Library News

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....
Each November, the Snappy Elmdalers 4H Club hangs its club banner at the Upsala Public Library. This year’s banner highlights the theme, “Believe In Yourself.”  The members designed and crafted the banner. Snappy Elmdalers pictured L to R (front) Daniel Gunderson and Eli Thielen, (middle) Jacob Gunderson, Anna Blonigen and Alli Thielen, (back) Annika Gunderson, Shelby Krebs, and Lucy Thelen.
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...
Lucky Alissa Tesmer registered for a new library card at Delano Public Library in September and received an Apple iPad. In all, three Great River Regional Library cardholders received iPads as part of the Library Card Sign-up Month promotion during September. To be eligible for a prize, you had to be either a new cardholder or sponsor a new cardholder. The winners could come from any of the library system's 32 branch locations. The iPads were purchased and donated by the Friends of the St....
There is always a program going on at the Upsala Public Library! Artists, authors, speakers and programs for kids are scheduled throughout the month, and passive or do-it-yourself programs are also available. Try your hand at a craft project or Guess The Shredded Book. The first week of both January and February 2017, you'll find a shredded book in a large plastic jar at the library. Patrons are invited to shake the shreds, read them and try to guess the book title. Can you guess the book...
Wear your favorite (ugly or otherwise) holiday sweater and join us Saturday, Dec. 10 for  an hour of cookie decorating at the Paynesville Public Library. We'll have sweater-shaped sugar cookies  provided, along with frosting and equipment. You can try to create the ugliest cookie sweater ever, or make a deliciously beautiful treat - it's up to you.  Regiser in person at the library, by phone (320.243.7343) or online.  For ages 8 to adult. Attendance limit 12....
There was a fire truck outside the St. Cloud Public Library on Nov. 15, along with a SWAT vehicle, tow truck and police squad car. But it was a good day! Local firefighters and law enforcement officers, as well as city employees, helped the library celebrate its reopening at a Welcome Back event. They read stories to children and allowed excited kids to climb  inside their vehicles. Local radio station MORE FM also broadcast from the library. It was busy all day. The library provided...
Join us Wednesday, Nov. 23, 9:00 to 9:45 a.m. (the day before Thanksgiving) for a play session for babies and toddlers! We'll have lots of toys and activities, including a ball-crawl pool, puzzles, blocks, building toys and even a little, working electric piano keyboard for toddlers to play with and explore. We'll also have coffee for the parents, and treats for everyone. For ages 0-6. No registration necessary.    
The Becker library has many holiday inspired craft programs, for school-aged kids, teens and adults, over the next few weeks.  Be sure to check out the Event Calendar at www.griver.org to sign up so you don't miss the opportunity to participate! Monday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m., Penny Leuthard will lead participants in making shadowbox ornaments.  All supplies are provided, but you are encouraged to bring any cards you'd like to use for the ornament.  For ages 12-adult....