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:
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
Friday, September 26, 3:30 - 5:00 Popcorn and beverages will be served or bring your own snack.
The Forrester family - father Mitch Forrester, mother Helen Forrester, their pre-teen son Billy Forrester and their pre-school son Woody Forrester - have just moved to a new town where Mitch is starting a new job. Both Mitch and Billy are worried about fitting into their new environment. It's worse for Billy as Woody, who is not worried about the move, is at that stage in his life where everything is simple and easy. Billy's first day in the fifth grade at his new school does not go well when he gets into an altercation with the class bullies, led by Joe Guire. The altercation involves worms and Billy stating that he eats worms all the time, which leads to all the bullies calling him "Wormboy". As such, Joe bets Billy that he can't eat ten worms (without vomiting), the bet to take place this upcoming Saturday, with the last worm to be consumed by 7pm. Despite having a notoriously weak stomach, Billy takes him up on the bet. As the bet starts, the only classmate on Billy's side is ... Written by Huggo [IMDb]
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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:
This program is sponsored by:
Willmar Public Library
Jennie-O Foods Inc.
Willmar Area Early Childhood Initiative
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Central Lakes Cooperative
Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center
Janning ENT Center
Jenni-O Turkey Store
Mall of America (Nickelodeon Universe & Moose Mountain)
North American State Bank
Premium Waters, Inc.
Stages Theatre Company - Hopkins Center for the Arts
If you have questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, or recommendations, email Kathy, Children's Services