Library News: Region Wide

  Doug Ohman is a true-blue Minnesota history enthusiast, and he can’t help but spread the word wherever he goes.   A historian, photographer and storyteller all rolled into one, Doug has published 14 books all about Minnesota.   His full-time job for two decades? Traveling all around the state of Minnesota sharing his historic, interactive presentations.   This spring, he’ll be visiting 14 branches of Great River Regional Library with a lively assortment...
Big Lake library hosted a Creative Art Night, a spin on Bad Art Night. The library provided all the materials, paint, duct tape, magazines, etc.  Participants were given free reign over how the materials were used in their creations. The rules of art and flow did not apply to this fun, creative program. Check it out!       
Librarians are a well-known source of information and answers - and you can access that knowledge 24/7! You'll notice a chat window on the right side of the screen here on our Ask A Librarian page. This page offers a wealth of reference resources, including a live chat window. This window connects you with a Great River librarian, or a librarian from somewhere else, any time you need one. Just click the arrow at the top right of the chat box, and a chat window will appear for you to type...
Dementia touches many of our lives, but we don't have to go through it alone.  Big Lake, Becker and Elk River libraries are providing a 4-part series on dementia presented by Tami Kolbinger and Cristina Rodriguez. The presentations do not build on each other, so you don't have to worry if you can't make it to all of them. The first presentation is at the Big Lake Library on Monday, March 4th starting from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Realities of Normal Aging vs. Aging with Dementia is...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet for a work session on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Finance Committee will meet that evening at 5:30 p.m. All GRRL Board meetings are open to the public and held at the St. Cloud Public Library.  Persons with disabilities who plan to attend and will need assisted services should contact the Administrative Assistant three business days prior to the meeting at...
It’s hard to think of February without thinking about declarations of love and affection. Here at Great River Regional Library, we’re celebrating that energy with Library Lovers Month! From art classes and music to technology help and storytime, local libraries educate, entertain and offer a breather from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here's something WE love this month: cooking! With the cold weather swirling around and likely staying a while longer, we've put together...
  We asked you to tell us a story in 33 words or less ... and many people did! Short Story Writing Month (ShoStoWriMo) was observed in December, and we're pleased to share the tales inspired by this photo, courtesy of the Stearns History Museum. Enjoy!   The clown and a person with a dragon shirt on are looking at a strange creature. The creature is a little turtle looking monster. They are scared because they are holding the creature. - Dominic M.,...
Great River Regional Library will be closing any open libraries today, Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5:00 p.m. It's in the best interest of the communities we serve, and our staff, to encourage everyone to stay home and safe. Libraries will also be closed all day tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 30. Due dates for items due Tuesday and Wednesday have been extended to Saturday, Feb. 2. Items on request have also been extended through Saturday, Feb. 2. Feel to check out our Facebook page for shareable...
Stargazers, rejoice! 20 new telescopes are joining the Great River Regional Library collection in February.  Since 2017, GRRL has had an Orion StarBlast Reflector telescope stationed out of the Buffalo Library, thanks to the generosity of library supporter Mark Boyd of the Buffalo Rotary. That particular telescope has been extraordinarily popular with a near-constant waiting list. This prompted the Buffalo Rotary to generously donate the funds needed to add more telescopes to...
  Minnesota winters: cold, dark, foreboding at times. Seems like as good of a time as any to dig into an intriguing, if not cold/dark/foreboding book. Great River Regional Library is excited to welcome a roster of popular, talented authors (who do NOT write for the faint of heart) throughout January and February.  Follow the links at the end of the bios to see when they'll be appearing in your town.   FRANK WEBER As a forensic psychologist for over two...