What's new
@ the Library

The Extra Yard

Perfect Game

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

Kid Owner

Minnesota Twins

MN Vikings

Lion Lessons

Wolf's Boy

My First Pets

Peep and Egg

Old MacDonald Had a Truck

I Hear a Pickle

Blobfish Book

Wet Cement

 M is for Myanmar

Bugs

Prince of a Frog

Freedom in Congo Square

Owls Strange and Wonderful

We Came to America

Bob and Flo

Airport Book

Spot the Cat

How to Put Your Parents to Bed

Aliens Love Dinopants

The Thank You Book

The Hidden Oracle

Royal Wedding Disaster

Children's Page

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.

Little People Storytime

Baby

Thursdays, Feb 9 - May 4
(No class Mar 30 or Apr 13)
10 - 10:30am

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. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register. Immunizations required to attend class.

 

Winter Story Hour

Snowman and girl

Fridays, Jan - Feb 24; 10:00 - 10:45a.m.

Parents and their children 2 1/2 - 6 year old child 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 imagination and arouse their curiosity about the world around them No registration is necessary.

The dates and themes are as follows:
February 10: Hearts and Love
February 17: Fairy Tales
February 24: Finding Dory

 

After School Activities

Hearts

Tuesday Afternoons:
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Feb 14: Valentine Card Making
Mar 28: Pine Cone Bird Feeder
Apr 11: Easter Crafts
May 9: Plant a Flower/Vegetable

Meet other children while doing these simple but fun activities. We will meet in the children's area of the library to make these projects. For children kindergarten - 6th grade. No registration is necessary.

 

Board Game Afternoons

Wednesday Afternoons:
Feb 15, Mar 29, Apr 19, May 10;
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 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.

 

Bringing Stories to Life

Children with their storybook pictures and crayons.

Tuesday evenings,
Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, & May 16;
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

For parents and their 2 1/2 - 5 year old child. Early Childhood Family Education and Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your 2 1/2 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. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.

 

Children's Matinee

Dory

Friday, February 24th
3:30 - 5:15 p.m.

Dory is a wide-eyed, blue tang fish who suffers from memory loss every 10 seconds or so. The one thing she can remember is that she somehow became separated from her parents as a child. With help from her friends Nemo and Marlin, Dory embarks on an epic adventure to find them. Her journey brings her to the Marine Life Institute, a conservatory that houses diverse ocean species. Dory now knows that her family reunion will only happen if she can save mom and dad from captivity. Written by Jwelch5742

Rated: PG. Runtime: 103 minutes. Movie snacks provided

 

Lego Club

Wednesday Afternoons:
Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3;
4:00 - 5:00

Legos

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 grade kindergarten through sixth. Snacks are provided. No registration is necessary.

 

Children's Book Club

Capture the Flag by Kate Messner

Tuesday, March 7th
4:00 - 5:00 PM

For children 2nd - 6th grade. Join us here at the library as we discuss the book, Capture the Flag by Kate Messner. When the original Star Spangled Banner is stolen, seventh-graders Anne, José, and Henry, all descendants of the Silver Jaguar Society, pursue suspects on airport carts and through baggage handling tunnels while stranded at a Washington, D.C. airport during a snowstorm. Pizza and other snacks will be served. New book readers are always welcome.

Upcoming selection:
April 4: An Army of Frogs
May 2: The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Caldecott & Newbery Award Winners

Radiant Child: the Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel

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.

Caldecott Medal

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 Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

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

Newbery Medal

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.

 

Past Events

Summer and Fall 2016

Winner of the girl's bike for the 2016 Summer Reading Program.
Winner of the girl's bike for the 2016 Summer Reading Program.

Winner of the boy's bike for the 2016 Summer Reading Program.
Winner of the boy's bike for the 2016 Summer Reading Program.

The Willmar Fire Department brought a fire truck to the library.
The Willmar Fire Department brought a fire truck to the library.

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 2016

Bergh's Fabricating

Bremer Bank

CLC Plaza

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.

Walmart

Thank you to
our local sponsors!
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