Library News

The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom webinar. In response to COVID-19 and pursuant to Minnesota Statute Chapter 12. Emergency Management, Governor Walz declared a state of emergency. In accordance with the state of emergency and Minnesota Statute Chapter 13D.021, the GRRL Board of Trustees and GRRL staff will participate in the meeting by telephone or other electronic means rather than being personally present...
Big congratulations to our Library Card Design Contest Winners!  Back in the spring and summer of 2020, GRRL welcomed artists of all ages to submit designs for new library cards! Anyone living in GRRL's service area could by illustrating our next library card. The artwork was judged based on creativity, design, and the library's mission: Explore. Learn. Connect. Our three winners are from three categories: kids (ages 0-12): Patience, whose home...
This year has sure challenged us--we needed to come up with some new hobbies while at home! Starting new hobbies can be challenging. You wonder, should I invest in everything to do the hobby? How do I learn to do it? What if I don't like it after I try? We have a solution for you! Test out a potential new hobby easily and without investing in equipment with the library's "Try It Yourself" kits.  Each kit contains a how-to book and tools around a theme or topic. Our topics...
Have a movie marathon during this chilly January by checking out a Binge Box from your local library! Looking for a fun family night? Looking for a pandemic-friendly date night?  Maybe you are on a movie marathon kick? Library staff know movie marathons are all the rage--so we are here to help! You can now check out a Binge Box by visiting your local library to see what is on the shelves, or you can look through our catalog to see all the different types we have. There...
During December, the Great River Regional Library celebrates Short Story Writing Month (ShoStoWriMo). Teens and adults could enter in their unique stories about this historical image from the Stearns History Museum. We asked writers to compose their stories in only 33 words (since we have 33 locations), making it a real short story challenge! Thank you to all who participated and enjoyed the challenge. Here are some highlights: "While across the sea our brave soldiers take up...
Light up your mind with great books and make reading a habit this winter! "Light Up the Mind," the 2021 Winter Reading Program, begins Saturday, January 2, 2021, and runs through Saturday, February 27. The program provides fun incentives for readers to settle into cozy winter reading habits. It is designed primarily for teens and adults and is open to anyone in the 6th grade or older. Each of the 32 branch libraries in the GRRL system will have prize drawings for participants. All...
[updated 12/15/2020] Buffalo Library remains open to the public during regualar open hours! We are closely monitoring information about COVID-19 and we are in compliance with recommendations from the State of Minnesota. Please wear a mask, practice social distancing, and do not linger when visiting your Buffalo Public Library. One-person tables are available for reserving, and study rooms may be reserved for one person or up to two individuals from the same household. Returning items/...
Great River Regional Library is pleased to partner with the City of Belgrade and the Myrtle Mabee Library Board in providing reading, literacy and information resources to the Belgrade area community.   Due to a recent evaluation of the Myrtle Mabee Library open hours, we have open hour adjustments effective January 1, 2021.  We are confident that these adjustments best aligns with the needs and schedules of the library users in Belgrade.       ...
Great River Regional Library is pleased to partner with the City of Paynesville in providing reading, literacy and information resources to the Paynesville area community.   Due to a recent evaluation of the Paynesville Library open hours, we have open hour adjustments effective January 1, 2021.  We are confident that these adjustments best aligns with the needs and schedules of the library users in Paynesville.           ...
[updated 12/02/2020] Curbside Pickup by Appointment: Call the library (320-845-4843) to schedule your appointment to pick up your holds.  Computer Use by Appointments: We are now offering computer use by appointments only. Call to set up a time.  Time is limited to 1 hour per person per day.  Print2Go: Print from your home computer, phone, or other devices remotely via Print2Go.  Prints are held in the queue for 24 hours.  Find ...