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Paws to read this summer

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The Red Wing Public Library is encouraging kids to read and enjoy their summers with prizes, games, activities and much more.

The library’s summer programming kicks off this month. There are activities and programs for kids from birth through teen years.

Many popular features are returning, including Colvill pool passes as prizes, though there are some changes as well.

The children’s reading program will require registration this year and someone in the family must have a library card. Events do not require registration.

Pool passes also will be mixed in among other prizes rather than awarded with each log.

There also are more options to sign up, turn in logs and keep updated with the children’s and teen programs at the library’s website,

In addition, there will be many events and activities to choose from this year.

“We did a lot of outreach this spring and that was something people wanted,” children’s librarian Megan Seeland said.

The library has added two evening story times, which could allow for parents who work to still attend with their children, Seeland said.

“It’s an opportunity for people who traditionally haven’t been able to make storytimes to be able to come,” she said.

There are also movie screenings and Wii tournaments planned to keep kids entertained and busy.

Some changes are based on tweaking the program to better fit the community and seeing what works and doesn’t each year, while others are due to the growing number of participants, Seeland said.

“Every summer is a learning game,” she said.

Seeland said there are many great programs available in the summer for kids from other sources, such as camps and sports — but some can be expensive or time-consuming.

“We try to provide a free alternative for kids,” Seeland said, and get them reading while also letting them have fun and providing a variety of activities.

Here’s a look at the Red Wing Public Library’s summer programs. More information is available at the library or online at

Kickoff event

The summer reading program will kick off with an event June 10 at the library. Kids can enjoy drawing with sidewalk chalk on the sidewalk outside the library and visits from storybook characters, among other activities. The area will be blocked off from other traffic.

The event runs from 10:30 a.m. to noon. All kids are welcome to attend.

Children’s summer reading program

This year’s theme is “Paws to Read.” Kids from birth to those entering grades 6 in the fall are eligible for the children’s summer reading program.

Participants will get a reading log to fill out that is complete when they finish one reading activity a day for seven days. There are different options for the activities — from reading on your own to attending a library program — and the days don’t have to be consecutive.

Once a log is complete, kids can turn them in for prizes. The library is alternating pool passes with other prizes for each log submitted.

“With so many kids, we can’t do pool passes for everyone every time,” Seeland said, plus this offers the chance to add some variety to what kids are winning.

The maximum number of logs that can be turned in for the summer is seven. With the sixth log, kids will get a free book along with their prize, and with the seventh they will get their pool pass plus an entry into a drawing for a raffle basket.

“There is incentive to read all summer,” Seeland said, but also different prizes even if kids only have time for one or two logs.

Pre-registration is going on now and can be completed at the library’s service desk or online. Reading logs will be available starting June 9.

Teen summer reading program

Teens entering grades 6 through 12 can participate in the library’s program.

The teen reading logs are filled out by pages read, and 250 pages — or roughly one book — equals a finished log.

Teen reading logs can be submitted at the library or online. Teens don’t have to register, but they will need to provide library card information when the log is turned in.

The library staff will draw two names weekly of the logs submitted for Colvill pool passes. All names on completed logs also go into a drawing for prizes at the end-of-summer party July 31. Submitted logs also allow teens to rack up “money” to bid on packages at the party.

Teens also can participate in a trivia contest about the film and book “The Fault in Our Stars” through June 27. Trivia is available in the YA section of the library or online; winners will be drawn June 30.

Teens can volunteer to help with the kid’s reading program as well. Every time they volunteer, teens earn an entry into the drawing for prizes at the end of the summer.


The library’s programming includes many events for kids this summer. Registration is not required. Planned events include:

•Sidewalk kick-off party, Tuesday June 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon, library sidewalk

•Carpenter Nature Center presents: Beastly Bodies, Tuesday June 17th, 10:30 a.m., Foot Room

•Science Museum of Minnesota presents: Dinosaurs, Wednesday June 25, 10:30 a.m., Foot Room (for preschool and early elementary children)

•Science Museum of Minnesota presents: Electricity, Wednesday June 25, 1 p.m., Foot Room (for children entering second through sixth grade)

•The Zinghoppers, Friday June 27, 2:30 p.m., Foot Room

•Minnesota Zoo Zoomobile, Tuesday July 8, 10:30 a.m., Foot Room (all ages welcome)

•Game Day, Tuesday July 15, 10:30 a.m., Foot Room (for kids entering second through sixth grades)

•Craftstravaganza, Tuesday July 22, 10:30 a.m., Foot Room (for kids entering second through sixth grades)

•Summer Reading Finale: Pint Size Polkas, Wednesday July 30, 2 p.m., Foot Room (all ages welcome)


Kids and teens also are welcome to attend the summer movies Thursdays at 2 p.m. in the library Foot Room. They are:

•“Frozen,” June 12

•“The Nut Job,” June 26

•“The Lego Movie,” July 10

•“Despicable Me 2,” July 24.

All movies are rated PG. Attendees are welcome to bring their own snacks and comfortable seating.

Wii tournament

Kids entering grades 2 through 7 can join the library’s Wii tournaments. All are from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Foot Room.

•Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Friday June 20

•Mario Kart, Friday July 18

•Open play, Friday Aug. 15

Prizes and more information available at the library’s website,

Story times

Summer story times run from June 9 to July 25. All programs are free and open to the public. There will be no programing the week of July 4.

•Baby Lapsit Story Time for babies 18 months and younger is Mondays at 10:30 a.m. It includes rhymes, stories, rhythm and music.

•Family Story Time is Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and includes themed summer stories, music and rhymes. All ages are welcome. No story time June 25.

•Day Care Story Time is Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. All ages are welcome, and families who cannot attend the Wednesday story time can join.

•Summertime Jammie Jams invite kids of all ages to come in their pajamas at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday June 11 and Wednesday July 9.

Danielle Killey

Danielle Killey covers local government for the South Washington County Bulletin. She has worked as a reporter for other Forum Communications newspapers since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.

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