Children Services

Board Game Afternoon

Board Game Afternoon

Wednesdays, September 18 and November 20
4:00 – 5:00 pm

For children K – 6th grade. Come join us to play traditional board games. Please feel free to bring your own board games. This program is recommended for K – 6th grade, so bring a friend or two!




Little People Storytime

Graphic of three children and a book

Thursdays, September 19 – December 12
No class October 17 and November 28
10:00 – 10:30 am

Join Kathy and LaRae upstairs at the Willmar Public Library for stories, songs, and action. Designed with toddlers in mind, this class might be called, “Kids on the move, books in the background.” Bring the whole family or daycare group and join us for great books, actions songs, and finger plays. We welcome you to all sessions or just those days that work for you.

For ages 0 – 8. This class is free but please call Community Education
at 231-8490 to register.




Fall Storytime

Fall Story Hour: Fridays September 27 - November 1, 10:00 - 10:45. Families are invited to attend!

Fridays, September 27 – November 1
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.

Storytime makes learning fun! Storytimes act as an integral part of early literacy education by introducing young children to books, rhymes, music and other literacy-based activities.

Storytime is for children and their parents, featuring stories, songs, fingerplays, rhymes, and crafts or other extension activities.

September 27:  ABCs of Back to School

October 4:  Picking Apples

October 11:  Falling Leaves

October 18:  Costume Time

October 25:  Little Pumpkins

November 1:  Explore Puppetry




Children’s Book Club

Tuesday, October 1
4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

For children in 2nd – 6th grade


The book for October is Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. We will discuss the book and eat pizza! Here is a description of the book from the library catalog.

After suffering a tragic loss, eleven-year-old Ollie only finds solace in books. So when she happens upon a crazed woman at the river threatening to throw a book into the water, Ollie doesn’t think–she just acts, stealing the book and running away. As she begins to read the slender volume, Ollie discovers a chilling story about a girl named Beth, the two brothers who both loved her, and a peculiar deal made with “the smiling man,” a sinister specter who grants your most tightly held wish, but only for the ultimate price. Ollie is captivated by the tale until her school trip the next day to Smoke Hollow, a local farm with a haunting history all its own. There she stumbles upon the graves of the very people she’s been reading about. Could it be the story about the smiling man is true? Ollie doesn’t have too long to think about the answer to that. On the way home, the school bus breaks down, sending their teacher back to the farm for help. But the strange bus driver has some advice for the kids left behind in his care: “Best get moving. At nightfall they’ll come for the rest of you.” Nightfall is, indeed, fast descending when Ollie’s previously broken digital wristwatch, a keepsake reminder of better times, begins a startling countdown and delivers a terrifying message: RUN. Only Ollie and two of her classmates heed the bus driver’s warning. As the trio head out into the woods–bordered by a field of scarecrows that seem to be watching them–the bus driver has just one final piece of advice for Ollie and her friends: “Avoid large places. Keep to small.” And with that, a deliciously creepy and hair-raising adventure begins.





Lego Club

Wednesdays: Oct 2, Nov 6 and Dec 4
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Join us to make some wonderful Lego creations. The sky is the limit for your imagination.  If you’re a great Lego builder, or a first timer, this is the place for you.   You will create a new structures each time that may be put on display.  Children will be given the opportunity to get creative and build anything they choose with Legos.  They can either work on their own creations, or build as a team.  The library will provide the Legos, while the kids provide the imagination!  If you would like to donate Legos or money, please contact Kathy at (320)235-3162.

This club is for children in grades kindergarten through sixth.  No registration is necessary.



Cinderella – Play in a Day!

Tuesday, October 22
4:00 – 5:30 pm

Join us as we work together to do our own short and sweet version of this classic tale! All in ONE EVENING! We will act, sing, move and try on silly costumes and put on a quick little show at the end of the workshop! Participants need to be on time for this workshop to participate. This programming made free through a grant through the Southwest Initiative Foundation! The instructor will be Nikki Bettcher Erikson.

For ages 4 – 7. Parents may sign their children up online or call the library at (320)235-3162.




Somali Folktales
on Ebooks Minnesota

Thanks to the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Somali Bilingual Books Project, Ebooks Minnesotanow 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.