Minnesota Author Visit at the Litchfield Library: David LaRochelle & Mike Wohnoutka

Visit the Litchfield Library for a special storytime with a Minnesota author visit! Join award-winning Minnesota authors and illustrators David LaRochelle and Mike Wohnoutka as they share some of their books, give a drawing demonstration, and talk about the process of writing and illustrating a children’s book. You’ll get a chance to learn how they started as authors and illustrators, view their studios, and even tackle your own illustrating assignment!
This free program will be held at the Litchfield Library on Friday, June 21, at 10:00 a.m. No need to sign up.

Up Cycle Art Class

Sign up for Up Cycle Art Class with Aina Jane! This free program will be held at the Cosmos Public Library on Thursday, June 20, at 3:00 p.m. For ages 8 and up. Space is limited, so stop into the library or call the library at 320-440-1012 to reserve your spot.

Kids are invited to bring a few small items from home to incorporate into their art project, such as a ribbon, a greeting card, or a button. The teacher will also have items available.

Cosmos Creation Club

Bring the kids to build with LEGOS at the Cosmos Library this summer! This free program is open kids ages 5-18. Kids ages 5-7 must be accompanied by a teen or adult caregiver. No need to sign up, and everything is provided.

Cosmos Creation Club will meet on the 3rd Monday of the month from 2-3 p.m. in the library:

June 17

July 15

August 19

Cosmos Library News for June 2024

This summer, the theme of the summer reading program is “Read. Renew. Repeat.”  The library will be celebrating things like conservation, recycling, ecosystems, plants, and animals.

Kids and teens up to age 18 can sign up for the self-paced reading program starting Monday, June 3. No need to worry if you can’t get to the library that day; sign-up continues all summer. The Cosmos program ends August 31.

When kids sign up, they’ll get a book bag, a bookmark, and a reading log.

The summer reading program is always self-paced. Children work their way through the reading game sheets, earning spaces by reading or being read to for 20 minutes (counting up to an hour a day), and by doing other activities like being active for at least 20 minutes, reading aloud to a person or a pet, or attending a library program. For teens, there’s a more straightforward sheet for tracking hours of reading. Whenever kids bring in a completed sheet, they can choose from a wide variety of small prizes. At the end of each month, the library will hold a drawing from the sheets turned in that month, giving kids the chance to win a bonus prize.

The goal of the summer reading program is to encourage kids to read all summer long so that they keep up their reading skills and return to school in the fall ready to learn. Because of that, kids can do one reading sheet after another all summer until late August and keep earning prizes.

We are very excited about some special programs this summer!

On Friday, June 14, at 2:00 p.m., CLIMB Theatre will present “County Mouse & City Mouse: Adventure in the Suburbs.” In this short play for children, a pair of mouse cousins visit the suburbs. Country Mouse wants to explore the new area, while City Mouse wants to read, renew, and repeat for a relaxing vacation. Will conflict tear apart their relationship, or will they learn to “compro-mice” and celebrate their differences? In this play, kids will learn to use their empathy skills and to advocate for their own needs. Free to attend, and no need to sign up.

On Thursday, June 20, at 3:00 p.m., the library is offering an art workshop for kids: Up Cycle Art Class with Aina Jane. Children are invited to bring in a few small items from home like ribbon, a button, an old card, etc. They will be able to incorporate these items into their own upcycled art. More items will be available from the teacher at the class. For ages 8 and up. Advance registration is required since space is limited; sign up at the library or by calling 320-440-1012. Free to attend; funded in part or in whole by Minnesota’s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.

On Tuesday, June 25, at 4:00 p.m., a local Master Gardener is holding a program for children called “Garden, Learn, & Play.” She will teach them about plants through fun activities. Free to attend, and no need to sign up. The program will run about 45 minutes.

Looking ahead, mark your calendars for these events in July:

Friday, July 5, 2:00 p.m.: DNR program about birds

Friday, July 12, 2:00 p.m.: Science Museum of Minnesota program about dinosaurs

Friday, July 19, 5:00-8:00 p.m.: Mini golf in the community room for Space Festival

On the 3rd Monday of each month this summer, kids ages 5-18 are invited to build with LEGOs in the library at Cosmos Creation Club: June 17, July 15, and August 19, from 2-3 p.m. No need to sign up or bring anything, other than an adult or teen caregiver for those under age 8.

Looking for the new Litchfield and Hutchinson newspapers? You can read them at the Cosmos Library.

