Library News: Region Wide

Big news for aspiring writers; Great River Regional Library (GRRL) now offers a new suite of resources – collectively called MN Writes MN Reads – to help local authors connect with local readers and beyond.! MN Writes MN Reads is a free, user-friendly collection of tools for creating, publishing and sharing e-books 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...
It won't be long before summer break arrives - which means plenty of time for reading a good book! And, students ages 16 and under who might be haunted by fines due to overdue items could use this as an opportunity to whittle away at them. "Read Down Your Fines" is Great River Regional Library's (GRRL) simple way to lessen fine amounts: for every 15 minutes of reading at the library, $1 in late return fines will be eliminated. And, parents of young children can assist by reading to...
If you’ve ever been curious if there’s a tale or two behind an antique treasure you own, you’re in for a treat. This month, Great River Regional Library is making it possible for you to learn a little more about your items, thanks to the expertise of professional appraiser and speaker Mark Moran. Great River Regional Library is pleased to provide 9 opportunities around the region for you to meet Mark and find out if an antiquated possession has an unusual history, significance – and...
Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they are able to read and write. In fact, research shows that children are able to build these skills years before they start school. And that's why Great River Regional Library (GRRL) offers the popular "1,000 Book Before Kindergarten" program. This ambitious but fun program comes with a simple mission: to encourage children ages 0-5 and their parents to read 1,000 books together in advance of kindergarten....
In times of change, libraries and the librarians running them are guiding forces for communities everywhere. That’s why “Libraries Lead” is the theme for the 2018 National Library Week, April 8-14. National Library Week is an annual celebration of the life-changing work of libraries, librarians and library workers. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is pleased to join with libraries around the nation to celebrate the many ways libraries lead their communities through the...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Finance Committee will also 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 320-650-2500. Visit our Board of...
Spring is just around the corner, and we are getting ready to sow the seeds of outstanding library services with the help of our supporters. Locally Growin’ is Great River Regional Library’s (GRRL) new March fundraiser, and the mission is simple: to help every GRRL branch 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 decided upon by your local library.  ...
This program has ended It’s really the perfect gift for the library lover in your life, or even yourself: a day at Great River Regional Library. “Own A Day” is a new, easy and fun way to support all the great work being done at your local library. How does it work? For $100, you can “buy” any day of the year. In return, you’ll get: recognition at the library branch of your choice a certificate of appreciation a mention of your gift and honoree on the front page of griver....
Love is ... complicated. And that's the theme of February's emotionally-charged "Year in Reading" list. This month, our collection explores the dual sides of love and passion. So, don't fight it - browse our list and perhaps you'll find a great new read to, well, love.    
  It's a new year, and a few of our libraries are kicking it off with brand new hours. Three libraries within the Great River Regional Library system have modified their open hours, effective January of 2018. The three libraries are Clearwater, Elk River and Melrose. In each location, the new hours will continue to provide opportunities for people with varied schedules to visit the library.   Clearwater Library             ...