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17 N. Broadway, New Ulm, MN 56073
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Many thanks to our 2013 SRP donors!

Local Donors (alphabetically)


Casey's General Store

Friends of the New Ulm Library

Happy Joe's Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor

Kiwanis Club of New Ulm


New Ulm Country Club

Papa Murphy's

Perkins Restaurant


3M of New Ulm

Other Donors (alphabetically)

Minnesota Lynx

Minnesota Timberwolves

Minnesota Twins

Minnesota Vikings

Traverse des Sioux Library System

If you would like to make a donation to our 2013 Summer Reading Program, contact Katy Kudela at:


Thank you!


(June 3 - July 25)

Here is a printable brochure.
Storytime with author Laura Purdie Salas Digging Into the Unexplained Will Hale Rock Concert for Kids
Wednesday, June 12
at 10:00 a.m.
Thursday, June 13
at 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 20
at 6:30 p.m.
Library Meeting Room Library Meeting Room New Ulm Community Center or German Park (depending on weather)
Dakota Language Japanese Language Narren Dance Class
Thursday, June 27 at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 16 at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, July 25 at 10:00 a.m. 
Library Meeting Room Library Meeting Room Library Meeting Room

Who can participate?

The NUPL Summer Reading Program is open to anyone from ages 1 to 12 who wants to read and have fun. The goal for successful completion of this program is for each participant to read for at least 30 minutes (or be read to for about 20 minutes) on 25 different days between June 3 and July 25.

Participating is easy. Here’s how:

Come to the Library and fill out a registration card. You will receive a "Dig Into Reading" summer reading record.

For each day that you read for at least 30 minutes (or listen to someone read to you for about 20 minutes), you color in one bookworm on your bookmark.

After coloring in five bookworms on the bookmark, cut out the bookmark and bring it back to the library where there is a special activity waiting for you.

When you have reached the 25-day goal, you will become eligible to enter our drawing to win one of 10 grand prizes. This year, winners will be notified by phone.

Major funding for the 2013 Summer Reading Program has been provided by the Friends of the New Ulm Public Library, a grant from the Minnesota Book Awards, a grant from the Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation, a grant from the Traverse des Sioux Library Cooperative through the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund, and a grant from 3M of New Ulm.

Clowning Around with Summer Reading
Monday, June 3
Help us kick-off the 2013 Summer Reading Program.
Watch for juggling fun and balloon creations!
Time: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Location: New Ulm Public Library Children’s Room
This program is sponsored by the Friends of the New Ulm Public Library.

Storytime with Laura Purdie Salas
Wednesday, June 12
Minnesota Book Award winner Laura Purdie Salas will present a storytime and interactive poetry time. All ages are welcome!
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: New Ulm Public Library Meeting Room
This program is supported by the Minnesota Book Awards through grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in conjunction with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, and the Minnesota Library Foundation.

Digging Into the Unexplained
Thursday, June 13
Children ages 9 and up, teens, and adults are invited
to dig into the unexplained with paranormal researcher
Chad Lewis.
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: New Ulm Public Library Meeting Room
This project is made possible by a grant provided by the Traverse des Sioux Library System and was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Will Hale Rock Concert for Kids
Thursday, June 20

Will Hale will perform an outdoor rock 'n' roll concert.
Hale presents over 150 concerts each year at festivals, elementary schools, parks, libraries, daycare centers, and community events.
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: German Park

In partnership with New Ulm Park and Recreation. This project is made possible by a grant by the Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation.

A Very Hairy Caterpillar Garden Project
Tuesday, June 25
Register beginning Monday, June 3
Come dig in the dirt and learn to make your very own
hairy caterpillar! Registration is required. Please call
359-8336 for more information.
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: New Ulm Public Library Meeting Room

Mother Goose Storytime
Saturday, June 29
Mother Goose is flying in for a very special program
of stories, songs, and fun!
Time: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Location: New Ulm Public Library Meeting Room

Celebrate a Summer of Reading!
Thursday, July 25
Stop by the library for a celebration of our Summer
Reading Program.
10:00-11:00 a.m. — Narren Dance Class
11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. — crafts and treats
Door prize drawings held throughout the day!
Time: 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Gnome Hunt (all ages)
There are 10 garden gnomes hiding in the Children’s Room. Every week they will find a new hiding spot. Find one gnome and receive a small prize and also be entered in a weekly drawing for a prize.
Dates: June 10 - July 24

Go Buggy! (all ages)
Count the bugs clinging to the walls of the Children’s Room. If your guess is closest, you could win a prize.
The winner will be notified on July 25.
Dates: June 3 - July 24

Unearth Library Gems (ages 7-12)
Dig into the stacks to find the answers to the weekly
questions. One winner picked each week.
Dates: June 10- July 24

I Spy How Many Items? (all ages)
Guess how many items are in our bottle, and you
may be a winner. The winner will be notified
on July 25.
Dates: June 3 - July 24

Dig Into Books at Storytime!
torytimes include books, songs, flannel boards, and more! Each program will last about 30 minutes. These storytimes are geared for ages 2 to 6, but children of all ages, parents, and other caregivers are welcome.
Schedule for Storytimes:
June 6 to July 22
Mondays and Thursdays at 10 a.m.


Dakota Language (ages 5-12)
Thursday, June 27

Representatives from the Lower Sioux Indian Community's Dakota Wicohan will share their language through songs and activities.
Time: 3:00 p.m.
Location: New Ulm Public Library Meeting Room

Japanese Language (ages 5-12)
Tuesday, July 16

Learn some basic phrases and how to write your name
in Japanese.
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: New Ulm Public Library Meeting Room

Gnome Sweet Gnome (all ages)
Let your imagination grow! Dig into nature to build a gnome or fairy home. Then, display your creation in the Children’s Room for others to see.
Dates: June 24 - June 28

Dig into Activity Sheets (all ages)
A variety of fun and challenging activity sheets will be available at the library every day all summer. Return a completed activity sheet and earn a small prize for that week.

Digging Further: More Reading Challenges (all ages)
If you’re looking for some extra fun at the library, pick up a summer challenge sheet. You can complete a sheet while you’re working on your 25 days of reading. Bring in your finished sheet with your 5th bookmark, or by July 25th, and you’ll receive a small prize.

Family of Bookworms (all ages)
Get the whole family involved in summer reading. All families who complete this challenge sheet will get a small reward and have their names entered into a random drawing for a family prize.

Crafts & Movies (all ages)
Each week, watch for make-your-own crafts at the library! Stop by the library for family-friendly movies, too! Movies will be shown on:

Friday, June 7 @ 10 a.m.
Friday, June 28 @ 10 a.m.
Friday, July 26 @ 10 a.m.

Call the library at 359-8336 for movie titles.

Last updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Last updated: May 29, 2013