March 28 at 3:30 Join us to watch the movie, Smurfs 2. Popcorn will be provided or bring you own snack. The movie will start at 3:30 and is 105 minutes long and is rated PG.
Gargamel is back, and this time he's sending the Smurfs on a wild adventure through Paris in this globe-trotting sequel. Determined to harness the magical essence of the Smurfs, wicked wizard Gargamel creates a diminutive race of mischief makers known as the Naughties. But in order to get the results he's looking for, Gargamel will need to get his hands on a genuine Smurf. Enter Smurfette, the only one of her kind who knows the spell that can transform Naughties into actual Smurfs. Having recently shot to fame in Paris due to his impressive magical powers, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette, and sweeps her away to the City of Light. With Papa Smurf and company hot on his trail, however, the scheming wizard quickly realizes that executing his diabolical plan will be easier said than done.
Story Hour will be starting on Wednesday, January 22 and Friday, January 24 from 10:00 - 10:45. It will be a six week session for each Wednesday and Friday morning. Children will be entertained with quality literature, flannel graph stories, puppetry, music, fingerplays, 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. Story hours will be on Wednesday and Friday mornings at 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. For ages 2 1/2 - 6 years old. No registration is necessary. The themes are as follows:
1/22 & 1/24: Snap, Button, Zip
1/29 & 1/31: Penguin Parade
2/5 & 2/7: Tooth Fairy Travels
2/12 & 2/14: Friends Forever
2/19/ & 2/21: All in the Stars
2/26 & 2/28: Moose Stompers
Tuesday, April 1st, 3:30 - 4:30: Recommended for grades 2nd - 6th. The Willmar Public Library has started a children's book club that is being held the first Tuesday of the month in the multi-purpose room at the library. This month's book is Big Nate: I Can't Take It! by Lincoln Peirce. A second collection of full-color Sunday Big Nate cartoons finds the intrepid grade schooler struggling with everything from his annoying older sister and his clueless dad to his nightmarish teacher and his superior-minded exchange student classmate, Artur. We will discuss the book, play games, and have a snack. Come with suggestions for future books to be read and discussed.
January 21, February 18, March 18, April 15, and May 20. Time: 6:00 – 7:00 Early Childhood Family Education and Willmar Public Library are working together to bring you and your 2 ½ 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 for you and your child. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.
Thursdays @ 10:00 – 10:30:
Jan 23, 30
Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 20 (not on 27th)
April 3, 10, 17, 24
The first years of life are the most crucial for brain development. It may seem to early to read to infants and/or toddlers, but reading to them is the beginning of a lifetime of loving books. Willmar Early Childhood Family Programs along with the Willmar Public Library are bringing together a children’s Librarian and Early Childhood Teacher to provide families with music, fingerplays and stories. Call Community Education at 231-8490 to register. For Ages: Parents and their 6 week – 2 ½ year old child
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.
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.
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
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:
This program is sponsored by:
Willmar Public Library
Jennie-O Foods Inc.
Willmar Area Early Childhood Initiative
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Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center
Janning ENT Center
Jenni-O Turkey Store
MN Twin Baseball Club
Premium Waters, Inc.
Stages Theatre Company - Hopkins Center for the Arts
Viking Coca-Cola Bottling Co.
If you have questions, comments, suggestions, concerns, or recommendations, email Kathy, Children's Services