Library News: Region Wide

Support your library during the High 5 campaign! When you donate to the library, 50 percent of your donation will be used locally for purposes decided independently by the local library staff. That may include things such as programs, prizes, and materials for the1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative. The other 50 percent becomes part of the general GRRL expenditure which is used mostly for staffing, computers, books and other items, to the benefit of all library users. So show your...
Parents or caregivers and their children in grades 3-12 are invited to the Annandale Public Library on Thursday, March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. to explore the free resources available to all Great River Regional Library (GRRL) cardholders. Your GRRL card provides free access to an array of reliable information from the Internet for research and learning. These resources are ideal for homeschoolers. Need assistance learning a language, need additional sources or images for a research project? GRRL...
The Internet can be a scary place! If governments and major corporations can be hacked, what chance do you have? Just as you wouldn't walk down dark, mean streets without caution, there are things you can do to help protect yourself when online. We've got a great set of tutorials lined up from the good folks at TechBoomers to teach you all about viruses, email scams, phishing, online shopping, and how to be safe online. Click here to view the resources and learn how to lower your risk.
Our favorite characters in books have adventures, overcome challenges, and they often become favorites because we relate to their feelings, experiences, traits, and personalities. But these favorite characters aren’t always humans, sometimes they’re animals! March’s Year in Reading challenge is to read anthropomorphic titles. You can search the catalog using the Title Keyword option, but we’ve also compiled a book list you can look through for ideas. February's challenge was to read...
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...