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How Rocket Learns to Read

Rocket Writes a Story

Nat the Cat Can Sleep

Digger Dog

Broken Path

Extraordinary Jane

Liberty

First Battle

Too Cool For School

Yoko Finds Her Way

President Taft

A Pet For Fly Guy

Gone Fishing

Nelly Gnu & Daddy

My Bus

Boundless

The Missing

Pedal It!

Therapy Dogs

Three Triceratops Tuff

Children's Page

Fall Story Hour

Basket of apples

Fall story hour will be starting on Fridays, September 26 - October 31 from 10:00 - 10:45 for a six week session. Children will be entertained with quality literature, flannel graph stories, puppetry, music, fingerplays and an occasional movie. The activities are designed to stimulate your preschoolers' literacy skills. Children are encouraged to check out books before or after the program. This program is for children age 2 1/2 - 6 years old. No registration is necessary. The themes are as follows:

Boy and girl with pumpkins

Sept 26: Back to School and Buses
Oct 3: Apples and Johnny Appleseed
Oct 10: Firefighters to the Rescue
Oct 17: D is for Dragons & Dinosaurs
Oct 24: Autumn Leaves & Trees
Oct 31: It's Pumpkin Time

Children's Book Club

The Big Bad Blackout by Megan McDonald

Tuesday October 7, 4:00-5:00 The children's book club meets the first Tuesday of every month. The book we will be reading this month is The Big Bad Blackout by Megan McDonald. As Hurricane Elmer hits, Judy, Stink, and the entire Moody clan hunker down and ride out the storm, but when the power goes out, Grandma Lou proposes some activities to pass the time in the dark. There will be several activities and snacks will be served.

 

 

Cutest Little Pumpkin in the Patch

Happy Jack O'Lantern

Come join your child at the library and decorate a pumpkin and listen to some pumpkin stories. Each child will get to bring their pumpkin home. Other pumpkin activities will be planned. This program is limited to 15 children. Monday October 27, 10:00 - 10:45 Ages 2 1/2 - 6 years old. Register online here or by calling the library at 235-3162

Baby Lap Sit

Woman and child reading together

Thursdays, Sept. 18 - Dec. 18 (No class on Oct. 16 or Nov. 27); 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

For children 6 weeks to 2 1/2 years old. Reading, even to our youngest, plays a vital role in language development in young children. Reading to children at infancy is the beginning of a lifetime of love for books and reading. Kathy, children's librarian, and Cheryl, Parent Educator, are teaming up to bring to you "Baby Lap Sit." It is a story time for children up to 2 1/2 years old. There will be stories, music, activities related to the story and so much more. Please join us on Thursday mornings. There is NO FEE, but families MUST pre-register by calling 231-8490

Bringing Stories to Life

Girl imagining stories while reading

Tuesdays, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 16; 6:00 – 7:00

2 1/2 - 5 years old. Early Childhood Family Education and the Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your 2 1/2 - 5 year old an evening of fun. Each night there will be a new story, which will be brought to life with the help of your child. There will be music, activities and much more for you and your child. There is NO FEE, but families MUST pre-register by calling 231-8490

Caldecott & Newbery Award Winners

Caldecott Medal

The Caldecott Medal is awarded to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children during the preceding year. The medal was named in honor of the nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph J. Caldecott. The 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner was Locomotive illustrated and written by Brian Floca. 2014 Honor books are Journey written and illustrated by Aaron Becker, Flora and the Flamingo written and illustrated by Molly Idle, and Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner. The library has a copy of each of these books. For more information: Caldecott Medal Home Page.

Newbery Medal

The Newbery Medal is awarded each year by the American Library Association for the most distinguished American children's book that was published the previous year. The award is named after the eighteenth-century English bookseller John Newbery. The 2014 Newbery Medal Winner is Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures written by Kate DiCamillo. Honor books are Doll Bones written by Holly Black, The Year of Billy Miller written by Kevin Henkes, One Came Home written by Amy Timberlake, and Paperboy written by Vince Vawter. The library has a copy of each of these books. For more information: Newbery Medal Home Page.

 

Past Events

Star Wars Read Day

Wonder Weavers

Ongoing Events

New Learning Kits

These kits include books, cd’s, scarves, and laminated sheets with ideas and activities. Preschooler can be unstoppable – running, spinning, leaping, and climbing at every opportunity. Their desire to move, move, move makes this a great time to cultivate fitness habits that will last. The activity sheet will help you in making simple movement props and exercise that can be done with them. We encourage you to also use props you many already have at home, such as balls and scarves, to promote movement and activity to your kids. These kits were donated to the library by: Kandiyohi County Public Health Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP). See all kits available.

1: I Am Moving, I Am Learning – Tumbling, Rolling, Crawling and Climbing

2: I Am Moving, I Am Learning – Rhythmic, Movement and Balance

 

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Willmar Public Library: 1,000 books before kindergarten

This program is for children in Kandiyohi County 0 - 5 years old. This is an exciting new reading program designed for pre-school children and their families. Many people believe that children learn to read and write in kindergarten or first grade. Developing literacy skills begins at birth through everyday interactions - sharing books, telling stories, singing songs, talking to one another, or pointing out and naming objects. Families-parents, grandparents, and older siblings play a powerful role in preparing young children for future school success and in becoming self confident and motivated learners.

How it works:

  1. Register your child and receive a FREE book bag and reading record to take home.
  2. Write down the title of each library book that is read.
  3. Receive a stamp for each 25 books read.
  4. Receive a prize after every 100 books read.
  5. Each child who completes 1,000 books will be invited to a graduation party and will receive a diploma, t-shirt, and book.

This program is sponsored by:
Willmar Public Library
Bremer Bank
Jennie-O Foods Inc.
Willmar Area Early Childhood Initiative

Links

Willmar Library Teens: Facebook WPL Children

Twitter WPL Children on Twitter

Links for Kids

Sponsors for the Summer Reading Program 2014

Bergh's Fabricating

Bremer Bank

Cascade Bay

Cash Wise

Central Lakes Cooperative

Concorde Bank

Cub Foods

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Heritage Bank

Janning ENT Center

Jenni-O Turkey Store

Mall of America (Nickelodeon Universe & Moose Mountain)

MN Twins

MN Zoo

North American State Bank

Premium Waters, Inc.

Stages Theatre Company - Hopkins Center for the Arts

Walmart

Thank you to
our local sponsors!

 

If you have questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, or recommendations, email Kathy, Children's Services

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