Library News: Region Wide

The Internet can be a scary place! If governments and major corporations can be hacked, what chance do you have? Just as you wouldn't walk down dark, mean streets without caution, there are things you can do to help protect yourself when online. We've got a great set of tutorials lined up from the good folks at TechBoomers to teach you all about viruses, email scams, phishing, online shopping, and how to be safe online. Click here to view the resources and learn how to lower your risk.
Good news, digital reading fans! Overdrive, the library's eBook/eAudiobook service, now has a snazzy new app called Libby! 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 collections for your next favorite read! Download the new app from your apps store today.
Do you ever look at the shelves of the library or all the book review sites and think, how will I ever keep track of what I want to read? There are so many good books out there! Fear not, reading enthusiasts. We've got a neat solution for you. Goodreads.com is a free website with a built-in bookshelf feature that allows you to not only keep track of books you have read, but also mark books you want to read in the future. It also has a community of millions, which means you can check out...
If you have an iPhone, you have probably heard of Siri. She's the computery voice that can talk to you from your phone. She is basically a hands-free way of searching for information.   To access Siri, just hold down on your home button (the small round button on the bottom of your iPhone) and ask your question. What kinds of questions can you ask Siri? Anything! Ask her what movie times are. Ask her to find local coffee shops. Ask her for directions to an address....
Welcome to the Short Story Month Writing Challenge. You are invited to write a short story based on the historical photo you see here. When was this taken? It could have been one hundred years ago, or 50 years in the future. Where are the women, and where was the photo taken? Bolivia maybe, or in a salt mine on Siberian plains. Make your own story in 32 words (one each for Great River Regional Library's 32 branch locations) and let us see it. Some stories may be posted on GRRL's website or in...
December's challenge for a year in reading is to read classic children's fiction. Apart from fun and a good read, you can find a lot of wisdom in these books. From "Peter Pan" to "The Wind In The Willows," and from "Alice In Wonderland" to "The Princess Bride," there are words to live by. To make things easy for you, we've provided a reading list. Or, you can get recommendations from your local library staff. In January we asked you to read a book set somewhere you'd like to travel. In...
New apps are created every day. But some apps are so useful they stick around and just get better. We've put together a list of apps the staff have used and found useful so you can check it out. Whether it's something to help you keep track of the miles you run or the dollars in your bank account, there's an app here. Of course, because we're librarians, you'll find apps that help you find books and music. But there's more, too. So check it out.
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Paynesville staff discovered at least 25 caterpillars in the tiny, raised-bed 'Mr. McGregor's Garden' in the front lawn of the library. After some research, they decided the green, yellow and orange creatures are probably papilio polyxenes asterius larvae (which transforms into the Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly) and will begin their pupae transition soon, likely in the next 4 or 5 days, (but that's just an educated guess based on the research). These will likely over...
You’ve heard about it in the news, and seen the signs around the library, but what exactly is this Pokemon Go everyone is talking about?  It’s a new free gaming/fitness app that is taking the world by storm! Click here to learn more about how you can catch ‘em all and become a Pokemon master.    
Video chatting is a wonderful way to keep in touch with relatives far away, to hold across-the-globe meetings, and to bring people closer together. Check out these great free apps and programs that let you video chat from your computer, tablet, or smart phone. Google Hangouts Skype Facebook FaceTime (for Apple devices only)