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Flora &: Ulysses

Doll Bones

Year of Billy


Flora and theFlamingo

Froggy Gets a Doggy

Fancy Nancy: Just My Luck!

Forest of Wolves

High Time for Heroes

Bad Kitty

Isa's Flower

Classroom Capers: Magic Bunny

Soccer Show Off

Flight of the Red Bandit


Mouseton Abbey

Sidney Crosby

Space Encyclopedia


How Big Were Dinosaurs

We Are the Goal Scorers

Big Nate

Children's Page

Children's Matinee:


April 25 at 3:30: Join us to watch the movie, Frozen. Popcorn will be provided or bring you own snack. The movie will start at 3:30 and is 108 minutes long and is rated PG.

After the kingdom of Arendelle is cast into eternal winter by the powerful Snow Queen Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), her sprightly sister Anna (Kristen Bell) teams up with a rough-hewn mountaineer named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) and his trusty reindeer Sven to break the icy spell. Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee co-directed this Walt Disney Animation Studios production based on Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale The Snow Queen.

National Library Week

In celebration of National Library Week, April 13 – 19, the Willmar Public Library will partner with Cherry Berry in Willmar in “Draw your own story” drawing campaign for children 11 and under. This event encourages children to read and celebrate their favorite book characters. Children can enter the drawing event by picking up drawing sheets from the Willmar Public Library beginning April 1. Children are encouraged to draw book characters that they would like to meet at the library. Every child who completes a drawing will receive a certificate for 20% off their purchase. They will also be entered into a random drawing to win a $5.00 chip to use at Cherry Berry. Drawings will be displayed at the Willmar Public Library through the month of April. The theme this year is: LIVES change @ your library!

Cherry Berry self-serve yogurt bar

Spring Story Hour

Little girl looking at butterfiles and flowers

Story Hour will be starting on Wednesday, March 26 and Friday, March 28 from 10:00 - 10:45. It will be a six week session for each Wednesday and Friday morning. 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. Story hours will be on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. For ages 2 1/2 - 6 years old. No registration is necessary. The themes are as follows:

3/26 & 3/28: Let's Go to the Beach
4/2 & 4/4: Spring Has Sprung
4/9 & 4/11 Construction Has Begun
4/16 & 4/18 Chicks & Bunnies
4/23 & 4/25 Do Dinosaurs Really Rawr?
4/29 & 5/2 Pop-Up Books Are Fun

Children's Book Club

There's a Boy In the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar

Tuesday, May 6, 3:30 - 4:30:: Recommended for grades 2nd - 6th. The Willmar Public Library has started a children's book club that is being held the first Tuesday of the month in the multi-purpose room at the library. This month's book is There's a Boy In the Girls' Bathroom by Louis Sachar. An unmanageable, but lovable, eleven-year-old misfit learns to believe in himself when he gets to know the new school counselor, who is a sort of misfit, too. We will discuss the book, play games, and have a snack. Come with suggestions for future books to be read and discussed.


Bringing Stories to Life

Girl imagining stories while reading

January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, and May 20. Time: 6:00 – 7:00 Early Childhood Family Education and Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your 2 ½ 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 for you and your child. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.


Baby Lap Sit

Woman and child reading together

Thursdays @ 10:00 – 10:30:
Jan 23, 30
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20 (not on 27th)
April 3, 10, 17, 24
May 1

The first years of life are the most crucial for brain development. It may seem to early to read to infants and/or toddlers, but reading to them is the beginning of a lifetime of loving books. Willmar Early Childhood Family Programs along with the Willmar Public Library are bringing together a children’s Librarian and Early Childhood Teacher to provide families with music, fingerplays and stories. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register. For Ages: Parents and their 6 week – 2 ½ year old child


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


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Links for Kids

Sponsors for the Summer Reading Program 2013

Bergh's Fabricating


Bremer Bank

Burger King

Carmike Cinema

Cash Wise

Concorde Bank

Cub Foods

Dairy Queen

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Heritage Bank

Janning ENT Center

Jenni-O Turkey Store

MN Twin Baseball Club

MN Vikings

MN Zoo

Pizza Ranch

Premium Waters, Inc.

Stages Theatre Company - Hopkins Center for the Arts

Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co.


Thank you to
our local sponsors!


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

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