We are taking a break from our regularly scheduled story times in August in order to take time for future program planning. We will be back with story times in September, Monday nights at 6:30 and Tuesday mornings at 10:30. However, feel free to keep coming by the library to check out books and play with toys and puzzles. We are also still accepting reading logs and activity logs from the summer reading program, up until the end of August, so feel free to finish up your reading and bring those in some time.
This is Midnight. Midnight is a Reading Education Assistance Dog. He likes to have kids read books to him. Kids can sign up for times to read to Midnight by calling or stopping by the library. This is a great way to bulk up on reading skills before the school year starts. Midnight is super friendly and a fantastic listener. Time slots are still available at the Zumbrota Library on August 15th and 17th, or at the Pine Island Library Aug. 6, 13, 17, or 24. Call 507-732-5211 for more information.
We enjoyed a fun and informative visit from the Reptile and Amphibian Discovery Zoo last week, but that’s not the end of the animal programs at the library this summer.
Tuesday, July 23, we’ll be hosting two programs by the Zumbro Watershed Partnership. At 10:30 am will be Zumbro Zoe’s Amazing Clean Water Show, where a 6-foot river otter will teach kids about the importance of clean water. At 1:00 pm will be a program called Amazing Animals of the Zumbro River, which will feature fun facts about bald eagles, herons, otters, beavers, gray foxes, kingfishers, and fish and will even include some sculls and furs that kids can touch and learn about. These programs are funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Monday, July 29, at 6:30 pm and Tuesday, July 30, at 10:30 am we will be having our last story times for the summer, so we decided to celebrate by throwing a 50th Birthday Party for Clifford the Big Red Dog! Kids are invited to bring their own stuffed animals to this event. There will also be a special visitor: a real dog named Midnight who loves to have books read to him!
If you are a wildlife or dog lover you may want to make your way over to the library for one of these special events.
Next Wednesday, July 17, the library will receive a visit from the RAD (Reptile and Amphibian Discovery) Zoo animals and their keepers. The show will be at 3:00 pm and will be followed by some time for kids to touch the animals. Come and learn about some fascinating creatures…we’ll have related reading material on display for check out as well!
On Tuesday, July 9 from 6:30-8:00 pm we will be throwing a party in the library, and all area teens are invited to attend. Come just to hang out or come for the activities…there will be music, snacks, t-shirt dyeing, button making, and henna tattoos. This event is totally free and open to all 7th-12th graders.