What's new
@ the Library

Wolf in the Snow

Hello Universe

Big Cat, little cat

Crown

A Different Pond

Grand Canyon

Long Way Down

Feminist Baby

Ice Hockey and Curling

I'm a Javascript Games Maker

I am a Cat

Dragons and Marshmallows

Sit

The Boy and the Whale

Ali's Story

Somali Immigrants: In their Shoes

Ranger Rick's Guide to Fishing

Patina

The Lost Rainforest: Mez's Magic

Mighty Moby

Lost and Found Cat

Grace Hopper

Out of School and Into Nature

Meet Me at the Well

Fancy Nancy:  Oodles of Kittens

Berenstain Bears and the Ducklings

5 Minute Pinkalicious

Good Day, Good Night

The Puppy Place: Bitsy

The Rodeo Challenge

Children's Page

Summer Reading Program
June 4 — August 31

Reading Takes You Everywhere! illustration ©2018 Terri Murphy

Reading Takes You Everywhere! Get ready to read! The Willmar Public Library is preparing to take children on an adventure this summer. The Willmar Public Library launches Reading Takes you Everywhere on June 4 – August 31. In addition to reading great books, library patrons can participate in exciting programs! The 2018 summer reading program is open to young people preschool through 5th grade, with programs, prize drawings, story hour, book club, matinees and special performers.

Congratulations on being a part of this year’s Summer Reading Program! Here’s how it works:

A girl flying over the sea on a book

 

Don’t forget to check out all the fun programs we’re offering this summer! They'll be listed below as they are planned. Happy reading! Summer Reading Classroom Handout

 

Board Game Afternoons

Wednesdays: July 18, August 15
4:00 - 5:00

Board games

Playing board games is a pleasant activity and time well spent with friends. However, over the past decade board games have evolved far beyond chess and Monopoly. Nowadays, there are hundreds of different types of board games that are suitable for all occasions, ages, and personalities and the library has several to choose from. There are numerous benefits of playing board games:
* Spend time with friends
* Engage in activities that do not involve staring at a computer screen or a smartphone
* Exercise your brain by learning something new
* Improve your memory by keeping track of what is happening in the game
* Revive your creativity and problem solving skills
* Practice problem solving, storytelling, goal-setting, and other skills
* Just have fun!

For children kindergarten - 6th grade. No registration is necessary and bring some friends! Snacks are provided.

 

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Stingers Are Coming to the Library!

Willmar Stingers logo

Thursday, July 19
10:00 - 11:00 a.m

Who loves baseball and the Stingers? Now is your chance to meet some of the Stinger players as they will be here at the library Thursday, July 19 at 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

The Stingers will read to the children, play games, sign autographs, answer questions and pose for pictures. All Stingers fans are invited to attend this program.

 

Story Hour

Story Time

Story Hour is an opportunity for parents/grandparents and caregivers to introduce their children to reading and language in a fun way. At story hour, children have an opportunity to do activities that promote development and learning. Preschool-aged children are curious about everything. Story Hour is a perfect way for preschoolers to listen and learn about the questions they ask. Kids love singing familiar songs and doing fun activities. Parents/grandparents and caregivers are invited to play along. Children and their grownups will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 45 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children's imagination and arouse their curiosity about the world around them. Library story hour incorporates the early literacy skills, such as vocabulary building, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge, that children must master before they can learn to read.

Story Hours are for families with young children are on the following Fridays from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

 

Yoga With Candace

Cartoon children doing yoga

Wednesday, July 25
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Would your child be interested in yoga? Yoga has many benefits by practicing yoga poses, children can learn how to exercise, develop confidence, and concentrate better. Physically, it enhances their flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, their concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation improves.

All children that are interested in doing yoga poses and listening to some stories about yoga are invited to attend. Children will make a stress ball after the class.

 

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Little People Storytime

Children sharing a book

For infants - Kindergarten. Let the fun begin! Ms. Kathy and Ms. LaRae are ready to have a delightful morning of books, music and movement at the Willmar Public Library. Parents: if you have any parenting questions, LaRae will be available after class to visit with you. Please call Willmar Community Education & Recreation at 231-8490 to register your child(ren).

Storytime is on the following Thursdays from 10 - 10:30am:

 

Children's Matinee

A Wrinkle in Time

Friday, July 27
3:30 - 5:00

Although he has been missing for several years and the entire town thinks her father has abandoned her family. Meg steadfastly believes the best and protects her younger brother, Charles Wallace, from the brunt of the rumors and taunting. It is he, however, who convinces her to join him, the school sports star Calvin, and three unusual women on an interplanetary voyage to rescue their father from a vast evil. (from the library catalog)

Rated: PG; Running Time: 109 minutes. There will be movie snacks served.

