Library News

Your Great River Regional Library card could be one of the most useful pieces of plastic in your wallet! Because Minnesota has statewide 'Reciprocal Borrowing,' your GRRL card is honored at most libraries in the state. (Check to see if they're affiliated with a library system.) Stuck in the cabin all week because of torrential rains? Head into town and check out books, CDs or DVDs to keep everyone entertained and happy until the sun shines again. Need to check your email? Stop into...
The unexpected passing of Michael Jackson caused a sudden surge of interest in his recordings. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) owns copies of all the major CDs Jackson recorded, such as "Bad," "Invincible" and "Thriller." As soon as library staff heard Jackson had died, the Collection Development department assessed how demand would increase and ordered additional copies. The library has an extensive collection of music on CD including popular, jazz, and...
We have programs for infants, like baby bounce, programs for teens, like our anime clubs and game days, and we have programs for adults, such as stitching clubs and flower shows. We provided senior computing classes at each of our libraries this year, as well as Summer Reading Programs for three different age groups, 0-3, 3-12 and 12-18. In addition, each of the 32 branch libraries in the Great River Regional Library system provides individually designed programs to meet local needs and...
With funds and assistance from the Friends Of The Paynesville Public Library and library preschool story hour participants, the much-loved playhouse at the Paynesville branch recently got a cheery new interior paint job. With instructions and help from Friends president Molly Zimmerman, children used their thumb, palm and fingerprints to paint fantasy creatures on the inside walls. The Friends also arranged for reupholstering the kid-sized sofa. It's back in place, fuzzier and more...
The Brodini Comedy Magic Show was a fun time for all ages at the Eagle Bend Public Library. Sixty-eight people attended the fascinating performance by Brodini and our Eagle Bend area children. Are you interested in magic? Check out one of many magic books in the Great River Regional Library collection. Brodini learned magic tricks by reading books. You may do this too!
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) has purchased several foreign language sets from the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC). Their specialists selected groupings of books to meet the needs of immigrant groups who enjoy reading books in their first language. Where communities of individuals who speak languages other than English have requested materials, GRRL has responded by purchasing the foreign language sets. Books from the sets are available to cardholders across the region, just like...
One of the exciting aspects of moving St. Cloud Public Library into its beautiful new facility has been discovering how to use the space to best advantage. Notably, library patrons' experience of the building has lead to changes that allow quicker service and greater convenience. One recent change involved moving the New Materials Collection from the first floor to the second floor, directly north of the central staircase, to reduce waiting time at the Checkout desk on the main floor....
The Great River Regional Library (GRRL) 2008 Annual Report, Explore The Possibilities, is now available for viewing online. The Annual Report includes highlights from the busiest year in GRRL history. More people got library cards than ever before. They checked out more books and used the interlibrary loan service in record numbers. More people attended GRRL programs. And people provided support for library services by donating to the Library Plus You campaign that helped provide technology and...
Borrow the Kill-a-Watt device to begin saving energy. Great River Regional Library has 14 Kill-a-Watt electric usage meters that check out just like books. Reserve a meter for your personal use and begin saving energy! These devices measure electrical energy consumed by electrical appliances and equipment at home or at business. You can use them to measure how many watts, volts, amperes and kilowatt hours your toaster, printer and TV use. They are especially useful for measuring electricity...
Minnesota Knows at www.mnknows.org, is a portal to five state-funded Internet resources. MnLINK is the gateway that allows you to explore the catalogs of multiple Minnesota libraries with a single search. If you have a library card for Great River Regional Library (GRRL), you can search MnLINK to locate items at academic and public libraries across the state and have them delivered to your local library. ELM, the Electronic Library for Minnesota, includes countless articles taken from...