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13-Story Treehouse

World's Deadliest Epidemics

Bats in the Band

Penguin and Pumpkin

Blood of Olympus

Adventures of Luke Skywalker

Case of the Weird Blue Chicken

I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii

Cleopatra in Space

Comic Squad Recess


Lindbergh:  the Tale of a Flying Mouse

Handle With Care

Seven Wild Sisters

Saving Lucas Biggs

Sleepover With Beatrice and Bear

Pete the Cat

Star Wars

Mysterious Patterns

Meaning of Maggie

The Nest

Green in a Chile Pepper

Bravo Chico Canta! Bravo!

About Mammals - Sobre los mamíferos

Old Manhattan Has Some Farms

10-Minute Seasonal Crafts for Autumn

Children's Page

Fall Story Hour

Basket of apples

Fall story hour will be starting on Fridays, September 26 - October 31 from 10:00 - 10:45 for 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. This program is for children age 2 1/2 - 6 years old. No registration is necessary. The themes are as follows:

Boy and girl with pumpkins

Sept 26: Back to School and Buses
Oct 3: Apples and Johnny Appleseed
Oct 10: Firefighters to the Rescue
Oct 17: D is for Dragons & Dinosaurs
Oct 24: Autumn Leaves & Trees
Oct 31: It's Pumpkin Time


Superhero Program

Boy Suprehero flying around books

Tuesday, October 28, 4:00 - 4:45 Batman turns 75 years old this year and to mark the occasion the library will have a superhero party. Come dressed as your favorite superhero. We will make a Batman mask, and each child will receive a comic book, poster, bag, tattoo, and a bookmark from DC comics! For children 3 - 10, no registration is necessary.

Children's Matinee:
Double Feature!

Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie and Toy Story of Terror!

Friday, October 31, 3:30 - 5:00 Popcorn, snacks, and beverages will be served or bring your own snack.

First Feature: The toys go on a road trip, when an unexpected event leads them to a roadside motel, after one of the toys goes missing, the others find themselves caught up in a mysterious, monstrous, and terrifying sequence of events that must be solved before they all suffer the same fate. Written by Aaron (IMDb)

Second Feature: A hilariously haunted Halloween in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Roo's best new pal, Lumpy, is excited to trick-or-treat for the first time. That is, until Tigger warns them about the dreaded Gobloon who'll turn you into a jaggedy lantern if he catches you. But if they catch the Gobloon before it catches them, they get to make a wish. When Pooh eats all the Halloween candy, Lumpy and Roo decide to be "brave together, brave forever and catch the Gobloon. Celebrate the bumpity and spookable Halloween season with Pooh and his pals in their first Halloween-themed film in eight years. Written by Seth Weinstein (IMDb)


Kiwanis and Kids Reading

Every child should experience the joy of reading. Kiwanian members believe this so, that is why six members of the Kiwanis Club will be here at the Willmar Public Library this Saturday. Please join us this Saturday, November 1 from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. as Kiwanian members will be at the library to read to the children or the children will read to them. No registration is necessary and this event is for children ages 2 1/2 - 10. The library is proud to partner with the Kiwanis Club to promote reading.


Children's Book Club

The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

Tuesday November 4, 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 Homework Machine by Dan Gutman. Four fifth-grade students--a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker--as well as their teacher and mothers, each relate events surrounding a computer programmed to complete homework assignments. There will be several activities and snacks will be served.


Baby Lap Sit

Woman and child reading together

Thursdays, Sept. 18 - Dec. 18 (No class on Oct. 16 or Nov. 27); 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, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 16; 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

Caldecott Medal

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 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner was Locomotive illustrated and written by Brian Floca. 2014 Honor books are Journey written and illustrated by Aaron Becker, Flora and the Flamingo written and illustrated by Molly Idle, and Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner. The library has a copy of each of these books. For more information: Caldecott Medal Home Page.

Newbery Medal

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 2014 Newbery Medal Winner is Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures written by Kate DiCamillo. Honor books are Doll Bones written by Holly Black, The Year of Billy Miller written by Kevin Henkes, One Came Home written by Amy Timberlake, and Paperboy written by Vince Vawter. 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


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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!


If you have questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, or recommendations, email Kathy, Children's Services

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