FAIRMONT - Libraries are good for more than books, especially this summer. Local libraries are planning events that have everything from magic to movies.
In Fairmont, there will be the usual story and activity times for preschool- and toddler-age children, and activity times for grade school kids.
Family Film Fridays with free popcorn begins this week and runs select Fridays through Aug. 1.
The Blue Earth Community Library will have “Blind Date with a Book” this summer. Books are wrapped with no names visible, making the contents a mystery.
"These are movies that have been released in the last year," said Jenny Trushenski, library director.
They are rated G or PG and are usually animated.
"It's nice and cool down in our basement so you can get out of the heat," she said.
Teen events for ages 11 and up at 2 p.m. Mondays in June will include "New Book Bonanza," "Old School Selfies," "Hair Chalking" and "Post-It Note Art."
The Teen Battle of the Books Regional Trivia Battle is set for Aug. 2 in St. Peter. Registration runs through Friday. Drawings for 80 spots will be June 17.
Special Events are set through July in Fairmont and the other branch libraries, said Jennifer Tow, children's librarian. They kick off Wednesday with "The Amazing "Gnip-Gnop Circus," which glows in the dark. "Michael Callahan: Magician" will appear June 19.
"Professor Spiderman is a real professor," said Trushenski of the visitor on June 25. "He wants to share his love of spiders and bugs with the kids."
"The Zoomobile is always a perennial favorite," Trushenski said of the group that comes July 22.
The special events will wrap up with Legos in the Library on July 30 in Sherburn.
The Blue Earth Community Library will fix you up on a blind date - with a book, said Amanda Steinke, library clerk, as she wrapped books in colorful paper for "Blind Date with a Book." No titles, authors or synopses can be seen, only key words.
"It's a fun way to discover a new favorite," she said.
The little ones can participate in Lego Building on July 1, Zinghoppers June 16 and Minnesota Book Arts on July 17.
The teen program will begin June 4 and end Aug. 8.
The Blue Earth Library will host movie nights weekly, beginning June 11.
"All the movies we're doing are based on books," Steinke said. The 10 films are based on modern bestsellers and classics.
Other events are Flame Painter Artwork from June 10-21, Weirdest Reading Location Photos from June 23 to July 3, Comic Creation Competition July 28 to Aug. 8, and Story Prompt Creative Writing Competition.
Librarian Heidi Schutt's calendar is full for the next couple months at the Muir Library in Winnebago.
"There's something pretty much every day," she said. "Everything is for all ages, except if it says teens or adults."
Storytimes are Monday mornings and Tuesday afternoon, and some will be held at the city pool.
"I thought why not go to where they are?" Schutt said. "If it's raining, it'll be here."
Every Wednesday at 3 p.m. is "Read and Munch" with a healthy snack provided through a donation.
Fun Friday events will feature Lego challenges and Wii games.
On June 19, Schutt will host a slumber party for stuffed animals.
Storytime will begin at 7 p.m. and kids can show up in their pajamas. There will be reading and snacks. Then the stuffed animals will stay the night in the library.
"When we open up on Friday, we'll see how much damage is done," Schutt said. "I've heard these animals raise quite a ruckus at the sleepovers."
Four teen events are set June 12 and 16, and July 17 and 31, with pizza served. Activities range from trivia and games to DIY tie-dye.
Adults can get some time to themselves during Book Club at 7:30 p.m. June 16 when Schutt will highlight new books, and July 21 which will highlight "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd.
Climb Theater will present "Stubby The Elephant" at 2 p.m. July 29, with some help from a grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.