Library News

Artist Rose Borman is coming back to Royalton with more painting fun! This time, program goers will get the opportunity to create a beautiful sunflower and personalize it with a stenciled message of their choice. Perfect for a teenager's bedroom - or any room you choose! This program will be held on Monday, Sept. 18 from 4-6 p.m. For adults and teens 15 and up. Reserve your spot now by calling the library; this will fill up. A Legacy event.
Get ready for Robert the Magician as he presents stories, tales and legends of real haunted Minnesota homes and places! Participants are invited to wear their spooky Halloween gear for this program, which features ghostly 'artifacts', interactive audience participation, and perhaps even some magical spooky events.  Great for teens and adults. No pre-registration required. The event will take place Friday night, October 27, 8 p.m. at the Paynesville Public Library. The...
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...
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!  
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...