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.
April is Food for Fines at the library! Bring in non-perishable items to receive $1 off your fines for each can or box donated. All items brought in will be given to our Roberts UCC food pantry. We love that this program helps our local community. If you or someone you know could use a little help with food and groceries, please check out our website under community info and scroll down to see the many resources for free food and where it is distributed. It's a great resource, especially as we get closer to summer and the kids are home.
The library partners with the Family Resource Center for Play and Learn on Tuesday mornings, 10-11:30 a.m. This program provides a learning environment for parents or caregivers and children ages 4 and under. Songs, snacks, reading, sensory learning, play, crafts and parent education are all part of the program. The spring session runs the week of March 26-May 21. Call the Family Resource Center on March 19, at 9 a.m. to register 715-684-4440.
March is National Youth Art month. We are excited to have artwork on display at the library from our local SCC students, kindergarten through 12th grade. This is always a highlight for the community members to be able to see the amazing talent of our students. Please stop by to see what unique materials are used for the displays. Check our library Facebook and Instagram sites for pictures and feel free to share your proud student's work on your social media. Story Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Story times include calendar fun, songs, rhymes, stories and crafts.
March is coming fast! We are partnering with the Roberts Senior Center for a community dinner and live music performed by Patsy O'Brien at 5 p.m. March 8. Dinner will include Irish beef stew, soda bread, relish tray, dessert and Irish coffee. Dinner is $10 person, please RSVP by calling 715-749-3755. Invite friends and family to enjoy the evening of celebrating St. Patrick's Day!