K-4 Afterschool Programs

Each of the three libraries are hosting afterschool programs at the library for any child in Kindergarten through 4th Grade.

  • Heron Lake Library's event is on the second Wednesday of the month at 3:30 PM
  • Jackson Library's event is on the third Wednesday of the month at 2:45 PM
  • Lakefield Library's event is on the second Thursday of the month at 3:45 PM

The dates and times may vary, so double check the event calendar or contact your library for the most up to date information. You can also find out what the activity will be each month on the event calendar. Space is limited for these events, so registration is required. They are completely free to attend and parents do not need to attend with their child.

Picture & Chapter Books

No matter the interest or reading level, we have books for these emerging readers! All three locations have picture books, leveled readers, and a nice selection of chapter books sure to inspire the love of reading. If you can’t find what you are looking for on the shelf, we can get it  from another library. Don’t know what to read? Ask a librarian to help you with a few suggestions. Book Bundles are available with fun topics for a quick pick up when you’re pressed for time.

Reading Buddies

*Starting again in October 2023*

The Jackson Library offers a program that helps young reader’s spend more time reading.  With the understanding that many students set a goal for the accelerated reading program, we offer a “Reading Buddies” program to aide in reaching these goals or to just work on reading skills. The program is offered to 2nd and 3rd grade students and, if space allows, is opened up to 4th grade students.

The program will match the student with an 8th-12th grade student or adult volunteer.  The reading partners meet for one ½ hour once per week.  All meetings take place at the library.

For more information or if you have any questions, please call Carrie Dose at the Jackson County Library.

Databases Just for Kids!

These databases were made available through The Minnesota State Library, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education that created a connectivity grant for libraries across the state. This program is partially funded with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using federal funding, CFDA 45.310, Library Services and Technology Act (LS-00-19-0024-19) Grants to States. Have fun exploring these newly available databases from Scholastic! 

Scholastic Resources

TrueFlix® provides thousands of resources to strengthen both educator instruction and student learning of science and social studies content-area knowledge.

Scholastic Teachables
Scholastic Teachables is an online hub of more than 25,000 printable resources to support lesson planning, classroom
management, and teaching across all subjects.

With colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games, BookFlix® is a perfect tool to engage and support beginning readers. Built-in literacy support tools–including read aloud and word highlighting–cultivate key literacy skills, support beginning and ELL readers, and build fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Offering more than 50 complete units of study with over 8,000 science-related assets in a variety of media, ScienceFlix® provides students with a better understanding of science concepts and ideas through hands-on projects, videos, multiple text types, interactive features and more.

Watch & Learn Library
Videos have become an essential part of teaching and are one of the best tools to build learning excitement! Created by the editors of Scholastic News® and Let’s Find Out Magazines®, the Watch & Learn Library provides teachers with an online bank of developmentally-appropriate nonfiction videos to build knowledge, vocabulary, and introduce new concepts and topics. Simple and intuitive navigation makes teaching with the Watch & Learn Library an educational delight!