Library News: Region Wide

The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom webinar. In response to COVID-19 and pursuant to Minnesota Statute Chapter 12. Emergency Management, Governor Walz declared a state of emergency. In accordance with the state of emergency and Minnesota Statute Chapter 13D.021, the GRRL Board of Trustees and GRRL staff will participate in the meeting by telephone or other electronic means rather than being personally present...
Big congratulations to our Library Card Design Contest Winners!  Back in the spring and summer of 2020, GRRL welcomed artists of all ages to submit designs for new library cards! Anyone living in GRRL's service area could by illustrating our next library card. The artwork was judged based on creativity, design, and the library's mission: Explore. Learn. Connect. Our three winners are from three categories: kids (ages 0-12): Patience, whose home...
This year has sure challenged us--we needed to come up with some new hobbies while at home! Starting new hobbies can be challenging. You wonder, should I invest in everything to do the hobby? How do I learn to do it? What if I don't like it after I try? We have a solution for you! Test out a potential new hobby easily and without investing in equipment with the library's "Try It Yourself" kits.  Each kit contains a how-to book and tools around a theme or topic. Our topics...
Have a movie marathon during this chilly January by checking out a Binge Box from your local library! Looking for a fun family night? Looking for a pandemic-friendly date night?  Maybe you are on a movie marathon kick? Library staff know movie marathons are all the rage--so we are here to help! You can now check out a Binge Box by visiting your local library to see what is on the shelves, or you can look through our catalog to see all the different types we have. There...
During December, the Great River Regional Library celebrates Short Story Writing Month (ShoStoWriMo). Teens and adults could enter in their unique stories about this historical image from the Stearns History Museum. We asked writers to compose their stories in only 33 words (since we have 33 locations), making it a real short story challenge! Thank you to all who participated and enjoyed the challenge. Here are some highlights: "While across the sea our brave soldiers take up...
Light up your mind with great books and make reading a habit this winter! "Light Up the Mind," the 2021 Winter Reading Program, begins Saturday, January 2, 2021, and runs through Saturday, February 27. The program provides fun incentives for readers to settle into cozy winter reading habits. It is designed primarily for teens and adults and is open to anyone in the 6th grade or older. Each of the 32 branch libraries in the GRRL system will have prize drawings for participants. All...
Stearns County has an opening for a District 5 citizen representative on the Great River Regional Library Board of Trustees. This board meets a minimum of six times per year at 6 p.m. at the St. Cloud Public Library (currently via Zoom) to provide direction and vision for the organization. Terms are three (3) years and term limits are three full terms, or nine (9) years total. If you are interested in serving on this board, please visit the Stearns County website: https://www....
The holiday season is here, and we have just what you need ~ holiday cookbooks! Many holiday traditions involve family around the dinner table or making fun festive treats in the kitchen. So instead of purchasing new cookbooks (that you only use this season!), why not check out a cookbook or two from your local library!  Here are some of our favorites: Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook by Taste of Home Holiday Cooking Around the World by Kari Cornell...
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) works hard to fight the stereotype that libraries are full of dusty, old books. We strive to provide you with the best and latest materials. Therefore, it is out with the old and in with the new! GRRL is saying goodbye to our digital collection on Axis 360 service, effective December 31st, 2020.  Other databases/online resources changes include Ref USA access ending on December 31st and Chilton access ending at the...
Slow down, take a deep breath, and take the Beanstack #ReadGrateful Challenge! Share an attitude of gratitude with those around you by starting with some gratitude themed books to kick off the conversation. Log your reading here and earn a new set of colorful badges! The challenge logs time spent reading (up to 20 hours for completion) and has five activity badges. It is open to all ages and runs from November 2nd through December 31st. Sign up at griver.beanstack.org...