Halloween is just around the corner and we are getting ready for all kinds of fun for every age. Our Halloween Extravaganza is Wednesday, Oct. 31 with trick or treating available right after the elementary parade in the afternoon. Starting at 5:30 p.m. we will have hot dogs, lemonade, cider and popcorn available on a first come, first served basis. The Magic Show starts at 6 p.m. and is appropriate for younger children. As always, everything is free for the public so enjoy your local library's festivities on Halloween.
Something new in the County-a Traveling Book Club! We are excited to have several of the county libraries join efforts to get people out in other communities and enjoy meeting new people to have great discussions on a book each month. The first meeting will be on Oct. 18, at the Phoenix Grill in Baldwin. We will be discussing "The Same Sky" by Amanda Eyre Ward. Come at 6 p.m. to order food if you like and book talk will start about 6:30 p.m. Call your local library to order your book and register for the book club. The group will typically meet the third Thursday of the month.
Grandparents Day is just around the corner so we are hosting an event on Saturday, Sept. 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m. to honor grandparents and their grandchildren. Crafts, games and snacks will be provided. Call the library to register so we can plan for enough supplies. If you don't have grandparents in the area, feel free to bring someone in their place. Monday Movie Matinees: 1 p.m. on Aug. 27, is Brittany's Pick. Popcorn is served at every movie day.
It's hard to believe we are already moving into August! We are celebrating all of the reading achievements at our Summer Reading Finale on Aug. 1, 6-8 p.m. This year's finale is all about the water. Dress appropriately because the chances of getting wet are very high. We have so many awesome games and fun challenges involving water. Parents don't worry, you should be fairly safe to stay dry, but if you are inclined, please bring your own big water guns to join in on the games. We will have snacks, henna, face painting and a dunk tank in addition to the water games.
Summer is flying by and we all feel it as the Fourth of July is now a memory. We are getting prepared with the exciting Touch-a-Truck event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 18 at the Roberts Park. We are partnering with the Village of Roberts, Roberts and Warren Fire and Rescue, the Roberts Police Department, WITC, St. Croix County, Nilssen's Foods, local farmers and citizens to bring together an amazing array of semi trucks, fire trucks, tractors, big machines, ambulance and even a helicopter.
Father's Day is coming up soon and we just want to make sure you know how important you are! We are honoring dads on Saturday, June 16, 10:30-11:30 a.m. with our Dads and Donuts event. We will have donuts and coffee just for you and the first 18 people signed up will also be able to do the Dad's Rock painting craft; that's right, no ties, socks or underwear will be part of this program! Grandpas are welcome as well. Children ages 4 and up are able to attend with a dad or grandpa; call the library to register.
The last two weeks of May are crazy for families as all of the school activities are winding down. We are busy putting the finalized touches on the "Libraries Rock" Summer Reading Program. Prizes have been purchased, exciting programs are booked and the staff is gearing up for the hectic pace that summer reading creates. Registration will start June 4 for ages toddler through adult. Everyone gets to participate as much or as little as your family schedule allows.
Graduation is fast approaching so I want to congratulate the class of 2018 as they end the chapter of high school and begin the next chapter of the journey called LIFE. Ben Franklin once said that there are two things in life that are certain: death and taxes. But a wise man recently told me the third thing is, change. Graduation brings about so much change in the life of a student with family and friends. This year, graduation will be moving us toward an empty nest ... not a change I'm ready for, but it will happen because CHANGE is inevitable!
May 1 brings about exciting changes at the library! We will be starting new hours and hopefully it will help our patrons tremendously. We will be open at 10 a.m. Monday through Saturday. Our new hours will be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is not just for the summer months, these hours will be all year long.
April is proving to be a busy month. While many of us are complaining about the calendar saying spring and the weather feeling like the middle of winter, the library staff is putting on some awesome programs to keep us busy until warm weather and green grass actually arrive. Local Minnesota author, Allen Eskins will be at the library on Tuesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m.