Summer Reading 2018

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 can register for the summer reading program in person or online. Don’t forget to pick up your free book bag when you register (children) or turn in your first reading log (teens)!


Writers’ Camp Registration Begins
Tuesday, May 15
Register for the June Middle Grades and July High School Writers’ Camps. More information on writing programs is below.

Summer Reading Registration Begins
Monday, May 21
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.

Zoomobile Tickets Available
Monday, May 21
Registration and tickets available for the July 10th morning and afternoon Zoomobile visit! Programs are free but registration is required to attend due to limited space.

Summer Reading Begins
Monday, June 4
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 11
First day to redeem summer reading logs for prizes.

Annual American Girl Tea Party & Fashion Show Tickets Available
Friday, July 13, 10:00 AM
Tickets for the American Girl Tea Party & Fashion Show (held at the library on Thursday, August 9 at 3:00 PM) will be available in person only at the library on Friday, July 13 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 16, 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.

Final Day to Turn in Children’s and Teen Reading Logs
Wednesday, August 1 by 7:00 PM
Final day to turn in 2018 summer reading logs for prizes and to be entered  into the grand prize drawing.

Children’s Raffle Basket Drawing
Thursday, August 2
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 drawings 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 & Ten Pigs Story Stroll
Tuesday, June 5, 10:30 AM, Library sidewalk and John Rich Park.
All ages welcome.

Eagles! Presented by the National Eagle Center
Tuesday, June 12, 10:30 AM, Foot Room
All ages welcome, presentation aimed at children entering kindergarten and up.

Chione Story Time Concert
Tuesday, June 19, 10:30 AM, Foot Room
Chione (key-own) will present a Story Time Concert featuring classic children’s stories alongside music of a woodwind quintet. These family-focused programs will introduce audiences to the instruments of the wind quintet (flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon), in an exciting, up-close and personal environment with hands-on activities for children. This program is presented in cooperation with a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and in partnership with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra. All ages welcome.

Bucket Drumming with Mike Arturi from Universal Music
Tuesday, June 26, 10:30 AM
Recommended for kids going in to grades 2 and up.


Minnesota Zoo Zoomobile
Tuesday, July 10, 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 21.  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 children entering kindergarten and up.

Candy Land! Live Game Day
Tuesday, July 17, 10:30 AM, Foot Room
Who will be the first to read King Kandy’s castle? We build the board, you’re the game pieces! This program is presented in collaboration with ArtReach. All ages welcome.

Summer Reading Finale: The Magic of Isaiah
Tuesday, July 24, 10:30 AM – Noon, Foot Room
Join us for Isaiah Foster’s annual summer finale – the Reading is Magic show! All ages welcome.

No registration required. No summer story times the week of July 2.

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.


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, Community Room
June 11, 13, 18, 20, 26 and 27
Guest author Jacqueline West on June 27!

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 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25
Guest author Jacqueline West on July 18!

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 15.   Limit of 16 participants in each camp.


Thursdays at 2 PM, Foot Room
June 7: Coco, rated PG
June 21: A Wrinkle in Time, rated PG
July 12:  Paddington 2, rated PG
July 26: Star Wars: The Last Jedi, rated PG-13

For kids entering grades 2-8.  Pre-registration available.  Limit 24 gamers.

Mario Kart Tourney
Thursday, June 28, 1:00-4:00ish PM, Foot Room

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tourney
Thursday, July 19, 1:00-4:00ish PM, Foot Room


Library activities on Fridays from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Pepin Woods Community Center
Story times, crafts, gardening, music and more at Pepin Woods this summer! Lunch to follow. All ages welcome.


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 13. Attendance is limited to 80 children and adults. This year’s doll drawing will be for Nanea Mitchell from 1941.

End of Summer Teen Reading Party, Silent Auction & Grand Prize Drawing
Thursday, August 16, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Snacks, games & prizes! For teens who participated in the Teen Summer Reading Program entering grades 6 and up.

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.