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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.


4-H on Wheels

4-H logo

Thursdays, July 7, 14, 21 & 28
August 11 & 18
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

This year's summer theme is 4-H Icky Sticky Messy 4-H Science Explorers. We will have six sessions:

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

Boy reading and imagining scientific ezperiments

Board Game Afternoons

Wednesdays, July 13, 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!

Children's Book Club

Perfect Game by Fred Bowen

Tuesday, July 19, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

This summer we will be featuring sport books. This month's book is Perfect Game by Fred Bowen. Isaac is a perfectionist, especially when it comes to baseball, and is unable to cope when things go wrong until his coach asks him to help out with a Unified Sports basketball team on which intellectually-disabled and other children play together. Activities, book discussion along with snacks will be provided.


Lego Club

Wednesday, July 20 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
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.


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.


Children's Matinee

The Big Green

Friday, July 29; 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Rated PG. Runtime: 99 Minutes. Movie snacks provided!

In this Disney comedy that bears a suspicious resemblance to The Mighty Ducks, the down-trodden cynical young misfits of a run-down Texas town, devastated by the closing of its one major industry, find renewed hope and spirit at the hands of a plucky British foreign-exchange teacher who introduces them to soccer. When British elementary school teacher Anna Montgomery arrives in the dusty town and first meets the depressed and frequently angry youths, she immediately knows she must do something to somehow make them feel better about themselves and so decides to enroll them into a soccer league. Naturally the kids are at first awful and are soundly pummeled during their first game. Fortunately, former high school football champ, Deputy Sheriff Tom Palmer decides to give the pretty and single Anna a helping hand, and between the two of them manage to whip the kids into shape so they can beat the arrogant state champion team, helmed by Palmer's old rival Jay Huffer. - Sandra Brennan, Movlic.com


Reading is Fundamental with Don B!

Saturday, 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.


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

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.


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