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Pumpkin Art Contest

Pumpkin Art Contest

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.

Upcoming Events

WHAT’S NEW IN SEPTEMBER

Facebook Giveaway:

For adults, we will be giving away a book every month.  All you have to do is comment on our question of the month and you’ll be entered into the drawing.

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.

ONGOING PROGRAMS

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.

Book Chats

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!

Book Group

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.

Book sale coming in February, 2022

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!

 

 

Summer Reading Kickoff Pictures

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!

Signing up!

Enjoying a free lunch.

Volunteers serving.

Another volunteer cooking.

Hot dogs are awesome, just like reading!

Picking up those week one packets.

Summer Reading Program Kickoff

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.

Sticha Park on Google Maps

Summer Reading Program

Reading Colors Your World!

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!

EVENTS:

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.

Jolly Pops, Sticha Park, June 23rd, 1:00-2:00

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.

Summer Reading Program Week Six

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!

Additional Resources:

Pre-readers:

Week six with Marguerite and Lois

Five Little Fairies song

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Readers:

Week six with Marguerite 

Simple paste recipe

If you’re 10 or older, check out our Alice in Wonderland Virtual Escape Room.

Teens and Tweens:

Week six with Marguerite

Harry Potter mini books instructions including video

Pottermore sorting hat

If you haven’t already, check out our Alice in Wonderland Virtual Escape Room.

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