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Chasing Freedom

Tons of Numbers

Unleashed

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

Children's Matinee

The BoxTrolls

Friday, March 27th at 3:30PM This month's movie is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Based on the children's novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. Movie snacks provided. Rated PG. Runtime: 100 minutes

The Boxtrolls are a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs in the amazing cavernous home they've built beneath the streets of a city called Cheesebridge. The story is about a young orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator, the town's villain, Archibald Snatcher. When Snatcher comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls. Eggs decides to venture above ground and "into the light," where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie. Together, they devise a daring plan to save The BoxTrolls family. Synopsis ritten by DeAlan Wilson

Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Chickadee at pinecone birdfeeder

On Thursday, April 2 Amelia Jackson, Agricultural Afterschool 4-H Program Coordinator, will be downstairs in the library. Amelia will show the children how to make a bird feeder using a pine cone that you can hang from a tree. Children will be able to enjoy watching the birds eat the seeds as they come back for spring.

4H logo

No registration is necessary and this event will be held in the children's room of the library. The class will start at 3:45 and children may come and go.

 

Children's Book Club

The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: an Origami Yoda book by Tom Angleberger

Tuesday April 7, 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 The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett: an Origami Yoda book by Tom Angleberger. Dark times have fallen on McQuarrie Middle School. Dwight is back--and not a moment too soon--as Kellen, Sara, and the gang face a new Menace: the FunTime Educational Program. FunTime is supposed to raise students' standardized test scores. Instead, it's driving everyone crazy. The students turn to Origami Yoda for help". There will be several activities and snacks will be served.

 

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

Links

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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

Walmart

Thank you to
our local sponsors!
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