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Check these out! The Big Lake Library hosted a "Poured Line Art on Thursday, March 7th.  The class featured a "no-fail" concept that modified techniques of Jackson Pollock. Pollock was a 20th-century abstract impressionist artist that created light, energy and movement in his pieces by dripping, splattering and dragging paint across his canvases. Pollock would lay his canvases on the floor so that he could paint from all angles as he moved around the...
  Doug Ohman is a true-blue Minnesota history enthusiast, and he can’t help but spread the word wherever he goes.   A historian, photographer and storyteller all rolled into one, Doug has published 14 books all about Minnesota.   His full-time job for two decades? Traveling all around the state of Minnesota sharing his historic, interactive presentations.   This spring, he’ll be visiting 14 branches of Great River Regional Library with a lively assortment...
Big Lake library hosted a Creative Art Night, a spin on Bad Art Night. The library provided all the materials, paint, duct tape, magazines, etc.  Participants were given free reign over how the materials were used in their creations. The rules of art and flow did not apply to this fun, creative program. Check it out!       
By patron demand, we are having a class on how to macrame!  1970's macrame is making a comeback, so you're invited to learn the basic knots of macrame and create a trendy project in class.  This class has a limit of 15. Attendees ages 15 and older are invited to register at griver.org/events or by calling 320-285-2505.
Librarians are a well-known source of information and answers - and you can access that knowledge 24/7! You'll notice a chat window on the right side of the screen here on our Ask A Librarian page. This page offers a wealth of reference resources, including a live chat window. This window connects you with a Great River librarian, or a librarian from somewhere else, any time you need one. Just click the arrow at the top right of the chat box, and a chat window will appear for you to type...
For thousands of years, people have been enjoying the physical and meditative benefits of yoga. However, most aren’t aware of the benefits practicing yoga can bring to children. A recent article in Parent’s Magazine cited that when practicing yoga poses, children learn how to exercise, develop confidence, and concentrate better – and who doesn’t want that? There are five key areas where kids benefit from the practice of yoga, and each improves their overall well-being. It...
Dementia touches many of our lives, but we don't have to go through it alone.  Big Lake, Becker and Elk River libraries are providing a 4-part series on dementia presented by Tami Kolbinger and Cristina Rodriguez. The presentations do not build on each other, so you don't have to worry if you can't make it to all of them. The first presentation is at the Big Lake Library on Monday, March 4th starting from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Realities of Normal Aging vs. Aging with Dementia is...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet for a work session on Tuesday, February 19, at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Finance Committee will meet that evening at 5:30 p.m. All GRRL Board meetings are open to the public and held at the St. Cloud Public Library.  Persons with disabilities who plan to attend and will need assisted services should contact the Administrative Assistant three business days prior to the meeting at...
Becker hosted the Colorful Hearts program presented by Joan Jacobson, local art teacher, on Monday, Feb. 4th.  The kids enjoyed creating a project based on the book, "In My Heart: A Book about Feelings" by Jo Witek.  If you missed this fun art night, you can catch another presentation in Big Lake on Monday, Feb 11 starting at 4:30 p.m.   Registration is required. For ages 7-12.  Both programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  
It’s hard to think of February without thinking about declarations of love and affection. Here at Great River Regional Library, we’re celebrating that energy with Library Lovers Month! From art classes and music to technology help and storytime, local libraries educate, entertain and offer a breather from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here's something WE love this month: cooking! With the cold weather swirling around and likely staying a while longer, we've put together...