Children Services

Bringing Stories to Life

Tuesday, January 21
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Ages 2 – 8; No registration for this class


Tuesday, February 11
6:00 – 7:00 pm
Instructor: Kari. Early Childhood Family Education and Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your 2 – 8 year old an evening of fun. There will be new stories brought to life with the help of your child. Music, activities and more will make for a delightful time with your child.

Registration required for this class; call Community Education at 231-8490.




Little People Storytime

Graphic of three children and a book

Thursdays, January 23 –  April 30
No Class March 26 or April 16
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.




Children’s Matinee

Movie poster: The Lion King

Friday, January 24
3:30 – 5:00 pm

A young lion returns to reclaim the throne that was stolen from him and his father by his treacherous and fratricidal uncle after spending his childhood in exile under the care of a friendly warthog and meerkat. Rated PG.  Time: 118 minutes.







Samba Reggae Drumming

Mondays, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
January 27
February 3, 10, & 24
March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30
April 6, 13, 20, & 27

All ages – No experience needed – Musical fun!




Winter Story Hour

Fridays, January 31 – March 6
10:00 – 10:45 am

Join us in the multi-purpose  room these Friday mornings for singing, playing, crafts, and other age appropriate activities during children’s story hour.   We’ll engage their curiosity, while developing important literacy skills and fostering a life-long love of reading and learning. For babies through preschoolers.  No registration is necessary.

January 31: Jumping for January

February 7: Jan Brett’s Winter Favorites

February 14:  Valentines

February 21: Waddling Penguins/Polar Bears

February 28: Bear Story Time (bring your stuffed bear)

March 6: Sledding




Children’s Book Club

Monday, February 3
4:00 – 5:00 pm

Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan. The book we are reading this month is on the 2020 MHL Division I Nominees for the Maud Hart Lovelace Award.  The book is about a Pakistani-American Muslim girl struggles to stay true to her family’s vibrant culture while simultaneously blending in at school. After her local mosque if vandalized, she is devastated. Her friend Soojin is talking about changing her name. Does Amina need to become more “American” and hide who she really is?
For children 2nd – 6th grade. We will discuss the book and pizza will be served.




Lego Club

Wednesdays:  February 5, March 4, April 1, May 6, June 3

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.



Lego Robotics

Kids creating with Lego robotis

Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 pm
February 19
March 18
April 15
May 20

For children in grades 4 – 8th.  4-H lego robotics program is perfectly geared to teach about robots! Not only that, but it also introduces the skills underlying the robotic revolution—mechanics, engineering design, math, physics,electronics, computer programming, critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. By the end of the 5 week unit youth will have built and programmed their own robot and have it complete a series of real-world tasks!

4H logo




Somali Folktales
on Ebooks Minnesota

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.