Library News

Come hear the journey St. Cloud's Joan Rydberg took to get her book "Moonlit Memories of Vegas" self published. Books will be available for purchase. Thursday, Jan. 7 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Bremer Community Room at the St. Cloud Public Library.
Being an adult is hard. Haven't we all wished at one time or another for those bygone days of naptime and storytime? Find that joy again at St. Cloud's Feel Like A Kid Again storytime, offered every Wednesday in January from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. in Room 259. Picture books are fun for everyone ~ including YOU!
Need help with your laptop, iPad, Kindle, smartphone or other device? Don't have a computer and don't know where to start? Drop by the Paynesville Public Library for individual help on Friday evening, Jan. 29, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Call ahead (320.243.7343) to reserve a time, or make an appointment in advance. Bring your device with you.
We’re kicking the Winter Reading Program into high gear with our first all-day Great Minne-SNOW-ta Trivia Challenge. The fun is packed into one day: Saturday, Jan 9. Beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing every 10 minutes, a trivia question will be posted on our website, griver.org. All questions can be answered using the library's website and databases. Play at home or check at your local library for a trivia party! For more information, ask your local Great River Regional Library staff.
Increase your winter reading fun by joining the Great River Regional Library's winter reading program. The 2016 theme is "MinneSNOWta, Read Away the Winter!" The program is open to adults and teens in grade 6 and up. Participation makes readers eligible for random prize drawings for collectible mugs as well as a $25 gift card at each branch location. Just read the books you like and complete the drawing slip available when you register. If you need some book ideas, check our Winter Reading...
Techboomers is an excellent website geared toward older adults and those new to technology. The website includes tutorials and videos on everything from using a mouse to connecting via Facebook. Learn how to use social media, entertainment websites like Netflix and Hulu, and figure out how to shop online. If you need to begin with computer basics, that's here, too. Techboomers offers video and written tutorials on hundreds of different subjects, and new courses are being added every week...
Read a Book Set Somewhere You'd Like to Travel! Begin the new year's calendar of reading challenges by visiting a country through the pages of a book. Visit the 1950s French Riviera in Bonjour Tristesse, Francoise Sagan's novel about a teenager observing her father's love life. Or if you are interested in Germany, try Philip Kerr's novels about Bernie Gunther, a private eye whose backstory includes wehrmacht service in the military police. The first three books in this series are...
Imagine a world without Iron Man, the Hulk, or Spider-man. Bleak, right? This is why the St. Cloud Public Library is celebrating Stan Lee’s birthday on Monday, Dec. 28 with a Superhero Birthday Extravaganza! Help us celebrate the 93rd birthday of superhero creator and comic legend Stan Lee, co-creator of numerous characters including The Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Daredevil and many others. We're having an all-day Stan Lee movie marathon, a superhero UN debate, superhero yoga, and more! The...
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...