Summer Library Program 2024

Check it out and sign up starting May 31st!

Sign up to earn prizes!

We have activity logs for all ages! Registration begins May 31 and the final day to earn prizes is August 23. You can register in person, by phone, or right here on the website. You can pick up reading logs at the library, or print them from here. Call your library for more information.

Infant & Toddler

Easy, fun activities to complete with your little one during the summer.

PreK-4th Grade

Complete any 12 activities to earn a small prize and then complete any 24 activities on the activity log to earn another prize! When you register, you will also receive a necklace to start earning beads all summer by visiting the library and taking part in library programs. If you register online, make sure to ask for your necklace the next time you stop into the library.

Tween Reading Log

For those entering grades 5-7. Keep track of your minutes reading to earn prizes! Earn a prize for every 175 minutes you read. Complete the card by reading 1050 minutes to be entered into a prize drawing!

Teen Reading Log

For those entering grades 8-12. Keep track of your minutes reading to earn prizes! Earn a prize for every 250 minutes you read. Complete the card by reading 1500 minutes to be entered into a prize drawing!

Tween & Teen BINGO

Earn even more prizes by completing activities on the Tween & Teen BINGO card! You can earn a prize for your first BINGO and for a Blackout.

Adult Bingo

Earn prizes and explore new books with our Adult BINGO card! You can earn a prize for your first BINGO and for a Blackout.

Family Bingo

Spend time together as a family by doing the activities on our Family BINGO! Together you can play and read your way to a prize for your first BINGO and for a Blackout.

Main Events

This summer we're bringing some great shows to you!
Check them out below and call your library for more information.

Zoo Man's Attractions

The Zoo Man


The Zoo Man is back again with his animal friends.  Join him to learn all about them!

June 12 -  10 AM, 2 PM, & 6 PM @ Riverside Elementary gym (Enter in Door #3 and go left) in Jackson
June 13 - 10 AM & 1 PM @ the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Welcome Center in Lakefield (Enter in the Office door and then turn left)
& 4 PM @ the Heron Lake Library

This event is funded by Federated REA Operation Round Up.


Country Mouse & City Mouse

Brought to you by CLIMB Theatre!

Thursday, June 20 at the JCC Performing Arts Center

Shows at: 10 AM, 2 PM & 6 PM

Bus Transportation Available for 10 AM & 2 PM Shows

10 AM Show: Pick up at Heron Lake Library at 8:40 AM, Okabena Park at 8:50 AM, and Lakefield Library at 9:05 PM

2 PM Show: Pick up at Heron Lake Library at 12:20 PM, Okabena Park at 12:30 PM, and Lakefield Library at 12:45 PM

***Travel Waiver Must Be Signed Before Riding the Bus***

Waiver Form

This event funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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Jedi Adventure Begins!

with Toby Kid

A fun-filled comedy magic show!

June 26 - 10 AM & 2 PM @ Riverside Elementary Gyn (Enter in Door #3 and go left) in Jackson
June 27 - 10 AM & 1 PM @ the Lakefield Library, & 4 PM @ the Heron Library

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Avian Adventures

with Prairie Ecology Bus Center

Learn all about Birds!

July 10 -  10 AM & 2 PM @ Riverside Elementary Gym (Enter in Door #3 and go left) in Jackson
July 11 - 10 AM & 1 PM @ the Lakefield Library
& 4 PM @ the Heron Lake Library

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Llama Party!

with Carlson's Lovable Llamas

Join in the llama fun and meet some real life llamas! Carlson’s Lovable Llamas will be at the libraries to share fascinating facts about llamas. There will be crafts and llama stories to listen to while everyone gets a chance to meet the llamas, feed them treats and take fun pictures!

August 19

Jackson Library: 10 AM - 12 PM

Lakefield Library: 1 PM - 3 PM

Craft Kits

This year we're providing craft kits for pickup at the library for toddlers through adults. Call your library to request a craft kit every month starting June 1. Kits will be available for pickup the entire month at all three library locations. Only a limited number of kits are available, so make sure to call in and reserve yours! They can be reserved one week before they become available.

