Library News

Books and podcasts? Of course! The Central Minnesota Library Exchange is proud to present their new podcast, "Books and Beverages," and Great River is thrilled to contribute! Each episode discusses a new genre of books ... and the beverages to drink while reading them. Many of these podcasts will feature Great River librarians and staff, starting with the first one: romance! So, grab a beverage, sit in your favorite comfy chair, and tune in! https://cmle.org/tag/books-and-beverages...
Romance is one of the most popular fiction genres out there, and who would know more about it than a couple of librarians? St. Cloud Public Library's Ariel Kirst and Annie Larson were recently featured on local organization Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange's "Books and Beverages" podcast series, talking about the wide world of romantic fiction. https://cmle.org/2017/10/17/books-beverages-podcast-episode-101-romance/ Give it a listen, and stay tuned for more podcasts featuring...
The internet can seem like a dark and scary place. And what's the deal with hackers and email threats? These books will help guide you through the maze of the internet and keep you informed. https://griver.org/new-best-fun/internet-safety Happy - and SAFE - surfing!  
It's that time again...time for your monthly tech advice from the staff here at Great River Regional Library! The Internet is a huge and at times mysterious world, and kids need to be armed with the ability to make smart decisions. That where “Be Internet Awesome” can come in handy. This online resource teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. Check it out! https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/
Exciting news; as of April 27th, audiobooksynch.com is back! This fantastic free resource puts out two free audiobooks for teens A WEEK over the summer, usually paired with a theme. The first two books available will be "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, and "The Dead House" by Dawn Kurtagich. Check back every week throughout the summer for these great reads that are perfect for car trips, workouts, and relaxation!  
Did you know there's a digital classroom at your local library, and it's called Lynda.com? Lynda.com is a professional training website featuring over 3,000 in-depth tutorials on creative, business and technical skills. You can take courses on an expansive range of topics from photo and video editing to information technology (and everything in between) with these expertly-designed videos and presentations. Your "coursework" is free; all you need is your library card! To access Lynda....
Feel like you’re lost in the woods (or stacks) without a compass at your library? Let us lend a hand. Every one of the 32 libraries in the Great River Regional Library system offers the opportunity to “book a librarian” for concentrated, uninterrupted personal assistance with whatever you need. From help with e-books and computers to genealogical research or finding the right materials to finish your term paper, GRRL librarians are on hand, ready to help answer your questions and point...
The Internet can be a scary place! If governments and major corporations can be hacked, what chance do you have? Just as you wouldn't walk down dark, mean streets without caution, there are things you can do to help protect yourself when online. We've got a great set of tutorials lined up from the good folks at TechBoomers to teach you all about viruses, email scams, phishing, online shopping, and how to be safe online. Click here to view the resources and learn how to lower your risk.
Good news, digital reading fans! Overdrive, the library's eBook/eAudiobook service, now has a snazzy new app called Libby! You can read your books and audiobooks directly on the app, as well as keep track of when your books are due. Be sure to check out the curated book collections for your next favorite read! Download the new app from your apps store today.
Do you ever look at the shelves of the library or all the book review sites and think, how will I ever keep track of what I want to read? There are so many good books out there! Fear not, reading enthusiasts. We've got a neat solution for you. Goodreads.com is a free website with a built-in bookshelf feature that allows you to not only keep track of books you have read, but also mark books you want to read in the future. It also has a community of millions, which means you can check out...