Library News

December is 'Hour of Code' month, during which everyone is encouraged to learn about computer coding and coding languages. At the Paynesville branch, you can learn how to code a short message in binary code, and you'll bring home a bracelet when you're done!  Jen Anfinson will instruct attendees on how to construct the jewelry, and how to incorporate a secret-coded message into the design.  All materials supplied. For ages 12 and up. Space is limited: register online...
Catch him if you can; "The Gingerbread Man" was the theme for Fall Storytime at the Pierz Public Library. Once a month, during the school year, the Pierz Library holds a storytime, complete with songs, rhymes, crafts and a snack. This month, the children enjoyed helping Leora, the storytime volunteer, tell the story of the Gingerbread Man on the felt board. Everyone took home a gingerbread man and enjoyed some gingersnap cookies!
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, November 21 at 6 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Personnel and Finance Committees will also meet that evening. The Finance meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and the Personnel meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. All GRRL Board meetings are open to the public and held at the St. Cloud Public Library.  Persons with disabilities who plan to attend and will need assisted...
Grear River Regional Library is thrilled to have the popular and talented Jen Anfinson back with a diverse lineup of art classes.  From ornaments to jewelry to henna tattooing, Jen has a wide range of talents to share with artsy crafters of all ages throughout November and December.  Check out this list of classes, along with their dates and locations. These programs are wildly popular, so you're encouraged to pre-register for them.   Melrose...
The "Snappy Elmdalers" visited the Upsala Library recently to proudly hang their 4-H club banner! This annual event showcases club members' design talents.  Snappy Elmdalers members include, L-R: Back row, standing: Anna Blonigen, Allie Thelen, Lucy Thelen Front row, kneeling: Josie Roerick, Bryce Roerick, Eli Thelen   Thanks, Elmdalers!
As a child of immigrants, Arna Rennan has a deep well of knowledge when it comes to the music and culture of Norway. Now, Arna will be using her musical and storytelling talents in programs at our libraries this month! Join us as she shares immigrants' stories that have been set to song. Arna includes music from a variety of genres, including simple four-lined poems, broadsides, waltz tunes, and vaudeville songs. This event is for all ages and is funded by Minnesota's Arts &...
There comes a time when we need to part ways with our old computers, monitors, printers and other technology to make way for upgrades, and give our patrons the chance to get a great deal on these things we don't need anymore.  So, if you're in the market for slightly older but high-quality equipment, you should check out our collection on eBay! https://www.ebay.com/sch/grlibrary/m.html?_ipg=50&_sop=12&_rdc=1 Happy bidding!
Few things capture the imagination quite like tales of humans overcoming dystopian, apocalyptic situations - and that's what this month's book list is all about! https://griver.org/new-best-fun/november-books-about-survival-the-apocalypse Do you have a favorite "survival" book? Check it out and see if your pick made the list ... and give a new one a spin!  
Books and podcasts? Of course! The Central Minnesota Library Exchange is proud to present their new podcast, "Books and Beverages," and Great River is thrilled to contribute! Each episode discusses a new genre of books ... and the beverages to drink while reading them. Many of these podcasts will feature Great River librarians and staff, starting with the first one: romance!  So, grab a beverage, sit in your favorite comfy chair, and tune in! https://cmle.org/tag/books-and...
It's not too early to kick off the holiday season at the Becker Library! The library will be hosting its annual Gingerbread House program on Monday, Nov. 27 from 4:30-6 p.m. After getting the main construction of the houses together, there will be a short story to allow the frosting to harden... and then on to the decorating!   All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Becker Library. For ages 5-12. Registration is required. The program will be held at ...