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Seeking: local kids with talent

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Are you a performer? Do you love to sing or dance or play an instrument or act out a show with your friends? Or does all of that sound really scary … but you’d like to make someone smile by reading aloud with them?

The Lodi Public Library is seeking local kids with talents (or just bravery) to perform for the entertainment of seniors in the area assisted living residences. We're coordinating three separate talent show events this summer: 

  • Thursday, May 31 – 2 pm at the Good Samaritan Society, 700 Clark Street
  • Thursday, June 14 – 2 pm at Our House Senior Living, 121 2nd Street
  • Thursday, August 9 – 2 pm at Haven Hills, 215 Dale Drive        

You can participate in just one event, or sign up for all three! To register to perform, click here.  

Perform solo, or get together a group of friends. Do a magic trick, tell jokes, read a story ... show us your best, and we'll all applaud!


Summer Library Program begins May 24!

punk banner that reads Libraries Rock!

Miss Kristine is busy this month visiting the schools to spread the word about our 2018 Summer Library Program!

We'll officially get started on May 24, but before that you can find all the info on our Summer Library Program page

Special May programming for kids and parents

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We're hosting special Wednesday programming for youngsters and their parents during the month of May! 

Stop in on Wednesday mornings at 10 am for open-play sessions for the kids along, with adult discussions with local parenting experts.

Our library staff will be visiting classrooms and leading field trips gearing up for the Summer Library Program; in the past, we've cancelled storytimes during this time, but this year, we're bringing you something new. Click here to learm more about all of the library's early literacy programming!

Closed on Memorial Day

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Just a reminder - the library will be closed on Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day.

No fines are assessed for days the library is not open, but feel free to use the book and media dropboxes in the entryway for returns if you wish.

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend!

Librarians at the Market!

smiling girl hugging an armload of fresh vegetables

Join the librarians for a fun kick off to the summer library program with a visit to the Lodi Valley Farmer's Market from 2 pm to 6 pm Friday, June 1

You can register for the summer library program (if you haven't already) and there will be a fun craft project. Plus, ask a librarian for a book recommendation!

See you at the market.


Artful Adults - squishy stress balls

Artful Adults workshops logo, DIY squishy stress balls

For Artful Adults this month we'll make squishy stress balls, starting at 6:30 pm Wednesday, June 13 in the library program room.

Artful Adults Workshops is a free monthly class series (the second Wednesday at 6:30 pm) for adults who are interested in arts, crafts, and living a fanciful life full of creativity. 

You MUST pre-register for this workshop, as there are limited supplies. Phone 592-4130 or stop in to sign up today!

book discussion: Another Country

colorful logo for The Great American Read series on PBS television, cover of Another Country by James Baldwin

Our next book discussion title will be Another Country by James Baldwin. The library will host discussions on this title on Monday, June 4 - join us at NOON or 7 pm.

Stunning for its emotional intensity and haunting sensuality, this is a novel of passions: sexual, racial, political, and artistic. Baldwin depicts men and women, blacks and whites, stripped of their masks and at their most elemental and sublime. Another Country tells the stories of artists, mainly in New York, struggling to love and be loved amid the complexities of racism, sexism, and homophobia.

We brought in books for IMMEDIATE CHECKOUT - stop in to check one out and take it home today!

We're selecting discussion books from the PBS series The Great American Read. See the list of 100 titles in The Great American Read.

Maker's Matinee - movie and a craft

animated characters from SING movie, popcorn and craft supplies

Watch a movie and build something with your hands in our Maker's Matinee series at the library Monday, June 4 beginning at 2 pm.

We'll be watching Sing. Dapper Koala Buster Moon presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Facing the crumbling of his life's ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world's greatest singing competition.

Join us for the movie, along with an optional creative project.


Musician Tom Kastle in concert

musician Tom Kastle holding a guitar

We're super excited to announce a live, interactive musical program for all ages. Tom Kastle will be performing at 2 pm Tuesday, June 5 in Habermann Park.

Explore the rhythm and rhyme of a true American art form: rock music. This program will include a jam using open-tuned guitars for a couple participants to play!

Tom has visited us in Lodi before and it's always a great time - you do not want to miss this program. 


Story time with Susie the duck at Frannie's Franks

Susie the duck

Join the library and the Lodi & Lake Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce for a fun Story Time with Susie the Duck session at 4:30 pm Thursday, June 7 at Frannie's Franks in Lodi.

This joint project, held once a month, brings fun for all kids and parents when a member of chamber reads a great story while your little one and Susie listen on, with Miss Kristine adding her special storytime flair. Every month a new location in Lodi will be announced for the next reading.



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