Library News

Chamber of Commerce members, library customers and library staff are invited to stop by the Paynesville library for coffee and breakfast treats on Wednesday, Oct. 26.  The Breakfast Meet & Greet offers an opportunity for local businesses to connect with the community and rediscover (or revisit!) their local library.
New apps are created every day. But some apps are so useful they stick around and just get better. We've put together a list of apps the staff have used and found useful so you can check it out. Whether it's something to help you keep track of the miles you run or the dollars in your bank account, there's an app here. Of course, because we're librarians, you'll find apps that help you find books and music. But there's more, too. So check it out.
Struggling with your mobile device? Can't figure out how to install an application? Want help downloading an eBook or eAudiobook? We can help! Bring your electronic device to the Becker Public Library on Thursday, Oct. 27. Knowledgeable library staff will be available to help, one-on-one, answer your questions about how to operate your device.  Registration is required! Time slots of 15 minutes will be given to each participant starting at 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Come with your...
The October challenge for a year in reading is to read a Young Adult (YA) book. It's said that the first book written specifically for teenagers was "Seventeenth Summer," by Maureen Daly, published in 1942. But it was a few decades before the YA market exploded, with first the Harry Potter series, then others such as the Hunger Games series and Stephanie Meyer's "Twilight" books climbing to the top of the bestseller charts. Expanded opportunities for females, and a society in which fewer...
What are you going to be for Halloween? Get a start on your costume at 'Make A Mask!' at the Paynesville library on Friday, Oct. 21 from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m (during Education Minnesota weekend). We'll provide basic supplies, including unadorned masks, as well as the tools to put them together. All you need to bring are your ideas and  inspiration (and spare craft supplies to donate to the project, if you wish). We will have patterns, tips and instructions for how to fold, glue...
Author Candace Simar will appear at the Little Falls Carnegie Library on Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. She is an award-winning poet and writer from Pequot Lakes, Minnesota, who carries a passion for Minnesota history. Her historical Abercrombie Trail series (North Star Press), recounts the story of Scandinavian immigrants during the 1862 Sioux Uprising. The fiction series includes "Abercrombie Trail" (2009), "Pomme de Terre" (2010), "Birdie" (2011) and "Blooming Prairie" (2012...
Bill Jamerson will present his "It's Daylight in the Swamps" program on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 3:00 p.m. This program will journey back to the days of sawyers, skidders and swampers. True stories, tall tales, along with authentic songs to create a program that entertains and informs. Bill Jamerson's program will take place at the Sherburne History Center located at 10775 27th Ave S.E. in Becker.  "It's Daylight in the Swamps" is a Legacy event for adults and teens.
Join us in Delano for a series of four amazing and "peculiar" programs related to Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children after the movie is released this weekend. 1.) October 5 - Miss Peregrine: Intro and Discussion of the Book and Movie - peculiar questions will be asked. 2.) October 12 - Miss Peregrine: The Wonder of Found Art - Ransom Riggs wrote his story based on old photos he found, creating each character from the photo. We will make whimsical art from found objects and...
The projected reopening for the St. Cloud Public Library is the end of October. The library has been closed since an arsonist set a fire in the library’s upper level on Aug. 17. The fire destroyed a chair, cracked a window and did structural damage. The library will be closed through most of October in order to make repairs and complete cleaning of light smoke and soot. This process is intended to provide a safe and secure environment for library patrons.     The restoration...
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, Paynesville staff discovered at least 25 caterpillars in the tiny, raised-bed 'Mr. McGregor's Garden' in the front lawn of the library. After some research, they decided the green, yellow and orange creatures are probably papilio polyxenes asterius larvae (which transforms into the Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly) and will begin their pupae transition soon, likely in the next 4 or 5 days, (but that's just an educated guess based...