Summer Library Program 2022

Check it out and sign up starting June 1st!

Sign up to earn prizes!

We have activity logs for all ages! Registration begins June 1 and the final day to earn prizes is August 13. 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 22 -  10 AM, 2 PM, & 6 PM @ the Jackson Library
June 23 - 10 AM & 1 PM @ the Lakefield Library & 4 PM @ the Heron Lake Library

This event is funded by Federated REA Operation Round Up.

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Be a Bookaneer! 

Presented by Toby Kid

Who will be Capt KID's first mate? Will the swashbuckling hero save the day? Will the flea circus flea infest Capt Kid's beard? These questions and more will be answered in this fanciful voyage of silliness and fun!

June 29 -  10 AM & 2 PM @ the Government Center East Cafeteria (Enter in Door #7) in Jackson
June 30 - 10 AM & 1 PM @ the Lakefield Library & 4 PM @ the Heron Lake Library

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Library and Modern Woodmen Candice Getting

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Pue the Pirate

Presented by the WonderWeavers Storytellers

Have a whale of a good time as Pue leads you in high sea adventure, pirate lore, captain's magic tricks, and more. There are lots of surprises when you set sail with Pue!

July 13 - 10 AM & 2 PM @ the Jackson Library
July 14 - 10 AM & 1 PM @ the Lakefield Library, & 4 PM @ the Heron Library

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

Teddy Bear Band

Teddy Bear Band!

Join in the fun of the award-winning Teddy Bear Band! Get ready to jam with a full band, and a dancing Panda. There are two chances to attend and it is completely free.

Enjoy live music and bring your own Teddy Bear with to the show!

Wednesday, July 20

2:30 PM & 6:30 PM

Bus transportation available for the 2:30 PM show. The bus leaves the Heron Lake Library at 1:15 PM, Okabena Park at 1:30 PM and the Lakefield Library at 1:45 PM
*Permission Slip REQUIRED for those riding the bus*


This event is funded by the Robert and Helen Remick Charitable Foundation Trust .

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 June1. 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 2022.*

Storytime Kits: Toddler -PreK

Children's Craft Kits: K-4th Grade

Tween Craft Kits: 5th-7th Grade

Teen & Adult Craft Kits: 8th Grade & Up

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.

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 - Rock Cactus Art
July - Seashell Frame
August - Mosaic Painting

June - Macramé Wall Hanging
July - Minnesota Home Painting
August - Pom Pom Cacti

Trivia Battle of the Libraries

Grab your friends and help your library be the Trivia Master!

July 12 @ 3 PM in All Libraries

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How it works

Test your smarts against the other libraries! Teens and tweens can sign up to be on their library's team, either Jackson, Lakefield, or Heron Lake.

All three libraries will meet virtually from their meeting room to compete to see which library takes home the trophy and the title of Trivia Master! 

Register by calling your library and then meet up in your library on the day of the event (July 12 @ 3 PM) and we'll connect together on the big screen to battle it out for this blended in-person/virtual event.

Trivia Topic: The Ocean

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: June 8 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

Lakefield: June 14 from 6 - 8 PM

Heron Lake: June 21 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Tiny Art Show

Show off your artistic talents in the tiniest of art shows!

July - August

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Sponsored by Prairielands

How it works

All three libraries are hosting a tiny art show! Teens & tweens can pick up a kit with their tiny art canvas (3" x 3"), paint and paintbrushes from each library starting on July 19 and art work is due back to the library by 5 PM on August 12.

The artwork will then be on display in each library for voting from August 17-26

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, August 29th and the teen and tween with the most votes in each library will receive an Amazon gift card!

Sponsored by Prairielands

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.

Jackson: Fridays at 10 AM,
June 10 - July 22
Lakefield: Tuesdays at
10 AM, June 7 - July 19
Heron Lake: Fridays at 9:45 AM,
June 10 - July 22


Explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math with fun experiments and projects in this exciting new weekly program! This program is for Kindergarten - 5th grade, or younger with adult help. Registration is requested.

Jackson: Mondays, 12 - 12:45 PM,
June 6 – July 18
Heron Lake: Tuesdays, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM,
June 7 – July 19
Lakefield: Fridays, 12 – 12:45 PM,
June 10 – July 22

Scavenger Hunts

Stop by the each library and do the monthly scavenger hunt! All three libraries will have different ocean-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!

