Library News

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 ...
Explore your heritage using databases like HeritageQuest and Ancestry-Library Edition! The Becker Library is hosting a monthly genealogy workshop. No need to lug a computer. The library will have 14 computers available for participants to use.  Whether you are starting from scratch or have years of experience, this program is a relaxed, no-stress way to share information and experiences with others in the journey of finding your heritage.  The first workshop is Wednesday,...
Children that visited the Becker library were in for a fun treat this Halloween.  Halloween books, costumes, and activities galore were happening during the 1:30-11:30 storytime hour! Kids played Halloween Bingo, made spider hats, searched for Halloween images throughout the library, and made spin art.  It was a fun time for everyone, including our Halloween scarecrow!
Halloween is near! Be sure to include the Paynesville library in your plans! We've got a lot going on: Crafters: We've got all the supplies you'll need to make a Halloween banner to decorate your door or window. It'd be great to welcome Trick or Treaters to your home. While supplies last, for ages 8 and up, during library open hours. We also have supplies and instructions to make a themed journal/notebook/notepad. Cute and useful! Our 'Great Pumpkin' photo booth is up again...