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13-Story Treehouse

World's Deadliest Epidemics

Bats in the Band

Penguin and Pumpkin

Blood of Olympus

Adventures of Luke Skywalker

Case of the Weird Blue Chicken

I Survived the Destruction of Pompeii

Cleopatra in Space

Comic Squad Recess


Lindbergh:  the Tale of a Flying Mouse

Handle With Care

Seven Wild Sisters

Saving Lucas Biggs

Sleepover With Beatrice and Bear

Pete the Cat

Star Wars

Mysterious Patterns

Meaning of Maggie

The Nest

Green in a Chile Pepper

Bravo Chico Canta! Bravo!

About Mammals - Sobre los mamíferos

Old Manhattan Has Some Farms

10-Minute Seasonal Crafts for Autumn

Children's Page

Winter Story Hour

Kids reading

Clean Water, Land & Legacy Amendment

Story Hour will be starting on Friday, January 23 from 10:00 - 10:45. It will be a six week session. Children will be entertained with quality literature, flannel graph stories, puppetry, music, fingerplays, and an occasional movie. The activities are designed to stimulate your preschoolers' literacy skills. Children are encouraged to check out books before or after the program. Story hour is for children ages 2 1/2 - 6 years old. No registration is necessary. The themes are as follows:

January 23: Winter in "Snow" Much Fun
January 30: Once Upon a Reader featuring the book, "Moo" and Farm Fun. This is a Legacy Event
February 6: Frozen: the Party! Come dressed as your favorite character from the movie!
February 13: Won't you Be My Valentine
February 20: Penguin & Polar Bears
February 27: Trains on the Track

Children's Matinee


Friday, January 30, 3:30 Children's Movie Afternoon is back! Come enjoy a movie and have popcorn and a beverage at the library. This month's movie is about Anna, a fearless optimist, sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom. From the outside Anna's sister, Elsa looks poised, regal and reserved, but in reality, she lives in fear as she wrestles with a mighty secret-she was born with the power to create ice and snow. It's a beautiful ability, but also extremely dangerous. Haunted by the moment her magic nearly killed her younger sister Anna, Elsa has isolated herself, spending every waking minute trying to suppress her growing powers. Her mounting emotions trigger the magic, accidentally setting off an eternal winter that she can't stop. She fears she's becoming a monster and that no one, not even her sister, can help her. (Written by DeAlan Wilson for ComedyE.com. Due to copyright laws, we are not permitted to post the title on the website)

Children's Book Club

Tales From a Not-So-Happily Ever After by Rachel Renée Russell

Tuesday February 3, 4:00-5:00 The children's book club meets the first Tuesday of every month. The book we will be reading this month is Tales From a Not-So-Happily Ever After by Rachel Renée Russell. A bump on the head suffered during gym class causes middle school drama queen Nikki Maxwell to have a crazy dream where all of her acquaintances assume the roles of familiar fairy tale characters. There will be several activities and snacks will be served.


W.O.W. Event

February 12, 2015 6:00 - 6:45 World of Wonder: Frosty's Magic Birthday Party! Open to all families in our community that have children birth to age 5.

We're going to have a surprise birthday party for Frosty and all of the kids are invited. Frosty's Magic Birthday Party is guaranteed to have your kids rolling with laughter as they help Bob get ready for this fun-filled winter event.

Hmmm … what will we need? Well, we'll need a gift, some party decorations and a magical birthday cake of course. No problem!

Frosty's Magic Birthday Party

Magic, story-telling, comedy, and songs will all combine to bring this very magical party to life. During this highly interactive show, lots of kids will be chosen to help Bob with his silly tricks and crazy antics and all of the kids will help make this Frosty's best birthday ever. And, as in all of our shows, a couple of very magical creatures are sure to be dropping by.

But, after all of our preparations will Frosty arrive in time? Imagine the smiles as the man made of snow makes his appearance at the end of the show! The kids can give him a hug, dance with him, and even pose for pictures!

Valentine Card Making

Handmade Valentines

February 13, 3:30 - 5:00 Use decorative scissors, stickers, doilies & rubber stamps to make Valentine's Day cards. For grades K - 5th grade. This event will take place in the children's room. This is a make and take program. No registration is necessary.

Read Across America: A National Education Association project

Read Across America

March 2, 10:00 - 10:45 For ages 2 1/2 - 6. Janet Clark - Guest Reader. Oh, the Places You'll Go when you read! March 2, 2015 is NEA's Read Across America Day and this year, the book is the Seuss classic, Oh, the Places You'll Go. Join us for some of Janet's favorite Dr. Seuss books and other fun crafts & activities.


Baby Lap Sit

Woman and child reading together

Thursdays, January 22 - May 7 (No class on April 2); 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

For children 6 weeks to 2 1/2 years old. Reading, even to our youngest, plays a vital role in language development in young children. Reading to children at infancy is the beginning of a lifetime of love for books and reading. Kathy, children's librarian, and Cheryl, Parent Educator, are teaming up to bring to you "Baby Lap Sit." It is a story time for children up to 2 1/2 years old. There will be stories, music, activities related to the story and so much more. Please join us on Thursday mornings. There is NO FEE, but families MUST pre-register by calling 231-8490

Bringing Stories to Life

Girl imagining stories while reading

Tuesdays, January 20, February 17, March 17, April 21, & May 19; 6:00 – 7:00

2 1/2 - 5 years old. Early Childhood Family Education and the Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your 2 1/2 - 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 for you and your child. There is NO FEE, but families MUST pre-register by calling 231-8490

Caldecott & Newbery Award Winners

Caldecott Medal

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 2014 Caldecott Medal Winner was Locomotive illustrated and written by Brian Floca. 2014 Honor books are Journey written and illustrated by Aaron Becker, Flora and the Flamingo written and illustrated by Molly Idle, and Mr. Wuffles! written and illustrated by David Wiesner. The library has a copy of each of these books. For more information: Caldecott Medal Home Page.

Newbery Medal

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 2014 Newbery Medal Winner is Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures written by Kate DiCamillo. Honor books are Doll Bones written by Holly Black, The Year of Billy Miller written by Kevin Henkes, One Came Home written by Amy Timberlake, and Paperboy written by Vince Vawter. 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

Willmar Public Library: 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


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Links for Kids

Sponsors for the Summer Reading Program 2014

Bergh's Fabricating

Bremer Bank

Cascade Bay

Cash Wise

Central Lakes Cooperative

Concorde Bank

Cub Foods

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Heritage Bank

Janning ENT Center

Jenni-O Turkey Store

Mall of America (Nickelodeon Universe & Moose Mountain)

MN Twins

MN Zoo

North American State Bank

Premium Waters, Inc.

Stages Theatre Company - Hopkins Center for the Arts


Thank you to
our local sponsors!


If you have questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, or recommendations, email Kathy, Children's Services

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