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The Composer is Dead

Music Festival Mystery

Mystery of the Stolen Music

Drum Dream Girl

Talking Guitar

Elvis:  the Story of Rock & Roll

Atlantis in Peril

Hopper's Destiny

Splish, Splash, Baby!

Lucky Strike

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich

Monster Love Underpants

Pip Bartlett's Guide to Magical Creatures

Theodore Boone the Fugitive

Hippos Are Huge

Pinstripe Pride


Malala Yousafzai

My First Baseball Book

Rat With the Human Face

Gooseberry Park & the Master Plan

Crystal Keepers

5 Minute Berenstain Stories

Woodpecker Wham

Chu's Day at the Beach

Don't Throw it to Mo

Children's Page

Read to the Rhythm

Ask me about Summer Reading

June through August Excitement and fun await those who journey to the Willmar Public Library and participate in the summer reading program, Read to the Rhythm. In addition to reading great books library patron can participate in exciting programs. The Willmar Public Library launches Read to the Rhythm on June 8. The 2015 summer reading program is open to young people preschool through 5th grade, with programs, prize drawings, story hours, a book club, matinees, and more. The program will conclude August 28.

Register online here

Book stack: Read to the Rhythm

Boy with bucket/snare drum

Read to the Rhythm
Story Hours

The Read to the Rhythm Story Hours are an opportunity for the children to explore their inner musician, dancer, and the world of music, as well as have a great time! We will read books, dance, sing, play musical instruments, and do crafts. These programs are for ages 3 -10. The themes are as follows:

Fridays, 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
June 26 Angelina Ballerina
July 3 Stick With Me: A Rhythm Stick Program
July 10 Funky Chicken
July 17 Do You Like to Dance?
July 24 Books for Tubas
July 31 Rock Around the Library


Special Summer Events


The library is having special guests throughout the summer. The programs will take place on Wednesdays at 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

July 1 Paula Grahn, Accordion Player
July 8 Stacy's Nursery
July 15 Zumba
July 22 Ethan Erickson, Musician
July 29 Willmar Cardettes


4H Activities

University of Minnesota Extension

Amelia , the Agricultural Afterschool 4-H Program Coordinator will be at the library the following Tuesdays from 2:00 - 3:00. Children are invited to come in and participate with these activities.

Amelia will be downstairs in the children's room.

July 21 Bug Catchers
July 28 Sundial


4H logo

4-H On Wheels

This summer's theme for 4-H on Wheels is "Express Yourself", again our target range is K-6. The curriculum will have these themes such as: Express Yourself With Health, Today I Feel Silly!, It's All in The Tone - Communicating Through Tone of Voice, Communicating With Body Language, Express With Animals, and Character Counts. Call the library at 235-3162 or register on line here.

The program dates are on Thursdays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, and the 30 from 10:00 - 10:45.


You are the Star!!

Nikki Bettcher Erickson will be leading and directing these two wonderful programs.

Little dragon

July 27, Monday, 6 - 7:15 p.m.
Fairytale fun!

Be a star!!! Magic, princesses, queens, knights and dragons! We will act, move, make crafts, perform and have a fun evening putting together our own special performance! This program is for children ages 3 - 6 years old.

Superhero Girl Flying

July 29, Wednesday, 6 - 7:15 p.m.
Make believe fun!

Dinos, critters, superheroes, special powers and crazy tales! We will act, move, make crafts, perform and have a fun evening putting together our own special performance! This program is for children ages 3 - 6 years old.


Children's Matinee

Mary Poppins

Friday, July 31 at 3:30 - 5:00
Movie snack provided. This movie is G and is 140 minutes.

Synopsis: The movie combines songs, color and sequences of live action blended with the movements of animated figures. Mary Poppins is a kind of Super-nanny who flies in with her umbrella in response to the request of the Banks children and proceeds to put things right with the aid of her rather extraordinary magical powers. Written by alfiehitchie, IMDb


Children's Book Club

Bobbsey Twins: Mystery of the Stolen Music

August 4 at 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
We will be reading the book Mystery of the Stolen Music by Gertrude Chandler Warner. It is a Boxcar children mystery #45. The story is about the Alden children who are thrilled when a famous orchestra comes to their town to perform, and when an original Mozart score turns up missing, they solve the mystery of its disappearance. We will discuss the book and do other fun activities. A snack and beverage will be provided. The Children's Book Club is for children in grades 2nd - 6th grade.


Caldecott & Newbery Award Winners

The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

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 2015 Caldecott Medal Winner is The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friends illustrated and written by Dan Santat and published by Little, Brown and Company. An imaginary friend waits a long time to be imagined by a child and given a special name, and finally does the unimaginable - he sets out on a quest to find his perfect match in the real world.

Caldecott Medal

2015 Honor books are: Nana in the City written and illustrated by Lauren Castillo; The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sound of Kandinsky's Abstract Art illustrated by Mary GrandPre', written by Barb Rosenstock; Sam & Dave Dig a Hole illustrated by Jon Klassen, written by Mac Barnett; Viva Frida illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales; The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus illustrated by Melissa Sweet, written by Jen Bryant; This One Summer illustrated by Jillian Tamaki, written by Mariko Tamak. The library has a copy of each of these books. For more information: Caldecott Medal Home Page.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

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 2015 Newbery Medal Winner is The Crossover by Kwame Alexander. Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Newbery Medal

Honor books are El Deado by Cece Bell and Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline. The library has a copy of each of these books. For more information: Newbery Medal Home Page.


Past Events

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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Sponsors for the Summer Reading Program 2015

Bergh's Fabricating

Bremer Bank

Concorde Bank

Cub Foods

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Janning ENT Center

Jenni-O Turkey Store

Lake Region Bank

North American State Bank

Premium Waters, Inc.


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our local sponsors!
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