What's new
@ the Library

Explore Norse Myths!

Goodnight, Good Dog

Cabinet of Curiosities

Adam & Thomas

Child Soldier

B is for Bear

Little Elliot Big Family

The Song Within My Heart

 Following the Tractor

Life on the Farm

The Babies and Doggies Book

Lego Star Wars:  the Visual Dictionary

I Want to Eat Your Books

A Pack Divided

Nellie Belle

The Goodbye Book

Spare Parts

The Turnip


Moth Flight's Vision

Sand Rider

What Does Otis See?

Snowy Sunday

I Really Like Slop!

The Nest

Fast Break

Children's Page

Study Buddies!

Two boys sitting at school desks.

Every Thursday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Starting January 7

The Willmar Public Library is excited to have this new program/service available to the children that come to the library. It is called "Study Buddies" run by 3513 Girl Scout Troop. It is for children in 1st - 5th grade that need help with their homework, spelling, reading and more right here at the library in the children's area. Please tell other parents/children about it!

Winter Story Hour


Starts on January 22, Fridays from 10:00 - 10:45

Story Hour is a magical time. It is a time to explore language, sound, movement, and printed books. Story Hour is for ages 2 1/2 - 6 years old. No registration is necessary.

It will be a six week session where children will be introduced to quality literature, crafts, music, fingerplays, flannel graph stories, puppetry, and an occasional movie. The activities are designed to stimulate your preschoolers' literacy skills. Children are encouraged to check out books before or after the program. The themes are as follows:

January 22: Snowmen and Winter
January 29: Playful Penguins
February 5: Birds of a Feather
February 12: Valentine Hugs & Kisses
February 19: Superheroes in the Library
February 26: To the Beach


Special Events

A boy and a girl ready to paint at easel

Girl Scout Troop 3513 is going to do programs with the children preschool through 5th grade. There will be stories, crafts, and other activities for the participants. No registration is necessary.

Saturday Jan 23, 10:00 - 11:00 am:
Frozen/Winter Wonderland
Saturday Feb 6, 10:00 - 11:30 am (for preschoolers) and 1:00 - 3:00 pm (for elementary age children):
Valentine's Day
Saturday Feb 27, 2:00 - 3:00 pm:
Dr. Seuss Read Aloud
Saturday Mar 19, 10:00 - 11:00 am:
St. Patrick's Day
Saturday Apr 16, 10:00 - 11:00 am:


After School Activity Hour

Heart painting on easel

Once a month the library will have an after school activity for children in grade K through 5.

Tuesday, Jan 26 at 4:00 - 5:00: Make a Pinecone Bird Feeder
Tuesday, Feb 9 at 4:00 - 5:00: Valentine Card Making
Tuesday, March 22 at 4:00 - 5:00: Easter Craft
Thursday, Apr 21 at 4:00 - 5:00: Poem in Your Pocket Day (bring your favorite poem)
Tuesday, May 24 at 4:00 - 5:00: Gardening Craft


Children's Matinee

Eight Below

Friday, January 29th at 3:30 PM

Rated: PG. Runtime: 120 minutes. Movie snacks provided.

Storyline: In the Antarctic, after an expedition with Dr. Davis McClaren, the sled dog trainer Jerry Shepherd has to leave the polar base with his colleagues due to the proximity of a heavy snow storm. He ties his dogs to be rescued after, but the mission is called-off and the dogs are left alone at their own fortune. For six months, Jerry tries to find a sponsor for a rescue mission while his dogs fight for survival. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on IMDb


Minnesota Youth Reading Award (MYRA)

Minnesota Youth Reading Award (MYRA)- Maud Hart Lovelace Award

The Willmar Public Library is a member of Minnesota Youth Reading Award (MYRA). According to the MYRA mission statement, MYRA was created to "Facilitate the Children's Choice Book Award for readers in the state of Minnesota. The purpose of MYRA is to promote literacy, create lifelong reading habits and broaden cultural awareness for the children and young adults of Minnesota." Each year the Maud Hart Lovelace book awards are given to books children in Minnesota have selected.

To participate in the book award, a child must read at least three of the nominated titles in order to vote. The voting window is from March 1 through April 8th. There are two division, Division I for students in grade 3 - 5 and Division II for students in grades 6 - 8. For more information on the awards go to Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award. The WPL has all of the books nominated for this year's awards and encourages children to read some of the selected books and vote for their favorites.


Children's Book Club

Escape From Mister Lemmoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Tuesday, February 2 at 4PM

The book we will be reading this month is Escape From Mister Lemmoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein. Twelve-year-old Kyle gets to stay overnight in the new town library, designed by his hero (the famous gamemaker Luigi Lemoncello), with other students but finds that come morning he must work with friends to solve puzzles in order to escape. Come join us as we enjoy snacks, activities, and discuss this month's book. Book Club is for children in second through sixth grade.


Read Across America

Read Across America: An NEA project

Wednesday, March 2; 10:00 - 10:45

NEA's Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss. This year the event will be on March 2 from 10:00 - 10:45, for ages 2 1/2 - 6 with Janet Clark as the guest reader. There will be stories, fingerplays, music, and craft for the children to enjoy.


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:
January 19
February 16
March 15
April 19
May 17


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. January 21 - May 5. (No class on March 24) Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.


Caldecott & Newbery Award Winners

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 2015

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Cub Foods

Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center

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Lake Region Bank

North American State Bank

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