Summer is a perfect time to get out for a walk ... and listen to a good book.
With the Libby app, download free listening materials from the library to your phone. Select from more than 56,000 eAudiobooks! You can sort by popularity, genre, author, and what's available now.
Some of our audio favorites include books read by the author and those narrated by screen actors. Click on a cover to learn more.
Need help getting started with eAudiobooks or eBooks? Sign up for a one-on-one Tech Help session with our library staff. Bring in any device that you would like to download Libby on and your library card information. We'll walk through using Libby and finding reading and listening materials.
Let your local community band be your soundtrack for this classic rivertown evening on the library's terrace! On Thursday, August 18 at 6:30 PM, the Valley Concert Winds will present "Hopes and Dreams,"a free, family-friendly outdoor concert! Performing excellent wind ensemble repertoire that appeals to all ages and musical backgrounds, the Valley Concert Winds strive to build a lifelong appreciation of music right here in Stillwater.
Concert changes due to weather will be announced on the Valley Concert Winds website.
Explore Our Natural World
Explore. Discover. Investigate.The library is ready to help families to discover and learn about nature, whether it be exploring the backyard or hiking a local park. Time spent outdoors observing, smelling, touching, listening, and moving fully engages young minds and bodies through exposure to the natural world.
Check out one of our Nature Backpacks and embark on an adventure with real hands-on tools that kids can use in the field like true scientists. The youth-sized packs contain binoculars, compass, tape measure, colored pencils, Washington County Park information, Minnesota nature guides, and more. Borrow a pack today and let the fun begin!
Play nature bingo. Use this bingo sheet to make outdoor exploration fun and easy.
Supplement your outdoor adventure with nature reading. Below are a few books to help you get started.
Calling all kids! Enter to win tickets to the Minnesota State Fair or to a Minnesota Twins game in celebration of summer reading. Parents can submit entries online for kids and teens now through Friday, August 5, 2022.
Tickets are provided through our partnership with MELSA (Metropolitan Library Service Agency) and are intended for children and teens.
Help us reach our community goal of 105,000 youth reading minutes! Log the total minutes that your kids and teens spent reading from June 1 - August 6, 2022. If we reach our goal, we'll be able to add this awesome Kodo Flight Lab to the children's area! The flight lab is a wind tunnel that promotes interactive learning and supports children's exploration of STEM, including air currents and wind.
Do summers seem hotter than you remember them many years ago? You're correct. Minnesota is becoming warmer and wetter at an accelerating rate. As a result, we'll continue to experience more dramatic weather events such as record-breaking temperatures and damaging storms. According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, "each of the top-10 combined warmest years on record occurred between 1998 and 2020." Additionally, the meteorological summer of 2021 had the hottest average temperature on record. The impacts of changing weather patterns can be felt in our individual health, safety, and quality of life as well as in most industries.
Climate Change in Minnesota Program: If you'd like to learn more about local initiatives to address climate change, join Linda Countryman, retired environmental planner, member of the Sustainable Stillwater Board of Directors, and leader of GreenStep Cities Work Group, for a discussion of the importance of planning and implementing change in Stillwater, along with a look at promising technologies and other opportunities for government, citizens and businesses related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. The event is Thursday, August 11 at 6:30 PM.
Climate Change Exhibit: Through August 12, you can view Minnesota's Changing Climate, an exhibit thatshowcases what communities and organizations are doing throughout Minnesota to address climate change. Another component of the exhibit illustrates the effects that climate change is already having on Minnesota. This traveling tabletop exhibit is brought to the library by State Library Services in partnership with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
Experience the bold art of Michael Slagle, on exhibit at the library in August and September. "My paintings are based on the landscapes of my neighborhood in Lakeland, compositions I have encountered on my daily routine: walking the dog, out and about with my kids, etc. If I spot an interesting composition I will either take a picture or draw it, or both, and manipulate the image in Photoshop. Using Photoshop I flatten areas in the image, play with the composition, and tweak the colors." Michael then begins painting, bringing the image into a new form on the canvas.
Meet Michael at the library on Thursday, August 25 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.
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