 

Children's Book Club

The Poblim Children by Natalie Lloyd

Tuesday, August 7
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

This month's book is The Poblim Children by Natalie Lloyd. Seven siblings are forced by the destruction of their swamp home to move into their grandpa's mansion, but greedy neighbors plot to steal their secrets and place them in home far away from each other.

We will discuss the book and do other activities. Pizza and other snacks will be served.

 

Lego Club

Wednesday, August 8
4:00 - 5:00

Legos!!

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 may be put on display. Legos are provided for this club. The library received funds to buy new Legos, thanks to the Willmar Eagles Club. If you would like to donate Legos or money to buy more Legos, please contact the library at 235-3162.

This club is for children in grades kindergarten through sixth. Snacks are provided. No registration is necessary.

 

Sibley State Park Presents:
Reading Takes You in the Water, Sky, and Underground!

A child riding a bike in the full moon sky with a giant book in the basket

Join a state park naturalist for hands-on family friendly program at the library!

Monday, August 20; 10:00 - 11:00 am: Dirt
Let's explore our environment - what can you learn about dirt? Put on your gloves and dig in!

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

 

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Somali Folktales
on Ebooks Minnesota

The Lion's Share: Qayb Libaax, A Somali Folktale retold by Said Salab Ahmed, illustrated by Kelly Dupre

Thanks to the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Somali Bilingual Books Project, Ebooks Minnesota now includes four Somali folktales. Written and illustrated by local talent in both English and Somali, the books help to fill a gap in culturally and linguistically appropriate books for Somali children and their families, while they also advance understanding of Somali culture. Please contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356) for more information.

 

Caldecott & Newbery Award Winners

Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell

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 2018 Caldecott Medal Winner is Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell, and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan.

In this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub each get lost in the snow and rescue each other. Cordell uses pen and ink and watercolor wash to capture the frenzied snowfall and the brave girl’s frantic, frightful journey. Fairy tale elements and a strong sense of color and geometry offer an engrossing, emotionally charged story. “HOOOOOWWLLLL!!” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Tish Wilson. “Committee members were astonished that a deceptively simple book could be such a dramatic story of survival.”

Caldecott Medal

Four Caldecott Honor Books include: Big Cat, little cat, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper; Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James; A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Ph; and Grand Canyon, illustrated and written by Jason Chin. For more information: Caldecott Medal Home Page.

Hello, Universe, written by Erin Entrada Kelly

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 2018 Newbery Medal Winner is Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Filipino folklore and real life converge at the bottom of a well. Even while following signs and portents, the characters are the definition of creative agency. Masterfully told through shifting points of view, this modern quest tale shimmers with humor and authentic emotion.

From the library catalog: Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him. Virgil feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia is deaf, smart, and loves everythng about nature. Kaori is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so that he can concentrate on basketball. They aren't friends. But when Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well, Kaori, Gen, and Valencia begin a quest to find the missing Virgil.

Newbery Medal

Three Newbery Honor Books include: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes illustrated by Gordon C. James; Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds; and Piecing Me Together, written by Renée Watson. For more information: Newbery Medal Home Page.

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Past Events

Summer 2017

Home Depot came to the library this summer August 25.
Home Depot came to the library this summer - August 25

Winner of the girl's bike for the 2017 Summer Reading Program.
Winner of the girl's bike for the 2017 Summer Reading Program

Winner of the boy's bike for the 2017 Summer Reading Program.
Winner of the boy's bike for the 2017 Summer Reading Program

The Oz Brothers, August 31
The Oz Brothers - August 31

The Lego Guy July 7
The Lego Guy - July 7

Jack & Kitty - June 14
Jack & Kitty - June 14

Willmar Cardettes - July 18
Willmar Cardettes - July 18

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Ongoing Events

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

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Children's Services:
Kathy Torkelson

Links

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Links for Kids

Sponsors for the 2018 Summer Reading Program

The Barn Theatre

Bergh's Fabricating

Bremer Bank

Concorde Bank

Crayola Experience

Cub Foods

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Fraternal Order of the Eagles Willmar Aerie No. 2334

Hawk Creek Animal Shelter

Jenni-O Turkey Store

Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA

Lake Region Bank

MN Twins

MN Vikings

Qdoba Mexican Grill

Stages Theatre Company

Target

Walt's

Thank you to
our local sponsors!
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