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Wed
29
Jul

“Rocket Writes a Story” with Boone


Pictured from left to right: Larson Melgaard, Kenlyn Marsicek, Jill Sherwood, Ellie Ogram, Lisa and Boone, Brolin Chlan, Adler Chlan, Whitler Chlan, Hans Peterson, Ben Ogram and Christina Ogram.

 

Boone welcomed a few new friends to his Books with Boone event at the library this week, as the group listened to “Rocket Writes a Story,” the story about canine Rocket, who loves books and words. Everyone participated in a Memory game to review the book, and it took a group effort to clear the board, with readers working together to read the question cards and remember where the correct answer cards were. Boone will be at the library again on Tuesday, August 4, from 9:30 to 10:30. Please join him.
 
Wed
22
Jul

Summer Storytime with Marie celebrates birthdays


These children attended the “Happy Birthday” storytime: Isabelle and Gunnar Melgaard, Ryder Dettwiler, Mason Thomas, Hazel Jacobson, Charlie and Lauren Peterson, Tessa Dahl, Elijah Dorse, Clark and Oliver Hawkinson, Payton, Lucas and Noah Schwindel, Ellie Ogram, Izaak Fieldseth, Alexandra, Jackson and Evalyn Krauze, Maci Geyen, Sophia and Alexander Norberg, Aubrey and Clifton Jude, Rachel and Howie Rasset.

The Books with Boone bunch visited the “Happy Birthday” storytime. Front Row: Savannah Geyen, Christina Ogram, Landon Marsicek and Kelyn Marsicek. Back Row: Larson Melgaard, Evan Geyen, Boone and Lisa Perovich, Carter Ertel, Ben Ogram and Hans Peterson.

 

“Happy Birthday to Me” was the song of the morning at Marie’s Library Storytime on Thursday, July 14, at the McHugh building.  Twenty-six children and 13 adults celebrated everyone’s birthday by listening to birthday stories, singing “Happy Birthday” to each child, and learning silly new birthday songs. Children stood up with all the children sharing the same age, starting with one and going up to six, and pretending to blow out their own candles. Then everyone made their own birthday crown and enjoyed birthday cupcakes.  Marie received a special surprise when Lisa, Boone and the children from the Books with Boone class came down to sing “Happy Birthday” to her, too.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
22
Jul

Books with Boone scavenger hunt


Just as Dewey the cat was delivered in the dropbox, Carter Ertel, Lisa and Boone, Danica Hageman, Kenyon Kingsbury, Ben Ogram, Larson Melgaard, Allie Ertel, Christina Orgram, Savannah Geyen and Evan Geyen drop their scavenger hunt lists into the dropbox.

Greyhound Boone let a feline friend take the lead this week, as the Books with Boone group read “Dewey – There’s a Cat in the Library!”  The readers then learned about the library in a scavenger hunt, with clues taken from the story, after which they worked on their weekly journals, word searches, read to Boone and found new books for this week’s Read and Redeem program.

Wed
15
Jul

Summer Storytime visits the Arctic


They are shown holding their arctic animals and were given a penguin snack.

Maple Lake Library's Summer Storytime visited the Arctic on Tuesday, July 7.  Guest reader, Peggy Marquette, shared stories, poems, and activities centered around polar bears, penguins, and other arctic animals.  The children shared arctic animals they brought from home with the group and made an arctic animal snow globe picture. 

Wed
15
Jul

“Henry and Mudge” and bingo with Boone


Front row: Allie Ertel, Danica Hageman, Savannah Geyen, Boone the greyhound, Ben Ogram and Landon Marsicek. Back row: Christina Ogram, Evan Geyen, Lisa Perovich, Hans Peterson, Larson Melgaard and Kelyn Marsicek.

The Books with Boone bunch listened to “Henry and Mudge” the story of a boy and his dog, followed by a lively game of Henry and Mudge Bingo. 

More information appears in this week's Messenger.

Wed
15
Jul

Educator, author and photographer Donna Lloyd visits the Library


Kayla Paumen broke out in laughter as author Donna Lloyd taught her and Monica Stokman about bugs from her book series during her visit at the Maple Lake Library on Monday, July 13.

Charley Peterson (middle) learns about shapes while "assembling" a fire truck. His cousin, Samara Peterson (right), and Donna Lloyd's niece, Amber Jude, provide help with encouragement.

Some of the bugs you can learn about in Donna Lloyd’s books.

