Library News

Science fiction may be a polarizing genre of literature because it conjures up images of pulp fiction monsters and crater littered landscapes. But the popularity of movies such as "Martian," the Terminator franchise,Star Wars and Star Trek in all their variations, and the enduring appeal of classics such as "Blade Runner" and "2001, A Space Odyssey," suggest there is a large group of people who would enjoy Sci-Fi but haven't gone there yet. So, in April, read a science fiction novel as part...
"American Sniper" by Chris Kyle is the 2016 book selection for the Big Library Read program. Unlimited downloads are available at the GRRL Digital Library, so you, your friends and your family can all read this riveting story. Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history, and received numerous medals for his bravery. His book was was the source of the movie of the same name that was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture. The Big...
Animals make great listeners! Studies show that animals make wonderful reading companions because they help increase relaxation, lower blood pressure, listen attentively, do not judge, are less intimidating then peers and allow children to proceed at their own pace. The Becker Public Library is proud to have a Tail Waggin' Tutor dog available for your young reader ages 5 to 12. Every month, Elsie visits the Becker library to listen to readers improve their fluency and comfort level reading...
“I heard people talk that came from Germany, that came to America, and they all said they would never go back.” Ceil Salzl made this statement about her family and their willingness to leave the Old Country. This presentation will focus on why so many Germans made Stearns County their home, their efforts to retain elements of their culture, and starting a new life in America. Presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Mississippi Room.
Bring an empty bottle and your creativity to the St. Cloud Public Library Monday, March 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Artist Penny Leuthard will guide you through the process of changing an empty bottle into a one of a kind piece of artwork. Everything you need will be supplied; however, everyone is encouraged to bring any personal items they would like to include.
Come hang out and get crafty at the St. Cloud Public Library. We'll dig out all our most fun supplies for some creating and crafting. Join us Friday, March 25 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Room 263. See what your imagination looks like once it's been glittered and bedazzled.
Minnesota author Kirstin Cronn-Mills, author of the young adult book "Beautiful Music For Ugly Children" and other books, will talk about books and writing Saturday, March 19 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in Room 259 at the St. Cloud Public Library. Don't miss out on talking to a real, live author ~ living where you are!
The Shire of Rockhaven requests your presence at a series of Medieval Madness classes at the St. Cloud Public Library Wednesdays in March, beginning March 16. Below is the schedule, times, and rooms. Wednesday, March 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.: a fully armored heavy fighting demo done by several of our members followed by class participation 'boffer' fighting using soft pool noodle type weapons. Our fighting marshal will instruct and supervise all participant combat. In the Bremer Room....
Ever wondered about your old jewelry? Is it valuable? Can it be made into something else? Jen Anfinson, GIA certified diamond specialist, will help you discover creative ways to redesign your jewelry. On Monday, April 4, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Jen will be at the Becker Public Library ready to discuss gold weights, authenticity and content of metals, diamonds, gemstones, and values. Bring your bag of jewelry, box of treasures and questions for a lively group discussion! This workshop does not...
Wednesday, March 23, at 9:00 a.m., join us for our second playdate at the Paynesville Public Library for children ages 0-6. We'll have puppets to play with, along with many other early literacy-play toys and activities. Parents and kids had a great time last month. Kids should wear play clothes so they can really dig in to the fun. Coffee for the parents, cookies for everyone, will be served. Register online, by phone (320.243.7343) or at the Paynesville Public Library during open hours.