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Mercer County District Library News

The Library Summer Reading Programs for youth have started at all of the Mercer County District Library locations. Check out what all is happening at each branch below.


Celina News


Youth Summer Reading


Monday Active-Noon

Children ages 8 to 12 are invited every Monday from 1-2 pm to enjoy a fun-filled day with games including Let’s play ball, flag football, water Olympics and much more! Children will need to register in advance, so call ahead to reserve a spot.
Sign-up begins Active-noon Date of Event
May 31 Olympic Games June 6
June 6 Let’s Play Ball June 13
June 13 It’s A Slam Dunk June 20
June 20 Jazzercise with Christina June 27
June 27 Flag Football July 11
July 11 Water Olympics July 18


Story & Craft Hour

On Wednesdays from June 8 to July 20, there will be a special story and craft hour for children ages 6 to 10.  Children will have a chance to attend the story and craft program each Wednesday, from 10:00 to 11:00 am. Pre-registration is required for each session.  Space for the story and craft hours is limited, so make sure to sign up 1 week in advance.
Sign-up Begins Craft Theme Date of Craft
June  1 Welcome to the Olympics June 8
June  8 Hey Batter, Batter June 15
June 15 Nothin’ But Net June 22
June 22 Jazz Your Socks Off June 29
June 29 Touchdown! July 6
July 6 Fitness Fun July 13
July 13 Olympic Closing Ceremony July 20

Friday Festivities

These events are open to children of all ages and no registration is required. 
Special Guest Time of Event Date of Event
Minnetrista Theater Group 10-11 am June 3
“Take Me Out to the Ball Game” Cookout 11am – 1pm June 17
Astronaut Fitness 10-11 am July 1
Family Drum Fitness 10-11 am July 15
Closing Party with Greg Carson Magic 10 am July 29

Preschool Story Time

Preschool Story Time every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 am for children ages 0 to 6. No registration is required.

Movie Night

Wednesday, July 13 5:30 pm: All ages.

Adult Summer Reading

The Adult Summer Reading program will run from June 20 to September 2. Bi-weekly drawings for various prizes will be held on Fridays at 3 pm beginning July 8. To enter, participants will need to read or listen to 5 books and complete an entry form.

An end of Summer Reading the library will hold an Ice Cream Social and Grand Prize Drawing will be held on September 2 at 3 pm. Grand prize winners can win a Fit Bit, $75 Amazon Gift Card, or a Kindle Fire.

Additional adult programs will be announced later.

Marion (Chickasaw) Branch News

Thursday, June 9 1:30 pm: Kick off party with Minnetrista Theatre presenting "My Plate: The Musical".
Monday, June 13 1:30 pm: Mariners baseball team will be at the Library.  
Monday, June 13 3 pm: Baseball Frisbee craft and a movie
Tuesday, June 14 6:30 pm: Family night featuring fish. Craft included.
Monday, June 20 1:30 and 3 pm: Pom Pom Shooter craft and a movie
Monday, June 27 1:30 and 3 pm: Yoga with Kim Oen of Just Breathe Health & Wellness and Pong Paddles craft
Monday, July 11 1:30 and 3 pm: Cheeseman Trucking will be here with a truck for kids to explore and a Cool-Off craft
Tuesday, July 12 6:30 pm: Family Night -- Popcorn Olympics
Monday, July 18 1:30 and 3 pm: Activity Roller craft and a movie
Monday, July 25 1:30 and 3 pm: Craft is Olympic Torch craft and a movie
Thursday, July 28 1:30 pm: End of summer reading party at the Maria Stein Knights of St. John hall with "Greg Carson - Magician"

Story Time every Thursday at 10:30 am

No preregistration for any of the above events.

Mendon Branch News

Summer Reading Program starts June 6th runs through July 29th.
Wednesday, June 8 at 3 pm: Craft-Fun Hour
Wednesday, June 15 at 3 pm: Darrel Etgen Karate Demo
Wednesday, June 22 at 3 pm: Laura from the Parks
Wednesday, June 29 at 3 pm: Craft-Fun Hour
Wednesday, July 6 at 3 pm: Neil Armstrong Air & Space Museum Presentation
Wednesday, July 13 at 3 pm: Craft-Fun Hour
Wednesday, July 20 at 3 pm: End of Summer Reading Party
All kids are invited to attend the Celina party Friday July 29th 10:00

Story Time Every Thursday at 10 am 

St. Henry Branch News

Wednesday, June 8 10 am: Olympic Reader Opening Ceremonies. All ages.
Wednesday, June 15 9:30 am: Get in the Games! Kindergarten and younger.
Wednesday, June 15 10:30 am: Get in the Games! 1st grade and up.
Wednesday, June 22 10 am: Be Totally Fit Kids with Deb Mertz! All ages.
Wednesday, June 29 10 am: “Catch” the Mariners at the Library!  All ages.
Wednesday, July 6 10 am: “Bounce” in to see Coach Eric Rosenbeck! All ages.
Wednesday, July 13 9:30 am: Wiggle, Giggle & Learn some Groovy Dance moves! Kindergarten and younger.
Wednesday, July 13 10:30 am: Wiggle, Giggle & Learn some Groovy Dance moves! 1st grade and up.
Wednesday, July 20 9:30 am: Minute to Win It! Kindergarten and younger.
Wednesday, July 20 10:30 am: Minute to Win It! 1st grade and up.
Thursday, July 28 at 10 am: End of Year Party. All ages.

Library Book Clubs

St. Henry: June 2 at 7 PM- At the Edge of the Orchard by Tracy Chevalier
Celina - Based on the Book: June 2 at 7 PM - A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Marion: June 7 at 7 PM - The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Mendon: June 14 at 4 PM - Remember Me by Sophia Kinsella
Celina - Good Reads!: June 21 at 7 PM - Dead Wake by Erik Larson

Marion: July 5 at 7 PM: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Celina - Based on the Book: July 7 at 7 PM - Room by Emma Donoghue
Mendon: July 12 at 4 PM - TBA
Celina - Good Reads!: July 19 at 7 PM - Harriet Chance by Jonathan Evison
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