What's new
@ the Library

Iggy Peck, Architect

Ada Twist, Scientist

Rosy Revere, Engineer

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Freedom Over Me

The Inquisitor's Tale

Wolf Hollow

Radiant Child

Leave Me Alone!

Freedom in Congo Square

Du Iz Tak?

They All Saw A Cat

Paw Patrol

Hello Dory

Birds

egg

Black Beauty

Berenstain Bears We Love Baseball

Duck and Hippo in the Rainstorm

Nancy Clancy Late-Breaking News

New Middle School: Escape to Australia

Into the Shadows

Inspector Flytrap: The Goat Who Chewed too Much

How Do Dinosaurs Choose Their Pets

This and That

Pip Bartlett's Unicorn Training

Newsprints

Noodleheads See the Future

Children's Page

Somali Folktales
on Ebooks Minnesota

The Lion's Share: Qayb Libaax, A Somali Folktale retold by Said Salab Ahmed, illustrated by Kelly Dupre

Thanks to the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Somali Bilingual Books Project, Ebooks Minnesota now includes four Somali folktales. Written and illustrated by local talent in both English and Somali, the books help to fill a gap in culturally and linguistically appropriate books for Somali children and their families, while they also advance understanding of Somali culture. Please contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356) for more information.

Spring Story Hour

It's Story Time @ your library

The Spring Story Hour will start March 24 - April 28 from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. for families with young children. Storytime is an opportunity for parents/Grandparents and caregivers to introduce their children to reading and language in a fun way. At Storytime, children have an opportunity to do activities that promote development and learning. Preschool-aged kids are curious about everything. Storytime is a perfect way for preschoolers to listen and learn about the questions they ask. Kids love singing familiar songs and doing fun activities. Parents/Grandparents and caregivers are invited to play along. Children and their grownups will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 45 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children’s imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them. Library storytime incorporate the early literacy skills, such as vocabulary building, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge, that children must master before they can learn to read.

March 24: Colors of Spring
March 31: Zoo Animals
April 7: Farm Animals
April 14: Bunnies & Chicks
April 21: Fishing Fun
April 28: Flowers & Gardens

 

Little People Storytime

Baby

Thursdays, Feb 9 - May 4
(No class Mar 30 or Apr 13)
10 - 10:30am

Let the fun begin! Ms. Kathy and Ms. LaRae are ready to have a delightful morning of books, music and movement at the Willmar Public Library. Parents: if you have any parenting questions, LaRae will be available after class to visit with you. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register. Immunizations required to attend class.

 

Bringing Stories to Life

Children with their storybook pictures and crayons.

Tuesday evenings, Mar 21, Apr 18 & May 16;
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

For parents and their 2 1/2 - 5 year old child. Early Childhood Family Education and Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your 2 1/2 to 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. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.

 

After School Activities

Girl with tulips

Tuesday Afternoons:
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Mar 28: Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Apr 11: Easter Crafts
May 9: Plant a Flower/Vegetable

Meet other children while doing these simple but fun activities. We will meet in the children's area of the library to make these projects. For children kindergarten - 6th grade. No registration is necessary.

 

Board Game Afternoons

Wednesday Afternoons:
Mar 29, Apr 19, May 10;
4:00 - 5:00

Board games

Playing board games is a pleasant activity and time well spent with friends. However, over the past decade board games have evolved far beyond chess and Monopoly. Nowadays, there are hundred of different types of board games that are suitable for all occasions, ages, and personalities and the library has several to choose from. There are numerous benefits of playing board games:
* Spend time with friends
* Engage in activities that do not involve staring at a computer screen or a smartphone
* Exercise your brain by learning something new
* Improve your memory by keeping track of what is happening in the game
* Revive your creativity and problem solving skills
* Practice problem solving, storytelling, goal-setting, and other skills
* Just have fun!

For children kindergarten - 6th grade. No registration is necessary and bring some friends! Snacks are provided.

 

Children's Matinee

The Secret Life of Pets

Friday, March 31;
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Two mismatched mutts get lost in NYC due to their feuding and must find their way home. During their journey, they encounter a vicious bunny who plants to lead a group of abandoned pets on a mission of revenge against humanity.

Rated PG. Running Time: 90 minutes. Movie snacks provided

 

Children's Book Club

An Army of Frogs by Trevor Pryce with Joel Naftali

Tuesday,April 4th
4:00 - 5:00 PM

For children 2nd - 6th grade. Join us here at the library as we discuss the book An Army of Frogs by Trevor Pryce with Joel Naftali. While the Kulipari, the Amphibilands elite fighting group of poisonous frogs, is away, young Darel hopefully assembles a motley crew of friends to fend off an attack by the spell caster called the Spider Queen, and Lord Marmoo, leader of the scorpions. Pizza and other snacks will be served. New book readers are always welcome.

Upcoming selection:
May 2: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

 

Lego Club

Wednesday Afternoons: Apr 5 & May 3;
4:00 - 5:00

Chickadee on a pinecone feeder

Join us to make some wonderful Lego creations. The sky is the limit for your imagination. You will create a new structure each time that may be put on display. Legos are provided for this club. The library received funds to buy new Legos, thanks to the Willmar Eagles Club. If you would like to donate Legos or money to buy more Legos, please contact the library at 235-3162.

This club is for children in grade kindergarten through sixth. Snacks are provided. No registration is necessary.

 

Caldecott & Newbery Award Winners

Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel

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 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner is Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe and published by Little, Brown and Company. Presents the life of the artist, who was inspired as a child by a book of anatomy given to him by his mother after being injured in a car crash and who went on to become a celebrity in the art world before his early death at twenty-eight.

Caldecott Medal

Four Caldecott Honor Books include: Leave Me Alone! illustrated and written by Vera Brosqol; Freedom in Congo Square illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford; Du Iz Tak? illustrated and written by Carson Ellis; They All Saw a Cat illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel. For more information: Caldecott Medal Home Page.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

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 2017 Newbery Medal Winner is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill and published by Algonquin Books.

"An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her--even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known. The acclaimed author of The Witch's Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic" - Provided by publisher

Newbery Medal

Three Newbery Honor Books include: Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan; The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog written by Adam Gidwitz and illustrated by Hatem Aly; Wolf Hollow written by Lauren Wolk. For more information: Newbery Medal Home Page.

 

Past Events

Summer and Fall 2016

Winner of the girl's bike for the 2016 Summer Reading Program.
Winner of the girl's bike for the 2016 Summer Reading Program.

Winner of the boy's bike for the 2016 Summer Reading Program.
Winner of the boy's bike for the 2016 Summer Reading Program.

The Willmar Fire Department brought a fire truck to the library.
The Willmar Fire Department brought a fire truck to the library.

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

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

Children's Services:
Kathy Torkelson

Links

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Links for Kids

Sponsors for the Summer Reading Program 2016

Bergh's Fabricating

Bremer Bank

CLC Plaza

Concorde Bank

Cub Foods

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Janning ENT Center

Jenni-O Turkey Store

Kandi Bowl

Kandoyohi County Area Family YMCA

Lake Region Bank

MN Twins

MN Vikings

Premium Waters, Inc.

Walmart

Thank you to
our local sponsors!
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