Story Hour is an opportunity for parents/grandparents and caregivers to introduce their children to reading and language in a fun way. At story hour, children have an opportunity to do activities that promote development and learning. Preschool-aged children are curious about everything. Story Hour is a perfect way for preschoolers to listen and learn about the questions they ask. Kids love singing familiar songs and doing fun activities. Parents/grandparents and caregivers are invited to play along. Children and their grownups will explore stories and activities to encourage children to develop a lifelong love of reading and learning. These 45 minute programs are designed to promote language and listening skills, expand children's imagination and arouse their curiosity about the world around them. Library story hour incorporates the early literacy skills, such as vocabulary building, phonological awareness, and letter knowledge, that children must master before they can learn to read.
Story Hours are for families with young children are on the following Fridays from 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.
For infants - Kindergarten. Let the fun begin! Ms. Kathy and Ms. LaRae are ready to have a delightful morning of books, music and movement at the Willmar Public Library. Parents: if you have any parenting questions, LaRae will be available after class to visit with you. Please call Willmar Community Education & Recreation at 231-8490 to register your child(ren).
Storytime is on the following Thursdays from 10 - 10:30am:
Wednesday, Nov 7, Dec 5
4:00 - 5:00
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 may be put on display. Legos are provided for this club. The library received funds to buy new Legos, thanks to the Willmar Eagles Club. If you would like to donate Legos or money to buy more Legos, please contact the library at 235-3162.
This club is for children in grades kindergarten through sixth. Snacks are provided. No registration is necessary.
Introduction to Songwriting Using Spoken Word and Rap: Saturday, Nov 10; 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Share your stories through songwriting and poetry in this workshop led by Kashimana Ahua, the In Common Willmar Composer and Songwriter in Residence. No registration is necessary - invite your friends to attend. Ages 8 and up.
About Kashimana Ahua: Born in Nigeria, composer/performer Kashimana lived in Kenya and Ethiopia and traveled the world before making her home in the Twin Cities. Her songs paint compelling stories of her experiences in Africa, Europe and America, and she loves helping others explore their own creativity. Describing her passion for songwriting, she shares, “it pushes you to look within and outward at the same time; you are a participant and an observer; a storyteller and a lead character, a voice and a listener, ultimately you are a communicator. Everyone should have the opportunity to tell their story through song in a safe, nurturing environment.” Kashimana is a graduate of McNally Smith College of Music and holds degrees in Music Production and in Composition and Songwriting. She has led songwriting circles and workshops for people of all ages, including the production of an album of original songs with children in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. Check out her music here.
In Common is a new collaborative artist residency that gives communities the opportunity to explore and celebrate their unique diversity through the sharing of stories and the creation of new music. The composer’s residency in the community centers on creating music together and organizing events where people of all ages can gather to discover what they have in common. The In Common program is managed by the American Composers Forum and funded by the Otto Bremer Trust.
Tuesday evenings; Nov 20 and Dec 18
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 for you and your child. Please call Community Education at 231-8490 to register.
On the following Wednesday Afternoons from 4:00 - 5:00 pm: November 21, January 16, March 20, May 15
For children K - 6th grade. Come join us to play traditional board games and enjoy refreshments. Please feel free to bring your own board games. This program is recommended for K - 6th grade, so bring a friend or two!
4:00 - 5:00 pm on the following Wednesdays: December 19 - Make Incredible gift tags and Christmas cards February 20 - Create your own valentine coloring page and card April 17 - Paint a rock and Basquiat-chalk-on-black paper drawings
Children ages six and older are invited to come draw, paint and learn about art history. Art Club will help to promote creative thinking and creative expression. We will do a project each time. If there is time left left over, children will be able to draw and paint their own art projects. If they have art projects they want to share or talk about they may also do that.
No registration is required and art supplies are provided for the projects. You may bring your own projects and art supplies to work on after completing the assigned art work. Come share art ideas and projects with other creative kids artists!
Thanks to the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Somali Bilingual Books Project, Ebooks Minnesota now includes four Somali folktales. Written and illustrated by local talent in both English and Somali, the books help to fill a gap in culturally and linguistically appropriate books for Somali children and their families, while they also advance understanding of Somali culture. Please contact Jen Verbrugge (651-582-8356) for more information.
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 2018 Caldecott Medal Winner is Wolf in the Snow illustrated and written by Matthew Cordell, and published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan.
In this spare, nearly wordless picture book, a girl and a wolf cub each get lost in the snow and rescue each other. Cordell uses pen and ink and watercolor wash to capture the frenzied snowfall and the brave girl’s frantic, frightful journey. Fairy tale elements and a strong sense of color and geometry offer an engrossing, emotionally charged story. “HOOOOOWWLLLL!!” said Caldecott Medal Committee Chair Tish Wilson. “Committee members were astonished that a deceptively simple book could be such a dramatic story of survival.”
Four Caldecott Honor Books include: Big Cat, little cat, illustrated and written by Elisha Cooper; Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, illustrated by Gordon C. James; A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, written by Bao Ph; and Grand Canyon, illustrated and written by Jason Chin. 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 2018 Newbery Medal Winner is Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Filipino folklore and real life converge at the bottom of a well. Even while following signs and portents, the characters are the definition of creative agency. Masterfully told through shifting points of view, this modern quest tale shimmers with humor and authentic emotion.
From the library catalog: Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him. Virgil feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia is deaf, smart, and loves everythng about nature. Kaori is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so that he can concentrate on basketball. They aren't friends. But when Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well, Kaori, Gen, and Valencia begin a quest to find the missing Virgil.
Three Newbery Honor Books include: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, written by Derrick Barnes illustrated by Gordon C. James; Long Way Down, written by Jason Reynolds; and Piecing Me Together, written by Renée Watson. For more information: Newbery Medal Home Page.
Wednesday, Nov 21
4:00 - 5:00
Playing board games is a pleasant activity and time well spent with friends. However, over the past decade board games have evolved far beyond chess and Monopoly. Nowadays, there are hundreds of different types of board games
that are suitable for all occasions, ages, and personalities and the library has several to choose from. There are numerous benefits of playing board games:
* Spend time with friends
* Engage in activities that do not involve staring at a computer screen or a smartphone
* Exercise your brain by learning something new
* Improve your memory by keeping track of what is happening in the game
* Revive your creativity and problem solving skills
* Practice problem solving, storytelling, goal-setting, and other skills
* Just have fun!
For children kindergarten - 6th grade. No registration is necessary and bring some friends! Snacks are provided.
Winner of the girl's bike for the 2018 Summer Reading Program
Winner of the boy's bike for the 2018 Summer Reading Program
Sibley State Park visits the library
Annette Fragale and Friends Legacy Program
Ralph's Word Legacy Program
Cow Stories With the Dairy Princesses
Prince & Princess Story Hour with Willmar Fest Royalty
Yoga With Candace
These kits include books, cdâ€™s, scarves, and laminated sheets with ideas and activities. Preschooler can be unstoppable â€“ 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 â€“ Tumbling, Rolling, Crawling and Climbing
2: I Am Moving, I Am Learning â€“ 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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The Barn Theatre
Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center
Fraternal Order of the Eagles Willmar Aerie No. 2334
The Goodness Coffee House
Hawk Creek Animal Shelter
Jenni-O Turkey Store
Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA
Lake Region Bank
Qdoba Mexican Grill
Stages Theatre Company