Library News

Exciting news; as of April 27th, audiobooksynch.com is back!  This fantastic free resource puts out two free audiobooks for teens A WEEK over the summer, usually paired with a theme.  The first two books available will be "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde, and "The Dead House" by Dawn Kurtagich. Check back every week throughout the summer for these great reads that are perfect for car trips, workouts, and relaxation!   
Mary Wilkins Jordan, the Executive Director of Central Minnesota Library Exchange (CMLE), visited the Paynesville Public Library in April, and she blogged about it! You can take a virtual tour of this Great River Regional library branch here: https://cmle.org/2017/04/27/visit-paynesville-public-library/
This month, you can leave the library with a stack of books, music and movies...and not need to bring them back. The Friends of the Becker Library is getting ready for the annual spring book sale. You can find the book sale in the meeting rooms of the Becker Community Center on these days: Thursday, April 27th from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, April 28th from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, April 29th from 9 a.m.-noon. Stop by on the final day and catch the annual bag sale. ...
Did you know there's a digital classroom at your local library, and it's called Lynda.com? Lynda.com is a professional training website featuring over 3,000 in-depth tutorials on creative, business and technical skills. You can take courses on an expansive range of topics from photo and video editing to information technology (and everything in between) with these expertly-designed videos and presentations. Your "coursework" is free; all you need is your library card! To access Lynda....
How has your library transformed over time? How has your library transformed you? Those are a few questions behind this year's National Library Week, set for April 9-15. Here at Great River Regional Library, we're celebrating the many ways libraries are changing the lives of people in our communities through the ever-growing lineup of services and expertise they offer. Created in 1958, National Library Week serves as a yearly reminder that the opportunities offered by libraries...
Friends of the Upsala Public Library have graciously funded three book kits for Great River Regional Library. The kits are Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin, The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert and Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys.     Breaking Stalin’s Nose follows a young boy growing up in Stalinist Russia who learns what Communism means to his family, his neighbors and his country. The Girl From the Train tells a story from World War II in which a man...
Feel like you’re lost in the woods (or stacks) without a compass at your library? Let us lend a hand. Every one of the 32 libraries in the Great River Regional Library system offers the opportunity to “book a librarian” for concentrated, uninterrupted personal assistance with whatever you need. From help with e-books and computers to genealogical research or finding the right materials to finish your term paper, GRRL librarians are on hand, ready to help answer your questions and point...
Support your library during the High 5 campaign! When you donate to the library, 50 percent of your donation will be used locally for purposes decided independently by the local library staff. That may include things such as programs, prizes, and materials for the1,000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative. The other 50 percent becomes part of the general GRRL expenditure which is used mostly for staffing, computers, books and other items, to the benefit of all library users. So show your...
Parents or caregivers and their children in grades 3-12 are invited to the Annandale Public Library on Thursday, March 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. to explore the free resources available to all Great River Regional Library (GRRL) cardholders. Your GRRL card provides free access to an array of reliable information from the Internet for research and learning. These resources are ideal for homeschoolers. Need assistance learning a language, need additional sources or images for a research project? GRRL...
The Internet can be a scary place! If governments and major corporations can be hacked, what chance do you have? Just as you wouldn't walk down dark, mean streets without caution, there are things you can do to help protect yourself when online. We've got a great set of tutorials lined up from the good folks at TechBoomers to teach you all about viruses, email scams, phishing, online shopping, and how to be safe online. Click here to view the resources and learn how to lower your risk.