Library News

Music, comedy and other fun stuff. Start off the Summer Reading Program by rocking out with the Rusty's Rockin' Jamboree! Join us outside on the lawn and rock out at the Little Falls Carnegie Library! Monday, June 8 at noon!
The website for Great River Regional Library (GRRL) has been updated and improved as a result of a rebuild that was six months in planning and implementation. “We wanted it to be more appealing, be easier to use and have more information available,” said Joan Allen, the library’s Information Services Coordinator. The layout has been simplified, and the new website includes news and features about the library in a more streamlined format. Each of the 32 GRRL branch libraries now has its...
A library customer in Central Minnesota just checked out a book from a library in Hillsboro, Oregon. And actually, that’s not so strange. Every day, books, DVDs, and CDs are delivered to Central Minnesota’s library users from other parts of the country. Some of them are books with obscure titles, such as “Elastic & Inelastic Stress Analysis” which came from California, but others are less so, like the CD of Dance Divas II that came from Missouri. Last year, Great River Regional...
When the economy goes down, library use goes up, and people feeling the pinch across Central Minnesota are using library services in record numbers. Almost all areas of activity have increased. January circulation (the measure of how many times items are checked out) increased 12 percent between 2008 and 2009 in Great River Regional Library (GRRL), which operates 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. The number of library cardholders also...
GRRL libraries in Stearns county are hosting a series of six training classes for individuals interested in developing their job search skills. Each class is one hour long and has a different focus, like Resume Writing, and Interviews. You can register for one or all. The classes are funded by Workforce Center programs and offered as part of the Workforce “U” program of Stearns-Benton Employment & Training Council. It’s an excellent opportunity for job seekers. There is no cost to attend...
October is the final month of the Morgan Family Foundation challenge match! In October, 2008, the Morgan Family Foundation generously offered to match every donation for books, dollar for dollar up to $100,000, made through October 31, 2009 to the "Library Plus You" Fundraising Campaign. Funds donated to the Library Plus You campaign make the library experience better by purchasing books, large-print books, DVDs, and audiobooks and other materials that all library users throughout GRRL are...
A computer class for seniors is being offered at each of GRRL’s 32 locations this year. The class provides basic instruction for adults 55 and older with no previous computer experience. Each class has ten participants who get lots of personal attention. They learn about the mouse, the keyboard, the Internet and how to get online. The class is being offered in a mobile computer lab that will visit each library. Check out our events to find out when the classes are being offered at a branch...
Show young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love! TumbleBooks is a collection of animated talking picture books now available through GRRL online. TumbleBooks takes existing picture books, add animation, sound, music and narration, and produces an electronic picture book kids can read or listen to from any computer -- at home or at the library. Kids and parents will find high quality recordings of popular books, including classic fairy tales. The read-along stories combine...
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library has announced the winners of the 25th annual Minnesota Book Awards. The annual Minnesota Book Awards program is a project of The Friends, in consortium with the Saint Paul Public Library and the City of Saint Paul. The Award for Children’s Literature went to It’s a Tiger! by David LaRochelle. Kids and parents can enjoy this lively read-aloud picture book, as the main character runs into (and away from) a tiger, over and over again, while the plot...