Library News

Celebrate Culture in October Great River Regional Library is hosting a tour of five locations in October with two different COMPAS performers, Afoutayi (Haitian dancer) and TaikoArts Midwest (taiko drumming from Japan)! These performances do not require registration and are open to a broad age range. Visit one of the following library locations to enjoy a cultural performance provided to you by a grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created by the Legacy Amendment to...
Now introducing to the stage.... Put your hands together for.... Magic Bob!  This October, Great River Regional Library is excited to announce the upcoming performances of Magic Bob!  Join us as Magic Bob engages your kids with magic, story-telling, and puppetry. Magic Bob will help the kids understand that reading is monstrously great fun! Check the Event Calendar on our events page (here) or click on your branch below to find the registration link:...
What is Libby?  Overdrive, the library's popular digital service, has a fun and easy app called Libby! Borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more from Great River Regional Library for FREE! Get the app today! Get it on Google Play or download it in the Apple App Store. Or, use it in your web browser at libbyapp.com You can read your books and audiobooks directly on the app, as well as keep track of when your books are due. Be sure to check out the curated book...
This October, Great River Regional Library is participating in the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual TeenTober celebration!  This month-long event, developed by YALSA, strives to raise awareness of the importance of year-round teen services available at local libraries and the materials they can provide. Making teens aware of the services local libraries can offer them helps develop new skills and fuel their passions. TeenTober merges YALSA’s successful and long-...
The Great River Regional Library Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, in the St. Cloud Public Library Mississippi Room. The Finance Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. and the full Board at at 6:00 p.m.   All GRRL Board and Committee meetings are open to the public. Persons with disabilities who plan to attend and will need assisted services should contact the Administrative Assistant three business days prior...
Join us for fall programs, made possible by Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Funds!   Paper Plains You're invited to learn papermaking with Paper Plains! Like a free food-truck for art, Paper Plains rolls into town and is available for anyone to try a new craft. Participants make paper that's embedded with native prairie seeds. Whether it hangs on the fridge or gets planted in the garden, the paper you make is yours to keep. For all ages, though young children will...
The stained glass window project that has been going on for 9 years is now complete.  A meaningful and stunning addition has been made at the Annandale Public Library, branch of Great River Regional Library that completes the stained glass window project. The five window set is complete. Pete Wilder started this series nine years ago, with the center sail boat scene for his wife Ellen. He and his daughter Judy worked with Michael's Stained Glass to design a window for...
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month This year for Great River Regional Library's Library Card Sign-Up Month, we not only are encouraging new borrowers to sign-up for their first-ever card, but we are also reminding our borrowers to renew their cards! Did you know that your library card expires every 3 years? Make sure that you return to your library to get your card updated and see what is new in your local library. Why renew your library card? Borrow instead of buy...
Come one, come all to the Carnival of Reading! Step right up and join our fair-filled challenge. Check out reading recommendations, try a delicious recipe, and play games! Log your reading and complete activities to earn colorful badges now through September 30. Register and log at https://griver.beanstack.org/ or on the free Beanstack Tracker app. Learn more about the Beanstack app here.  
Read a Banned Book Throughout the country, most children are starting a new academic year. Teachers are sending out their lists of required readings, and parents are beginning to gather books. Unfortunately, in some cases, classics like "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Catcher in the Rye," and "To Kill a Mockingbird" may not be included in the curriculum or available in the school library due to challenges made by parents or administrators. Since 1990, the American Library...