Children Services

Little People Storytime

Graphic of three children and a book

Thursdays, November 14- December 12
No class 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.





The Read Aloud Book Club

Bookcover: Hatchett

Mondays, November 18, 25, and Dec 2
4:00 – 5:00 pm

For children in 2nd – 6th grade. We will meet by the couch in the children’s area. Children will get to keep a copy of the book at the end of the session.




Board Game Afternoon

Board Game Afternoon

Wednesday, 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!





Sensory Storytime

Saturday, November 23, 9:30- 10:00 am
Monday, December 9, 5:00 – 5:30 pm

We have partnered with Nolan’s Place to offer three sensory story times, staff from Nolan’s Place will be leading the programs.  Children ages 3 – 10 will be invited to come and participate at these story times.  The dates for these programs are:

These programs are geared for children with autism and other developmental disabilities.  This program was made possible by funding from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.

Parents may register their children online or by calling the library at 235-3162.  Children may attend one or all of the story times.



Turkey Tales Story Time

Tuesday, November 26
10:00 – 10:45 am

The Willmar Public Library is thankful for all the terrific children that come to visit us.  Join us for a special story time featuring our favorite Thanksgiving bird, seasonal crafts and a yummy snack to gobble up.  Families of young children are invited to attend this program!




Children’s Matinee

Movie poster: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Friday, November 29
3:30 – 5:00 pm

Are you excited for Christmas? We are too! Come and watch Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas to get you in the Christmas spirit. Because the movie is interactive, you can participate along with the movie.! We’ll have plenty of popcorn and maybe even a Scooby Doo Snack So, join us for this fun event! Rated: PG  Run Time: 105 minutes




Children’s Book Club

Bookcover: Diary of a Wimpy Kid - Wrecking Ball

Tuesday, December 3
4:00 – 5:00 pm

For children in 2nd through 6th grade

The book for December is Diary of a Wimpy Kid Wrecking Ball by Jeff Kinney. When an unexpected inheritance gives Greg Heffley’s family a chance to make big changes to their house, they soon discover that renovations may not be worth the effort.

We will discuss the book and other activities. Pizza will be served.




Lego Club

Wednesday, 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.





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.