June: Shells
July: Sharks
August: Sea Creatures

Public Works Day!

Brought to you by the Jackson Ambulance Service and the Jackson Library

Bring the family to Ashley Park in Jackson on June 8 from 10 AM to 2 PM for this fun come and go event.

There will be representatives from various city departments including: Ambulance, Sheriff's Office, Fire, Electric, Streets, Water, and County Highway. Each department is bringing one of their most interesting pieces of equipment for children to learn all about. They'll get to see equipment ranging from an ambulance and fire truck to a bucket lift truck and county snow plow. To add to the fun, Sumer Skhool Treats ice cream truck will be there for the event providing treats funded by the Jackson Ambulance Service. There will even be a Story Stroll to enjoy while everyone walks through the park. Don't miss out on this exciting event!

Registration is not needed and everyone is welcome. For Jackson daycare providers, please contact the Jackson Library at 847-4748 to ask about possible transportation assistance.

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 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, & August 22.

Bedtime Storyhour

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

6:30 PM on
June 9,
July 14,
& August 11
6:30 PM on
June 13,
July 21,
& August 18
Heron Lake
6:30 PM on
June 9
& July 14

Bermuda Triangle Escape Room

Get a group together to find your way out of the Bermuda Triangle!

*REGISTRATION REQUIRED for your group time slot*

Jackson: Monday, July 11, times available from 4 - 7 PM

Lakefield: Wednesday, July 13, times available from 6-9 PM

Heron Lake: Wednesday, August 3, times available from 6 - 8 PM


Outdoor Movies!

Grab a chair and blanket and join us for a movie under the stars! All three libraries are showing a movie on the big screen outside this summer.

Jackson:Friday, June 3 at 8 PM at Ashley Park

Lakefield: Friday, June 10 at 8:30 PM at North City Park

Heron Lake: Friday, June 24 at 8 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 Bingo!

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

Jackson: Monday, August 8, 6 - 7 PM

Lakefield: Wednesday, August 10, 6-7 PM

Heron Lake: Wednesday, August 17, 6 - 7 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 24 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.

  • Knights of Columbus
  • Kozy Heat/Hussong MFG Co., Inc
  • MN Porkchop Open
  • Jackson Kiwanis Club
  • American Legion Post #130 (Jackson)
  • Stan Sievert Agency
  • State Farm Insurance - Paul Graupmann
  • Jackson Federal Savings & Loan
  • Midwest Garage Doors Inc
  • Currie State Bank
  • Myron Horkey Construction
  • Extended Ag Insurance Services, Inc
  • Extended Ag Services, Inc
  • Marjorie L. Olmem, CPA LTD
  • M & H Electric
  • Lisa's Hairstyling
  • Swoboda Chiropractic of Lakefield, P.A.
  • Studio 77 Designs
  • American Legion Auxiliary (Jackson)
  • Sanford Health
  • First National Bank Employees Fund
  • Federated REA Operation Round Up
  • Jackson Women of Today
  • 1st Stop Auto Repair & Alignment Inc
  • American Legion Auxiliary (Lakefield)
  • Okabena Community Club
  • Heron Lake Young Men's Club
  • Dairy Queen
  • Burger King
  • Z'Bakery LLC
  • Expressway of Heron Lake
  • Anonymous Donor (Heron Lake)
  • Rowe Enterprises
  • Tri-State General Contracting
  • Farmers and Merchants State Bank
  • Edward Jones - Rebecca Fischer
  • Okoboji Plumbing & Heating
  • Crystal Valley
  • Henning Rental
  • Curt Baumgard
  • Lakefield Business Association
  • Boekett Building Supply
  • AGCO
  • Jackson Collision & Classics Inc
  • Focus Law Firm, PLLC
  • Lewis Family Drug
  • Lakefield Lumber
  • Buresch Seed Supply/The Seed Center
  • Racheal Marie Designs
  • Heron Lake Okabena Community Foundation
  • Hanson-Ward Post 4743 V.F.W.
  • Hanson -Ward Post 4743 V.F.W. Auxiliary
  • Casey's General Store - Jackson
  • Okabena American Legion Auxiliary Unit 608
  • Jackson Golf Club
  • Maynard's Food Center of Lakefield
  • Junction 86
  • P & J's Mini Mart
  • Sunshine Foods