Library News

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 Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. author and appraiser Mark Moran, who has written over 25 books on antiques and collectibles and has appeared on the PBS "Antiques Roadshow" program, will be at the Belgrade library. He will evaluate your items and help you learn more about the history of your own personal objects. Limit one object per person, limit 40 items. Please register for a time slot by calling the Belgrade Lilbrary at 320.254.8842. Additional guests are welcome to attend to...
Upsala celebrates Heritage Days the second week of August with a community festival, music concerts and a medallion hunt.  This year the five daily clues led seekers on a merry chase through the city park to the flower urns along Main Street, to the Community Center and, finally, to GRRL~Upsala.  The medallion had been hidden in a Reader's Digest Condensed book, shelved correctly in FIC REA, located about four feet off the floor.  It should have been an easy find, but the...
GREAT RIVER REGIONAL LIBRARY REQUEST FOR BIDS FOR RESTORATION SERVICES Great River Regional Library, hereafter known as GRRL, working in partnership with the City of St. Cloud, is requesting proposals from qualified restoration companies to provide fire restoration and remediation related services. Sealed bids for these turnkey services will be delivered at 10:00 a.m., Friday, September 16, 2016 to the City of St. Cloud City Hall. Envelopes containing proposals shall be submitted as...
The St. Cloud Public Library will remain closed until further notice. On the afternoon of August 17, 2016 approximately 250 patrons and staff were evacuated after a patron set a fire on the second floor of the St. Cloud Public Library. The St. Cloud Public Library is the headquarters for the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) system which has 32 libraries in six counties in Central Minnesota. All GRRL locations exist through partnerships between GRRL and the hosting cities. GRRL provides...
Visit Our Once Upon a Reader Trunk Shows Once Upon a Reader is a one-book program for children ages 0-6 and their families. The program promotes children’s literature and encourage families to talk, sing, read, write, and play together – five practices that build early literacy skills. Public libraries throughout Minnesota participate, engaging young children with books, music, and original programming by Minnesota artists. The featured book in 2016 is “Ten Pigs: An Epic Bath Adventure,”...
The September challenge for a Year In Reading is to read a book about Sustainability. The new catalog provides 154 hits for a "Sustainable Living" search. Some focus on food, some on general consumption of resources. There's a "Sustainable Living For Dummies" as well as books that paint a doomsday scenario, such as "100 Skills You'll Need For The End Of The World (As We Know It)." For a more positive outlook, maybe try "The Good Food Revolution: Growing healthy food, people, and...
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.    
The St. Cloud Public Library will be closed to the public until further notice. We are in the process of assessing damage and clean-up has begun. On Wednesday August 17, 2016 approximately 250 patrons and staff were evacuated after a patron set fire to a book and a chair on the second floor of the library. St. Cloud Police and St. Cloud Fire departments responded very swiftly. The fire was contained quickly. Patrons and staff were evacuated without incident or injury. Key library staff...
The Friends of the Becker Library are gearing up for their October book sale. Donations of books and media are now being accepted. Books may be gently used, but will not be accepted if dirty, smelly or moldy. Encyclopedias, textbooks and medical books will not be accepted.  The Friends of the Becker Library is a non-profit organization that helps raise funds, promote library programs and raise awareness of the Becker Library. If you are interested in helping with the book sale or...