The Cosmos Library’s hours are Mondays 10-5, Tuesdays 2-5, Thursdays 2-6, Fridays 2-5, and Saturdays 10-1.

Cosmos Library News for May 2024

Planning is underway for this year’s summer reading program: Read, Renew, Repeat! We’ll be having some fun with this theme that ties into conservation, recycling, and ecosystems.

The summer reading program will begin on Monday, June 3, and will run until the end of August. Beginning June 3, kids and teens can sign up for the free, self-paced program that encourages them to read on their own time and do other activities that are healthy for them, such as getting exercise and going outside. When they complete a game sheet or a reading log, they can bring it back to the library for a small prize. Kids can complete the reading sheets over and over all summer. It’s a great idea for kids to keep reading all summer so that they keep up their reading skills for school in the fall.

Kids can sign up for the program any time, all summer long.

The Cosmos Library has some special events happening this summer that families will want to put on their calendars:

Friday, June 14, 2:00 p.m.: CLIMB Theatre presents “Country Mouse & City Mouse: Adventures in the Suburbs,” a short interactive play for children. Free; no need to sign up in advance.

Thursday, June 20, 3:00 p.m.: Upcycle art class for kids. Free to attend but space is limited; sign up by calling the library at 320-440-1012 or stopping in.

Friday, July 5, 2:00 p.m.: DNR Naturalist children’s program about birds. Free; no need to sign up.

Friday, July 12, 2:00 p.m.: Science Museum of Minnesota dinosaur program. Free; no need to sign up.

Friday, July 19, 5:00-8:00 p.m.: Space Fest mini golf in the community room. Free; no need to sign up.

Watch for more events as the summer gets closer by visiting the library, the library’s website at www.cosmos.lib.mn.us, or the library’s Facebook page.

In May, kids ages ages 5-18 are invited to build with Legos in the library at Cosmos Creation Club on Monday the 20th from 2-3 p.m. No need to sign up or bring anything. Children ages 5-7 will need to have a caregiver at least 12 years old attend the program with them.

Pioneerland libraries will be closed on Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

The Cosmos Library’s hours are Mondays 10-5, Tuesdays 2-5, Thursdays 2-6, Fridays 2-5, and Saturdays 10-1.

Creativebug Craft Instruction Available Through Library

Are you looking for some creative inspiration this fall? Pioneerland Library System offers access to Creativebug, a website with thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes. This service is provided by Prairielands Library Exchange, an organization that exists to help support public and school libraries in southwestern Minnesota. We are excited that our library users can use their library cards to access these online classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

You can find the link to Creativebug on the left bar of the Pioneerland website or the Cosmos Library website: www.cosmos.lib.mn.us.

Once you have entered your library card number, the site will prompt you to create an account. Through your account, you can keep track of where you left off in a class and which videos you have watched, and you can be notified of new classes on topics you’re interested in. You can even upload photos of your own projects to share, if you’d like.

Class topics include art and design, sewing, quilting, paper, knitting, crochet, food and home, jewelry, holiday and party, and kids.

One interesting feature the website offers is daily practice. Intended to be a way to challenge yourself to a month of making, the website offers 30-day prompts for daily art practice. There are over 60 daily practice series to choose from, such as hand stitching, watercolor and colored pencil, bookmaking, and rubber stamp carving.

Beyond the video classes, the Creativebug website also offers downloadable knitting and crochet patterns.

New classes are being added to the website all the time. Recent classes are titled “Embroidered Pencil Case,” “Love Letter Quilt Top,” and “Crochet Edges for Garments.” Upcoming classes include “Accordion Book as Art Form” and “Professional Illustration 101.”

If video classes aren’t your thing but you enjoy art or crafting, you can choose from a wide variety of books in the library to learn more. The Cosmos Library collection has many books on arts and crafts, including a wide range from whittling to origami and from painting to quilting.

Crafting and art have many benefits: they can reduce stress, improve mood, and reduce cognitive decline, as the activity brings you into a focused, almost meditative state. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced artist or crafter, the library can be a resource for your creativity.

Curbside Service

Cosmos Library will offer curbside service indefinitely. Call the library at the number on the sign, 320-440-1012, if you’d like your materials brought outside. Have your library card number ready.

Library staff can hand your bag of library materials to you on the sidewalk or bring it to your vehicle parked in the parking lot behind the library. Let us know where you’d like us to bring it when you call.

Curbside service may be useful if you have mobility issues or a sleeping child in the car, or because of illness. Regardless of your reason, you are welcome to use the service!

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