Library News: Region Wide

The Great River Regional Library Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, November 16, 2021, in the St. Cloud Public Library Mississippi Room. The Personnel Committee will meet at 5:00 p.m., the Finance Committee at 5:30 p.m., and the full Board at at 6:00 p.m. All GRRL Board and Committee meetings are open to the public. Persons with disabilities who plan to attend and will need assisted services should contact the Administrative Assistant...
Explore... Learn... Connect... without fines! We are excited to announce that starting January 3, 2022, the Great River Regional Library will be going "Fines Free." This means that overdue fines will not accrue on late materials. Find answers to your questions here.  Why is the library eliminating fines? This initiative began in 2019 with the elimination of overdue fines on children and teen materials. Local research conducted by St. Cloud State University Survey Center for...
One Book | One Minnesota announces its sixth title One Book | One Minnesota, the statewide book club, announces its sixth title, “The Song Poet” by Kao Kalia Yang. This title is featured from October 25 through December 19, 2021. This gives the state of Minnesota to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss. Invite family and friends to read and listen together. Then join Minnesota in our virtual author discussion on Thursday, December 9, to...
What is Ebooks Minnesota?  Ebooks Minnesota is an online database for library cardholders to access eBooks and eAudiobooks. This database is an online eBook collection for all Minnesotans featuring content from our state's independent publishers, including some of our best literature and nonfiction. On the site, you can discover new Minnesota reads by categories: adventure, animals, arts & music, biographies, character, classics, folklore & fairytales, foreign language,...
The library is preparing for BIG NEWS in 2022! GRRL is going Fines Free!  Do you want to be a part of GRRL’s fines free efforts? Give to the Year-End Campaign to pay it forward!  With this change, no fines will accrue on overdue materials! All 33 library locations will be free, open, and welcoming to all. With the help of the library’s generous donors, we can remove the financial barrier of fines to allow everyone to explore, learn, and connect in their community. ...
The Great River Regional Library Board of Trustees will meet for a work session on Tuesday, October 19, 2021, in the St. Cloud Public Library Mississippi Room at at 6:00 p.m. Some members of the Board will attend from the Cokato Public Library Community Room also.   All GRRL Board meetings and meeting locations are open to the public. Persons with disabilities who plan to attend and will need assisted services should contact the Administrative Assistant...
Spooky season is upon us! In the U.S., Halloween is a holiday full of merrymaking, magic, and mischief. Many cultures celebrate life and death through rituals and celebrations with their communities. Learn about the origins and practices of various Halloween-like traditions around the world. Read all month long and complete activities to earn badges. "Hallow-Read Around the World" is a challenge for all ages on our Beanstack app! The challenge runs the duration of the month, October 1st...
Celebrate Culture in October Great River Regional Library is hosting a tour of five locations in October with two different COMPAS performers, Afoutayi (Haitian dancer) and TaikoArts Midwest (taiko drumming from Japan)! These performances do not require registration and are open to a broad age range. Visit one of the following library locations to enjoy a cultural performance provided to you by a grant from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund created by the Legacy Amendment to...
Now introducing to the stage.... Put your hands together for.... Magic Bob!  This October, Great River Regional Library is excited to announce the upcoming performances of Magic Bob!  Join us as Magic Bob engages your kids with magic, story-telling, and puppetry. Magic Bob will help the kids understand that reading is monstrously great fun! Check the Event Calendar on our events page (here) or click on your branch below to find the registration link:...
What is Libby?  Overdrive, the library's popular digital service, has a fun and easy app called Libby! Borrow eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more from Great River Regional Library for FREE! Get the app today! Get it on Google Play or download it in the Apple App Store. Or, use it in your web browser at libbyapp.com 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...