Saturday, Dec. 21, 10:00 - 11:00 For ages 3 - 10. Come celebrate the holidays with stories, crafts, singing and a treat to ring in the joyous season! No registration is necessary.
Tuesday, December 3rd, 3:30 - 4:30: For grade 3rd - 6th. The Willmar Public Library has started a children's book club that is being held the first Tuesday of the month in the multi-purpose room at the library. This month's book is "Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1: The Lightning Thief" by Rick Riordan. The story is about twelve-year-old Percy Jackson who learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods. We will discuss the book, play games, and have a snack. Come with suggestions for future books to be read and discussed.
Tuesday, December 3, 5:30 - 7:00 Hosted by Redeemer Lutheran Preschool.
Explore Art in the Arctic:
⛄ Use unusual tools to paint a penguin scene
⛄ Try your hand at creating a cold weather buddy.
⛄ Cool off with a frozen snack.
⛄ Warm up as you use all the colors of the northern lights.
Redeemer Lutheran Church: 1401 6th St. SW. Enter through the NW doors by the playground or the 5th St. entrance. Open to all families in our community that have children birth to age 5.
September 17, October 8, November 19) and December 17. Time: 6:00 – 7:00 Early Childhood Family Education and Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your 2 ½ to 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. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.
Thursdays Sept. 19 - Dec. 19 (no class November 28) Time: 10:00 – 10:30 The first years of life are the most crucial for brain development. It may seem to early to read to infants and/or toddlers, but reading to them is the beginning of a lifetime of loving books. Willmar Early Childhood Family Programs along with the Willmar Public Library are bringing together a children’s Librarian and Early Childhood Teacher to provide families with music, fingerplays and stories. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register. For Ages: Parents and their 6 week – 2 ½ year old child
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 2013 Caldecott Medal Winner was This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen. 2013 Caldecott Honor Winners are Creepy Carrot by Aaron Reynolds, Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger, One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo and Sleep Like A Tiger by Mary Logue. The library has a copy of each of these books. For more information: Caldecott Medal Home Page.
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 2013 Newbery Medal is The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. 2013 Newbery Honor Winners are Splendors And Gloom by Laura Amy Schlitz, Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage. The library has a copy of each of these books. For more information: Newbery Medal Home Page.
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
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:
This program is sponsored by:
Willmar Public Library
Jennie-O Foods Inc.
Willmar Area Early Childhood Initiative
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Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center
Janning ENT Center
Jenni-O Turkey Store
MN Twin Baseball Club
Premium Waters, Inc.
Stages Theatre Company - Hopkins Center for the Arts
Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
If you have questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, or recommendations, email Kathy, Children's Services