Library News: Upsala

Join Upsala area toddlers for one or both of the summer storytimes.    A Few of Our Favorite Reads Join ECFE instructor Kandice Boettcher for an hour of stories, songs, and crafts for children ages 0-5 years and their caregivers! Each week we will focus on a different author including charming classics like Dr. Seuss and notable newbies like Todd Parr. Come prepared to laugh, move, and create.   Mondays, June 20 & 27, July 18 & 25, Aug. 1 & 8 10:30 to 11:...
In a hard thought battle on Saturday Jan. 9, three members of the GRRL-Upsala Trivia Team answered their way to victory in GRRL's online trivia contest. Team members Mike and Debbie Disher and Nancy Reesemann researched questions finding answers through Google searches and GRRL databases. The team were excited about answering and expect to return next year when the contest will be bigger and even better.
"What a cool banner!" So said patrons of the Upsala Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 31, when members of the Snappy Elmdalers 4-H Club hung their award-winning banner at the library so area residents could enjoy their work. This banner, the fifth that has hung at GRRL - Upsala, captured Grand Champion at the Morrison County Fair and won one of only three Purple Ribbons awarded at the Minnesota State Fair. Congratulations Snappy Elmdalers! Pictured L to R: Anna Blonigen, Allie Thelen,...
Every other year, Upsala Public Library hosts a makerspace program called Holiday Hangups. This year, in the first fall session, 40 kids had a blast crafting fall-themed windsocks. A winter session is also planned for December.
The Upsala Public Library hosts a spirited book group named Between The Covers every 4th Monday of the month at 7 p.m. The group will not meet in July, but will read "All The Light We Cannot See", for discussion on Monday, Aug. 24. "All The Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr is winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the 2015 Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction. It was a #1 New York Times bestseller, and featured in many best books of the year lists. The...
Toddlers and their parents enjoy hearing stories and making crafts at Great River Regional Library in Upsala. A few months ago the children were marching around the library while playing music with instruments. Story times take place on Wednesday nights, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. for children 18 months to 3 years with their caregivers. Please register with the Upsala Public Library in person or at griver.org/events.
Theresa and Kristin, two sisters from Upsala, attended the MSP Comicon event held May 16 and 17 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds using tickets they won from GRRL through a random drawing. Comicon is billed as 100,000 square feet of comics and related arts and collectibles. It includes dealers from all across the United States. The girls were particularly impressed with a Lego art exhibit that changed images and with the huge display of comic book art. Comicon provided the tickets to...
Friends of the Upsala Public Library purchase magazine subscriptions for Upsala Public Library. The most recent additions are Better Home and Gardens and Good Housekeeping. Periodicals can be checked out from the library - even the newest issues. These new titles join the periodical holdings list at Upsala that includes: Albany Enterprise, All You, Book Page, Bright Side of 50, Card Maker, Central Minnesota Women, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Family Fun, Fine Cooking, Food Network, HGTV Magazine,...
Bruce The Bug Guy visited GRRL Upsala on Wednesday, Aug. 13 with a fantastic group of LIVE insects! Children and adults met large cecropia moths, Madagascar hissing roaches, millipedes and a tarantula. Bruce taught us about insects, how to handle them, where to look for them in Minnesota, and why we should not fear them. We would like to have Bruce and the insects visit again.
Forty Upsala area residents enjoyed Jeffrey Vinokur, The Dancing Scientist, as part of the library's Summer Reading Program kickoff in June. Kids learned about polymers and smoke rings and acids from Vinokur, who has an M.S. in Biochemistry and performs kid-friendly science programs at schools and libraries across the country.