Library News: Staples

Staples Book Club members LaVonne Selleck and Evelyn Killian volunteered with Library Assistant & Book Club Facilitator Bev Anderson in distributing books at Jon's Family Foods for the World Book Night event. It didn't take long for the books to disappear! LaVonne, Evelyn and Bev were a part of a group of 25,000 volunteers going out into 6,000 towns and cities across America. Each registered volunteer received a box containing 20 books to give away in order to encourage reading. Numerous...
Library Assistant Angie Johnson and our Staples staff were surprised to receive a basket of treats from 1st International Bank & Trust on National Librarian Day - April 16. Three bank employees delivered the basket which had a note, "Thanks for all you do for our community." We appreciate their support and we are enjoying the treats.
By Mark Anderson, News Editor, courtesy of Staples World Staples Motley High School students were one of 15 groups in the Great River Regional Library area to participate in the Big Read, all centered around “To Kill a Mockingbird,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Harper Lee. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. On...
The Friends of the Staples Public Library have purchased a children's coat rack for young patrons at the Staples Public Library. When entering the library the coat rack is located on your left. Immediately behind it are illustrations and text from the classic story of "The Little Engine That Could." Thanks to the Friends for their generosity!
As we celebrate National Friends of the Library week, I would like to recognize members of the Friends of the Staples Public Library. Their support makes it possible to provide additional programming, library furnishings and artwork. Friends President Gloria Palmer leads the board members including Brenda Halvorson, Nate Mathews, Mike Palmer, Renae Schmitz, John Gorton, Laurie Paskewitz and Tom Kajer. Their leadership and support continues to make a difference in providing library services to...
Barry the "Balloon Man" read stories to young patrons at Staples Public Library this summer in the library's Round House. Children participated in craft activities and ate snacks after each story time. Sara Dregney and the Staples Motley Early Childhood Coalition co-sponsored these programs. Preschoolers may join us this fall, winter and spring for monthly story times starting Oct. 17. Please register your children (ages 3-5) for each program.
Samantha Mrazek was Staples Public Library’s Blue Ribbon Reader winner this summer. Children and teens at each of Great River Regional Library’s 32 locations were invited to take part in an essay writing contest. They were asked to answer the question: Why do you love to read? Samantha's essay was selected from the Staples entries. Her name was then put in with the names of winners from the 31 other library locations in which Great River Regional Library provides services....
St. John's Arboretum staff visited the Staples Public Library on Aug. 5 to provide "dig in the dirt" activities for our young patrons. They took soil samples and demonstrated with hands-on activities and skits about the good and bad creatures below the surface. This program was made available through funding from the Friends of the Staples Public Library. Reminder: Saturday, Aug. 10 is the last day to turn in your Summer Reading Program slips. While you're here, come to see Boo Boo the...
A children's program led by Master Gardener Marge Meyer and horticulture specialist Becky Roelofs on June 13 helped children do experiments with different types of soil at the Staples Public Library. A display of children's gardening books available for checkout also drew interest. Sign up now for other children's programs and our Summer Reading Program. Upcoming programs include a Dig Into Summer Storytime for pre-kindergarten through first-grade children on Wednesday, June 19 at...
Jess Cavazos, a mobile artist from Brainerd, installed three mobiles in the Roundhouse children’s area of the Staples Public Library. Each mobile has has a different theme: dinosaurs with pages falling out of a book and various types of hand-painted dinosaurs (not pictured); fantasy with unicorns, fairies, mermaids and stars; and equipment and agriculture, anchored by an 18-wheeler truck with John Deere tractors and wheat symbols. Each mobile also has brightly colored letters on pages...