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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

Book stack: Read to the Rhythm

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

Yoga for Children

Girl doing yoga

Wednesday, August 26, 10 - 10:45 AM
Children will enjoy an introduction to yoga taught by an experienced instructor. Practicing yoga with kids is a fun and gentle way to exercise. In addition to physical benefits like improved balance and coordination and mental benefits like better concentration, yoga offers and opportunity to spend quality time with your child. No experience is necessary for this lesson. Children should wear loose, comfortable clothing. This program is sponsored by Snap Fitness.


Will Hale and the Tadpole Parade

Will Hale

1:00 PM

Kids are the Rock Stars when they clap, dance and sing with Will Hale. The kid tested and parent approved family concerts of Will Hale and the Tadpole Parade create a fun atmosphere filled with plenty of audience participation, excitement and energy! This project was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.


Children's Matinee


Friday, August 28 at 3:30 - 5:00
Movie snack provided. This movie is PG and is 118 minutes.

Synopsis: Annie is a young, happy foster kid who's also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in 2014. Originally left by her parents as a baby with the promise that they'd be back for her someday, it's been a hard knock life ever since with her mean foster mom Miss Hannigan. But everything's about to change when the hard-nosed tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. From Movlic.com


Children's Book Club

Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

Tuesday September 1, 4:00 - 5:00 pm
Join us at the Children's Book Club, the book we will be reading this month is Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar. The book is about two middle-grade kids who take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but it actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the entire world. The book club is for children in grades 2nd - 6th grade. There will be activities to do. Snacks and beverages will be provided for the children. The book club meets the first Tuesday of every month and new members are always welcome.


Bringing Stories to Life

Children with their storybook pictures and crayons.

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. This class is for children 2 1/2 - 5 years old and immunizations are required to attend class. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.

Classes are Tuesday nights from 6 - 7 pm on the following dates:
September 15
October 20
November 17
December 15


Baby Lap Sit


Ms. Kathy and Ms. Cheryl are back for another year of fun at the Willmar Public Library! Reading to our youngest children play a vital role in language development of children as well as an appreciation for books and reading! Parents, if you are looking for a time to ask Cheryl questions about parenting, she will be available either 15 minutes before or after class to visit with you. This class is for children 6 weeks - 2 1/2 years old.

Class dates are Thursday mornings from 10 - 10:30 am. September 17 - December 17. (No class on Oct. 15 or November 26) Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.


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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Links for Kids

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.


Thank you to
our local sponsors!
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