Library News

  We asked you to tell us a story in 33 words or less ... and many people did! Short Story Writing Month (ShoStoWriMo) was observed in December, and we're pleased to share the tales inspired by this photo, courtesy of the Stearns History Museum. Enjoy!   The clown and a person with a dragon shirt on are looking at a strange creature. The creature is a little turtle looking monster. They are scared because they are holding the creature. - Dominic M.,...
Great River Regional Library will be closing any open libraries today, Tuesday, Jan. 29 at 5:00 p.m. It's in the best interest of the communities we serve, and our staff, to encourage everyone to stay home and safe.  Libraries will also be closed all day tomorrow, Wednesday, Jan. 30. Due dates for items due Tuesday and Wednesday have been extended to Saturday, Feb. 2. Items on request have also been extended through Saturday, Feb. 2.  Feel to check out...
Stargazers, rejoice! 20 new telescopes are joining the Great River Regional Library collection in February.  Since 2017, GRRL has had an Orion StarBlast Reflector telescope stationed out of the Buffalo Library, thanks to the generosity of library supporter Mark Boyd of the Buffalo Rotary. That particular telescope has been extraordinarily popular with a near-constant waiting list. This prompted the Buffalo Rotary to generously donate the funds needed to add more telescopes to...
  Test out a potential new hobby easily and without investing in equipment with GRRL’s “Try It Yourself” kits. Here are the six kits to choose from, along with what each includes: Baseball: 1 book, 1 baseball, 1 softball, and 2 baseball gloves. Clay: 1 book, 23-piece carving tool set, 11 piece cleaning tool set, 1 flexible polyblade, 1 acrylic clay roller, and 1 acrylic sheet backing board. Frisbee golf: 1 book, 1 net, 1 umbrella base, 1 tripod stand, 3 discs, and 1...
  Minnesota winters: cold, dark, foreboding at times. Seems like as good of a time as any to dig into an intriguing, if not cold/dark/foreboding book. Great River Regional Library is excited to welcome a roster of popular, talented authors (who do NOT write for the faint of heart) throughout January and February.  Follow the links at the end of the bios to see when they'll be appearing in your town.   FRANK WEBER As a forensic psychologist for over two...
Wright County has an opening for a citizen representative on the Great River Regional Library Board of Trustees. This board meets six times per year at 6 p.m. at the St. Cloud Public Library to provide direction and vision for the organization. Terms are three (3) years and term limits are three full terms, or nine (9) years. This particular Wright County position is for one year, with the term expiring Dec. 31, 2019. Since the appointed person would complete the third year of the...
Author, chef and strong supporter of local farmers and growers Beth Dooley will be at the Long Prairie Library to talk about her passion for Minnesota and the wonderful foods that are available in our state, all year long! In her program, “Cooking My Home: a Journey from Field, to Kitchen to Page," Beth will talk about why winter isn’t considered the season for local food, but in truth, it’s the best time to cook. Beth says winter defines what it means to “stay home,” filling the house...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, January 15, at 6 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 320...
Members of the Foley Community joined Great River Regional Library Executive Director Karen Pundsack for a discussion about local library services in November.  Here are some of the topics covered. Check out griver.org/events and search for your community to see if there's a community meeting coming to your library. 
The popular and ever-talented Jen Anfinson is back at Great River Regional Library!   Anfinson, an artist/teacher, has acquired a strong following throughout GRRL with her art workshops, and it isn’t hard to see why ... This winter, Jen is touring with a host of different classes, including: Macrame Upcycled slipper sewing Weaving Jewelry-stamping Wire-wrapped jewelry Check out our calendar to see where Jen will be in January and February, or pick...