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How Rocket Learns to Read

Rocket Writes a Story

Nat the Cat Can Sleep

Digger Dog

Broken Path

Extraordinary Jane


First Battle

Too Cool For School

Yoko Finds Her Way

President Taft

A Pet For Fly Guy

Gone Fishing

Nelly Gnu & Daddy

My Bus


The Missing

Pedal It!

Therapy Dogs

Three Triceratops Tuff

Children's Page

Children's Summer Reading Program:
Paws to Read!

A bear sharing books with possums

The library wants the children to avoid the "summer slide". Children who do not read over the summer months could lose more more than two month of reading achievement. One way in which to avoid the summer slide is to read over the summer months and join the Children's Summer Reading Program which starts June 9 and ends August 29. This program is for preschool through incoming 5th graders.

Each child will receive a reading chart, sticker(s) bookmark, and instructions. Children can register at the children's desk or register online. They will need to pick up their reading logs at the library. They may join as a reader or listener. If the child is still participating in the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, we ask them not to join this program yet.

After reading 10 hours or 10 titles they may choose a prize from the prize box and again at 20 hours or 20 titles. After reading 30 hours or titles, they may choose a book from the book prize box. After every 10 hours or 10 titles (up to three times) they may register for grand prize. Paws to read many good books this summer!

Adopt a Pet


Saturday, August 16, 10:00 - 2:00 Adopt a Pet will be on the front lawn of the library/courthouse this Saturday. The Kandiyohi County Humane Society will have pets available for adoption, parents required! Come check out the pets that are available for adoption. The animals need a good home and someone to love and care for them. So, this Saturday, come on down to the library and look at the animals. The usual adoption fees apply.


Hawk Creek Animal Shelter and The Humane Society of Kandiyohi and Meeker Counties

Hear the Story of Smokey Bear

Smokey Bear

Come to the library and celebrate Smokey's 70th birthday. Your child will get to hear the story of Smokey Bear and meet him. The children will learn about good fires and bad fires with Smokey's friends. Please join us Wednesday, August 20 at 1:00 to 1:45 and no registration is necessary.

MN Zoomobile

Minnesota Zoo: Changing how you see the world

Thursday August 21, 10:30 - 11:15 & 1:00 - 1:45: Back by popular demand! This summer we will have TWO visits from the MN Zoomobile. Zoomobile naturalists will bring live animals, biological artifacts, theater techniques, storytelling and audience participation to create a dynamic, personal, and fun program for all ages. No registration is necessary.

Children's Matinee

See Spot Run

Friday, August 29, 3:30 - 5:00 To end the summer theme, "Paws at Your Library" the library will be showing the movie, "See Spot Run". Popcorn and beverages will be serves or bring your own snack.

Storyline: A drug sniffing agent canine is a target for an assassin boss so the FBI calls Witness Protection to send him somewhere else. Meanwhile a single Mom puts her 6 year old boy James in the care of her irresponsible, mailman, neighbor, Gordon, when the babysitter bails on her. Meanwhile, an assassin mob boss hires 2 goons to kill Agent 11. But when 11 escapes from the van when they tried to kill him, he hides in Gordon's Mailtruck that James is in too. And guess what they name him. Spot. [IMDb]

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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