Library News: Region Wide

Great River Regional Library's New, Best & Fun page provides reading lists to help you explore award-winning titles, find read-alikes for favorite books or offer “Year in Reading” challenges to help you read outside your norm. Art is the theme for April 2019. Art helps paint a picture of our lives through the ages. Explore it, and stories inspired by it in this month’s “Year in Reading” challenge with these titles. "Art Journey American Landscapes: 89 Painters' Perspectives"...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in special session on Tuesday, April 16, 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 and Committee 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...
How does your library make your community stronger?   That’s the big question this year during National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association, which runs from April 7-13.   The theme of this year’s National Library Week is, “Libraries = Strong Communities.” Why? Because libraries are at the heart of their cities and towns. They are public spaces where people of all backgrounds can come together and connect.   National Library Week is an exciting...
  Spring has sprung, and Great River Regional Library is celebrating new beginnings by raising money for new and fun things for each of our 32 libraries.   Locally Growin’ is GRRL's April fundraiser, and the goal is to help every library raise the funds they need for something special.   Here’s how it works. You get to choose which library you would like to support, and that gift will be put toward a goal set by that library.    Each library’s Locally...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Personnel Committee will meet that evening at 5:00 p.m. and the Finance Committee at 5:30 p.m. All GRRL Board and Committee 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...
The weather has been awfully unpredictable this year and has forced Great River Regional Library to reschedule a fair amount of author talks, performances and other programs. One such author is Brian Freeman, who has four speaking dates once again on the books and coming to a library near you. Join Brian for a funny and entertaining look at his 14-year career writing twist-filled psychological thrillers, including bestsellers like "Alter Ego" (set in Duluth!) and "The Night Bird."...
Check these out! The Big Lake Library hosted a "Poured Line Art on Thursday, March 7th.  The class featured a "no-fail" concept that modified techniques of Jackson Pollock. Pollock was a 20th-century abstract impressionist artist that created light, energy and movement in his pieces by dripping, splattering and dragging paint across his canvases. Pollock would lay his canvases on the floor so that he could paint from all angles as he moved around the...
  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...