We’re excited about great new programming coming your way. During the next year all 32 libraries in Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will offer advanced genealogy classes using library computers, drama classes taught by artists from the Guthrie Theater, educational programs provided by Pages of Music, and art and writing workshops. Many will have presentations from the Mixed Blood Theatre, interactive fairy tales with the Great River Educational Arts Theatre (GREAT Theatre), and music from the St. Cloud Symphony Orchestra. These are all high quality programs, and there are surprises yet to come.
In 2008, voters approved a constitutional amendment to raise the sales tax rate 3/8 of 1 percent and dedicate the revenue for natural resources and the arts. Statewide, libraries are receiving approximately 2 percent of that revenue to use specifically for new arts and cultural heritage programs. It’s called Legacy funding. GRRL's application for a second year of legacy funding was recently approved, so all of our locations will continue to present programs about the arts and cultural heritage of Minnesota.
That’s how we were able to bring authors, musicians and presenters like the Minnesota Zoomobile to our libraries in the last year. Branch library managers are filling in their program schedules now, so keep checking the GRRL Events page to learn about programming coming to your area.