Education & Community

Bookawocky Kick Off Event

Help the R.H. Stafford Library kick off its annual summer reading program with a party. The event will feature comedian and juggler Alan Johnson. Kids can enjoy the entertainment, and then sign up for the summer reading program. All ages. Free.10:30 a.m. R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320;

Explore Your Parks Day

Summer is upon us, and what better time to visit the park? Come visit any Washington County Park for one day without needing a vehicle permit—an affordable day in the great outdoors. All ages. Any Washington County Park; visit to see a full list of park locations, hours, trails and activities.

Puppet Wagon Preview Party

You don’t have to wait any longer for this summer’s puppet wagon. Celebrate the 2015 Woodbury parks and recreation puppet wagon with a free preview party! Catch a peek of the new puppet show, play games, create your own personal puppet, munch on popsicles and more. All ages. Free. 6:30 p.m. Woodbury Kinderberry Hill, 1205 Woodbury Drive; 651.714.3583;

Bookawocky: My Summer Library Experience

Kids, teens and adults are invited to celebrate reading and literacy this summer by joining the summer reading program at Washington County Library. The annual program kicks off on June 6 and will run through August 8, there will be programs for all ages. Kids (ages 0-12) will have two different ways to participate in the program; the “Library Activity Card” or by completing the “Read, Write, Draw” activities. Teens can participate in the TIC-TAC-TEEN program.

Stafford Book Club

Have you ever said you wanted to join a book club but never got the chance? Come to the Stafford Book Club and join in on the discussion of a great novel, and perhaps make a few new friends in the process. Adults. Free. 6:30 p.m. R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320;

Baby Storytime

Spend time with your baby and get him or her interested in the art of stories. Baby Storytime provides the opportunity for children under 2 to get started with early literacy skills. The program will be filled with stories, a few songs, and lots of fun. Siblings are more than welcome to attend. Free. 10:30 a.m. R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320;

Dog Gone Reading

This program gives a fun twist on traditional reading time as children can read aloud to a furry friend.  Reading aloud helps children improve in their speaking and reading abilities—and this is a great way to encourage it.  Kids in grades K–7 are invited to read books aloud to specially trained dogs. The dog trainers are close at hand, so you and your kiddos can just have fun. Free. Mondays, 6:30-7:30 p.m. R.H. Stafford Library, 8595 Central Park Place; 651.731.1320;


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