Library News

The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet for a work session on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom webinar. The Finance Committee will meet at 5:15 p.m. that evening via Zoom webinar also. In response to COVID-19 and pursuant to Minnesota Statute Chapter 12. Emergency Management, Governor Walz declared a state of emergency. In accordance with the state of emergency and Minnesota Statute Chapter 13D.021, the GRRL Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, and GRRL staff...
Locally Growin’ Campaign Begins March 1st We are ready for spring! “Locally Growin’,” the fundraising campaign at Great River Regional Library (GRRL), runs Monday, March 1st through Wednesday, March 31st. Our Locally Growin’ campaign keeps donations 100 percent within the branch library of the donor’s choosing. Each library selects a specific “wish” item or program and a campaign goal. Over $20,000 was raised around the region in 2019 to support a wide variety of goals. Each library’s...
The library catalog has been updated! Your library experience with our digital collection has been made easier for you!  Search the digital catalog right from our main catalog, now having the ability to search both hard and digital copies.  Here's a summary of some of the updates: Place digital holds without leaving the catalog or logging into OverDrive/Libby: note the  “place hold” buttons right on the search results page One click and you’re reading (or...
Celebrate Library Lovers Month with Us February is Library Lovers Month! And there are so many reasons why we love our library. Computer access, databases to learn and explore, the latest books and movies, and friendly staff, just to name a few! Why do you love your library? Share with us! Tell us why you love your library! Return this “valentine”, and we will display it during February. Click here to print your GRRL valentine. You can also get your valentine in your local library...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. via Zoom webinar. In response to COVID-19 and pursuant to Minnesota Statute Chapter 12. Emergency Management, Governor Walz declared a state of emergency. In accordance with the state of emergency and Minnesota Statute Chapter 13D.021, the GRRL Board of Trustees and GRRL staff will participate in the meeting by telephone or other electronic means rather than being personally present...
Big congratulations to our Library Card Design Contest Winners!  Back in the spring and summer of 2020, GRRL welcomed artists of all ages to submit designs for new library cards! Anyone living in GRRL's service area could by illustrating our next library card. The artwork was judged based on creativity, design, and the library's mission: Explore. Learn. Connect. Our three winners are from three categories: kids (ages 0-12): Patience, whose home...
This year has sure challenged us--we needed to come up with some new hobbies while at home! Starting new hobbies can be challenging. You wonder, should I invest in everything to do the hobby? How do I learn to do it? What if I don't like it after I try? We have a solution for you! Test out a potential new hobby easily and without investing in equipment with the library's "Try It Yourself" kits.  Each kit contains a how-to book and tools around a theme or topic. Our topics...
Have a movie marathon during this chilly January by checking out a Binge Box from your local library! Looking for a fun family night? Looking for a pandemic-friendly date night?  Maybe you are on a movie marathon kick? Library staff know movie marathons are all the rage--so we are here to help! You can now check out a Binge Box by visiting your local library to see what is on the shelves, or you can look through our catalog to see all the different types we have. There...
During December, the Great River Regional Library celebrates Short Story Writing Month (ShoStoWriMo). Teens and adults could enter in their unique stories about this historical image from the Stearns History Museum. We asked writers to compose their stories in only 33 words (since we have 33 locations), making it a real short story challenge! Thank you to all who participated and enjoyed the challenge. Here are some highlights: "While across the sea our brave soldiers take up...
Light up your mind with great books and make reading a habit this winter! "Light Up the Mind," the 2021 Winter Reading Program, begins Saturday, January 2, 2021, and runs through Saturday, February 27. The program provides fun incentives for readers to settle into cozy winter reading habits. It is designed primarily for teens and adults and is open to anyone in the 6th grade or older. Each of the 32 branch libraries in the GRRL system will have prize drawings for participants. All...