Andrew Hickman with Lloyd and brother, Austin Hickman. The Hickman boys won firemen hats in the door prize drawing.

Kayla Paumen and Monica Stokman race to find all the letters in Donna Lloyd’s fire safety activity.

 

Educator, author and photographer Donna (Wurm) Lloyd spent Monday afternoon at the Maple Lake Library with 16 young readers ages four to fourteen. 
She conducted a variety of activities about letters, words, sentences and story writing, each tailored to individual abilities.  
Bugs and firefighters, based on books Donna has written to encourage young readers, were the themes of the day. The fun spread from tables to the floor as extra space was found to enjoy learning new things.
More information appears in this week's Messenger.
Wed
08
Jul

Red, white and blue reigned in Marie’s Library Storytime


These children attended Marie’s storytime on June 30: Isabelle and Gunnar Melgaard, Peytyn and Colten Draeger, Mason Thomas, Ryder Dettwiler, Payton, Lucas and Noah Schwindel, Tessa Dahl, Hazel Jacobson, Carter Ertel, Charlie and Tauren Peterson, Clark and Oliver Hawkinson, Joey Farniok, Ellie Ogram, Elijah Dorse, Alexandra, Jackson and Evalyn Krauze, Maci Geyen, Rachel and Howard Rasset, Kenna and Kalli Hennen, Ella Lidberg, Emma McAlpine, Izaak Fieldseth, Sophia and Alex Norberg, Aubrey and Clifton Jude.

Red, white and blue reigned in Marie’s Library Storytime on Tuesday, June 30.  Thirty-four children and 16 adults dressed in the American flag colors to celebrate our country’s birthday at the McHugh Building.  The morning started with a fun lesson on zoo animals, which is one of the group of animals the children are learning about this summer at storytime.  They shared many toy zoo animals from home, listened to a story about Curious George at the Zoo, and learned some fun zoo songs that had them moving and sounding like a huge zoo had  entered the building. Then they were given a picture of some zoo animals to color, followed by a group picture and a snack of zoo animal crackers. After the “animal” session, the children were given patriotic visors and pinwheels to wave during our annual “4th of July Parade” down Birch Ave. The storytime children were joined by the Books with Boone children, Lisa and Boone for the parade. This was Boone’s first holiday parade.

Wed
08
Jul

Books with Boone bunch reads about therapy dogs


Pictured above is Carter and Allie Ertel writing in their journals and Danica Hageman reading to Boone. Lisa Perovich and her greyhound, Boone, are at the Maple Lake Library Tuesdays at 9:30, and are always happy to meet new friends. Please join them.

 

The Books with Boone bunch learned about the work of therapy dogs like Boone as they listened to the story of “Ben, The Very Best Furry Friend” by Holly Raus on Tuesday, July 7. They reviewed what they heard in a bean bag tossing game, and took turns reading a library book to Boone, who is a very good listener. 
While waiting for their turns with Boone, the young readers completed a “Ben” word scramble and worked on the journals they’ve been keeping every week.
Wed
01
Jul

School calendar and possible referendum discussed

The Maple Lake School Board convened for a special meeting Tuesday, June 23, to approve a worker’s compensation insurance company for the 2015-2016 school year. Nick Lano of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. attended to present quotes and answer questions. Lano, recommending that the district end its relationship with AmTrust, had received three quotes from Accent Insurance Group, SFM Mutual Insurance Company and Dakota Fire (also known as RAS), which came in with the best terms as well as the lowest quote at $34,981. Lano recommended that the district go with Dakota Truck Underwriters (RAS), an opinion with which the board agreed unanimously. The district will see $2,622 in savings, as the 2014-2015 worker’s comp premium is $37,603.

More information appears in this week's Messenger.

Wed
01
Jul

Marching Band first at Fridley


Daniel Upcraft (Drum Major), Kaitlyn Murphy (Guard Captain) and Brandy Seth (Lt. Drum Major) posing with their first place plaque after the Fridley parade.

 

The Maple Lake Marching Band performed in the Fridley Parade, on June 25th. The band took first place in class A bands. 
Also, on Sunday, June 28th, the band competed in the 31st Annual Vikingland Band Festival in Alexandria, MN.  There were a total of 19 bands in various classes.  The Marching Irish finished a respectable fourth place in their class.  
The Marching Band's next performance is in the Annandale 4th of July Parade.

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