Library News

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...
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...
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!...
The internet can seem like a dark and scary place. And what's the deal with hackers and email threats? These books will help guide you through the maze of the internet and keep you informed. https://griver.org/new-best-fun/internet-safety Happy - and SAFE - surfing!  
Did you know...August 2 is National Coloring Week?! Celebrate with us at the Paynesville Branch Library and add to our10-foot-long coloring sheet for patrons ages 6 and up. Stop in any time during our open hours below, choose a crayon, and join our community colorama project! Paynesville Library hours: Monday:         2-8 p.m. Tuesday:        2-6 p.m. Wednesday:  10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Thursday:       2-6 p.m. Friday:...
Howard Lake Library's summer storytime was underscored by mooing and bleating today. Storytime volunteer Carol Sideen set today's storytime up near the FFA building, and had a captive audience of fairgoers for "The Three Little Pigs" and other ag-related reads.  Sideen, a former Howard Lake first grade teacher, is a long-time Howard Lake Library volunteer. She says she decided to give storytime at the fair a shot this week, since in previous years, the...
Hear ye, hear ye! There has been issued a royal decree that all maidens and sirs are hereby invited to Princess Storytime at the Big Lake Public Library! Midnight Ball Princess and her stepsisters will be in attendence to sing, play, and tell tales from the kingdom. Come to the library in your finest royal garb on Friday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m.!
If you like building with LEGOs, then the Royalton Public Library is the place to be this month! Come to library to design your creations on Monday, July 24, Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27 from 2-3 p.m. We'll provide the LEGOs and give you a theme to get started - you take it from there! Registration is required - call the library at 320-584-8151 to sign up.