Friday, September 8
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
Grandparents Day is September 10 this year. In celebration of this day, the library will be having guest readers (grandparents) from Copperleaf Senior Living. So, invite and bring a grandparent to share stories, fingerplays, music and craft with. If you can't bring a grandparent there will be some there, parents and caregivers are invited also. Coffee, juice, donuts/rolls will be provided.
In 2012, President Obama issued a proclamation about National Grandparents Day that showed the pride in celebrating the wonderful contributions that grandparents make to our lives. Here is an excerpt:
Throughout our history, grandparents have guided their children and grandchildren through trial and triumph. For many of us, our grandparents were among our earliest teachers and caregivers. They have added immeasurably to the strength of our families, and with compassion and wisdom, they have enriched our lives with the stories of those who came before us. On National Grandparents Day, we give thanks to those who helped raise us and pay tribute to a generation that still inspires us toward brighter horizons.
Let’s appreciate all the joy and wisdom that grandparents bring to our lives! On Grandparents Day, it really is the thought that counts—just make sure your grandparents know that you’re thinking of them.
The library will have coloring sheets available at the children's desk or download and print. Please turn in your completed sheets by September 29. The prizes will be a coloring book, crayons, markers, and colored pencil in pencil bag, three winners.
There will be ten paintings on the bulletin board, children will match the artist with his work, parents may help. One random winner will be picked from a correct answer sheet. A gift card of $10.00 will be the prize from Hobby Lobby.
We invite patrons kindergarten through 5th grade to enter Willmar Public Library's Robot Building Challenge for exciting prizes and the the pride of showmanship! Library staff has built a robot out of boxes and other materials. We now challenge you to build your own robot out of whatever material you can find. Entries will be submitted and displayed in the library. Prizes will be drawn and picked up when the participants take their entries home.
Rules and Guidelines:
Thursdays, Sept 14 - Dec 14
(No class 10/19 and 11/23)
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).
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 kids 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 imaginations 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 and are on the following Fridays from 10:00 – 10:45a.m.:
Friday, September 15
10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
On Friday, September 15 at 10:00 am, Donald Houseman will be reading and talking about the books he has written. Among his books are How Harvey and His Friends Saved the Barn, Harvey and His Friends' Great Fishing Adventure, Christmas Comes to Harvey and His Friends, and Grandma....How Should I Eat a Pickle? Autographed books will be available for purchase at that time. Make sure to mark this date on your calendar! Also, check out the display case of his books.
Donald is noted for his children’s books, having written, illustrated and self-published four stories. He is also known for his woodcut prints and acrylic paintings. He launched his own art business called “Stuff On Paper” in 2010. In addition to his art work he continues to make presentations to art groups both young and old with Artists in Residencies across the state including: Bemidji, Blackduck, Thief River Falls, Marshall, Byron, Pine Island, Zumbrota, Baudette, Barnum, Parkers Prairie, Warroad and Fargo, ND. Learn more about the author here.
Wednesday: Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20
4:00 - 5:00
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 hundred 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.
Last Tuesdays of the Month
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
Friday, September 29
3:30 - 5:00 pm
A mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history! (from our library catalog.) IMDb movie trailer
Rated: PG Time: 90 minutes Movie snacks provided.
Tuesday, October 3
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Children in grades 2nd through 6th grade are invited to attend our book club group. The book this month is The Losers Club by Andrew Clements. According to our catalog, here is a brief summary of the book: Alec, a sixth-grade bookworm always in trouble for reading instead of listening and participating in class, starts a book club, solely to have a place to read, and discovers that real life, although messy, can be as exciting as the stories in his favorite books. Pizza, pop and other snacks will be served.
Wednesday: Oct 4, Nov 1, Dec 6
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.
Saturday, October 28
3:00 - 3:45 pm
The Awesome Halloween Magic Show featuring Robert & Lynn Halbrook will take place here at the library. It is a fully themed show featuring a colorful backdrop, special costumes, interactive theater (with lots of audience participation), storytelling and comedy, and magic aimed at helping kids discover the rewards found within the pages of a book. Children may dress up in a costume. Families are invited to participate in this fun event. This project is funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.
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.
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 2017 Caldecott Medal Winner is Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel written and illustrated by Javaka Steptoe and published by Little, Brown and Company. Presents the life of the artist, who was inspired as a child by a book of anatomy given to him by his mother after being injured in a car crash and who went on to become a celebrity in the art world before his early death at twenty-eight.
Four Caldecott Honor Books include: Leave Me Alone! illustrated and written by Vera Brosqol; Freedom in Congo Square illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Carole Boston Weatherford; Du Iz Tak? illustrated and written by Carson Ellis; They All Saw a Cat illustrated and written by Brendan Wenzel. For more information: Caldecott Medal Home Page.
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 2017 Newbery Medal Winner is The Girl Who Drank the Moon, written by Kelly Barnhill and published by Algonquin Books.
"An epic fantasy about a young girl raised by a witch, a swamp monster, and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, who must unlock the powerful magic buried deep inside her. Every year, the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey. One year, Xan accidentally feeds a baby moonlight instead of starlight, filling the ordinary child with extraordinary magic. Xan decides she must raise this enmagicked girl, whom she calls Luna, as her own. To keep young Luna safe from her own unwieldy power, Xan locks her magic deep inside her. When Luna approaches her thirteenth birthday, her magic begins to emerge on schedule--but Xan is far away. Meanwhile, a young man from the Protectorate is determined to free his people by killing the witch. Soon, it is up to Luna to protect those who have protected her--even if it means the end of the loving, safe world she's always known. The acclaimed author of The Witch's Boy has created another epic coming-of-age fairy tale destined to become a modern classic" - Provided by publisher
Three Newbery Honor Books include: Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life written and illustrated by Ashley Bryan; The Inquisitor's Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog written by Adam Gidwitz and illustrated by Hatem Aly; Wolf Hollow written by Lauren Wolk. For more information: Newbery Medal Home Page.
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 boy's bike for the 2017 Summer Reading Program
The Oz Brothers - August 31
The Lego Guy - July 7
Jack & Kitty - June 14
Willmar Cardettes - July 18
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
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:
This program is sponsored by:
Willmar Public Library
Jennie-O Foods Inc.
Willmar Area Early Childhood Initiative
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Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center
Janning ENT Center
Jenni-O Turkey Store
Premium Waters, Inc.
Qdoba Mexican Grill