Library News: Region Wide

Did you know there's a digital classroom at your local library, and it's called Lynda.com? Lynda.com is a professional training website featuring over 3,000 in-depth tutorials on creative, business and technical skills. You can take courses on an expansive range of topics from photo and video editing to information technology (and everything in between) with these expertly-designed videos and presentations. Your "coursework" is free; all you need is your library card! To access Lynda....
How has your library transformed over time? How has your library transformed you? Those are a few questions behind this year's National Library Week, set for April 9-15. Here at Great River Regional Library, we're celebrating the many ways libraries are changing the lives of people in our communities through the ever-growing lineup of services and expertise they offer. Created in 1958, National Library Week serves as a yearly reminder that the opportunities offered by libraries...
Feel like you’re lost in the woods (or stacks) without a compass at your library? Let us lend a hand. Every one of the 32 libraries in the Great River Regional Library system offers the opportunity to “book a librarian” for concentrated, uninterrupted personal assistance with whatever you need. From help with e-books and computers to genealogical research or finding the right materials to finish your term paper, GRRL librarians are on hand, ready to help answer your questions and point...
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...