*The grades listed are what they will be entering Fall 2024.*

Storytime Kits: Toddler -PreK

Children's Craft Kits: K-4th Grade

Tween Craft Kits: 5th-7th Grade

Teen & Adult Craft Kits: 8th Grade & Up

These Craft Kits were made possible with funding from the Robert & Helen Remick Charitable Foundation Trust Grant.

Tween & Teen Events

These events are completely free to attend for tweens and teens. Tweens are those entering 5th-7th grades. Teens are those entering 8th-12th grades.

Sponsored by Prairielands' Teen Summer Read Grant

Monthly Craft Kits!

Free craft kits will be available all month long in June, July, & August. 

Kits available starting June 1st

Scroll over or tap or check out the Craft Kit section for more details.

How it works

New kits are available each month and you can reserve them up to one week before the become available. Here are the kits that will be available this summer!

June - TBD
July - TBD
August - TBD

June - TBD
July - TBD
August - TBD

Postcard Painting Kit

Grab a kit and paint a masterpiece!

Kit Pickup Starts on July 1 in All Libraries

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How it works

Create your own postcard painting with this kit! You can grab a kit any day starting July 1 and can reserve one at any time. In the kit you’ll get a postcard-sized canvas, paint, and paintbrushes.

Bring your finished work to the library starting August 1 and we will display them for the public to view throughout August!

Fort Belmont Field Trip

Monday, June 17 at 2 PM

***Registration required and a signed Waiver must be turned in by 5 PM on Friday, June 14***

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How it works

Learn about our local history at Fort Belmont in Jackson with a guided tour and a picnic lunch

Bus transportation available from Heron Lake, Okabena, and Lakefield.

Pick up times: Heron Lake Library at 1:00 PM, Okabena Park at 1:10 PM, and Lakefield Library at 1:25 PM

The Travel Waiver must be submitted by 5 PM on Friday, June 14. You can get a waiver at the library or download it here.

Nerf Battle & Pizza Night

After Hours Nerf Battle at all three libraries.


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How it works

The library is providing all the nerf gear, pizza, and challenges. Space is limited for these events so registration is required. Please call your library to reserve your spot and tell us what kind of pizza you want! 

Jackson: August 14 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Lakefield: August 5 from 6 - 8 PM

Heron Lake: August 6 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Family Fun

Join us for these events that are fun for everyone!

Summer Storytime

Stories! Music! Fingerplays! Enjoy Summer Storytimes at each library with Ms. Mackenzie, Ms. Kathy, and Ms. Sunny.

For toddlers-early elementary.

*Registration is Requested*

No Storytime the week of July 4 and the week of July 22 (Fair Week).

Jackson: Fridays at 10 AM,
June 14 - August 23
Lakefield: Tuesdays at 10 AM,
June 11- August 20
Heron Lake: Tuesdays at 10 AM,
June 11- August 20


Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math with fun experiments and projects in this exciting weekly program! This program is for Kindergarten - 5th grade, or younger with adult help. Children can attend any week or all of the weeks.  Registration is required.

Jackson: Mondays, 12 - 12:45 PM,
June 10 - July 15
Heron Lake: Fridays, 9:45 AM - 10:30 AM,
June 14 - July 19
Lakefield: Fridays, 12 – 12:45 PM,
June 14 - July 191

Scavenger Hunts

Stop by the each library and do the monthly scavenger hunt! All three libraries will have different themed pictures hidden throughout the library that you can come in and try to find. Find them all and turn in your scavenger hunt sheet to library staff to earn a small prize! The pictures will be rehidden once a week so you can keep coming in for more fun!

Public Works Day!

Bring the family to Ashley Park in Jackson on Tuesday, June 4 from 10 AM to 12 PM for this fun come and go event.

