Children's Programs and Events

Below is a listing of our current and upcoming events for children. Regular summer programming begins on Monday, June 6. 

For a full listing of programs and events, check out our online calendar.

Special Events

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Nonfiction Writing Contest

April 4 – May 22

Kids in grade 3 and up are invited to participate in our Nonfiction Writing Contest! Submit a story on the theme, “Once when I was young.” 

Full contest details can be found here. 

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Tiny Art Show

Return Canvas by May 29

Show: May 31-June 5

The Albert Lea Public Library is hosting a Tiny Art Show! All canvases have been claimed. If you picked up a canvas, return it to the library by May 29. 

Come to the library between May 31 and June 5 and see all the tiny art that our community created! Artists will be able to pick up their art June 6-12.

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Salsa del Soul

Thursday, May 26

2 & 3 pm

Fountain Lake Park Gazebo

Salsa del Soul will perform various styles of dance music from the Spanish-speaking regions of the Caribbean, including Son, Son Montuno, Plena, Cha-cha-cha, Bachata, Timba and Salsa during this all-ages program. 

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. 

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BINGO

Monday, June 6

2 pm

Kids are invited to join us at the library for BINGO, where everyone’s a winner!

Sponsored by the Friends of the Albert Lea Public Library

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Chione Event

Tuesday, June 7

1:30 PM

Join us for Story Time with Chione, featuring a brand new musical story based on Twin Cities author Ka Vang’s Shoua and the Northern Lights Dragon. Hear this story set to music and hear stories about each of the instruments and the ensemble they create together.

This project is made possible with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund and the people of Minnesota for Library Legacy activities. 

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ZooMan

Sunday, June 12

2 & 3 PM

Join the ZooMan and his menagerie of reptiles and amphibians for a fun-filled show. 

Sponsored by the Friends of the Albert Lea Public Library

Early Literacy Programs

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Storytime

Mondays & Tuesdays June 6 – July 19

10:30 AM

FOuntain Lake Park Gazebo

Join us for stories, songs, and movement to support literacy development and learning in young children. 

In the case of inclement weather, Storytime will be held at the library.

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Night-time Storytime

Tuesdays June 7-July 19

6:30 PM

Come in your PJs for stories, songs, and movement to support literacy development and learning in young children. 

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Music & Movement

Thursdays June 9-July 21

10:30 AM

Fountain Lake Park Gazebo

Join us for music, dancing, singing, and stories to support literacy development and learning in young children. 

In the case of inclement weather, Music & Movement will be held at the library.

Book Pals

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Book Pals (Grades 5, 6, & 7)

Mondays starting June 13

2 PM 

Kids in grades 5-7 are invited to join the library for Book Pals, a book club just for kids. This summer, kids will read The Giver by Lois Lowry and participate in activities related to the story. 

Note: there is no meeting July 4.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

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Book Pals (Grades 3 & 4)

Wednesdays starting June 15

2 PM

Kids in grades 3 & 4 are invited to join the library for Book Pals, a book club just for kids. This summer, kids will read The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford and participate in activities related to the story.

Note: there is no meeting July 6. Party will be Tuesday, July 26.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

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Intro to Book Pals – June

Thursday, June 9

2 PM

Kids in grades 1 and 2 are invited to join the Albert Lea Public Library for an introduction to Book pals, a book club just for kids. Each month, kids will read, discuss and participate in activities related to a different story. 

Registration is required. Click here to register.

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Intro to Book Pals – July

Thursday, July 14

2 PM

Kids in grades 1 and 2 are invited to join the Albert Lea Public Library for an introduction to Book pals, a book club just for kids. Each month, kids will read, discuss and participate in activities related to a different story.

Registration is required. Click here to register.

Activities for Elementary School-Aged Youth

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STREAM at the Farmer’s Market

Wednesdays June 1, July 6 & August 3

3:30 to 5:30 PM

Little Red Shed near Farmers Market

Join the Albert Lea Public Library at the Farmer’s Market for fun STREAM activities! There will be kids activities from a variety of organizations at the Farmer’s Market every Wednesday. The library will be hosting activities on the first Wednesday of each month.

 

 

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STREAM Activities

Tuesdays June 14-July 19

2 PM

The library will have science or art activities set up for kids to participate in every Tuesday at 2 p.m. The activities will alternate every week and provide kids with a fun, hands-on learning experience.

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Writing Workshop for Kids

Tuesday, June 21

3 pm

Join author Nancy Loewen for a writing workshop for kids in grades 4-6. 

Registration is required. Click here to register

Sponsored by the Friends of the Albert Lea Public Library