Library News: Region Wide

“Snow Better Time to Read,” the Winter Reading Program begins Thursday, January 2, 2020 and runs through Saturday, February 29th. The program provides fun incentives for readers to settle into cozy winter reading habits. It is designed primarily for teens and adults and is open to anyone in the 6th grade or older. Each of the 32 branch libraries in the GRRL system will have prize drawings for participants. All book lovers need...
Stuck at home with nothing to read? Cozy up with a new ebook using Axis360 or Overdrive.  You can also download the Axis360 app on your iphone or tablet! Overdrive's app is called "Libby," which you can learn more about here.  You can read your books and audiobooks directly on the app or webpage, 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!   
During the month of December, Great River Regional Library celebrates Short Story Writing Month (ShoStoWriMo). Teens and adults could enter in their unique stories about this historical image from the Stearns History Museum. To make it truly a short story challenge, writers were to compose their story in only 33 words (since we have 33 locations)!  Thank you to all who participated and enjoyed the challenge. Here are some highlights: "The squeaking wheels roll over, CRASH! The...
The popular and ever-talented Jen Anfinson is back at Great River Regional Library!   Anfinson, an artist/teacher, has acquired a strong following throughout GRRL with her art workshops, and it isn’t hard to see why ...   This winter, Jen is touring with a host of different classes, including: Macrame Leatherwork in Jewlery Making Hand-stamped Cuff Bracelet Punch Needle Kids Sculptures Wire-bending in Ring Making Check out our calendar to...
The GRRL Board of Trustees Executive Committee will meet on Tuesday, December 17 at 2:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. 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 320-650-2500. Visit our Board of Trustees page ...
To celebrate Short Story Writing Month, the library is seeking short, short stories of 33 words or less that are inspired by this historical photograph provided by Stearns History Museum. What's the story here? Download the submission form to write your short, short story, and submit it from December 1st to December 31st at any Great River Regional Library location. Or, use the online form. Set your imagination free! (But remember, only in 33 words, since we have 33...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, November 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Finance Committee will meet 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 320-650-2500...
GRRL now offers a convenient service for customers who don't have a printer at home (or the ink is dry!)--you can send your print job online from your home computer to the library, and then come into the library to have it printed. We charge $0.10 per page/side for black and white and $0.50 per page/side for color copies. Print virtually any document from your internet-connected device (cell phone, tablet, laptop, desktop) to one of the GRRL printers. You have the option to print a...
November marks National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo) and we have the tools to help you be successful! Want to get your novel or writing published? Not sure how or where to start? MN Writes MN Reads is a free, user-friendly collection of tools for creating, publishing and sharing eBooks with readers across Minnesota and potentially the country. Not an aspiring author? MN Writes MN Reads is also a great place to find something new to read. “Leading indie authors...
Our libraries are starting to feel festive! We are ready for the holiday season and there are so many different ways to get involved and have fun this season at the library! Looking for some FREE festive events? Crafts? Author visits? GRRL has you covered! Here are just a few of the fun upcoming events happening across our region: "Ornament Making for Wright County Festival of Trees" -- Make a hand-crafted paper ornament using book pages to decorate a tree at the Wright...