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.
Lonsdale Public Library
Summer Reading Program
Friday, June 10-Saturday, July 23
The summer reading program is back in person! We will have reading logs, weekly events, special events, grand prize drawings–everything we’ve been missing! Everyone from babes in arms through age 18 is welcome to participate.
(We will continue to make masks available for adults and children, but they are not required. If you would like a take-home version of a weekly craft, please let us know and we will do our best to accomodate you.)
We will again have a selection of grand prize baskets for different ages. Kids get to enter a drawing for the basket of their choice just by signing up, and can earn another entry for every page they complete in their reading log. We have logs for pre-readers, readers, and teens. Get your choice of book just by signing up! Logs must be turned in by 2 pm on July 23rd to get entries.
All events are at the library unless noted otherwise
Wednesday, June 8 at 10:30 am: Chione Quintet Storytime
(Yes, this is technically before the kickoff, but it’s too much fun to miss!) Join us for a special musical storytime based on Minnesota author Ka Vang’s Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon. All ages.
Friday, June 10 at 12:00 pm: Summer Reading Kickoff Cookout at Sticha Park
Drop by Sticha Park for hotdogs, chips, lemonade and literacy! Eat, play games and sign up for the summer reading program all in one. All ages.
Learn about the importance of pollinators and what you can do to help with this hands-on learning event from the Rice County Extension Service. Best for ages 5-10.
Thursday, June 23 – Saturday, June 25 (multiple sessions): Summer Camp Treasure Hunt Escape Room
Tuesday, July 5 at 6:30 pm: 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. Best for ages 3-6.
Tuesday, July 12 at 11:00 am: Live Eagle Program at Lonsdale Elementary School
An interpreter from the National Eagle Center shares an entertaining presentation all about eagle biology, ecology and natural history complete with live eagle. Event held in the gym at Lonsdale Elementary School. All ages.
We wrap up the program with ice cream and fun at Sticha Park. All ages.
Our weekly get-together for ages 6-10. We will make crafts and do some other fun activities. (Note: We will have Maker Monday on Tuesday, July 5th because of the holiday.)
Teens ‘n Tweens Thursday at 1:00 pm
This weekly event for ages 11+ will do crafts and activities aimed at an older audience.
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.)
Friday Storytime at 10:30 am
Don’t forget out pre-school storytime, which will continue during the summer. Books, songs, fingerplays and crafts!
Get a Clue Escape Room
Lonsdale Public Library Story Room
Thursday, Jan. 20-Saturday, Jan. 22
Oh no, Mr. Boddy has been murdered! You just came for a party, but now YOU are the main suspect. The police will be here in 45 minutes. If you can’t prove who the real killer is, then it’s off to prison with you.
The popular event for teens and adults returns! Unlike other escape rooms, ours is completely free! Use your wits to solve a series of puzzles as a team. We will register up to 5 people per session. Please call the library at 507-744-3977 to pre-register. Suggested for ages 12 and up.
Friday, January 21
Saturday, January 22
WHO: Teens 13-19
WHEN: October 15-October 29
WHAT: Juried art show
If you are a teen and want to share your artistic talents, decorate a pumpkin in a non-invasive way (no carving, please) and bring it to the library. We will put it on display and the library staff will choose a winner to be announced at our Halloween Party on Friday, October 29th.
Looking for inspiration? Try the ideas in this Good Housekeeping article.
WHAT’S NEW IN SEPTEMBER
Our prize this month is Ocean Prey by John Sandford. This 2021 novel mixes the long-running Lucas Davenport and Virgil Flowers series. When three members of the Coast Guard are murdered, it will take all the skills of these two investigators to find justice.
Pre-school Storytime: Friday at 10:30
Beginning September 10th, storytimes will be held in the large meeting room. They are a great opportunity for pre-readers to enjoy a story or two, share songs or finger plays, do cool crafts and develop those pre-literacy skills. Not to mention a place for parents to relax and meet.
We’re back online recommending books for all ages and interests. We will post a new video to our Facebook and YouTube pages the first and third Wednesdays of the month. If you have a few related books to recommend, we welcome guest stars!
It’s time to get the gang back together! We are currently selecting a day and time for our book group for grown-ups, so if you’re interested, please let us know when would work for you. We pick our next book as a group and tend to read widely, so get ready for a fun adventure.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
MEA drop-in crafts coming October 21-22
Halloween party coming October 29, 4-6 pm
A mad scientist lab, games, crafts, treats and more. Fun for the whole family!
Food for Fines coming October 29-November 6
Donate any unexpired food item(s) to the Lonsdale Area Food Shelf and we will waive up to $10 in late fees from our library per card.
We are accepting donations of good-quality recent books now. We need volunteers to plan, sort and to assist on the sale day. If you can do any of these, please talk to us.
Escape room coming this fall
Teens and adults will need to solve the murder of Mr. Boddy!
The summer reading program week six packets for teens and tweens included online color perception tests. We decided to share the links here.
And, if you want more fun, explore your season to find clothing colors that make you look good!
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!
Enjoying a free lunch.
Another volunteer cooking.
Hot dogs are awesome, just like reading!
Picking up those week one packets.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
If you’re 10 or older, check out our Alice in Wonderland Virtual Escape Room.
Teens and Tweens:
If you haven’t already, check out our Alice in Wonderland Virtual Escape Room.