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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

Winter Story Hour

Kids reading

Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment

Story Hour will be starting on Friday, January 23 from 10:00 - 10:45. It will be a six week session. 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 hour is for children ages 2 1/2 - 6 years old. No registration is necessary. The themes are as follows:

January 23: Winter in "Snow" Much Fun
January 30: Once Upon a Reader featuring the book, "Moo" and Farm Fun. This is a Legacy Event
February 6: Frozen: the Party! Come dressed as your favorite character from the movie!
February 13: Won't you Be My Valentine
February 20: Penguin & Polar Bears
February 27: Trains on the Track

Children's Matinee

Cars 2

Friday, February 27, 3:30 - 5:15 Join us for a fun afternoon watching a movie. Popcorn and beverage will be served or bring your own.

Storyline: After Mater gets his best friend, star race car Lightning McQueen, a spot in the very first World Grand Prix, he is given the job of pit crew chief. But while they are in Japan, Mater crosses paths with Holly Shiftwell, a spy searching for an American spy. Unknown to Mater, the American spy attached a tracking device on him while being attacked. Thinking the tow truck is the spy, Holly and another spy, Finn McMissile, take Mater around the world to find and stop an evil plot created by "lemons," old cars considered ugly. Written by Mr. Top Hat from IMDb


Read Across America: A National Education Association project

Read Across America

Monday, March 2, 10:00 - 10:45 For ages 2 1/2 - 6. Janet Clark - Guest Reader. Oh, the Places You'll Go when you read! March 2, 2015 is NEA's Read Across America Day and this year, the book is the Seuss classic, Oh, the Places You'll Go. Join us for some of Janet's favorite Dr. Seuss books and other fun crafts & activities.


Children's Book Club

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Tuesday March 3, 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 Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan. Demi-god Percy Jackson and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first Percy will discover a secret that makes him wonder whether being claimed as Poseidon's son is an honor or a cruel joke. There will be several activities and snacks will be served.


Read Across America: Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat!

Grab Your Hat and Read with the Cat!

Wednesday, March 4, 4:15 - 5:00 For elementary age children. Celebrate NEA's Read Across America. Target Team Members will be the guest readers. The team members will read their favorite Dr. Seuss books to celebrate NEA's Read Across America. Join us for some stories, snacks, activities, and prizes. No registration is necessary. On NEA's Read Across America Day, join in on the fun because you're never to old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read with a child!

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Owl artist

Soybean Art Class

On Thursday, March 5 Amelia Jackson, Agricultural Afterschool 4-H Program Coordinator, will be downstairs in the library. Amelia will show the children how to make their own paint using soybeans. Children will get to paint a picture with the soybean ink. 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.

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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. 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.

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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