Library News

The GRRL Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to practice social separation, meeting room occupancy will be limited in accordance with MDH and CDC guidelines. Total attendance is limited to available seating, and all persons are expected to maintain a social separation of six (6) feet while attending. Face coverings are required per statewide Executive Order 20-...
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services, released the fourth chapter of One Book | One Minnesota. The newest title, Slider, is by Minnesota author Pete Hautmann.  From March into May, Minnesotans who read the featured book selection have access to author videos, reading guides, and virtual book club discussions all through their local libraries! New to this chapter of One Book...
Stearns County has an opening for a District 1 citizen representative on the Great River Regional Library Board of Trustees. This board meets a minimum of six times per year at 6 p.m. at the St. Cloud Public Library (currently via Zoom) to provide direction and vision for the organization. Terms are three (3) years and term limits are three full terms, or nine (9) years total. This particular county position is for the remainder of 2021, with the term expiring December 31...
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National Library Week is April 4th - 10th April 4-10, 2021, is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians, and library staff play in transforming lives and strengthening communities.  Celebrations during National Library Week Monday, April 5: State of America's Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2020. Stay tuned on this page for the release!  See the top challenged books from the...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in a regular session on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom webinar. The Finance Committee will meet at 5:00 p.m. and the Personnel Committee at 6:00 p.m. that evening via Zoom webinar also. 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...
April marks National Poetry Month, and Great River Regional Library is partnering with Lyricality to host Read Poetry 2021.  Read Poetry Central Minnesota, a One Book, Four Counties community read program is encouraging everyone in Sherburne, Benton, Stearns, and Wright counties to read "This is Where: poems" by Louise K. Waakaa’igan January through April, 2021.  In this eagerly anticipated volume Anishinaabekwe poet Louise K. Waakaa’igan lets us hear the “...
New reading challenge for the month of March in the Beanstack app! Mush - Let's go! Follow the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome. Earn a new set of colorful canine badges along the way!   This challenge is for readers of all ages and is based on the Iditarod sled dog race that takes place in Alaska each year. Readers are encouraged to read 1 minute for every mile of the actual Iditarod race. (Sidenote: the challenge is based on the length of the traditional...
Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can read and write. In fact, research shows that children can build these skills years before they start school. And that's why Great River Regional Library (GRRL) offers the popular "1,000 Book Before Kindergarten" program. Help your little one get ready to read by reading 1,000 books before entering kindergarten. Reading aloud with children builds vocabulary and language skills. You'll build early...
Having Cabin Fever? Merriam Webster defines cabin fever as "extreme irritability and restlessness from living in isolation or a confined indoor area for a prolonged time." We all get a little stir-crazy during the winter months and quarantine times, but the library has much to offer you and your family. We can help you beat the winter blues! Come into the library for games! Check out something fun, get cozy indoors, and play with friends. Get a brain-teaser with these Brain Fitness...