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Read for the Win!
2016 Summer Reading Program
June 6th - August 29th

When I say: "Read"
You say: "For the Win!"
(And don’t forget to pump your fist in the air!)

Excitement and fun await those who journey to the Willmar Public Library and participate in the summer reading program, Read for the Win! The Willmar Public Library launches Read for the Win! on June 6 and the program ends August 29. In addition to reading great books, library patrons can participate in exciting programs! The 2016 summer reading program is open to young people preschool through 5th grade, with programs, prize drawings, story hours, baby lap sits, book club, matinees, visiting princesses, Lego Club, board game events, 4-H on Wheels, and more.

Read for the Win!

Children’s Summer Reading Program Instructions

Children may join the summer reading program after checking out books from the Willmar Public Library. This program is for preschool through incoming 5th graders. Each child will receive a reading chart, sticker(s), bookmark, and instructions.

Children can register online or at the children’s desk for the summer reading program.

Next, they can pick out a name tag of their choice to write their name on, then glue to the “Read for the Win” display next to the children’s DVDS. Children may join as a reader or listener. If the child is still participating in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, we ask that they not join this program also. Children that are in the summer reading program may choose a prize from the prize box after every ten titles or every ten hours read and register for grand prizes after the program is completed (up to 3 prizes, but only one grand prize registration). Third prize will be a book out of the book prize box. We encourage everyone to read at their reading level or higher. The books have to be checked out from the library and not returned the same day. There will be many programs and activities throughout the summer months. Read for the win with a good book!

Summer Reading Charts to download and print:
Hour Reading and Activity Log (Older children)
Title Reading and Activity Log (Younger children)

Book about baseball

To succeed in school and life, children and young adults need ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills. The Summer Reading Club reminds children that reading is for fun - as well as for learning. 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.


Read For the Win Story Hours

 woman reading to children

Fridays, July 8, 15, 22, 29; August 12, 19
10:00 - 10:45 am

Story time programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities. Library story times incorporate the early literacy skills, such as vocabulary building, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge, that children must master before they can learn to read. Children and the grownups will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children's imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them. For children age 2 1/2 - 10. No registration is necessary.

Boy reading and imagining scientific ezperiments

Board Game Afternoons

Wednesday, August 10
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Read for the Win! chessboard

Xbox 360, Wii, PS4... know any of these games? Of course you do! In this age of technology, almost all the kids play video games or computer games and I bet they are pretty cool but what about games which don't have or need a screen or a mouse or a remote control or even electricity? The library has been adding several board games to our collection so we are calling all board gamers to join us this summer to play traditional board games and enjoy refreshments.

Please feel free to bring your own board games No reason to be bored this summer! This program is recommended for K - 6th grade, so bring a friend or two!


4-H on Wheels

4-H logo

This year's summer theme is 4-H Icky Sticky Messy 4-H Science Explorers. August sessions:

This program is for kindergarten through 5th grade. Call the library at (320)235-3162 to register or register online


Children's Book Club

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein

Tuesday, August 16, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

This summer we have been featuring sport books. This month's book is Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein.

Welcome, boys and girls, readers of all ages, to the first-ever Library Olympiad! Kyle and his teammates are back, and the world-famous game maker, Luigi Lemoncello, is at it again! This time Mr. Lemoncello has invited teams from all across America to compete in the first ever LIBRARY OLYMPICS. Will it be fun? Like the commercials say ... HELLO? It's a Lemoncello! But something suspicious is going on ... books are missing from Mr. Lemoncello's library. Is someone trying to CENSOR what the kids are reading?! In between figuring out mind-boggling challenges, the kids will have to band together to get to the bottom of this mystery. Now it's not just a game -- can Mr. Lemoncello find the real defenders of books and champions of libraries? Activities, book discussion along with snacks will be provided.