Join the library and the City of Jackson to explore departments of the public works! They will have some of the cool equipment they use on the job for children to see and learn about. This event is brought to you by the Jackson Ambulance Service & the library.

Registration is not needed and everyone is welcome. 

Story Strolls

Enjoy being outside and read a story all at the same time! Story Strolls will have pages from entire children's picture books posted in Jackson, Lakefield, and Heron Lake for families to read as they walk together. Each community will have different stories, so you can travel to all three to enjoy even more books!


  • Ashley Park in Jackson
  • The windows of downtown business in Lakefield
  • City Park in Heron Lake.

New Story Strolls Begin:

June 10, June 24, July 8, July 22, August 5, & August 19.

Bedtime Storyhour

Come in your pajamas! For toddlers through early elementary children. Registration is requested.

6:30 PM on
June 13,
July 11,
& August 8
6:30 PM on
June 11,
July 16,
& August 20
Heron Lake
6:30 PM on
June 11,
July 16,
& August 20

Family Bingo!

Bring the family for a fun night of BINGO at each of the libraries! 


Thursday, July 18, 6 - 7 PM


Wednesday, July 10, 6-7 PM

Heron Lake:

Wednesday, July 17, 6 - 7 PM


Outdoor Movie!

Grab a chair and blanket and join us for a movie under the stars! 

Heron Lake: Friday, June 28 at 9 PM on the library lawn.

These events are funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Family Glow Party

Calling all party-glowers! Glow, dance, and move with us at our Glow Party. We will have neon face paint, glow sticks, and a black-light so wear your neons to make sure you glow! These are come & go programs.

Jackson: Tuesday, June 18 from 6 - 7:30 PM

Lakefield: Thursday, June 27 from 6:30 - 8 PM

Color Run & Outdoor Games

Bring the whole family to play outdoor games and wear a white shirt for a Mini Color Run at the Heron Lake Library!

Heron Lake Library: Wednesday,  August 21 at 6 PM

*Mini Color Run sponsored by the Heron Lake Library Board*


The Summer Library Program is made possible through generous donations. Take a moment to look through all of those who helped make the program happen this year.

  • A.E. Schumacher Nursery, Inc.
  • Alpha's Alternatives/Weets Family
  • American Legion Auxiliary Unit 130
  • American Legion Auxiliary - Lakefield
  • Anonymous Donation - Lakefield
  • Boekett Building Supply Inc.
  • Brad & Meg Freking
  • Buresch Seed Supply/The Seed Center
  • Crystal Valley
  • Currie State Bank
  • Elness Livestock
  • Extended Ag Insurance Services, Inc
  • Farmers and Merchants State Bank
  • Federated REA Operation Round Up
  • First National Bank - Jean Fund
  • Focused Law Firm, PLLC
  • Full Tilt Performance
  • Hanson-Ward Post 4743 VFW
  • Henning Rental
  • Heron Lake Young Men's Club
  • Heron Lake-Okabena Community Foundation
  • Holiday Station
  • Jackson Kiwanis Club
  • Jackson Sports, LLC
  • Junction 86
  • Kiehl's Bakery
  • Klassen Insurance Professionals
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Lakefield lumber
  • Lisa's Hairstyling LLC
  • Marjorie L Olmem, CPA LTD
  • Midwest Garage Doors Inc
  • Okabena American Legion Auxiliary
  • Okabena Community Club
  • Paul Graupmann State Farm Insurance
  • Prairielands
  • Remick
  • Sanford Health
  • Schumacher's Nursery and Berry Farm, Inc.
  • Simply Sweet Cheesecake
  • SoJo Coffee
  • Swoboda Chiropractic of Lakefield P.A.
  • T.D. Schumacher Nursery, Inc.
  • Thurmer Plumbing & Heating
  • Tri-State General Contracting Inc
  • Vet's Oil
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary #4743