Library News

The St. Cloud Public Library Board is seeking public comment at a meeting in the library’s Bremer Community Room on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. The library has been operating out of its location at 1300 W. St. Germain St. for one year this September. The building serves as headquarters for Great River Regional Library which provides services at St. Cloud Public Library and 31 other libraries across Central Minnesota. The St. Cloud Public Library Board is hosting an open...
This week in history… British playwright Ben Jonson, rival to William Shakespeare and England’s first unofficial poet laureate, was indicted for manslaughter after a duel in 1598. The first Congress of the United States approved 12 amendments to the U.S. Constitution, known as the Bill of Rights, in 1789. President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, setting a date for the freedom of 3 million black slaves. Science fiction author and visionary H.G....
Forty years ago, on Sept. 25, 1969, a group of individuals representing the interests of counties and libraries met in St. Cloud to finalize the agreement that created Great River Regional Library (GRRL). Benton, Morrison, Stearns and Wright Counties joined with the city of St. Cloud to create the kind of multi-county regional system that library experts within the state believed promised benefits for the future of library service. Since then, the library system has grown steadily and...
Great River Regional Library was organized in September, 1969. This week in history... The Great Fire of London began in a baker's shop on Pudding Lane, eventually destroying four-fifths of the city in 1666. The Treaty of Paris ended the American Revolution and America became a free nation in 1783. Atlanta fell to Union forces in 1864. "On The Road" by Jack Kerouac was published in 1957. Through good times and bad times, you can count on the library to make your...
Library lovers have been using the library’s website to tell us why they love Great River Regional Library. Here are more of their comments. Let us know why you love GRRL. I think Great River Regional Library is great because I can get all of my books and CDs even if they are not in the system using inter library loan. Jacalynn Hawks, Pierz The library system has provided resources--free of cost--which have helped me to complete a book on Minnesota cartoonists (to be published by...
Library lovers have been adding their comments on the library's website. Here are some of their comments. Let us know why you love GRRL. I think Great River Regional Library is Great because… “The people are friendly and everyone is always there and willing to help you find whatever it is that you need.” - Anonymous, Annandale “I am able to order books within the GRRL system and interlibrary loan books on my home computer.” - Anonymous, Foley “I always get my books by ordering...
People use Great River Regional Library (GRRL) services primarily for leisure reading and entertainment purposes, according to a recent survey of GRRL users. In contrast to what their actual use is, when asked what the purpose of libraries should be, users and non-users placed learning support first, with art and entertainment a close second. GRRL surveyed the general public with the intention of identifying how library patrons use the library in order to help focus future activity. The results...
September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time when libraries across the country remind people that owning a library card is a very smart thing to do. If you are a resident of Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd or Wright County, you are entitled to own a Great River Regional Library (GRRL) card free of charge. You will then have more than 900,000 items available to you. Stop by any of the 32 GRRL locations and you can browse the shelves for books, magazines, music CDs,...
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...