WILLMAR — Free wireless internet service is now available in Pennock, Blomkest and rural New London to help students and community members in need of internet service. The WiFi hotspots are courtesy of Kandiyohi County and MVTV Wireless. The log-in is mvtv and the password is 5705. For technical support, call the MVTV office at 320-564-4807.
The buildings hosting the hotspots are not open, but the WiFi can be accessed from outside of the Pennock Community Center, Blomkest Community Center and the Lake Andrew Township Hall, which is at the intersection of Kandiyohi County Road 5 Northwest and County Road 29, about 15 miles north of Willmar.
Willmar Public Library
WILLMAR — While the Willmar Library remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic it has opened the book return slot and now offers curbside pick-up. While staff is in the library during pick-up dates and times, they will NOT answer the door and no patrons will be allowed into the library. The library website is at www.willmarpubliclibrary.org.
WiFi: You can access WiFi 24/7 from the security of a parked car in the lot behind the library or in front of the building. No library card? No problem! Open a digital library card through Overdrive completely online by providing your cell phone number.
Contactless curbside pickup of library items including books, board games, yard games, fitness kits, DVDs, magazines, music CDs, audiovisual kits, and more will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays by appointment only. If someone in your household is sick, please DO NOT use curbside service. Place a hold for a physical library item using your library card. Go online at iii.pioneerland.lib.mn.us/ or call 320-235-3162. The library will contact you when the item is available to set pickup details. Special arrangements will need to be made for returns that do not fit in the drop box.
Outside book return is now open. All items checked out before March 17 have had their due dates extended to May 30. If someone in your household is sick, please do not return items. If the item will not fit in the book return, call the library to arrange for a special return. Do not leave items outside book return or entry doors. Items lost or damaged are the responsibility of the borrower until the item is checked in.
Seed Library: Request seeds online and use curbside service to pick them up. Fill out the form on the website with selections.
Virtual Little People Storytime: Every Thursday at 10 a.m. through May 28, via Zoom meeting software. Kathy, from the Willmar Public Library, and LaRae, from Willmar Early Childhood Family Education, will lead the online storytime geared toward younger preschoolers, but every age child is welcome. Join the Storytime via Zoom https://us04web.zoom.us/j/444831656. Meeting ID: 444 831 656
Library of Things Checkouts: Books not your thing? Remember, you can use curbside pickup for any items available in our catalog (iii.pioneerland.lib.mn.us) including board games, yard games, fitness kits, DVDs, magazines, music CDs, audiovisual kits, and more. Special arrangements will need to be made for returns that do not fit in the drop box. Call 320-235-3162 for assistance with registration. Follow us on Facebook, sign up for our eNewsletter, and check our website for updates.
Teen social meeting sites: To be notified of upcoming programs check Facebook by searching "Willmar LibraryTeens," on Twitter search for "WillmarTeens" one word, and on Instagram search "willmarlibraryteens" all one word.
Teen summer reading: The summer reading program runs June 1-Aug. 31 and will be completely digital this year. Fill out reading logs online via the Google form beginning June 1. Reading logs and rules available on library website.
Teen Gaming Club: Every Wednesday and Friday, 6 to 8 p.m. Join us online to play fun games every week. Wednesdays we play board and card games on Zoom like One Night Ultimate Werewolf, King of Tokyo, Wits & Wagers, Welcome to…, Codenames, Scattegories, and Pictionary. On Fridays we play Jackbox games via livestream on YouTube. Join with a smart phone, tablet or computer to play. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to see when we go live. Search "Willmar Library Teens" at www.youtube.com.
Teen DIY craft: Every Thursday you can find fun DIY craft tutorials on our Facebook and Twitter. Follow along at home with items you have around the house. For more crafts, you can follow our Pinterest board here: https://pin.it/hvgVgex.
YouTube Night: Monday, June 15, 6 p.m. Every third Monday teens get together to watch fun videos they’ve submitted. You can submit videos to be streamed at firstname.lastname@example.org. If they get approved they will be livestreamed on our Twitch channel here: https://www.twitch.tv/willmarlibraryteens. To find out when we’ll be having YouTube night, check our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Teen Book Club: Monday, June 22, 6 p.m., Zoom meeting book club discussion every fourth Monday. Book choices and discussion dates will be posted to Facebook and Twitter. If you’d like to join Teen Book Club, be sure to leave a comment on one of the book club posts or email Samantha at email@example.com.
Adult Online Book Club: June 17, noon, “The Starless Sea” by Erin Morgenstern book discussion using Zoom on your computer, tablet, phone, etc. Fill out the form at www.willmarpubliclibrary.org, choose "adult services" from the top dropown menu. You will receive further info on how to sign in to the Zoom meeting. Meets every third Wednesday.
Adult trivia: Every Thursday, 7 p.m., play live trivia solo or assemble a team, ages 18 and over.
Adult make and take: Various crafts will be posted on our website as they are available. Use the form on the website to reserve your supplies to make your very own featured project. Everything you will need, including instructions, will be put in a bag for you to pick up using our no-contact, curbside delivery. Once you have registered, library staff will call you within one week to set up a time for pick up. Ages 18 and over.
Prairie Woods ELC
SPICER — The Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center welcomes hikers to use the trails during daylight hours at no cost. The Kandi Trail Riders Club has completed 4.5 miles of mountain bike trail. Pets should be on a leash. For more information, call or check the website at www.prairiewoodselc.org..
Sibley State Park
NEW LONDON — Sibley State Park is open. A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and they are available at the park office. For more information call 320-354-2002. Sibley State Park is west of New London just off U.S. Highway 71. For current information, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.mn.us.