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Chasing Freedom

Tons of Numbers


Oh Valentine, We've Lost Our Minds!

Batman's Hero Files

Food Fight!

We Love to Dance!

Danger in the Darkest Hour

Heidi Heckelbeck is Not a Thief!

Fuzzy Yellow Ducklings

Up Dog

The Burning Horizon

Royal Tea

Water Rolls Water Rises

30 Days of No Gossip

Mount Rushmore

Animals in Winter

Our Presidents Rock!

Danger Down the Nile

Good Luck Baby Owls

Good Dream Bad Dream

Winter is Coming

Tales From a Not-So-Happily Ever After

Brightest Night

Children's Page

Artsy Story Hours

Spring girl with bird

Story Hour is a magical time. It is a time to explore language, sound, movement, and printed books. For children, each storytime can be a new adventure. Children will hear stories, sing songs, act out rhymes, and do crafts. Put together, these story hour experiences, these learning opportunities, help children develop school-readiness and preliteracy skills. Story hour will be starting on Friday, March 20 from 10:00 - 10:45. It will be a six week session and is for children ages 2 1/2 - 6 years old. Children are encouraged to check out books before or after the program. No registration is necessary. The themes are as follows:

March 20: Springtime
March 27: Chickens
April 3: Rabbits & Bunnies
April 10: Wheels on the Road
April 17: Boats in the Water
April 24: Flowers and Gardens

National Poetry Month

Stack of books

All April long celebrate poetry by making "Book Spine Poetry" using library book titles. Staff will take a picture of the poetry titles and put on Facebook. We will have chalk available for the children to go outside and write their favorite poem(s) on the sidewalk. There will be a table with activities for them to do poetry. Don't forget to check out a poetry book and read with your children.


Children's Matinee

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Friday, April 24 at 3:30 This family movie is rated PG and is 81 minutes long. Movie snack provided.

Storyline from IMDB: For 12 year old Alexander Cooper, everyday is a bad day. And his family thinks he's being silly because they never have a bad day. On the day before his 12th birthday party, he learns that another boy is having a party of his own and everyone is going to it. And another kid punks him online. So at midnight of his birthday, he wishes that his whole family can have a bad day. And things for the whole family go bad, his mom's car is broken so they have to share a car, his sister has a cold and has to go on stage, his older brother, who's hoping to get his driver's license and to bring his girlfriend to the prom, has to deal with his girlfriend's snootiness and fails to get his license, his mom has a crisis at work which could cost her her job, and his dad who has a job interview has to bring his younger brother with him but because his pacifier is broken he can't stop crying. Alex feels responsible. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com


Earth Day 2015

Earth Day Celebration

Monday, April 27, 4:00 - 5:00
The Willmar Public Library is celebrating Earth Day Monday, April 27. This event will take place in the children's room at the library. Target Team Members will read stories, bring snacks and have some fun activities planned for the children.


Children's Book Club

Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret

Tuesday May 5, 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 Ghost Dog Secrets by Peg Kehret. Sixth-grader Rusty, determined to help an injured dog that is chained outdoors in frigid weather, calls animal control then takes matters into his own hands, aided by his best friend and a ghost collie that leads Rusty to an even deeper secret. Includes instructions for knitting cat blankets. There will be several activities and snacks will be served.


Children's Book Week: May 4 - 10

Children's Book Week, May 4-10 2015. Celebrating children's books and reading since 1919.

2015 marks the 96th national celebration of Children's Book Week, the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country! The following celebrations will be taking place at the Willmar Public Library. On May 8, Janet Clark, retired elementary teacher will read from her favorite books and share the joy and importance of reading. Children will get to make a bookmark and will have supplies to make their own book. This event will be on Friday, May 8; 10:00 - 10:45. No registration is necessary and it is for ages 2 1/2 - 6 years old.


Children's Matinee

Big Hero 6

Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 - 11:45 Movie snack provided. This movie is PG and is 102 minutes.

Storyline from IMDB: From Walt Disney Animation Studios, an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends adrenaline junkie Go Go Tomago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. Determined to uncover the mystery, Hiro transforms his friends into a band of high-tech heroes called "Big Hero 6". Written by Walt Disney Animation Studios


Baby Lap Sit

Woman and child reading together

Thursdays, January 22 - May 7 (No class on April 2); 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

Bringing Stories to Life

Girl imagining stories while reading

Tuesdays, January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, & May 19; 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

Caldecott & Newbery Award Winners

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

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 2015 Caldecott Medal Winner is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friends illustrated and written by Dan Santat and published by Little, Brown and Company. 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

2015 Honor books are: Nana in the City written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo; The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sound of Kandinsky's Abstract Art illustrated by Mary GrandPre', written by Barb Rosenstock; Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett; Viva Frida illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales; The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant; This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamak. The library has a copy of each of these books. For more information: Caldecott Medal Home Page.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

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 2015 Newbery Medal Winner is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Newbery Medal

Honor books are El Deado by Cece Bell and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline. 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

Children's Services:
Kathy Torkelson


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Links for Kids

Sponsors for the Summer Reading Program 2014

Bergh's Fabricating

Bremer Bank

Cascade Bay

Cash Wise

Central Lakes Cooperative

Concorde Bank

Cub Foods

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Heritage Bank

Janning ENT Center

Jenni-O Turkey Store

Mall of America (Nickelodeon Universe & Moose Mountain)

MN Twins

MN Zoo

North American State Bank

Premium Waters, Inc.

Stages Theatre Company - Hopkins Center for the Arts


Thank you to
our local sponsors!
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