Library News

The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Personnel Committee will meet that evening at 5:00 p.m. and the Finance Committee 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...
The weather has been awfully unpredictable this year and has forced Great River Regional Library to reschedule a fair amount of author talks, performances and other programs. One such author is Brian Freeman, who has four speaking dates once again on the books and coming to a library near you. Join Brian for a funny and entertaining look at his 14-year career writing twist-filled psychological thrillers, including bestsellers like "Alter Ego" (set in Duluth!) and "The Night Bird."...
Check these out! The Big Lake Library hosted a "Poured Line Art on Thursday, March 7th.  The class featured a "no-fail" concept that modified techniques of Jackson Pollock. Pollock was a 20th-century abstract impressionist artist that created light, energy and movement in his pieces by dripping, splattering and dragging paint across his canvases. Pollock would lay his canvases on the floor so that he could paint from all angles as he moved around the...
  Doug Ohman is a true-blue Minnesota history enthusiast, and he can’t help but spread the word wherever he goes.   A historian, photographer and storyteller all rolled into one, Doug has published 14 books all about Minnesota.   His full-time job for two decades? Traveling all around the state of Minnesota sharing his historic, interactive presentations.   This spring, he’ll be visiting 14 branches of Great River Regional Library with a lively assortment...
Big Lake library hosted a Creative Art Night, a spin on Bad Art Night. The library provided all the materials, paint, duct tape, magazines, etc.  Participants were given free reign over how the materials were used in their creations. The rules of art and flow did not apply to this fun, creative program. Check it out!       
By patron demand, we are having a class on how to macrame!  1970's macrame is making a comeback, so you're invited to learn the basic knots of macrame and create a trendy project in class.  This class has a limit of 15. Attendees ages 15 and older are invited to register at griver.org/events or by calling 320-285-2505.
Librarians are a well-known source of information and answers - and you can access that knowledge 24/7! You'll notice a chat window on the right side of the screen here on our Ask A Librarian page. This page offers a wealth of reference resources, including a live chat window. This window connects you with a Great River librarian, or a librarian from somewhere else, any time you need one. Just click the arrow at the top right of the chat box, and a chat window will appear for you to type...
For thousands of years, people have been enjoying the physical and meditative benefits of yoga. However, most aren’t aware of the benefits practicing yoga can bring to children. A recent article in Parent’s Magazine cited that when practicing yoga poses, children learn how to exercise, develop confidence, and concentrate better – and who doesn’t want that? There are five key areas where kids benefit from the practice of yoga, and each improves their overall well-being. It...
Dementia touches many of our lives, but we don't have to go through it alone.  Big Lake, Becker and Elk River libraries are providing a 4-part series on dementia presented by Tami Kolbinger and Cristina Rodriguez. The presentations do not build on each other, so you don't have to worry if you can't make it to all of them. The first presentation is at the Big Lake Library on Monday, March 4th starting from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Realities of Normal Aging vs. Aging with Dementia is...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet for a work session on Tuesday, February 19, 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 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 business days prior to the meeting at...