What's new
@ the Library

Wolf in the Snow

Hello Universe

Big Cat, little cat


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


The Boy and the Whale

Ali's Story

Somali Immigrants: In their Shoes

Ranger Rick's Guide to Fishing


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

Little People Storytime

Children sharing a book

Thursdays, through April 26 (no class on March 29 or April 12)
10 - 10:30am

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).


Spring 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.


Bringing Stories to Life

Children with their storybook pictures and crayons.

Tuesdays: Mar 20, Apr 17
6-7 pm

Early Childhood Family Education and Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your 2 to 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. Ages 2 - 5 years. Please pre-register at (320)231-8490.


Board Game Afternoons

Wednesdays: Mar 21, Apr 18
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.

After School Activities

Kids painting

On the following Tuesdays
3:30 - 4:30

Once a month the library will have a drop-in after school activity for the school age children. We will do some crafts and paint and just have fun! This activity is for children kindergarten - 5th grade


Easter Egg Hunt

Easter egg hunt: rabbit with easter eggs

Saturday, March 31
11:00 am - Noon

Join us for our library Easter egg hunt! Stories, crafts, and even some furry friends (rabbits) are included in this fun family event. You may bring your own basket or decorate an Easter bag. This event is for ages 2 - 7 nd will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room and the Children's Area.


Children's Book Club

Tuesday, April 3
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Fort by Cynthia DeFelice

The book for this month is Fort by Cynthia DeFelice. According to our library catalog the storyline is as follows:

A middle-grade summer adventure about two boys who build an awesome fort and tangle with two older bullies. - Provided by publisher.

This book is a Maud Hart Lovelace 2017-2018 Award nominee which is voted on by Minnesota students in March of each year. The winners are announced on April 25, Maud Hart Lovelace's birthday. Pizza and snacks will be served. We will have a book discussion and other activities for children in grades 2nd - 6th grade.

Maud Hart Lovelace Award - Minnesota Youth Reading Awards

Lego Club

Wednesday, April 4
4:00 - 5:00


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.


About the Maud Hart Lovelace Award

Children are invited to participate in the Maud Hart Lovelace Award which is a children's read and vote book award. Student in grades 3-5 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the Division I nominee list and students in grades 6-8 who have read or listened to at least three titles from the Division II nominee list are eligible to vote for the Maud Hart Lovelace Award. Student will be able to vote here at the library. The books are displayed in a display case and children may check them out or request them. Voting begins March 1st through the 2nd Friday in April. Check out the books that are nominated for this award at Minnesota Youth Reading Awards.


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.


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


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

Children's Services:
Kathy Torkelson


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Links for Kids

Sponsors for the 2017 Summer Reading Program

Bergh's Fabricating

Bremer Bank

CLC Plaza

Concorde Bank

Cub Foods

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Heritage Bank

Janning ENT Center

Jenni-O Turkey Store

Premium Waters, Inc.

Qdoba Mexican Grill



Thank you to
our local sponsors!
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