Library News: Region Wide

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is using Charities Review Council’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Toolkit to learn more about how the organization reflects our communities. This Toolkit will help identify the library’s organizational strengths, gaps, and possibilities for growth. The first step will be a survey about GRRL. You will be able to participate once the link below becomes available at the beginning of October. Take part in the DEI survey here: ***coming...
Fall is here! What better time to settle in and read a great book. "Fall into Reading" is the newest reading challenge on our Beanstack app! This time, keep track of how many pages you read, all the way up to 1000!  Are you up for the challenge? To participate in this challenge, you log the number of pages read. You can earn up to 11 online badges just by tracking what you are reading! Just for fun, there are also activity badges to look for leaves, cook a fall recipe, make leaf...
Are you gearing up for Halloween? The library has many Halloween-themed materials in our collections!   Check out these children's books: Halloween by Brenda Haugen Little Halloween by Denise Brennan-Nelson Super Spooktacular by Jessica Young Paw Patrol: Halloween Heroes by Nate Lovett Halloween Surprise by Corinne Demas see more Halloween-themed children's books in our catalog here Check out these children's movies:  It's the Great Pumpkin,...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, via Zoom webinar. The Personnel Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m., and the full Board at 6:00 p.m. 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, Personnel Committee, and GRRL staff will...
Many know the Great Regional Library as a place to check out books, attend storytimes, and come together as a community. But, what is the library's mission and core values? The Board of the library system recently reaffirmed GRRL's core values of exceptional service, forward thinking, and community focus. They acknowledged the library as a place of an inclusive community embracing diversity.   GRRL is a patron-centered organization and strongly commits to our values:...
School is back in session! This year we are all in for some learning, too.  As the school year begins differently from district to district, whether in-person, online, or hybrid, the library has resources for your family.  Ensure your child has the smartest card of all, a library card. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library do better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. Trying to...
Come on in! GRRL is now offering Grab & Go service! Browse your local library for books and items to check out. Look through the bookshelves, ask library staff questions, and pick up your holds, while keeping your visit as brief as possible. Grab & Go services may vary by location. Contact your local library for details of the services offered. Questions? Visit our FAQ, chat with a librarian, or call our hotline 1-833-GET-GRRL (1-833-438-4775).  ...
Happy Library Card Sign-Up Month! September marks Libary Card Sign-Up Month -- and we are excited! People living in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, and Wright counties are eligible for a free Great River Regional Library card. Your library card can be used in virtually any Minnesota public library. It’s the most important card you’ll ever get for free!  If you live outside of one of our counties, you may bring your Minnesota...
Enjoy library events from the comfort of your home and the convenience of your device!  Great River Regional Library is offering virtual events.  View Minnesota author/photographer Doug Ohman's presentation, Journey Down the Mississippi, a three-part series on the beauty of the Mississippi River. It just may inspire you to explore nature in your own part of Minnesota! Join the Minneapolis Guitar Quartet for a concert--virtually! Find the concert here on YouTube....
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in a special session on Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. All GRRL Board meetings are open to the public. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and need to practice social separation, meeting room occupancy will be limited in accordance with MDH and CDC guidelines. Total attendance is limited to available seating, and all persons are expected to maintain a social separation of six (6)...