by Beth Cronk, Litchfield head librarian
What’s happening at the library this winter? The adult winter reading program, a craft workshop for adults, teen programs, storytimes, and book clubs are available to get you out of the house this season.
Our adult winter reading program has started and runs through March 31st. Book Your Winter Getaway is a program for adults to read and review books and earn prizes for it. When you sign up at the front desk, you’ll get a tote bag, a punch card, and some book review forms. Read books of your choice and fill out a short review form for each. Audiobooks and e-books count, too! When you bring in a review, we’ll mark your punch card. When you’ve completed three, you can choose a prize. When you’ve completed three more, we’ll put your name in a drawing for gift certificates to local businesses, sponsored by the Friends of the Litchfield Public Library. The book reviews will be available at our front desk for anyone to read.
On Saturday, January 23nd, we’re offering a historical craft workshop for adults at 1 p.m. The Minnesota Historical Society is teaching a class on making historical and modern valentines. The class is free to attend since it is funded by Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. You will need to sign up in advance; stop in or call us at 693-2483 to put your name on the list. Space is limited.
For teens, we offer an activity on the second Saturday of every month from 1:30-3:15. When there’s a fifth Saturday in a month, like there is in January, we have a teen program that afternoon, as well. Ages eleven to eighteen are welcome to join us on January 30th for a Minecraft building challenge: replicating the library building, something in the library, or a picture in a library book.
Weekly storytimes have started up again after the holidays, running through May 14th. On Wednesdays at 10:15, we have Toddler Time for babies through age two. On Fridays, we have Preschool Storyhour at 10:00 for children age six and younger. On the second Saturday of each month, we also have a storyhour at 10:00 - useful for families who can’t come on a weekday. Older siblings are always welcome at all of the storytimes.
Book clubs happen at the library year-round, and you are welcome to hop in at any time. The adult book club meets on the second Tuesday of each month at noon. The book for the February meeting is Frog Music by Emma Donoghue. Copies are on hand at our library to check out; just ask at the desk.
Mystery Book Club meets the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The book for February is The Beautiful Mystery by Louise Penny. These books we order individually for people who regularly attend book club, so talk to Mary or Elisabeth if you’d like to get involved with that.
Book-to-Movie Club is for grades four through eight, although younger kids are welcome to attend if accompanied by an adult or older sibling. On the second Monday of the month, they meet from 3:15 to 5:00 to talk about a book and watch a movie based on that book. For February, they are reading A Wrinkle in Time. Copies are available to check out at the front desk.
Beginners’ Book Club is for kids in grades one through three. They meet on the third Thursday of the month from 3-4 p.m. The book for the January 21st meeting is Charlie Bumpers vs. the Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley.
We also have Brickhead Lego building nights on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and a book sale every month on the third Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Beat your cabin fever and come out for something that interests you at the library!