Library News: Region Wide

On September 25th 2019, Great River Regional Library, composed of 33 locations in Central Minnesota, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary! We have a rich history and are excited for another 50 years of inspiring central Minnesota to explore, learn, and connect. Learn more at griver.org   See the GRRL 50th Anniversary video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JboGwie_IoI         
Our libraries are starting to feel a little spooky! We are ready for Halloween and there are so many different ways to get involved and have fun this fall at the library! Looking for some FREE Halloween events? Crafts? Author visits? GRRL has you covered! Here are just a few of the fun upcoming Halloween events happening across our region: "Decorate a Pumpkin!" -- Come down to the Cold Spring or Richmond library on October 1st to pick up an arts-and-crafts pumpkin...
Stuck on homework? Not sure what to do or who to ask?  Find all your answers and get one-on-one help at the library at our Homework Help pages! We can help connect you to the right resources for whatever level you are at. On our Homework Help - Elementary School page, you will find links for animals, biographies, countries and states, current events, history, math, Minnesota resources, reading, science, and local school websites.  On our Homework Help - Middle School page,...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, September 17, 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...
Ready to be star struck at the library? Now is your chance to meet and hear from popular Minnesota authors Lorna Landvik, Doug Ohman, and Chad Lewis.  These three authors will be traveling across our region through September, October, and November. Busy this fall? There are plenty of opportunities to attend an event that works best for your schedule. Or maybe you enjoyed an author visit so much that you would like to see them again? Author tours give you the chance to see your favorites...
Want to practice the skill of reading in a fun, new way? Here’s a great opportunity for a relaxing one-on-one reading session with a dog. These dogs, from Therapy Dog International, love to be read to and children can practice reading. This can help shy children build confidence in their reading, or your child can just have fun while reading to the dogs! In Saint Michael, come spend one-on-one time with either Taurus or Bear. In Albany, come read to Freddie the golden retriever. In...
Show young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love! TumbleBooks is a collection of animated talking picture books now available through GRRL online. TumbleBooks takes existing picture books, adds animation, sound, music and narration, and produces an electronic picture book kids can read or listen to from any computer -- at home or at the library. Kids and parents will find high quality recordings of popular books, including classic fairy tales. The read-along stories...
Starting Thursday, August 1, 2019, the Hands-Free Law comes into effect. This means that Minnesota drivers are not able to have their phones in their hand. The law prohibits making calls, texting, looking for music, gaming, and finding directions while driving. However, drivers are able to do these tasks by voice commands that do not require holding the phone. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, “At no time may a driver hold the phone in their hand unless it’s to obtain...
The dog days of summer are upon us. Why not cool off at your local library?   Each branch of Great River Regional Library offers a host of summer programs for kids, teens and adults. From storytimes for all ages of kids to tech help, book clubs and art workshops for adults, your library is busy all summer long creating fun, educational and creative activities for the whole family.   Visit griver.org/events and search by branch to see what’s happening at your library.
Stuck in a reading rut? Want to deviate from your literary routine? Not sure where to start? May we suggest asking librarians? 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. Each month of the Year in Reading challenge focuses on a particular theme or genre, giving readers a great leg up when it comes to...