Tuesday, Sept 6;
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
For children in 2nd - 6th grade. The book for September is Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney.
Life was better in the old days. Or was it? That's the question Greg Heffley is aking as his town voluntarily unplugs and goes electronics-free. But modern life has its conveniences, and Greg isn't cut out for an old-fashioned world. With tension building inside and outside the Heffley home, will Greg find a way to survive? Activities, book discussion along with snacks will be provided. Bring a friend along to play the board game Diary of a Wimpy Kid to "unplug" for an afternoon.
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..
Sep 20, 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.
Sep 7, Oct 5 & 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.
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.
Tuesday, Sept 20
611 5th St. SW
Pioneerland Library System and the Willmar Public Library present a traveling trunk show. Join Minnesota author and illustrator Derek Anderson for a one-of-a-kind show! Anderson will read his book Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure and get everyone dancing to music and laughing with his goofy props. The event will conclude with a group drawing activity. This program, which lasts approximately 45 minutes, is perfect for families and groups with children ages 0-6.
"Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure combines humor with simple, straightforward rhymes to successfully convey basic counting concepts," praises School Library Journal. "It was a very energetic, exciting program that kept the kids involved", said one parent who attended a previous show.
The Traveling Trunk Show is part of Once Upon a Reader, a statewide early literacy initiative that launched in 2014. Each year, communities in participating regions of Minnesota will be united through programming based on a book with a Minnesota connection. Once Upon a Reader is brought to you by the Council of Regional Public Library System Administrators and funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the Clean Water Land and Legacy Amendment.
Free and downloadable resources for parents, caregivers and librarians include a Ten Pigs matching game, drawing activity, songs, and much more! These resources and more information about Once Upon a Reader, may be found at the Once Upon A Reader website. For more information on the event, contact Kathy Torkelson at the Willmar Library (320-235-3162 x 14) or Pam Dille at Pioneerland Library System offices (320-235-6106 x 27).
Friday, September 30; 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Rated PG. Runtime: 79 Minutes. Movie snacks provided!
Storyline: Elliot tells a campfire story about the legend of the Wailing Wampus Werewolf that lives in Timberline National Forest. Domesticated Boog is terrified by the story and decides to "chicken out" of their annual summer camping trip until he knows the werewolf is gone. Determined to help Boog overcome his fears, Elliot and their woodland friends band together to scare the fear out of Boog and uncover the mystery of the Wailing Wampus Werewolf. (IMDB)
Oct 12, Nov 9 & Dec 14
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Kandoyohi County Area Family YMCA
Lake Region Bank
Premium Waters, Inc.