Library News

  It's a new year, and a few of our libraries are kicking it off with brand new hours. Three libraries within the Great River Regional Library system have modified their open hours, effective January of 2018. The three libraries are Clearwater, Elk River and Melrose. In each location, the new hours will continue to provide opportunities for people with varied schedules to visit the library.   Clearwater Library             ...
Great River Regional Library’s Winter Reading Program is on – and this year, you’re encouraged to “go wild” while choosing what to read. In keeping with the 2018 Adult and Teen Winter Reading Program theme, “Read on the Wild Side," we invite you to sample fiction, nonfiction or audio books on topics you may not normally choose. Of course, you’re always welcome to select from your favorites. Just read at least 5 books during January and February and turn in a drawing slip for...
Great River Regional Library ebook and eaudiobook fans will soon have a new way to find what they’re looking for. Axis 360, an e-materials platform, will be added to the GRRL lineup alongside current program OverDrive. Axis 360 is compatible with most devices, with the exception of Kindle Paperwhites/E Ink readers and 1st/2nd generation Kindle Fires. Users of those devices will still have the opportunity to download their materials via OverDrive. Why have we added Axis 360? Here are a...
We have a roster of exciting events taking place in a library near you this winter.  Artist & maker Jen Anfinson and author & paranormal expert Chad Lewis will visit libraries in January and February, funded by Minnesota's Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund. Jen Anfinson is back, and will visit 30 libraries to teach everything from arm knitting to hand lettering to how to make a stocking hat out of an old sweater. Register online for her January and February classes. ...
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is now accepting quotations from firms who could assess the organization's current fund development functions and identify opportunities for expanding private support. GRRL is a consolidated regional public library system providing services to the 480,000 residents in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd, and Wright counties. GRRL manages libraries in 32 cities across the six-county area. Description of Work This fund development...
Can you tell a compelling tale in 32 words? There's really only one way to find out. In honor of Short Story Writing Month, or ShoStoWriMo, give us your best short short story inspired by this picture of a soapbox derby from the Stearns History Museum.  We're looking for 32 of your best words, in honor of our 32 GRRL locations. Paper submission forms are also available for you to submit in person at all GRRL locations. Submit your story between December 1-31,...
Here’s an undeniable truth: books, and the creativity inspired by them, have had a powerful impact on the way we experience the holiday season for a very long time.  And Great River Regional Library is always here to help make your holiday season even merrier and brighter.  Consider revisiting the 1843 Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, which not only helped revive the Christmas holiday, but permanently influenced our modern-day gatherings, foods...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in special session on Tuesday, Dec.19 at 6 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. This meeting is open to the public and will be 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 320-650-2500. Visit our Board of Trustees page to learn...
If you have a passion for library services and making a difference in the lives of people in your community, this announcement is for you. Stearns County is now taking applications for two open Great River Regional Library Board citizen representative positions. These positions are open to residents who live in Districts 2 and 5.  Applications to Stearns County are due by Dec.18. Appointment to the board will take place early January 2018. Visit Stearns County's website to...
There is still time and space to sign up for the make & take ornament program being held on Wednesday, December 6 from 5-6 p.m. This is a free, come and go, self-directed event at the Becker Library. All supplies will be provided. For ages 5-12.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Becker Library.