Library News

The St. Cloud Public Library will be closed to the public until further notice. We are in the process of assessing damage and clean-up has begun. On Wednesday August 17, 2016 approximately 250 patrons and staff were evacuated after a patron set fire to a book and a chair on the second floor of the library. St. Cloud Police and St. Cloud Fire departments responded very swiftly. The fire was contained quickly. Patrons and staff were evacuated without incident or injury. Key library staff...
The Friends of the Becker Library are gearing up for their October book sale. Donations of books and media are now being accepted. Books may be gently used, but will not be accepted if dirty, smelly or moldy. Encyclopedias, textbooks and medical books will not be accepted.  The Friends of the Becker Library is a non-profit organization that helps raise funds, promote library programs and raise awareness of the Becker Library. If you are interested in helping with the book sale or...
The second season of Once Upon a Reader, a statewide one-book program, will feature Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure. The book is written and illustrated by Minnesota resident Derek Anderson. Upsala area kids are invited to visit the Storywalk that will be erected on the front lawn of Upsala Area Schools from Tuesday, Sept. 6 through Friday, Sept. 9. Kids and parents and friends can read the story as they walk through the signs. At the end, collect a special activity page. Bring the page to the...
The St. Michael Public Library is adjusting its open hours beginning Sept. 1, 2016. The library’s new open hours for Thursday will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This adjustment will extend Thursday open hours by one hour, and make 10 a.m. the consistent opening time Monday through Thursday. The adjustment is being made in response to patron concerns about the lack of Thursday morning hours. The schedule beginning Sept. 1 will be as follows. Monday: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m....
The Grey Eagle Public Library is adjusting its open hours beginning Sept. 1, 2016. The adjustment will shorten Monday open hours from 10-5 to 10-4, and extend Wednesday open hours from 3-8 to 2-8. The adjustment is being made to increase access during a busy period. A study of library checkout data from 2015 found that Wednesdays have been significantly busier than Mondays. The schedule beginning Sept. 1 will be as follows. Monday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 2 – 8 p.m....
Taking your written driver’s test can be scary, but the Great River Regional Library can help! Our Driving-Tests database gives you access to driver manuals and free online tests so you can practice for the big day. These practice tests are just like the real thing. They're marked for Easy, Hard, and Hardest. Once you've passed these tests your confidence should be high! Tests and manuals are also available for motorcycle and commercial driver’s licenses. No library card required; practice...
The August challenge for a Year In Reading is to read a book set by the ocean. Classics such as Treasure Island, The Old Man And The Sea and Moby-Dick come to mind. But there are many great books set on or around the ocean. Patrick O’Brian’s series about a naval captain and his ship’s surgeon fighting the Napoleonic wars set a high standard. Begin at the beginning, with Master And Commander.  Mary Kay Andrews (Summer Rental) and Anne Rivers Siddons (The Girls Of August) write southern...
GRRL - Upsala's Summer Reading Program is still in full swing! There is still time to start as a baby, a toddler, a tween or a teen! GRRL - Upsala draws for prizes weekly and has a number of ongoing contests which patrons can enter.  The Summer Reading Program officially ends on Saturday, Aug. 13!
Friday, July 29, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Paynesville Public Library will have games, tables, and chairs all set up, so stop by to join the group for Game Day! Games will include Munchkin, Jacks, Operation, Twister, chess, checkers, Apples To Apples, Jenga, and other new and classic games. Games for all ages, or you can bring your own.  
Outside, the weather was hot and sweltering, but inside the Little Falls Carnegie Library patrons were having a cool, fun time. Thursday, July 21 was movie night at the library, and a crowd of 39 individuals enjoyed Disney's "Zootopia." Movie Nights are sponsored by the Friends of the Little Falls library who provide the sound video equipment as well as movie theater style, fresh, kettle-popped corn. The next and final Movie Night of the summer in Little Falls will be Thursday, Aug. 18....