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Fuzzy Mud

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Shipwreck Island

Rain Reign

Farm Machinery

Mason Jar Crafts

Monster of the Deep

This Strange Wilderness

The Babies and Doggies Book

Around the World

My First Trucks

Whose Tools?

Felix Stands Tall

Beastly Babies

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Dewey Bob

Sun and Moon

Circus Mirandus

Old Wolf

Batman's Missions


Soccer Mania

Wishbone Wish

Mr. Putter

I Can Be a Gymnast

Jump Back, Paul

Children's Page

Children's Book Club

The Fourteenth Goldfish

Wednesday, October 6 at 4PM

The Fourteenth Goldfish by Jennifer L. Holm. Ellie's scientist grandfather has discovered a way to reverse aging, and consequently has turned into a teenager--which makes for complicated relationships when he moves in with Ellie and her mother, his daughter.

Come join us as we enjoy snacks, activities, and discuss this month's book. This book club is for children in grade second through sixth grade.


Fall Story Hour

Kids playing in fall leaves

Story Hour will be held at the library starting Friday, September 25 through October 30 from 10:00 - 10:45 am. There will be stories, songs, finger-plays, flannel board stories, crafts, and other activities that will build early literacy skills. Story hour is for children ages 2 1/2 - age 6. No registration is necessary. Come join the fun and bring a friend. Here are the following themes for each week:

September 25: Pirate Treasure
October 2: Apple Munching
October 9: Fire Trucks & Firefighters
October 16: Autumn Splendor
October 23: Pilots & Planes
October 30: It's Pumpkin Time! Children are welcome to come dressed up in costume for this one.


Halloween Fun Straight From the Pumpkin Patch

Pumpkin patch

Friday, September 25 at 3:30

Halloween Fun Straight From the Pumpkin Patch with the WonderWeavers. Join storytellers Tina Rohde and Colleen Shaskin as they spark your imagination and tickle your funny bone. Tales of talking pumpkins and slightly shivery characters will be brought to life. Wear a costume or come dressed as your favorite storybook character. Fun for everyone!


Children's Matinee

Hotel Transylvania

Friday, October 30th at 3:30PM
Families are invited to come watch this movie. where monsters bring their families to vacation far from the frightening humans. Movie snacks will be served. Rated PG. Runtime: 91 minutes.

Synopsis: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free from meddling from the human world. Over-protective of his teenage daughter, Mavis, Dracula fabricates tales of elaborate dangers to dissuade her adventurous spirit. As a haven for Mavis, he opens the Hotel Transylvania, where his daughter and some of the world's most famous monsters Frankenstein and his bride, the Mumm, a family of werewolves, and more can kick back in safety and peace. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but his world could come crashing down when one ordinary guy stumbles on the hotel and takes a shine to Mavis. From Movlic.com

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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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

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