Library News

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is organizing a series of public meetings and is accepting public input via email to learn what kinds of arts, culture and history programming to provide over the next two years. The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by Minnesota voters in 2008 is providing Minnesota libraries with funding for new programming about arts, culture and history. This “Legacy Funding” means we will be able to provide additional programs at our 32...
The Paynesville Public Library offers a study room for patron use during open hours. The study room has a spacious desk area, with room to spread out a scrapbooking project, set up a laptop computer to take advantage of the wireless Internet,  or conduct a private meeting for two or three. We even have a sturdy sewing machine you can borrow to use in the study room! And, of course, it's also a great place to study! Paynesville Library customers can reserve the study room up to a week in...
Great River Regional Library has been coordinating and providing library services across Central Minnesota since 1969. We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of our founding on September 25. We'd like to know what aspect of our services you have enjoyed most or what has had the most impact on your life. Please tell us via our simple survey by September 12. We will begin publishing submissions online in September.
Arts, culture and history programming at the library is getting a boost. The Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by Minnesota voters in 2008 is providing libraries across the state with funding for programming about arts, culture and history. For the next two years (and possibly longer) Great River Regional Library will use "legacy funding" to present programs related to arts, culture and history. We'd like to know your ideas about the new programming we should...
If you're planning a shorter, closer-to-home vacation this fall and winter, make sure you check out the library's collection of guidebooks. You'll find Minnesota trips detailed for you, whether you favor camping, bike trips, hikes, bed-and-breakfasts, bird-watching, fishing, golfing, State Parks, RV parks, roughing it or luxuriating at the best resorts the state has to offer. GRRL librarians can help you find what you need, or you can start your browsing.
The Elk River Public Library made history Monday night when it received an award designating it as a LEED Gold Certified building – the first library in Minnesota to achieve LEED Gold certification. The library was presented a plaque during the August 3 Elk River City Council meeting by KKE Architects and the US Green Building Council. The LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design,...
The transition from summer to school can create anxiety for kids, but your library can help. Ensure your child has the smartest card of all, a library card. Studies show that children who are read to in the home and who use the library do better in school and are more likely to continue to use the library as a source of lifetime learning. School Beginners If your young child is getting ready for his or her very first day of school, visit the library catalog to find a picture book about...
Viretta Neidhardt, Branch Manager of the Staples Public Library, has retired from Great River Regional Library (GRRL) effective Tuesday, July 28. The decision was not as surprising as it may appear as Neidhardt reduced her work schedule recently for personal reasons. “I have SO loved working here, so this was a very difficult decision,” Neidhardt said. She began employment with the Staples Public Library in April, 1994, and was managing the library when it affiliated with the...
The Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Board of Trustees passed a 2010 budget at its July meeting that preserves major library services but includes a decrease of approximately $200,700 from 2009. The 2010 operating budget of $8,395,100 is 2.3 percent less than the 2009 operating budget. The 2010 capital budget will remain unchanged. Approximately 70 percent of GRRL’s funding is provided by the six counties in which the library provides services: Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns,...
The Minnesota State Fair is offering discounts to library card holders on September 2. They’re calling it Read & Ride Wednesday. The discounts apply to gate admission only, but adults save $2, seniors save $3 and children 5-12 save $2. (Children under 5 are free.) A card is required for each discounted admission, so if you are a family that uses one card, you may want to consider getting cards for all family members. Discounts will also be available on select Midway and Kidway rides,...