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While all Pioneerland Library System buildings remain closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Curbside Pick-up of library items is available. You may place items on hold using the online catalog. Library staff will call you to schedule a pickup time once your hold is ready. Pickup days/times vary by location. Please contact your library if you have questions or need assistance in using this service.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Synchronize Your Watches and Start Your Engines, NOW!

  by Jan Pease

It’s time to synchronize your watches (thanks, “Back to the Future” movies) and get ready for another amazing, quick Minnesota summer.

Every year, most libraries in the United States have a reading program during the summer months. Recreational reading is fun and something that a reader can do for a lifetime.  A summer reading program can also help children stay involved with reading and math during the long break from school.  NBC News anchor Brian Williams did a piece on the learning gap that can be found on YouTube. It is truly scary. Just search for the words, “Brian Williams summer slide.”   The Scholastic company has a   website packed full of information about family literacy.  Look for their pages on family and community engagement, and an excellent article about preventing summer slide. Just search “Scholastic,” and click on the button that says parents.

And now for the good stuff!  The 2019 summer reading program is “It’s Showtime @ Your Library.”  Children, tweens, and teens can sign up beginning June 1st.  Reading records must be turned in by August 31st.   All children’s summer programs begin the week of June 3rd.  Story times end August 9th, but Beginner Book Club and Brick Heads continue throughout August.

On Saturday, June 8, at 10:00, the McLeod/Meeker County chapter of Therapy Dogs International   This is also a fun event as we socialize with these friendly, well-trained dogs.
will be at the library to listen to children practice reading.


On Tuesday, June 11, at 6:30, teens that are curious about re-forming a Teen Advisory Board are invited to come and hang out, eat some pizza, and chat about what they would like to see offered for teens at our library.

On Thursday, June 13 at 1:00, Siama Matuzungidi will share feel-good sounds from the Heart of Africa. This interactive program will be fun for children adults as we listen to music and stories from the Congo.

On Friday, June 21 at 10:00, Magic Bob will present his awesome  magic show, “It’s Showtime @ Your Library!”   Magic Bob always presents a new show that features our summer reading programs.

Something new called “Kids’ Summer Open Mic” will happen on the 4th Mondays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.   If you are a tween or teen who sings, plays an instrument, writes poetry, or who wants to try a little karaoke, come to Open Mic.  Students ages 10-18 are invited to share their talents.

The “One Vegetable One Community” folks will present a story hour about lettuce on Friday, July 19 th at 10:00.  They always present a fun and informative program. 

Actors and wanna-be actors ages 10-18 are invited to an improvisation class,  Improv with Marian the Librarian,  Wednesday, August 7th and August 14th  at 1:30 p.m.

The library will continue to offer our regular weekly programs.  

On the 2nd Monday of each month, students 10-18 are invited to Makerspace at 4:30 p.m.  

On Wednesdays, Toddler Time will be presented each week at 10:15, June 5-August 7.  

Beginner Book Club meets on the 3rd Thursdays at 3:30.  We’re expanding the age limit for readers from age 6-12. 

Preschool Story time for ages 3-5 is offered every Friday at 10:00.

Teen events for ages 12-18 are offered on the 2nd and 5th Saturdays at 1:30.

This information is available on our Facebook page,  and on our blog,  Happy summer!