Library News

By patron demand, we are having a class on how to macrame!  1970's macrame is making a comeback, so you're invited to learn the basic knots of macrame and create a trendy project in class.  This class has a limit of 15. Attendees ages 15 and older are invited to register at griver.org/events or by calling 320-285-2505.
Librarians are a well-known source of information and answers - and you can access that knowledge 24/7! You'll notice a chat window on the right side of the screen here on our Ask A Librarian page. This page offers a wealth of reference resources, including a live chat window. This window connects you with a Great River librarian, or a librarian from somewhere else, any time you need one. Just click the arrow at the top right of the chat box, and a chat window will appear for you to type...
For thousands of years, people have been enjoying the physical and meditative benefits of yoga. However, most aren’t aware of the benefits practicing yoga can bring to children. A recent article in Parent’s Magazine cited that when practicing yoga poses, children learn how to exercise, develop confidence, and concentrate better – and who doesn’t want that? There are five key areas where kids benefit from the practice of yoga, and each improves their overall well-being. It...
Dementia touches many of our lives, but we don't have to go through it alone.  Big Lake, Becker and Elk River libraries are providing a 4-part series on dementia presented by Tami Kolbinger and Cristina Rodriguez. The presentations do not build on each other, so you don't have to worry if you can't make it to all of them. The first presentation is at the Big Lake Library on Monday, March 4th starting from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Realities of Normal Aging vs. Aging with Dementia is...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet for a work session on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Finance Committee will meet that evening 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 services should contact the Administrative Assistant three business days prior to the meeting at...
Becker hosted the Colorful Hearts program presented by Joan Jacobson, local art teacher, on Monday, Feb. 4th.  The kids enjoyed creating a project based on the book, "In My Heart: A Book about Feelings" by Jo Witek.  If you missed this fun art night, you can catch another presentation in Big Lake on Monday, Feb 11 starting at 4:30 p.m.   Registration is required. For ages 7-12.  Both programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  
It’s hard to think of February without thinking about declarations of love and affection. Here at Great River Regional Library, we’re celebrating that energy with Library Lovers Month! From art classes and music to technology help and storytime, local libraries educate, entertain and offer a breather from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here's something WE love this month: cooking! With the cold weather swirling around and likely staying a while longer, we've put together...
  We asked you to tell us a story in 33 words or less ... and many people did! Short Story Writing Month (ShoStoWriMo) was observed in December, and we're pleased to share the tales inspired by this photo, courtesy of the Stearns History Museum. Enjoy!   The clown and a person with a dragon shirt on are looking at a strange creature. The creature is a little turtle looking monster. They are scared because they are holding the creature. - Dominic M.,...
Great River Regional Library will be closing any open libraries today, Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5:00 p.m. It's in the best interest of the communities we serve, and our staff, to encourage everyone to stay home and safe.  Libraries will also be closed all day tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 30. Due dates for items due Tuesday and Wednesday have been extended to Saturday, Feb. 2. Items on request have also been extended through Saturday, Feb. 2.  Feel to check out...
Stargazers, rejoice! 20 new telescopes are joining the Great River Regional Library collection in February.  Since 2017, GRRL has had an Orion StarBlast Reflector telescope stationed out of the Buffalo Library, thanks to the generosity of library supporter Mark Boyd of the Buffalo Rotary. That particular telescope has been extraordinarily popular with a near-constant waiting list. This prompted the Buffalo Rotary to generously donate the funds needed to add more telescopes to...