Come imagine-read-design at the Willmar Public Library! Excitement and fun await those who journey to the library and participate in the summer reading program, Reading by Design. Children may join the SRP at anytime throughout the summer months. In addition to great books, library patrons can participate in exciting programs such as: Princess Story Hour, Stingers Visit, the Willmar Cardettes, Lego Man, Drum Rhythm Jamming Session, Reading by Design Story Hours, Children's Book Club, Dairy Princesses Story Hour, Children Matinees, Lego Club, Board Game Afternoon, Little People Storytime, and 4-H on Wheels and more.
The 2017 summer reading program is open to young people preschool through 5th grade. Children signing up for the summer reading program will receive a bag for their books, a Reading by Design bookmark, and a Reading Log. (Please note: there are a limited number of bags, so come in early!) Children will receive a small prize for each 10, 20 books/hours that they read or listen to, and at 30 they get to choose a pb book. When they have completed 30 books/hours they can register for grand prizes. Children who finish the 30 books/hours may also complete an extra activity sheet. Get signed up for the reading program and create your own binary code necklace or color the creative castle the first week of sign up.
Parents of children enrolled in the public library summer reading program reported that their children spent more time reading over the summer, read more books, were well prepared for school in the fall, and read more confidently. Reading is for fun as well as for learning.
Tuesdays in June & July
2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
This is a free program for kids in grades K - 6. We will meet for six weeks during the summer. These lessons will empower youth to explore the environment by providing opportunities to gain hands-on experiences around plants, soil science and environmental science. Call the Willmar Public Library to register at 235-3162 or register online.
June 20: Greenhouse Detective
June 27: Pollination
July 11: Watering & Conservation
July 18: Dissecting Plant Parts
July 25: Suck a bug
Thursday, June 22
Time: 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
For Families with young children. Do you have a prince or princess costume and love wearing it? On June 22 you will get to dress up as a prince, knight, princess etc. During Willmar Fest week, the queen and princesses will come to the library and read royalty books. The candidates will help the children decorate cookies and do sidewalk chalk art. Call the library at 235-3162 to register or register online.
Thursdays: June 22, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24
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.
Wednesday, June 28
10:00 - 11:00 am
Who loves baseball and the Stingers. Now is your chance to meet some of the Stinger players as they will be here at the library Wednesday, June 28 at 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
The Stingers will read to the children, play games, sign autographs, answer questions and pose for pictures. All Stingers fans are invited to attend this program.
Friday, June 30
3:30 - 5:00 pm
A mythic adventure set around 2,000 years ago across a series of islands in the South Pacific. The film follows the journey of a spirited teenager named Moana as she meets the once-mighty demi-god Maui, and together they traverse the open ocean, encountering enormous fiery creatures and impossible odds.
Rated: PG. Run Time: 113 minutes. Movie snacks provided.
Wednesday, July 5
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Children in grades 2nd through 6th grade are invited to attend our book club group. The book this month is As Brave as You by Jason Reynold. According to our catalog here is a brief summary of the book, When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave. We will discuss the book and do activities pertaining to the book. Pizza, pop, and other snacks will be served.
Wednesdays: July 12, August 9
4:00 - 5:00
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.
Wednesday, July 19, August 16
4:00 - 5:00
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 grades kindergarten through sixth. Snacks are provided. No registration is necessary.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Winner of the girl'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.
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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Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center
Janning ENT Center
Jenni-O Turkey Store
Premium Waters, Inc.
Qdoba Mexican Grill