Preschool Story Time

Update (Nov. 16, 2020): Due to the rapidly rising COVID-19 cases in Goodhue County and our Kenyon community, Kenyon Public Library is suspending all in-person programming including book group and story time beginning immediately. We will re-evaluate the situation in January 2021. 

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.

Summer Learning Program 2021 

We will be once again be offering a Summer Reading Program in 2021. More information will be coming in the spring. Toddlers, tweens and teens are encouraged to participate! Book reports, challenge sheets, and boredom busters will be available starting June 2021. Prizes will be awarded for completed activities.


Pawsome Readers!

Marley’s next visit has not yet been scheduled. 

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.


Book-a-Lunch

Join us Wednesdays beginning July 8, 2020 through September 2, 2020 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 a few children’s books in the park. All children under age 7 should be accompanied by an adult, teen caregiver or older sibling. Book-a-Lunch will be canceled in case of inclement weather. Follow our Facebook page HERE for updates if we will meet inside on a particular day.

Book-a-Lunch is a free event recommended for ages birth through age 10.


Adult Book Group

Book Group is currently suspended until at least January 2021.

We have one adult book group that meets at the library.  The book group meets the last Monday of the month at 1:30 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.

2021 Book Sale (Tentative schedule)
Friday, August 20, 2021: 10 am – 4 pm
Saturday, August 21, 2021: 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 not currently accepting donations for the book sale. We will resume material donations beginning April 1, 2021.