Library News

The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, September 17, at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Finance Committee will meet that evening at 5:30 p.m.   All GRRL Board and Committee meetings are open to the public and held at the St. Cloud Public Library.    Persons with disabilities who plan to attend and will need assisted services should contact the Administrative Assistant three...
The Little Falls Carnegie Library is hosting Ojibwe author Linda LeGrande Grover on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.   The staff wanted to create an eye-catching display to promote the event.  Laura Hansen and Julia Mueller called on the assistance of local historic sites. The Friends of Linden Hill Historic Estate brought in Ojibwe dance boots, beaded bags and more from the Laura Jane Musser collection. The Morrison County Historical Society responded by loaning a woven basket...
The Kimball Library Building Committee held its groundbreaking event for the new Kimball Public Library on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the building site. This event also honored former librarian and the library project’s first major donor Lorraine Gregory. Not only is this a significant event in the community’s history, the new library groundbreaking celebrates 50 years of a Great River Regional Library branch in the community. On October 25, 2018, the task force announced it raised...
Ready to be star struck at the library? Now is your chance to meet and hear from popular Minnesota authors Lorna Landvik, Doug Ohman, and Chad Lewis.  These three authors will be traveling across our region through September, October, and November. Busy this fall? There are plenty of opportunities to attend an event that works best for your schedule. Or maybe you enjoyed an author visit so much that you would like to see them again? Author tours give you the chance to see your favorites...
Want to practice the skill of reading in a fun, new way? Here’s a great opportunity for a relaxing one-on-one reading session with a dog. These dogs, from Therapy Dog International, love to be read to and children can practice reading. This can help shy children build confidence in their reading, or your child can just have fun while reading to the dogs! In Saint Michael, come spend one-on-one time with either Taurus or Bear. In Albany, come read to Freddie the golden retriever. In...
The Scarecrow and the Lion stopped by the Becker Public Library on Monday, July 29th to help celebrate the 80th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz film.  The Oz Brothers, the travelling-storytelling duo of impressionists Tom Hendricks and Jeff Kortman (playing the Scarecrow looking for a brain and the Lion looking for courage), took audience members for a stroll down the yellow brick road as they shared this much beloved tale of the adventures of Dorothy and...
Show young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love! TumbleBooks is a collection of animated talking picture books now available through GRRL online. TumbleBooks takes existing picture books, adds animation, sound, music and narration, and produces an electronic picture book kids can read or listen to from any computer -- at home or at the library. Kids and parents will find high quality recordings of popular books, including classic fairy tales. The read-along stories...
Starting Thursday, August 1, 2019, the Hands-Free Law comes into effect. This means that Minnesota drivers are not able to have their phones in their hand. The law prohibits making calls, texting, looking for music, gaming, and finding directions while driving. However, drivers are able to do these tasks by voice commands that do not require holding the phone. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, “At no time may a driver hold the phone in their hand unless it’s to obtain...
Local Artist Linda Pacel stopped by the Becker Public Library on July 23rd to teach young artists the basics of acrylic painting.  Participants learned basic skills and different techniques before creating their own unique painting on canvas. Mountain landscapes, a unicorn, and some colorful floral masterpieces were the result. Linda will be back on Monday, September 30th, to teach an adult painting class.  For more information, visit the events page and select the Becker...
Come take a stop at the Mobile Sign Shop, this Friday July 26th from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Make your own carved sign -- you draw on a wooden sign blank, we carve it with a router, and you paint it!  Two artists will be on hand to facilitate this three-hour drop-in outdoor event.  limit of 60 and this is a first come, first served event.  For all ages, but young children will need adult assistance.  A Legacy Event.