Library News: Region Wide

Learn more about the ways the library can help your child succeed at a "Parents as Educators" open house at the Annandale Public Library. The open house will take place Thursday, March 9, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Parents and student in grades 3 to 12 are invited to explore valuabe resources available free to library cardholders. These include language learning software and reliable Internet information sources for research and learning. Childcare will be provided for younger siblings. This open...
Good news, digital reading fans! Overdrive, the library's eBook/eAudiobook service, now has a snazzy new app called Libby! 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 collections for your next favorite read! Download the new app from your apps store today.
What do these books have in common? "Better Than Chocolate" "Obsession, Deceit And Really Dark Chocolate" "Friends, Lovers, Chocolate" Or how about these nonfiction titles? "Vanilla, Chocolate & Strawberry: The story of your favorite flavors" "Chocolate Holidays: Unforgettable desserts for every season" "I'd Rather Eat Chocolate: Learning to love my low libido" Yep! There's a chocolate connection. February's Year In Reading challenge is to read a book with "Chocolate" in the...
Smelly socks, frigid weather, backbreaking work... These things are more were imagined by people who submitted short stories based on the image we provided. The image is of lumberjacks in a St. Louis County, Minnesota bunkhouse. It was taken around 1899. It was made available to Great River Regional Library for this short story activity through the Minnesota Reflections database which is available online across Minnesota. It provides a central resource of more than 40,000 images and documents...
Going into 2017, GRRL adjusted the open hours at three branch libraries: Big Lake, Delano, and Swanville. Library use is reviewed each year, and hours are adjusted based on need and traffic patterns. Big Lake added one hour on Monday and two on Wednesday. Delano added one hour and shifted two on Thursday. Swanville shifted hours on all open days. Here are the current open hour schedules for these locations. BIG LAKE Monday: 1-7 Tuesday: 10-1 Wednesday: 1-7 Thursday: 2-6 Friday: 10-...
Add more fun to your reading by joining the library's Winter Reading Program. The 2017 program theme is "Escape the Ordinary." Adults and teens in sixth grade and up may take part. It runs from Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Tuesday, Feb. 28. You can complete drawing slips for each five books read during the program to take part in drawings for collectible Winter Reading Program mugs and other prizes. Register for the program online or at any Great River Regional Library branch location. Readers...
Do you ever look at the shelves of the library or all the book review sites and think, how will I ever keep track of what I want to read? There are so many good books out there! Fear not, reading enthusiasts. We've got a neat solution for you. Goodreads.com is a free website with a built-in bookshelf feature that allows you to not only keep track of books you have read, but also mark books you want to read in the future. It also has a community of millions, which means you can check out...
Coming Saturday, Jan. 21 to a library webpage near you .... Great River Regional Library's 2nd Annual Winter Reading Program Trivia Contest! Join your fellow trivia enthusiasts in a seven hour online trivia contest you can play at your local Great River Regional Library branch or from the comfort of your own home. Questions will range from general knowledge to specific GRRL-related questions. But stay close to a computer, because the correct answers to all of the questions can be found using...
2017 is upon us, and it introduces a whole new Year in Reading. Not sure what to read next? Fear not, we have lots of suggestions for every kind of reader, and especially for those of you willing to expand your reading. Check out our Year in Reading lists every month for specially curated suggestions based on our monthly themes. Up first for January is Men Without Rules. Join these adventurers and gadabouts on a literary romp to kick off the new year!
Here's an opportunity for children and teens to reduce their library fines. “Read Down Your Fines” will take place Monday, Dec. 19 through Saturday, Dec. 31 at all 32 branches of the Great River Regional Library. Children and teens younger than 17 who are unable to borrow library materials because of outstanding fines can regain library privileges just by reading at the library. Record the time you spend reading at the library on coupons available at the library desk. You can read...