Summer is almost here and Megan and Cyd have (yet again!) outdone themselves whipping up a set of events for kids and families to enjoy this summer at the library. Below is a list of the events and deadlines. Everything is free and most events and activities require neither registration nor a free ticket – but some do, and you’ll want to get the details below. You’ll be able to register for everything in person and most things online (see exceptions below) once the time arrives.
READING PROGRAM DATES
Writers’ Camp and Pete Hautman Writer’s Workshop Registration Begins
Tuesday, May 16
Register in person or via phone for the June (for young writers going in to grades 5-7) and July (for young writers going in to grades 8-10) Writers’ Camps and the Pete Hautman Writer’s Workshop (for young writers going in to grades 5-12) on Friday, June 23 from 10:30 AM – Noon. More information on writing programs is below
Summer Reading Registration Begins
Monday, May 22
Register online and in person at the library for children from birth to those entering grade 6. Teens entering grades 6-12 need not register. At least one immediate family member of each participating child must have a SELCO library card in good standing.
ExploraDome and Zoomobile Tickets Available
Monday, May 22
Registration and tickets available for each of these summer reading programs! Programs are free but registration is required to attend due to limited space.
Summer Reading Begins
Monday, June 5
First day to begin filling out reading logs. Kids complete one reading activity for at least 20 minutes a day for 7 days, then turn their logs in to the library for a prize. Teens read 250 pages per reading log, then return logs to the library to be entered in to a prize drawing. Teen logs may be turned in at any time.
First Day to Turn in Children’s Reading Logs
Monday, June 12
First day to redeem summer reading logs for prizes.
Final Day to Turn in Children’s and Teen Reading Logs|
Monday, July 31 by 7:00 PM
Final day to turn in 2017 summer reading logs for prizes and to be entered into the grand prize drawing.
Grand Prize Drawing
Tuesday, August 1
Children who have completed the reading program by turning in all seven reading logs will be entered into a drawing for themed raffle baskets. Winners will be contacted by their given contact method. Teen prize drawing will be held at the End of Summer Reading Party in August.
Children do not have to be registered for the reading program to attend programs at the library, nor do they have to have a library card.
Summer Reading Sidewalk Chalk Kickoff Party & Moo! Story Stroll
Tuesday, June 6, 10:30 AM, Library sidewalk.
Minnesota Zoo Zoomobile
Tuesday, June 13, 10:30 AM & 1 PM, Foot Room
Attendance at each Zoomobile program capped at 250 due to room fire codes. Free tickets available at the library Monday, May 22. Attendees with tickets granted entrance fifteen minutes before the start of each program, attendees without tickets admitted only as room allows. Ticket holders arriving after the start of each program only admitted as room allows. All ages welcome, presentation aimed at ages 5 and up.
Bucket Drumming with Mike Arturi from Universal Music
Tuesday, June 20, 10:30 AM
Recommended for kids going in to grades 2 and up.
ExploraDome Planetarium from the Bell Museum
Tuesday, June 27, 8 – 11:30 AM, hosted at the Red Wing Family YMCA.
Please note that all morning sessions are reserved for preschool, day care and camp groups. If your child is enrolled at Kids Junction, the Y Day Camp, Peachtree or Learning Circle, s/he will be able to sign up attend with their day care or camp group.
Tuesday, June 27, 12:15 – 3:45 PM, hosted at the Red Wing Family YMCA.
The ExploraDome will be open to the public for registration for five different afternoon sessions about the night sky, our solar system, and the universe. Each session is strictly limited to 32 participants (adults and children). We ask that families and groups registering have at least one child in the age group for whom the session is designed. Registration and full schedule of sessions available at the library beginning Monday, May 22, 2017. Programs are free but registration and free tickets are required for admittance to each afternoon session due to limited space. Sessions for preschool – 8th grade.
NO SUMMER READING PROGRAMS THE WEEK OF JULY 4TH.
Tuesday, July 11, 10:30 AM, Foot Room
Learn how to create different origami animals! Origami projects will range from easy to advanced. Recommended for kids going in to grades 2 and up.
Writer’s Workshop with Author Pete Hautman
Friday, July 14, 10:30 AM – Noon, Foot Room
Young writers going in to grades 5-12 are invited to join author Pete Hautman for a writer’s workshop! Pre-registration recommended and available at the library beginning Tuesday, May 16.
Pete Hautman: Author Talk and Book Signing
Friday, July 14, 1:00 PM, Foot Room
All ages welcome.
International Wolf Center
Tuesday, July 18, 10:30 AM, Foot Room
Summer Reading Finale: The Magic of Isaiah
Tuesday, July 25, 10:30 AM, Foot Room
No registration required. No summer story times the week of July 4, 2016.
Family Story Time
Wednesdays in June and July, 10:30 AM, Foot Room.
Day Care Story Time
Thursdays in June and July, 10:30 AM, Foot Room.
Hora de Cuentos en Español / Spanish Story Time
El segundo sábado del mes, 10:30 de la mañana / 2nd Saturday of the month , 10:30 AM, Story Well
10 de junio y 8 de julio / June 10 & July 8
Cuentos, canciones, y rimas. Todos son bienvenidos. / Stories, songs, and rhymes, all in Spanish. All welcome.
June Writers’ Camp for Middle Grades
For kids entering grades 5-7.
Six sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays in June from 1:30 – 2:30 PM, Foot Room
June 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28
July Writers’ Camp for High School
For kids entering grades 8-10.
Six sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays in July from 1:30 – 2:30 PM, Foot Room
July 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26
All writers in both camps will receive a writer’s pack and camp T-shirt.
Pre-registration required. Registration available at the library Tuesday, May 16. Limit of 16 participants in each camp.
Thursdays at 2 PM, Foot Room
June 8: Moana, rated PG
June 22: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, rated PG-13
July 13: Sing, rated PG
July 27: The Lego Batman Movie, rated PG
August 24: Movie TBA pending DVD release date – Beauty and the Beast, rated PG, if available
For kids entering grades 2-8. Pre-registration available. Limit 24 gamers.
Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tourney
Thursday, June 29, 1:00-4:00ish PM, Foot Room
Mario Kart Tourney
Thursday, July 20, 1:00-4:00ish PM, Foot Room
3rd Annual American Girl Tea Party & Fashion Show Tickets Available
Friday, July 14, 10:00 AM
Tickets for the American Girl Tea Party & Fashion Show (held at the library on Thursday, August 10 at 3:00 PM) will be available in person only at the library on Friday, July 14 at 10:00 AM on a first come, first serve basis. Both children and adults will need tickets to attend the American Girl party. If tickets are still available on Monday, July 17, in person, phone or email reservations may be made. Tea Party & Fashion Show tickets are free but are required to attend. If you have tickets but find you will be unable to make the party, we ask that you please return the tickets so others may use them. A wait list will be formed after all tickets are given out.
American Girl Tea Party & Fashion Show
Thursday, August 10, 3:00 PM, Foot Room
Pre-registration required for Tea Party & Fashion Show. Free tickets are available at the library beginning Friday, July 14. Attendance is limited to 80 children and adults. This year’s doll drawing will be for Felicity Merriman from 1776.
Accommodations (signed interpreter, wheelchair access, listening devices) can be made.
Call the library 651-385-3673 v/tdd, 7 days prior to need.
All programs are free and open to the public.
All events take place at the Library unless otherwise indicated.