Summer Reading Begins Soon!



Our One World, Many Stories Summer Reading Program begins the 2nd full week of June.

Our schedule of programs will follow the pattern of past years:

Elementary-age programs on Tuesdays at 1:00pm

 Storytime on Fridays at 9:30am

Some special programs may fall at different times due to performers’ schedules.

Please check this website and the “Library News” in every week’s Chatfield News for details.

The Teen Summer Reading Program begins Thursday, June 16th with a kick-off Art Party, 6:00pm-8:30pm, that includes: henna body art, manga/anime drawing, beading, zen doodle, collage, board games, root beer floats & candy.  This year our grand prizes will be awarded through random drawings held near the end of summer.  There are two ways to earn entries into these drawings:

1)     read and then briefly review books (just like last year)

2)     create works of art to be displayed in the library throughout the summer

The more entries you earn, the better your chances of winning!

Even though our programming budget has had to be trimmed a total of $600 over the last two years, all our summer reading program events continue to be free to the public. 

Unless otherwise stated, all programs will take place at the library.

Upcoming programs: 

Every Friday at 9:30am – Storytime

Tuesday, June 14, 1:00pm – Walmart of West Newton: The 1870’s General Store

What kinds of things would Laura Ingalls Wilder have seen in her local general store while growing up?  How much did stuff cost?  How did people pay for items?

An 1870’s store was quite different from the Walmart of today!  Come learn how!  Presenter: Ruth Grewe from Nicollet County Historical Society.  Free program geared to elementary-age children.

Tuesday, June 21, 1:00pm – Houston Nature Center Owl Program

Alice the Great Horned Owl visits us again!  Learn all about Alice and cool things about other owls in this fun interactive program presented by Karla (Kinstler) Bloem.

Friday, June 24, 1:30pm – “The Uncivil War” Meet the Author Program

It’s the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.  Nick Adams, retired school teacher, author, and storyteller, is passionate about the Civil War.  Come hear him share the story of how it all began.  He will talk about his own great-great-grandfather’s life as a soldier and how his letters led to the writing of The Uncivil War: Battle in the Classroom, a book with Fillmore County ties.  You see, Mr. Adams’ great-great-grandfather was from Fillmore County (Beaver Township) and he frequently mentioned “the Chatfield boys” in his letters.  

The book will be available for purchase and signing.  Geared to 4th graders through adult.

Click HERE to read a Bluff Country News article about Nick Adams. 

Tuesday, June 28, 1:00pm – Magician Star Michaelina

Don’t miss Star’s eye popping magic, exhilarating energy and unique props that make her one of the country’s top family entertainers!

More programs to come in July!  Watch for details!