Library News

We have no shortage of wonderfully talented people coming through our doors all year long, and this holiday season is no exception.  If you're angling for wonderful tunes to get you into the holiday spirit, drop in to catch Angie Hoeft and Andrew Walesch, two accomplished musicians traveling around GRRL this holiday season. Angie Hoeft Accomplished local guitarist Angie Hoeft will perform at libraries through most of December. Browse for books while enjoying these...
Every November, thousands of aspiring novelists attempt to reach a daunting but attainable goal – completing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days. And, if you’re one of them, know this – your local library has your back! November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, and Great River Regional Library is in full support of writers throughout central Minnesota. This year, NaNoWriMo expects over 400,000 people—including over 95,000 K-12 students and educators involved in the "Young...
  There’s never a shortage of amazing artists, writers and musicians stopping by our libraries, and this month, we have plenty for you to check out. Here's a snapshot...   J2J – a flute and cello pairing The unexpected combination of cello and flute? Well, why not! A variety of musical genres will delight and inspire audiences as J2J - Jacqueline Ultan & Julie Johnson - perform at libraries throughout October, including Long Prairie and St. Michael. Visit our...
Local author Patrick Day has recently published a book, "How I Escaped from Depression" and he will share the ten critical lessons he learned which have kept him free from depression for over 8 years.  He will explain the difference between situation and clinical depression, discuss the numbering system that identifies the level of depression, and answer any questions you may have.  This program and his book are filled with insights, techniques, and HOPE, and are excellent...
We asked for your artwork, you sent it, we voted ... and they're here! We have four new GRRL library card designs for you to choose from! Each of the four designs - two winners and two runners-up in categories divided by age - are available at every one of our 32 locations. So, who are the artists? Which GRRL branches do they claim as their own?  WINNERS Adult: Elysia K. Larson, Elk River Kid: Brianna Brattensborg, Elk River RUNNERS-UP Adult: Nicolle Berg,...
The Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, September 18, at 6 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Personnel Committee will meet that evening at 5:30 p.m. and the Finance Committee at 5 p.m. All GRRL Board meetings are open to the public and held at the St. Cloud Public Library. Persons with disabilities who plan to attend and will need assisted services should contact the Administrative Assistant three business...
Do you have outstanding GRRL fines or unreturned library books? Does this keep you or someone you know away from your local library?  Let's fix that. Great River Regional Library is pleased to introduce Fines Forgiveness Week – a week dedicated to eliminating fines and reinstating full library use privileges.  How it works: patrons simply visit their library between Saturday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 22 and work with their librarian to review and eliminate fines and...
Huge library news coming out of Kimball; plans to build a new library are quickly taking shape! The proposal for a new library building has been percolating since 2017. It's a project made possible through a partnership between the City of Kimball, the Kimball Area Friends of the Library and the Great River Regional Library staff. There's a lot to be done before we welcome patrons to the new library, so check out this website to learn all about this very exciting development. And,...
Big news for aspiring writers; Great River Regional Library (GRRL) now offers a new suite of resources – collectively called MN Writes MN Reads – to help local authors connect with local readers and beyond.! MN Writes MN Reads is a free, user-friendly collection of tools for creating, publishing and sharing e-books with readers across Minnesota and potentially the country. Not an aspiring author? MN Writes MN Reads is also a great place to find something new to read. “Leading indie...
It won't be long before summer break arrives - which means plenty of time for reading a good book! And, students ages 16 and under who might be haunted by fines due to overdue items could use this as an opportunity to whittle away at them. "Read Down Your Fines" is Great River Regional Library's (GRRL) simple way to lessen fine amounts: for every 15 minutes of reading at the library, $1 in late return fines will be eliminated. And, parents of young children can assist by reading to...