Lego Club

Wednesday, August 17 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


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 will be put on display. Legos are provided for this club. This program is for children in grades second through sixth. No registration is necessary. The start of the Lego Club was made possible with a Maker Grant from the SAMMIE office in Marshall. If you have any Legos that you would like to donate, please contact the library.


Reading is Fundamental with Don B!

Monday, August 22; 10 - 10:45 a.m.

Froggy on a skateboard!

The Summer Reading grand finale performance will be "Reading is Fundamental" with Don B!. Don B! is a "professional goofball" and two time National Unicycle Champion whose one-man show is entertainment that the whole family will enjoy. Willmar Public Library invites everyone to attend the Reading is Fun-damental program by Don B!; all of the amazing feats demonstrated in this program are found in books. Attendees will be encouraged to find amazing books related to the program and, on literally every topic in the world! This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.


Children's Matinee

The Mighty Ducks

Friday, August 26; 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Rated PG. Runtime: 104 Minutes. Movie snacks provided!

Everybody's favorite underdog youth hockey team hits the ice for a third adventure in D3: The Mighty Ducks. This time out, the Ducks' improbable success under lawyer-turned-hockey player Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) has earned the group of misfits a certain degree of fame, and the entire team is given scholarships to attend Eden Hall Academy, an upscale private school with a rich and snobbish student body. The Ducks are dismayed to discover that they have a new coach, Ted Orion (Jeffrey Nordling), and they soon learn that, as freshmen, they get precious little respect from the Varsity team, and the team's melting-pot lineup makes them stick out like a sore thumb in the white, upper-class surroundings of Eden Hall. However, by the film's final reel, the Ducks will have taught their fellow classmates a lesson about teamwork and overcoming adversity. This proved to be the last film in the Mighty Ducks series, but it was followed by an animated television series that improbably turned the team into hockey stars from another dimension. Author: Mark Deming


Baby Lap Sit


Mondays, 10:00 - 10:45: July 25, and August 29

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. This will be 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 Monday mornings and no registration is necessary for these programs.


Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure

Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure

Tuesday, Sept 20
10:00–11:00 a.m.
WEAC Auditorium
611 5th St. SW
Willmar, MN

Pioneerland Library System and the Willmar Public Library present a traveling trunk show. Join Minnesota author and illustrator Derek Anderson for a one-of-a-kind show! Anderson will read his book Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure and get everyone dancing to music and laughing with his goofy props. The event will conclude with a group drawing activity. This program, which lasts approximately 45 minutes, is perfect for families and groups with children ages 0-6.

"Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure combines humor with simple, straightforward rhymes to successfully convey basic counting concepts," praises School Library Journal. "It was a very energetic, exciting program that kept the kids involved", said one parent who attended a previous show.

Once Upon A Reader

The Traveling Trunk Show is part of Once Upon a Reader, a statewide early literacy initiative that launched in 2014. Each year, communities in participating regions of Minnesota will be united through programming based on a book with a Minnesota connection. Once Upon a Reader is brought to you by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators and funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment.

Free and downloadable resources for parents, caregivers and librarians include a Ten Pigs matching game, drawing activity, songs, and much more! These resources and more information about Once Upon a Reader, may be found at the Once Upon A Reader website. For more information on the event, contact Kathy Torkelson at the Willmar Library (320-235-3162 x 14) or Pam Dille at Pioneerland Library System offices (320-235-6106 x 27).


Caldecott & Newbery Award Winners

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

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 2016 Caldecott Medal Winner is Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. The book was written by Lindsay Mattick and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh. An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable - he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.

Caldecott Medal

2016 Honor books are: Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS; Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Candlewick Press; and Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña and published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC. For more information: Caldecott Medal Home Page.

Last Stop on Market Street

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 2016 Newbery Medal Winner is Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña. The book is illustrated by Christian Robinson and published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC. A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Newbery Medal

Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: The War that Saved My Life, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC; Roller Girl, written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC; and Echo, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. The library has or will be getting 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

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


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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.


Thank you to
our local sponsors!
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