Summer Reading 2019

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 (not to mention the prizes!). 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 gift when you register (children) or turn in your first reading log (teens)!


Writers’ Camp Registration Begins
Monday, May 13
Register for the June High School and July Middle Grade Writers’ Camps. More information on writing programs is below.

Summer Reading Registration Begins
Tuesday, May 28
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
Tuesday, May 28
Registration and tickets available for the July 18th morning and afternoon Zoomobile visit! Programs are free but registration is required to attend due to limited space.

Summer Reading Begins
Monday, June 10
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 beginning on June 10.

First Day to Turn in Children’s Reading Logs
Monday, June 17
First day to redeem summer reading logs for prizes.

Annual American Girl Tea Party & Fashion Show Tickets Available
Friday, July 12, 10:00 AM
Tickets for the American Girl Tea Party & Fashion Show (held at the library on Thursday, August 8 at 3:00 PM) will be available in person only at the library on Friday, July 12 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 15, reservations may be made by phone, by email or in person.  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
Saturday, August 3 by 3:00 PM
Final day to turn in 2019 summer reading logs for prizes and to be entered  into the grand prize drawing.

Children’s Raffle Basket Drawing
Tuesday, August 6
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 on August 15.


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.

No registration required. No summer story times the week of July 1.

Family Story Time
Wednesdays June 12, 19 and 26, July 10, 24 and 31, 10:30 AM, Foot Room.

Day Care Story Time
Thursdays June 13, 20 and 27, July 11, 18 and 25, and August 1, 10:30 AM, Foot Room.


Summer Reading Sidewalk Chalk Kickoff Party & Moo! Story Stroll
Tuesday, June 11, 10:30 AM, Library sidewalk and John Rich Park.
All ages welcome.

Minnesota Zoo Zoomobile
Tuesday, June 18, 10:30 AM & 1:00 PM, Foot Room
Free tickets available at the library Tuesday, May 28. Attendance limited to 250 children and adults at each presentation. 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. Presentations intended for children entering grades K and up.

Launches and Light with Peter Johnson
Monday, June 24, 10:30 AM, Foot Room
Launch your rocket into orbit! Use clay, paper fins and a straw to make a rocket. Adjust the angle, power and mass of the straw launcher to launch it perfectly! Radio, microwaves, infrared, visible light, UV, X Ray, and gamma rays are all types of light. This part of the program has demonstrations and hands-on stations to explore light! For kids ages 7 and up, 6-year-olds welcome with an adult helper.

MNovation with the Bakken Museum
Tuesday, July 2, 10:30 AM, Foot Room
Come learn about the innovation process. This energetic and engaging show introduces audiences to some of Minnesota’s innovators and inventors. Filled with humor, drama, and of course, SCIENCE! All ages welcome, presentation aimed at children entering grades K-6.

A Bee’s Code Workshop with the Bakken Museum
Tuesday, July 2, 1:00 – 1:30 PM
This whimsical and very hands-on program is not only a fun way to learn about how important bees are to us as pollinators, but also a great introduction to concepts in coding, measurement and creative problem solving as a group, laying the important groundwork for more complicated STEM concepts children will encounter in their future learning. For children ages 4-6. Pre-registration required, limit of 24 children. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration available at the library beginning Tuesday, May 28.

Mini-Magnets Workshop with the Bakken Museum
Tuesday, July 2, 2:00 – 2:30 PM, Foot Room
A museum educator will take students through concepts such as attract & repel and magnetic poles using experiments, games, and demonstrations sure to pull all types of learners into the fun. For children entering grades K-2. Pre-registration required, limit of 30 children. Registration available at the library beginning Tuesday, May 28.


Art Safari Scavenger Hunt with ArtReach
Tuesday, July 9, 10:30 AM, Foot Room
Join us for a scavenger hunt safari through famous works of art brought to life! Program includes a make and take craft. All ages welcome.

Raptors! with the Carpenter Nature Center
Wednesday, July 17, 10:30 AM, Foot Room
Come learn all about these fascinating birds of prey with naturalists from the Carpenter Nature Center. All ages welcome, presentation intended for children entering grades K and up.

Summer Reading Finale: The Magic of Isaiah
Tuesday, July 23, 10:30 AM – Noon, Foot Room
Join us for Isaiah Foster’s annual summer finale – the Reading is Magic show! All ages welcome.


Whether it’s crochet, knitting, quilting, cross-stitch, embroidery or macramé, bring your stitching (or any portable project!) to the library and listen to an audio book with us! All skill levels, parents, grandparents and guardians welcome.

The Land of Stories: A Treasury of Classic Fairy Tales written and read by Chris Colfer
Tuesday, June 25, 2:00 – 3:30 PM, Foot Room

Because of Winn-Dixie written by Kate DiCamillo and read by Cherry Jones
Tuesday, July 16 and 23, 2:00 – 3:30 PM, Foot Room

Special Harry Potter Birthday Edition: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone written by J.K. Rowling and read by Jim Dale
Wednesday, July 31, 2:00 – 4:00 PM, Foot Room
In honor of Harry’s birthday, we’ll also be making Hogwarts House bookmark scarves! Yarn and patterns for crochet and knit book scarves provided, BYO crochet hooks and/or knitting needles.

Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures written by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater, read by Cassandra Morris and Peter McGowan
Tuesday, August 6, 13 and 20, 2:00 – 3:30 PM, Foot Room


June Writers’ Camp for High School
For kids entering grades 8 & up.
Six sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays in June from 1:30 – 2:30 PM, Foot Room
June 10, 12, 17, 19, 24 and 26
Guest author Jacqueline West on Wednesday, June 12!

July Writers’ Camp for Middle Grades
For kids entering grades 5-7.
Six sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays in July from 1:30 – 2:30 PM, Foot Room
July 8, 10, 15, 17, 22 and 24
Guest author Jacqueline West on Wednesday, July 10!

All writers in both camps will receive a writer’s pack and camp T-shirt.
Pre-registration required. Registration available at the library Monday, May 13. Limit of 16 participants in each camp.


Thursdays at 2 PM, Foot Room
June 13: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, rated PG
June 27: Mary Poppins Returns, rated PG
July 11:  The Lego Movie: The Second Part, rated PG
July 25: Dumbo, rated PG
August 22: Aladdin, rated PG, or Pokémon Detective Pikachu, rated PG

All movie titles subject to change based on release dates.

For kids entering grades 2-8.  Pre-registration available at the library beginning Tuesday, May 28.  Limit 24 gamers.

Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tourney
Thursday, June 20, 1:00-4:00ish PM, Foot Room

Mario Kart Tourney
Thursday, July 18, 1:00-4:00ish PM, Foot Room


Library activities on selected Fridays in June and July from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Pepin Woods Community Center (exact dates to be announced)
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 8, 3:00 PM, Foot Room
Dress in your finest and bring your favorite doll or stuffie for our annual celebration with lemonade, cakes, and a fashion show! Pre-registration required, free tickets available in person only at the library beginning Friday, July 12. Attendance limited to 80 children and adults. One lucky child will go home with Blaire Wilson, Girl of the Year 2019!

End of Summer Teen Reading Party, Silent Auction & Grand Prize Drawing
Thursday, August 15, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Snacks, games & prizes! For teens entering grades 6 & up who participated in the Teen Summer Reading Program.

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.