*This is a community calendar. Some events listed in the calendar have no association with the Kenyon Public Library. The Kenyon Public Library supports and promotes programming at other regional SELCO libraries and Kenyon community events. The Kenyon Public Library has the right to remove postings without notice. If you have an event that you would like to have posted to our calendar, please contact the library by calling 507-789-6821 or emailing ken_dir@selco.info

Pre-School Story Time

Story time will resume in September. 

Story time begins at 10:30 am on Wednesday and Friday mornings during the months September through May. The same program is offered on Wednesday and Friday of the same week. Story time lasts approximately 45 minutes to one hour. During this time children will listen to two or three books, sing songs, participate in activities, and create a craft revolving around a specific weekly theme. Our story time programs are designed to teach preschoolers creative expression, social skills, listening and comprehension skills, the basics of reading through number and letter recognition, and aid in vocabulary building and cognitive development. This program is designed for children age birth through Kindergarten though all children are welcome to attend with an adult. Daycares are also welcome. Story time is a free program.

2019-2020 Story Time Weekly Themes

Summer Learning Program 2019 

“A Universe of Stories” is the theme for the 2019 Kenyon Public Library’s Summer Learning Program. Toddlers, tweens and teens are encouraged to participate! Book reports, challenge sheets, and boredom busters will be available starting June 10. Prizes will be awarded for completed activities.

Summer Learning Program Kickoff: Friday, June 7 @ 10:00 & 11:30 am
Eagle Bluff STARLAB (Registration is required)
Program will be held at the Kenyon-Wanamingo Middle/High School in partnership with K-W Community Education. All ages welcome. Contact the library to register.

Summer Learning Program Closing: Friday, July 12 @ 10:30 am
Minnesota Zoomobile
Program will be held in the City Council Chambers. All ages welcome. Children under 7 years old must be accompanied by an adult or responsible teen caregiver.

Summer Learning Program Story Time:
Friday, June 14 @ 10:30 am
Friday, June 28 @ 10:30 am
All ages welcome, but structured for age 7 and younger.

STEM Stations:
Wednesday, June 12
Wednesday, June 26
Wednesday, July 3
Children age 7 and older are welcome to stop in at the library any time between 10 am and 4 pm to complete a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) challenge. Complete the challenge and win a prize!

Space Camp:
Wednesday, July 10 @ 10:30 am
Children of all ages are welcome to come and have fun with space related activities!


Pawsome Readers!

Marley’s next visit has not been scheduled yet.

Pawsome Readers is a children’s reading program offered at the Kenyon Public Library. Children may bring a book from home or pick a book or two at the library to read to Marley, a certified reading therapy dog. Reading to Marley can help build confidence and self-esteem for children while improving their reading skills. All children are welcome to read to Marley no matter their age or reading ability. Too young to read? That’s OK! Parents, grandparents, or an older sibling are welcome to read to Marley while the child listens. We offer one-on-one, 10-15 minute sessions depending on availability. For more information, or to sign up for a session, please contact the library at 507-789-6821.


Join us Wednesdays beginning July 17 through August 28 at 11:00 a.m. on the grass across from Veterans’ Memorial Park (between Langford Ave. & HWY 56) for Book-A-Lunch!  Kids are encouraged to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and/or a snack while we read to you in the park. If it is raining or if the grass is wet, we will meet inside the library. Follow our Facebook page HERE for updates if we will meet inside on a particular day.

Adult Book Groups

We have two adult book groups that meet at the library.  One book group meets the last Monday of the month at 1:30 pm and the other group meets the second Thursday of the month at 4:00 pm. New members are always welcome.

Book Sales

The annual book sale is held each year in August during Kenyon’s Rose Fest celebration. The sale is located in the City of Kenyon Council Chambers, which is in the same building as the library.  The remaining materials that do not sell in the annual book sale are moved into the library for our on-going book sale that continues through November. Please contact the library if you would like more information about the book sale.

2019 Book Sale
Friday, August 16, 2019: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, August 17, 2019: 10 am – 1 pm

Donation requirements:

Material donations must be in good, clean condition. This means books are free from mildew, mold and water damage. Book covers cannot be missing. We do not accept any VHS tapes. Please no condensed books, i.e. Reader’s Digest. Textbooks and medical books must not be older than 10 years. DVDs, CDs, and gently used books are appreciated. Monetary donations are accepted at any time and are greatly appreciated!

We are now accepting donations for the 2019 Rose Fest Book Sale. Thank you!