Library News

Smelly socks, frigid weather, backbreaking work... These things are more were imagined by people who submitted short stories based on the image we provided. The image is of lumberjacks in a St. Louis County, Minnesota bunkhouse. It was taken around 1899. It was made available to Great River Regional Library for this short story activity through the Minnesota Reflections database which is available online across Minnesota. It provides a central resource of more than 40,000 images and documents...
Becker Public Library is kicking off the program "1000 Books Before Kindergarten." This program is open to children, birth through age 5. 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a reading program designed to increase awareness of the importance of early literacy and to encourage parents to embrace their role as their child's first teacher. One key element of childhood development includes the formation of literacy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they...
The Becker Public Library is open for business after being closed for ten days.  The library was closed for re-carpeting, a project that required all books, shelves and equipment be removed from the library. The library's hours will return to the normal operating hours of Monday 2-8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday 2-6 p.m., Thursday 2-8 p.m., Friday 2-5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The program Read & Play (storytime) will resume Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. beginning...
In honor of Short Story Writing Month, 22 local 'authors' gave us their best short, short story based on the picture prompt.  GRRL is made up of 32 libraries, so 32 seemed the perfect number of words to give the best take on the picture prompt!  Teens and adults and even published well-known authors submitted short, short stories.  Here is a sampling of the stories we received: Stinky socks, William's muscles ached. Three dollars earned today, enough for the mortician....
Going into 2017, GRRL adjusted the open hours at three branch libraries: Big Lake, Delano, and Swanville. Library use is reviewed each year, and hours are adjusted based on need and traffic patterns. Big Lake added one hour on Monday and two on Wednesday. Delano added one hour and shifted two on Thursday. Swanville shifted hours on all open days. Here are the current open hour schedules for these locations. BIG LAKE Monday: 1-7 Tuesday: 10-1 Wednesday: 1-7 Thursday: 2-6 Friday: 10-...
Add more fun to your reading by joining the library's Winter Reading Program. The 2017 program theme is "Escape the Ordinary." Adults and teens in sixth grade and up may take part. It runs from Tuesday, Jan. 3 through Tuesday, Feb. 28. You can complete drawing slips for each five books read during the program to take part in drawings for collectible Winter Reading Program mugs and other prizes. Register for the program online or at any Great River Regional Library branch location. Readers...
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...
Coming Saturday, Jan. 21 to a library webpage near you .... Great River Regional Library's 2nd Annual Winter Reading Program Trivia Contest! Join your fellow trivia enthusiasts in a seven hour online trivia contest you can play at your local Great River Regional Library branch or from the comfort of your own home. Questions will range from general knowledge to specific GRRL-related questions. But stay close to a computer, because the correct answers to all of the questions can be found using...
2017 is upon us, and it introduces a whole new Year in Reading. Not sure what to read next? Fear not, we have lots of suggestions for every kind of reader, and especially for those of you willing to expand your reading. Check out our Year in Reading lists every month for specially curated suggestions based on our monthly themes. Up first for January is Men Without Rules. Join these adventurers and gadabouts on a literary romp to kick off the new year!
Join us at the Paynesville Public Library for a week of 'something to do!' The kids have the week off from school, and cold weather can keep everyone inside, so why not stop in to the library for fun, games and crafts.  We'll provide the supplies and toys (AND clean up the mess afterwards!). Stop in any time during the times listed below. Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Captain Underpants Day!  We'll have games (Underwear Fling, Toilet Seat Beanbag Toss), color sheets...