make a eagle puppet and a loon collage.

Summer Reading Week Four

We’ve finished half our summer reading program, but there’s still plenty of time to sign up!

Don’t forget we’re closed on Monday for Independence Day.

Maker Monday

Join us for a special Maker Monday on Tuesday.  We will make patriotic rocket crafts and red, white and blue pretzels.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Bring your stuffed friends in for a special storytime at 6:30, then leave them behind for a sleepover.  Wednesday morning you can pick them up along with a report on their adventures.

Teens & Tweens Thursday

We will make a red, white and blue windsock.

Coding Club

Learn coding for ages 8-12 and 13+.  Please bring your own device if you have one.

Preschool Storytime

Enjoy stories and crafts for ages 3-6 with a caterpillars theme.

Drop-in Crafts

Make a shadow puppet and/or a stick person.