June 5, 2013

Free family events in June

Thurs June 6: Introduction to Geocaching 

As a warm-up for the National Get Outdoors Day (see below), you can learn about the new high-tech, entertaining adventure game Geocaching. This class will cover the fundamentals including the basic use of a GPS for finding, hiding, and placing geocaches. Participants will have the opportunity to try out their new skills right away at the Waite Park Family Fun Fest geocaching contest held from June 10-13.  Register for the program online or contact the library at 320-253-9359.
Time: Thursday June 6, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Place:  Great River Regional Library - Waite Park, 253 N. 5th Ave., Waite Park

Sat June 8: National Get Outdoors Day in Minnesota State Parks

Answer the call of the wild on Saturday, June 8, to celebrate National Get Outdoors Day! FREE Admission to all Minnesota State Parks. Minnesota's 76 state parks and recreation areas are all offering free admission this day, and many of them have planned special activities to introduce you to the fun of geocaching, kayaking, camping, and other family-friendly activities.

Free fishing
Minnesotans don't need a license to fish at most Minnesota state parks.

Free loaner kits for kids (find one)

  • GPS units can be used to participate in the statewide Geocaching Program that involves hunting for hidden treasure
  • Kids Discovery Kits feature activities, stories and tips to help ensure that a child's park visit will be fun and memorable. Discovery Kits come in three flavors: "Wildlife by Water," "Around the Campfire" and "Camping Skills"
  • Fishing Kits include a rod, a reel and a stocked tackle box. (It's up to you to add the fish!)
  • Birding Kits include binoculars, guide books and bird lists that are unique to each state park
Stop invasive species in your tracks! 
Join PlayCleanGo on the trails June 8 at Fort Snelling, Gooseberry Falls, Interstate, Itasca, Lake Carlos, or Whitewater state parks and learn how you can help prevent the spread of terrestrial invasive species and protect our beautiful Minnesota natural resources.

Dig Into Reading June-August 2013

Great River Regional Library’s Summer Reading Programs for teens and children begin June 10 at all library branches. The Summer Reading Programs include incentives and prizes to encourage children to continue reading throughout the summer. The program theme for children through sixth grade is “Dig into Reading,” and includes an infant-toddler program. The theme for grades six through 12 is “Beneath the Surface.”

Find the daily events at your nearest library in the Great River Library events calendar (do yourself a service and filter the locations in the menu at the left). 

June 10 and 11: Dig into Reading Celebration Magic Show!

Magician Jared Sherlock blends magic, juggling, and audience participation for a high-energy, interactive, comedic event. Ages 3-12.

Tues June 10 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Great River Regional Library - St. Cloud, Mississippi Room. 1300 W St. Germain Street, St Cloud
No Registration.

June 11 at 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Great River Regional Library - Waite Park, 253 N. 5th Ave., Waite Park
Limit 50. Please preregister

June 12: Summertime by George!

Summertime by George! is a free concert and festival put on by the Rotary Club of St. Cloud at the newly renovated Lake George! The area will be transformed into a fun and active place every Wednesday with free live music from local and regional bands, local vendors, artisians, and a kid's zone for the entire family to enjoy!  This evening's act is "32 Below".

June 16: Celebration of Fatherhood

Join local community organizations as we celebrate fatherhood and family at Lake George.  Craft projects, fishing, music, parent-child activities, paddle boat rides, face painting, hook-a-book, food & beverages. Bring your camera!
Food shelf donations are welcome.
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Place: Lake George Municipal Park / Complex, 1101 7th Street South, St. Cloud

June 24: Toddlers Dig Art 

Join the librarians for a story, a song, activities and crafts that explore art!  For ages 0-3 with an adult.  No registration, no limit.
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Place: Great River Regional Library - Saint Cloud, Childrens Program Room Combined 123 and 124

June 4, 2013

Financial report for May 2013

$579.77 start

+125.00 renewals and donation
+ 25.00 new member
-40.00 childcare at members meeting
-150.00 celebration donation
-200.00 mother to mother donation

314.77 end