Library News: Region Wide

The Becker Public Library is open for business after being closed for ten days.  The library was closed for re-carpeting, a project that required all books, shelves and equipment be removed from the library. The library's hours will return to the normal operating hours of Monday 2-8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday 2-6 p.m., Thursday 2-8 p.m., Friday 2-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The program Read & Play (storytime) will resume Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning...
In honor of Short Story Writing Month, 22 local 'authors' gave us their best short, short story based on the picture prompt.  GRRL is made up of 32 libraries, so 32 seemed the perfect number of words to give the best take on the picture prompt!  Teens and adults and even published well-known authors submitted short, short stories.  Here is a sampling of the stories we received: Stinky socks, William's muscles ached. Three dollars earned today, enough for the mortician....
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...
This has been an extraordinary year for Great River Regional Library. Here are a few of the things that happened in 2016 •    Staff launched a new website and online catalog that reshape themselves so as to meet the needs of patrons who access our services on smartphones and other digital devices. •    Staff responded quickly to a fire that closed the St. Cloud Public Library for ten weeks. Despite not having ready access to their offices, staff maintained vital...
If you have an iPhone, you have probably heard of Siri. She's the computery voice that can talk to you from your phone. She is basically a hands-free way of searching for information.   To access Siri, just hold down on your home button (the small round button on the bottom of your iPhone) and ask your question. What kinds of questions can you ask Siri? Anything! Ask her what movie times are. Ask her to find local coffee shops. Ask her for directions to an address....