Library News

This September, drop into the Paynesville Library and dig into our featured Maker Space project — a faux 'Firefly Lantern' project!  Pick up the supplies at the checkout desk and you'll have everything you need to make one of these charming little lanterns in our Maker's corner to bring home with you.  We have enough kits for only 14 lanterns — one per person, while supplies last!
Ruby (pictured) is definitely not the only Upsalian who enjoyed the 6th Annual "Summer Concert in the Park!" In fact, she was one of over 200 community members who turned up on Friday, Aug. 11.  Organized by musician Paul Jensen, the concert showcased young area musicians and families. 15 musicians played and sang along, assisted by a professional sound technician who helped the music sound even better!  Friends of the Upsala Public Library, ElmDale Creamery and CentraSota...
September is National Library Card Sign-Up month, and Great River Regional Library (GRRL) has joined forces with the American Library Association and libraries across the country to highlight the ways library cards change lives. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month, launched in 1987 to encourage all people, particularly children, to register for a library card. Since then, thousands of public and school libraries collaborate each fall in a national effort to...
Here come the new grads! Elk River recently honored a group of their precocious readers with a 1000 Books before Kindergarten Graduation ceremony. The event included assistance from Elk River library board member and Friends of the Library volunteer Mary K, who read a story to the kids and helped present caps and gowns. To learn more about how to participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, stop by the Elk River library. 
The Saukkola family knew Hunter, 5, enjoyed paging through books. They just didn’t know how much. This fact became evident when the upcoming Kimball school kindergartner stunned his family and library staff by doing something highly unusual – reading 1,000 books between March 7 and June 17. “Once we started reading, we never stopped,” Hunter’s mom Erin said with a grin. Hunter is a recent graduate of Kimball Library’s newly created 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The...
The week of October 15 through the 21st marks the 12th annual “National Friends of Libraries” week. Library Friends organizations are full of volunteers who give their time and creativity to strengthening library services all around the country. Volunteers, for example, like St. Michael-Albertville-Hanover Friends of the Library president Skip Levesque (pictured on far right of photo.) So, in the spirit of National Friends of Libraries week, we’re going to take a moment to profile...
In the vast landscape of Great River Regional Library's music collection, there's a category of tunes you really should know about. Music by central Minnesota artists.  Whether you're a local music fan, or not yet familiar with the artists that live and work among you, we've got a new list of titles we recommend checking out. https://griver.org/new-best-fun/central-minnesota-music We hope you'll decide to use Great River to discover new, diverse - and local - music!
On Monday, Aug. 21, the entirety of North America will experience a powerful cosmic phenomenon: a total solar eclipse. This is causing quite a stir. That's because this is a big, historical event; an eclipse of this nature has not visited our part of the world since 1979. Here in our part of Minnesota, we won't see a total eclipse, but we'll get very close, with an estimated 83 percent of the sun covered by the moon around 1:05 p.m.  We’ve been hearing from a lot of people...
It's last call for lunch at the library; Great River Regional Library and the YES Network's Summer Lunch Program wraps up today, Friday, August 11.  Children up to 18 years old were able to receive a free, hot meal, Monday through Friday, beginning on June 12 at the St. Cloud Public Library Patron Services Librarian Kate Buechler reports that over 1,800 meals were served during this first year of the program. Kate adds, it wouldn't have happened without a massive team...
Great River Regional Library's Summer Reading Program ends on Saturday, August 12, and Paynesville participants will need to submit their reading slips inside the Paynesville Public Library (not the bookdrop!) before 1 p.m. on that day to be eligible for a chance to win prizes.  Pictured are just some of the prizes you might win.  There's still time to finish your reading and submit a slip.  Remember...the more you read, the better your chance to win a prize!...