Library News

Explore your roots using Ancestry Library Edition. This 2-hour event starts with a short introduction to Ancestry Library Edition followed by a guided search. Be sure to bring some family history or family names you wish to explore. For adults and teens. Limit 10 (register here). Saturday, April 8, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  
Need help with your laptop, iPad, Kindle, smartphone or other device? Don't have a computer and don't know where to start? Drop by the Paynesville library for individual help. Limit 3. Must pre-register. Contact the library to register for a training session. Fridays, Feb. 17, March 24 and April 28, 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Hear the music of Carnival, sing a Cuban rumba, dance to Latin jazz beats – tour the world with Tres Mundos! Tres Mundos, or “Three Worlds,” features a pianist/vocalist Viviana Pintado from Cuba, a percussionist Eliezer Freites-Santos from Brazil, and saxophonist/flutist Douglas Little from the United States. Their collective accomplishments include Latin Grammy nominations, international tours, and multiple CDs. Their music blends salsa, samba and jazz to create a sound that is both entirely...
Join us for an early literacy-play session for babies and toddlers at the Paynesville Public Library.  Playdates are Wednesday mornings, 9:00 a.m. on Feb. 22, March 22, and April 12. For ages 0-6. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Our popular watercolor class instructed by artist Janice Sheets at Paynesville Public Library has been expanded to four nights. It is designed for the beginner. No experience necessary. Attend all four classes to complete your two projects. All materials will be provided to complete both a floral watercolor and a landscape. Classes meet Tuesday nights 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on April 4, 11, 18 & 25. For teens and adults. Limit 10. Pre-registration is required. This class is funded in part by...
Acrylic and watercolor paintings are on display in the Paynesville Public LIbrary gallery until the end of February.  Artists interested in displaying their work at the library can contact the Paynesville Public Library during the open hours listed below at (320) 243-7343. Mondays     2-8 p.m. Tuesdays    2-6 p.m. Wednesdays  10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Thursdays   2-6 p.m. Fridays     2-8 p.m. Saturdays   10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Learn to knit using your arms as the knitting needles at the Paynesville Public Library! The class will cover techniques, supplies and project options for arm knitting. Discover the beautiful thick yarn that accompanies this art form. Each participant will make an eternity scarf using this yarn in class. For adults and teens age 15 and up. Limited to 12, preregistration required. Funded in part by Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
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...