Library News

The Melrose Public Library's long awaited new circulation desk has arrived! The staff and patrons are loving it! Features include two additional work areas, much more counter space, increased storage, and quite a bit more area behind the circulation desk. This will make checkout much more efficient at busy times. A special thanks to the Melrose Friends of the Library and the City of Melrose for making this happen!
Join Minnesota author Cynthia Frank Stupnik Saturday, Feb. 6, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Paynesville Public Library, 119 Washburne Ave., Paynesville. Her book Scruples & Drams, A Novel of Main Street Women of Minnesota, explores the town of Clearwater in the late 19th century through the life of Jennie Phillips, an apprenticing druggist in her father’s store. The novel uncovers the ghost of a murdered Irish girl roaming the Tamarack Swamp and the criminal elements that were part of...
Sherburne County has an opening for a citizen member on the Great River Regional Library Board of Trustees. The Board is comprised of 15 members as appointed by their respective County Boards of Commissioners according to the provisions of the regional service agreement and representing the counties of Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright. The purpose of the Board is to represent the library to the people and to the governing officials. A trustee may serve a total of...
The February challenge for a Year in Reading is to read a book set in the desert! Can you think of any? How about, "The English Patient," "Rabbit-Proof Fence," "Dune," and "The Red Tent." Life is different in desert landscapes, whether it's Death Valley, the Sahara, or the Australian Outback. The scarcity of water, the distance between settlements, the beating sun, snakes and scorpions change your priorities. If you don't know what you are doing, you can quickly end up as a pile of...
The Annandale Area Friends of the Library have donated $300 toward the purchase of “We Play Here” kits for use by young library visitors. GRRL is seeking $3,000 to buy twelve kits. These will be added to the twenty the library previously obtained through a Playful Learning In Libraries mini grant from the Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services. Once the new kits are bought, the library system will own 32 kits, so each branch in the 32-library system will be able to have...
The Mad Hatter hosted a grand tea party at the Annandale Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 23 to celebrate Alice’s 150th birthday. The White Rabbit, March Hare, Door Mouse and children ages 6-12 were invited to attend the party in Alice’s honor. Everyone came in either their favorite costume or tea attire. After a short performance, children created their own “mad hat” before enjoying tea and treats. The Red Queen led the group in a rousing game of The Queen Says before sending everyone home...
If you are wondering where to find paper copies of your tax forms and feeling a little frustrated the IRS no longer mails them to your home, never fear! Tech tips is here! The library no longer receives paper copies of tax forms and booklets. But there are alternatives! Library staff can print off the forms and booklets for you for 10 cents a page or you can do it yourself from the library's computers. You can contact your local tax office. (In Central MN, that would be St Cloud.)...
Calling all Minecraft players! Join your fellow builders at the Long Prairie library for some time trading, secret sharing, world building, and fun! There will be lots of Minecraft activities--sign up now! Minecraft mania is happening Saturday, Jan. 30, 10:00-11:30 a.m. For school aged kids and teens. The event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. To register, please call the library at 320-732-2332 or online at griver.org
Patrons of the Annandale Public Library are hopeful they will win the MinneSNOWta prize basket. It is filled with wonderful Minnesota products, including syrup and honey produced right in Annandale. Annandale Friends of the Library provided the basket as additional incentive for patrons to take part in Great River Regional Library's annual winter reading program (WRP) which runs Jan. 2-Feb. 29. As of Jan. 12, 100 patrons had registered for the opportunity to win the basket and other great...
Hey teens, like to match your wits against someone else? Like to see how much more you know about a book compared to your friends? Then a Battle of the Books is for you! Becker Public Library is hosting a Harry Potter-Battle of the Books, Monday, Feb 8 at 6:30 p.m. This battle will test your knowledge of the Harry Potter series. Haven't had time to read all the books? That's okay! Come anyway and battle it out based on what you know. Bring your friends to form a team! For ages 10 to 18....