Library News: Region Wide

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             ...
Here’s an undeniable truth: books, and the creativity inspired by them, have had a powerful impact on the way we experience the holiday season for a very long time.  And Great River Regional Library is always here to help make your holiday season even merrier and brighter.  Consider revisiting the 1843 Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, which not only helped revive the Christmas holiday, but permanently influenced our modern-day gatherings, foods, games, and...
There is still time and space to sign up for the make & take ornament program being held on Wednesday, December 6 from 5-6 p.m. This is a free, come and go, self-directed event at the Becker Library. All supplies will be provided. For ages 5-12.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Becker Library.
Nine years ago, Sue Stine retired from her job as a metro-area teacher. She and her husband had dreams of retiring in a rural community, and chose Long Prairie. She didn’t know this at the time, but as a voracious reader, she really couldn’t have ended up in a better place. That’s because the small community is home to a lively and engaged group called the Women’s Literary Club – an organization that’s about to celebrate its 125th anniversary next year. And Stine, along with about...
Grear River Regional Library is thrilled to have the popular and talented Jen Anfinson back with a diverse lineup of art classes. From ornaments to jewelry to henna tattooing, Jen has a wide range of talents to share with artsy crafters of all ages throughout November and December. Check out this list of classes, along with their dates and locations. These programs are wildly popular, so you're encouraged to pre-register for them.   Melrose...
As a child of immigrants, Arna Rennan has a deep well of knowledge when it comes to the music and culture of Norway. Now, Arna will be using her musical and storytelling talents in programs at our libraries this month! Join us as she shares immigrants' stories that have been set to song. Arna includes music from a variety of genres, including simple four-lined poems, broadsides, waltz tunes, and vaudeville songs. This event is for all ages and is funded by Minnesota's Arts &...
Books and podcasts? Of course! The Central Minnesota Library Exchange is proud to present their new podcast, "Books and Beverages," and Great River is thrilled to contribute! Each episode discusses a new genre of books ... and the beverages to drink while reading them. Many of these podcasts will feature Great River librarians and staff, starting with the first one: romance! So, grab a beverage, sit in your favorite comfy chair, and tune in! https://cmle.org/tag/books-and-beverages...
Romance is one of the most popular fiction genres out there, and who would know more about it than a couple of librarians? St. Cloud Public Library's Ariel Kirst and Annie Larson were recently featured on local organization Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange's "Books and Beverages" podcast series, talking about the wide world of romantic fiction. https://cmle.org/2017/10/17/books-beverages-podcast-episode-101-romance/ Give it a listen, and stay tuned for more podcasts featuring...