Library News

Do you want to learn to knit? Are you in the middle of a project and stuck because you can't figure out the pattern or can't get the hang of that new technique? We’ll have an experienced, knowledgeable knitter on hand to answer questions, demonstrate knitting techniques, and help trouble-shoot problems for beginner through intermediate knitters. Bring your project, or you can use the yarn and needles we’ll have on hand. Monday, Dec. 28, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Paynesville Public Library....
With so little snow on the ground, the Becker staff decided to bring the snow inside. During the last storytime of the year, preschoolers enjoyed playing in the snow without all the bulk of winter clothes and wet mittens. The snow was made with baking soda and water mixed into a nice consistency that allows balls to be made. (Some recipes use hair conditioner.) Either way, the children had fun pushing, pounding, building, and cutting. Put the mixer in the freezer for a bit for a real cold...
In celebration of Short Story Writing Month, ShoStoWriMo, write a short, short story based on this vintage picture from the St. Paul Winter Carnival. GRRL has 32 branch locations, so 32 words is the limit for your brilliant story. Download and submit this submission form between Dec. 1 and Dec. 31, 2015, at any GRRL location to participate. You may also submit your form online. Selected stories may be posted on the Great River Regional Library website or in local branch library...
Wednesday, December 2nd at 6:30 is the last installment of "Gear Up for NaNoWriMo" by Lisa McClintick. Besides using precise word choices, we’ll look at the rhythm of how they’re put together using examples using a variety of writers known for languid descriptions, snappy dialogue or staccato sentences. Room 208. Don't worry if you missed the other sessions, come to this one and get some great tips and suggestions to get your book written!
Approximately 600 people opted to celebrate the holidays by taking part in activities at the Melrose Public Library on Friday, Nov. 27. The Melrose library participated in the city wide annual Holiday Kick-Off. Library visitors were able to enjoy reindeer rides from Hemker Zoo, craft activities, temporary tattoos, cider and cookies and holiday music provided by Bob Niehaus, who has a special knack for entertaining children. The library received many positive comments on the creative crafts...
Just as hunters have their season, readers have theirs. And this is it. Reading season will continue until a warm spring sun tempts us outdoors again. Until then, curl up with a book and be happy. If you need a little help deciding what to pull off the shelf, place on hold, or request for purchase, try the 'best of' lists for 2015 at these and other places. StarTribune The StarTribune has published a special set of 'best of' book lists for the holidays. The lists include critics' choices...
The Friends of the Albany Library are having a book fair at the St. Cloud Barnes & Noble on Monday, Dec. 14. Stop in to the Albany Public Library to pick up a book fair slip, and a percentage of any purchases you make at the St. Cloud Barnes & Noble on Dec. 14 will go to support the Friends of the Albany Library. If you can't attend our book fair, visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from 12/14/15 to 12/19/15 by entering Book Fair ID 11643822 at checkout.
As we enter December, the year of reading challenges reaches its conclusion with this: Read a book recommended on a blog! Maybe you haven't yet discovered blogs. A blog is a kind of web site, maybe written like a diary, perhaps written like a news source, often with a theme. There are cycling blogs, political blogs, society blogs, and plenty of book blogs. Just Google "Book Blogs" and check out the results. Or, try one of these: London Review Of Books Vulpes Libris Angieville The...
A great community library reflects a great community, and a big part of that is making the library fit what the community needs! The Great River Regional Library has a variety of ways you can give us input to make your library better. Do you want to acquire a book, movie, audiobook or CD that we don’t have in our catalog? Use the suggest a title form! If possible, we will acquire it for you from Interlibrary Loan, or order it for the catalog! Teens! Do you have a book you want everyone...
How do you turn that good idea into a great novel, and what do you do with it after you write it? Join author of thirteen novels and college writing professor Jessica Lourey for the answers at the St. Cloud Public Library, Monday, Nov. 16, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Teens and adults will be shown how to go from idea to completed novel in seven steps, and receive detailed information on cracking the world of publishing. This program will take place in the Bremer Community Room.