Library News

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (May 3, 2018) – The Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, May 15 at 6 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Finance and Personnel Committees will also meet that evening at 5 and 5:30 p.m., respectively. 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...
Aspiring writers: do you need a little extra motivation to get your novel out of your imagination and onto the page? Great River Regional Library has been thrilled to partner with libraries across the state to provide MN Writes MN Reads, a FREE self-publishing service. And now, the plot thickens with ... what else? A good old fashioned contest.  The Minnesota Author Project is a new competition designed to show off the writing talent percolating throughout the state. From now...
It's National Poetry Month, and here in Sauk Centre, we'd love for you to help us celebrate! This month, stop by the library to write a poem on a leaf for our "Poet-tree." Our tree has been greening up nicely with lots of leaves filled with original poems and lines from favorite poems.  Stop by, put up your own poem — and while you are here, check out a book of poetry or prose.
Fans of New York Times bestselling author William Kent Krueger, take a note — he's making a few stops around Great River Regional Library very soon! Krueger, well-known for the perennial favorite Ordinary Grace, will be at the Waite Park and Cold Spring Public Libraries to discuss his work, take questions and sell/sign copies of his books.  You can catch him in Waite Park on Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m., and in Cold Spring on Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Watch...
If you are a fan of mystery books and hot dishes, you may want to check out the upcoming Kimball Area Friends of the Library's "Dinner with Jeanne Cooney." Cooney is a Minnesota author who has written such cozy mysteries as Hot Dish Heaven: A Murder Mystery with Recipes.   As Jeanne puts it: "It’s not the Great American Novel. People won’t learn the meaning of life by reading it. But they might laugh away an afternoon or discover a simple comfort-food recipe for supper. And that’s...
There’s no shortage of artistic talent in central Minnesota – and we would like to feature the work of two talented individuals by printing it onto our library cards! Great River Regional Library (GRRL) wants you to submit your artwork this month during our library card design contest! For the first time in GRRL’s history, we’re giving you the chance to share your creativity with library card holders in six counties by illustrating our next library card. Anyone living Benton,...
Big news for aspiring writers; Great River Regional Library (GRRL) now offers a new suite of resources – collectively called MN Writes MN Reads – to help local authors connect with local readers and beyond.! MN Writes MN Reads is a free, user-friendly collection of tools for creating, publishing and sharing e-books with readers across Minnesota and potentially the country. Not an aspiring author? MN Writes MN Reads is also a great place to find something new to read. “Leading indie...
It won't be long before summer break arrives - which means plenty of time for reading a good book! And, students ages 16 and under who might be haunted by fines due to overdue items could use this as an opportunity to whittle away at them. "Read Down Your Fines" is Great River Regional Library's (GRRL) simple way to lessen fine amounts: for every 15 minutes of reading at the library, $1 in late return fines will be eliminated. And, parents of young children can assist by reading to...
If you’ve ever been curious if there’s a tale or two behind an antique treasure you own, you’re in for a treat. This month, Great River Regional Library is making it possible for you to learn a little more about your items, thanks to the expertise of professional appraiser and speaker Mark Moran. Great River Regional Library is pleased to provide 9 opportunities around the region for you to meet Mark and find out if an antiquated possession has an unusual history, significance – and...
Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they are able to read and write. In fact, research shows that children are able to 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.  This ambitious but fun program comes with a simple mission: to encourage children ages 0-5 and their parents to read 1,000 books together in advance of...