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The Extra Yard

Perfect Game

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

Kid Owner

Minnesota Twins

MN Vikings

Lion Lessons

Wolf's Boy

My First Pets

Peep and Egg

Old MacDonald Had a Truck

I Hear a Pickle

Blobfish Book

Wet Cement

 M is for Myanmar


Prince of a Frog

Freedom in Congo Square

Owls Strange and Wonderful

We Came to America

Bob and Flo

Airport Book

Spot the Cat

How to Put Your Parents to Bed

Aliens Love Dinopants

The Thank You Book

The Hidden Oracle

Royal Wedding Disaster

Children's Page

Children's Matinee

Spooky Buddies

Friday, October 28;
3:30 - 5:00 pm

It’s Halloween and the mysterious mansion across town is the scene of some very spooky action. With the help of some unexpected new friends, join Disney’s irresistible talking puppies as they work together to save the world from Warlock the Magician’s dastardly deeds. (From the Movlic.com site.)

Rated G. Runtime: 1 hr 28 min. Movie snacks provided!


Halloween Crafts & Games

Children in Halloween costimes

Saturday, October 29th;
10 - 11 a.m.

Ages 2 1/2 - 10 years old. Happy Halloween!! Dress up in your favorite costume to hear stories and trick-or-treat at the library. There will be stories, crafts, games, candy, and root beer floats will be served.


Children's Book Club

The BFG by Roald Dahl

Tuesday, November 1;
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

For children in 2nd - 6th grade. The book for November is The BFG by Roald Dahl. Have you seen the movie the BFG? Which is better the book or the movie?

The Big Friendly Giant is no ordinary bone-crunching giant. He is far too nice and it's lucky for Sophie that he is. If she had been carried off by any of the other giants she would have been breakfast. When Sophie hears that the giants are headed to England to steal some little children, she and the BFG decide they must stop them once and for all. Activities, book discussion along with snacks will be provided.


Fall Story Hours

 woman reading to children

Fridays, September 30 - November 4; 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.

Story time programs introduce young children to books, rhymes, music and other fun activities. Library story times incorporate the early literacy skills, such as vocabulary building, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge, that children must master before they can learn to read. Children and the grownups will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children's imaginations and arouse their curiosity about the world around them. For parents and children age 2 1/2 - 10. No registration is necessary..


Bringing Stories to Life

Children with their storybook pictures and crayons.

Tuesday evenings,
Oct 18, Nov 15, Dec 20, Jan 17, Feb 21, Mar 21, Apr 18, & May 16;
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

For parents and their 2 1/2 - 5 year old child. Early Childhood Family Education and Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your 2 1/2 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. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.


Lego Club

Wednesday, Nov 2;
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


For children 2nd - 6th grade. Join us to make some wonderful Lego creations. The sky is the limit for your imagination. You will create a new structure each time that will may be put on display. Legos are provided for this club. No registration is necessary. The start of the Lego Club was made possible with a Maker Grant from the SAMMIE office in Marshall. If you have any Legos that you would like to donate, please contact the library.


Baby Lap Sit


Thursdays, Sep 15 - Dec 22
(No class Oct 20, Nov 24 & Dec 29);
10:00 - 10:30 a.m.

For parents and their 6 week - 2 1/2 year old child. 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. This will be a story time for children up to 2 1/2 years old. There will be stories, music, activities realted to the story and so much more. Please join us on Thursday mornings and call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.


Board Game Afternoons

Wednesday Afternoons:
Nov 9 & Dec 14
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Read for the Win! chessboard

Xbox 360, Wii, PS4... know any of these games? Of course you do! In this age of technology, almost all kids play video games or computer games and I bet they are pretty cool but what about games which don't have or need a screen or a mouse or a remote control or even electricity? The library has been adding several board games to our collection so we are calling all board gamers to join us this fall to play traditional board games and enjoy refreshments. Please feel free to bring your own board games. No reason to be bored this fall! This program is recommended for K - 6th grade, so bring a friend or two!


Caldecott & Newbery Award Winners

Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear

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 2016 Caldecott Medal Winner is Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear, illustrated by Sophie Blackall. The book was written by Lindsay Mattick and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. A woman tells her young son the true story of how his great-great-grandfather, Captain Harry Colebourn, rescued and learned to love a bear cub in 1914 as he was on his way to take care of soldiers' horses during World War I, and the bear became the inspiration for A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh. 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

2016 Honor books are: Four Caldecott Honor Books also were named: Trombone Shorty, illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Troy Andrews and published by Abrams Books for Young Readers, an imprint of ABRAMS; Waiting, illustrated and written by Kevin Henkes, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published by Candlewick Press; and Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de le Peña and published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC. For more information: Caldecott Medal Home Page.

Last Stop on Market Street

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 2016 Newbery Medal Winner is Last Stop on Market Street written by Matt de la Peña. The book is illustrated by Christian Robinson and published by G. P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC. A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.

Newbery Medal

Three Newbery Honor Books also were named: The War that Saved My Life, written by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC; Roller Girl, written and illustrated by Victoria Jamieson and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC; and Echo, written by Pam Muñoz Ryan and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. The library has or will be getting 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 2016

Bergh's Fabricating

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CLC Plaza

Concorde Bank

Cub Foods

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

Janning ENT Center

Jenni-O Turkey Store

Kandi Bowl

Kandoyohi County Area Family YMCA

Lake Region Bank

MN Twins

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