Summer Reading Program


Hutchinson Public Library

50 Hassan St. SE

(320) 587-2368


Get ready to read! School will soon be out for the summer, which means there’ll be plenty of time for reading.  Join us for fun at the Hutchinson Public Library as we Read-For the Win!  The library has lined up a range of free activities for children, ages 2-12, that encourages and supports a love of reading. The summer reading program is simple: you set a goal, read books and earn prizes. Program registration begins June 6-11.  There is also a serious side to summer reading.  New national research from Dominican University finds that students who participate in public library summer reading programs scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those who did not participate.  Registration continues through July 2 and you have until August 20 to collect your prizes.


Stories in the Park will be held Thursday mornings at 10:00 am from June 16-August 11.  Pre-school and early elementary age children with their parents will enjoy books and other activities together.  So come, bring a blanket to the park in front of the library and join our guest readers.  Pre-registration is not required, but shady spots go fast.


The library and 4-H are working together again this year to bring you two of the Stories in the Park programs.

June 9 is  Animal Talks: This will be an experience that is filled with stories   and acts from around the world that will be sure to keep you guessing throughout the entire program.  I wonder what animals will come visit us this year??? Come and see!

July 28 is Science Museum of Minnesota – Water: Discover water’s long history as it moves and cycles around our planet.  Water is an essential resource for life on Earth and is in fixed supply.  Humans use fresh water for many purposes, but pollution can render it unavailable and unsuitable for use.  Your students will become stewards of water by learning ways to preserve this key element in our lives.


Puppet Show is being presented by the Friends of the Library for the twelfth year in a row.  Schiffelly Puppets will join us for an outside show in Library Square on Thursday, August 11, at 10:00 am.  This year the program will be “The Wonderfully Wacky, Completely Improbable and Simply Silly Wizard of Oz.” Join the Scarecrow, a frog named Dorothy, the Tin Man and Toto the Toe, as they make their journey through this parody of The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Audience participation, laughs galore and an important lesson to the story, makes this great entertainment for the whole family.


1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a newest program at the library.  This is a very simple program with a huge payoff.  Kids may sign up at the library any time from birth until they begin kindergarten.  Let’s make sure each child in Hutchinson has at least a 1000 books read to them before they start kindergarten. There are lots of reading and prizes with this program.  Come check it out!


R.E.A.D.  Kids, grab your favorite book or choose one at the library and enjoy reading to a registered therapy dog or a therapy rabbit.  We are offering the R.E.A.D. program to a limited number of children on Thursday evenings from June 23 –July 28.  This fills up fast so sign up June 6-11.


Teen Summer Reading Program: Join us for our Teen Summer Reading Program

beginning June 1st. Teens, ages 13 and up, can enter monthly drawings to

be registered for fabulous prizes! The program runs until August 20th.


Teen Bookmark Design Contest: If you like to draw, then this is the

activity for you! Design a bookmark that shows your love for books and

reading. One Grand Prize winning design will be chosen! You’ll need the

official entry form for the Teen Bookmark Design contest, available on

the Hutchinson Library Web site or at the library. Check the entry form

for full details. Entries must be turned in on or before July 23, 2016

to be eligible for the contest. All eligible nominees will be displayed

for public voting August 1-31, 2016. The Grand Prize winning design will

be printed as a bookmark and available to the public in the library

during Teen Read Month in October.


Minute to Win It: In celebration of the Summer Olympics, the library

will be hosting its own competition on Tuesday, June 21st at 7pm. Using

everyday objects, attempt to complete a challenge in 60 seconds or less.

Are you up for the challenge? Snacks will be provided for this special



To learn more about the summer adventure at the library, please call Sherry Lund, Children’s Librarian or Kris Jones, Young Adult  Librarian at 320-587-2368, or email at or .  You may also contact us through the website:  .  “Check us out” on Facebook or Twitter.  These programs are free and open to children of all abilities. Our library is committed to supporting lifelong learning and educational enrichment for all families.  Hutchinson Public Library hours are Monday-Thursday 10:00am to 9:00pm & Friday – Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm.


Library iPads


If you would like to check-out one of our iPads, bring in your current library card.  iPads may be checked out for a two-hour period once a day.

There are some great apps to choose from, including the following news apps:  Minneapolis Star Tribune, St. Paul Pioneer Press, CNN, NPR News and MPR News.

Younger patrons may enjoy the Lego Food, Lego Story Maker, Nursery Rhymes,
First Word Sampler
, or Minecraft apps.

As these are shared devices there can be no downloading of additional apps,
but we welcome suggestions to add new ones.

We welcome you to come on into the library, check out an iPad, and find a comfortable chair to browse the Internet or access one of the apps!

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