What's new
@ the Library

Explore Norse Myths!

Goodnight, Good Dog

Cabinet of Curiosities

Adam & Thomas

Child Soldier

B is for Bear

Little Elliot Big Family

The Song Within My Heart

 Following the Tractor

Life on the Farm

The Babies and Doggies Book

Lego Star Wars:  the Visual Dictionary

I Want to Eat Your Books

A Pack Divided

Nellie Belle

The Goodbye Book

Spare Parts

The Turnip


Moth Flight's Vision

Sand Rider

What Does Otis See?

Snowy Sunday

I Really Like Slop!

The Nest

Fast Break

Children's Page

Spring Story Hour

The Willmar Public Library will hold pre-school story hour on Friday beginning April 8 through May 13. Story Hour is a magical time. It is a time to explore language, sound, movement, and printed books. For children, each story time can be a new adventure. Children will hear stories, sing songs, act out rhymes, and do crafts. Put together, these story hour experiences and learning opportunities help children develop school-readiness and pre-literacy skills. No registration is necessary. This program is for children ages 2 1/2 - 6 years old.

Happy spring sun, butterfiles and flowers

Fridays, 10-10:45am. The themes and dates are as follows:
April 8: Colors & Patterns
April 15: Farm Animals
April 22: Let's Go to the Zoo
April 29: Pet Parade
May 6: Springtime Fun
May 13: Flowers and Gardens


Books-n-Baseball 2016: Free baseball event!

Willmar Stingers

Monday, June 13, 2016
Tickets are available at the Willmar Public Library

For children Kindergarten age 5 and under with parent(s). This is the 7th year for this event. The library has approximately 100 tickets to give away, FREE. This year, the tickets will also have a free hot dog ticket attached to the baseball ticket. Priority will be given to the children in the Willmar School District. If you are not in the Willmar School district and seem really interested in obtaining a ticket, we will put you on a waiting list. You will not need a ticket for infants/toddlers if they will be sitting on the parent's lap.

Minnesota Early Childhood Initiative; a campaign for our youngest children

The game is Monday, June 13. 6:00 gates open and you may redeem your voucher at the concession stand for a free hotdog. At 6:30 children and parents head out to the 3rd base line to have a story read by the Stingers. If interested in obtaining tickets to the game, come to the Willmar Public Library. If you have any questions please call us at (320)235-3162.

Brought to you by: Willmar Early Childhood Initiative and the Willmar Stingers


Study Buddies!

Two boys sitting at school desks.

Every Thursday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Starting January 7

The Willmar Public Library is excited to have this new program/service available to the children that come to the library. It is called "Study Buddies" run by 3513 Girl Scout Troop. It is for children in 1st - 5th grade that need help with their homework, spelling, reading and more right here at the library in the children's area. Please tell other parents/children about it!

Lego Club

Wednesday, May 18 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. The program is limited to 10 participants. 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.


After School Activity Hour

A child watering spring flowers

Once a month the library will have an after school activity for children in grade K through 5.

Tuesday, March 22 at 4:00 - 5:00: Easter Craft
Thursday, Apr 21 at 4:00 - 5:00: Poem in Your Pocket Day (bring your favorite poem)
Tuesday, May 24 at 4:00 - 5:00: Gardening Craft


Children's Matinee

The Good Dinosaur

Friday, May 27 3:30 - 5p.m.

From IMDb: The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? In this epic journey into the world of dinosaurs, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of. - Written by Pixar

Rated PG. Runtime: 93 Minutes. Movie snacks provided!


Bringing Stories to Life

Children with their storybook pictures and crayons.

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. This class is for children 2 1/2 - 5 years old and immunizations are required to attend class. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.

Classes are Tuesday nights from 6 - 7 pm on the following dates:
January 19
February 16
March 15
April 19
May 17


Baby Lap Sit


Ms. Kathy and Ms. Cheryl are back for another year of fun at the Willmar Public Library! Reading to our youngest children play a vital role in language development of children as well as an appreciation for books and reading! Parents, if you are looking for a time to ask Cheryl questions about parenting, she will be available either 15 minutes before or after class to visit with you. This class is for children 6 weeks - 2 1/2 years old.

Class dates are Thursday mornings from 10 - 10:30 am. January 21 - May 5. (No class on March 24) Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.


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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Links for Kids

Sponsors for the Summer Reading Program 2015

Bergh's Fabricating

Bremer Bank

Concorde Bank

Cub Foods

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Janning ENT Center

Jenni-O Turkey Store

Lake Region Bank

North American State Bank

Premium Waters, Inc.


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our local sponsors!
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