Library News

There’s never a bad time to pick up a new book … and gather inspiration from one in order to tell your own story. Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October. The purpose? To encourage teens to make libraries and reading integral parts of their lives. Here at Great River Regional Library, we’re observing Teen Read Week at all of our locations from Tuesday, Oct. 10-...
Giddy Up(sala)! Flash and his owner, Chantelle, rode into Upsala to run errands on Wednesday, Sept. 27.  One of those errands involved picking up books at the library.   Horse training titles, perhaps?    
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, September 19 at 6 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Personnel Committees will also meet 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 320-650...
Great River Regional Library was pleased to be part of bringing a very special performance to Waite Park this week. Waite Park Library Service Coordinator Michelle Goebel explains: "Through the Legacy grant, the Waite Park branch was able to have the Zuzu African Acrobats, who are on a tour across the country, come by and do a performance for McKinley school yesterday afternoon.   The Zuzu African Acrobats were on "America's Got Talent," and have this awesome...
Artist Rose Borman is coming back to Royalton with more painting fun! This time, program goers will get the opportunity to create a beautiful sunflower and personalize it with a stenciled message of their choice. Perfect for a teenager's bedroom - or any room you choose! This program will be held on Monday, Sept. 18 from 4-6 p.m. For adults and teens 15 and up. Reserve your spot now by calling the library; this will fill up. A Legacy event.
Get ready for Robert the Magician as he presents stories, tales and legends of real haunted Minnesota homes and places! Participants are invited to wear their spooky Halloween gear for this program, which features ghostly 'artifacts', interactive audience participation, and perhaps even some magical spooky events.  Great for teens and adults. No pre-registration required. The event will take place Friday night, October 27, 8 p.m. at the Paynesville Public Library. The...
This September, drop into the Paynesville Library and dig into our featured Maker Space project — a faux 'Firefly Lantern' project!  Pick up the supplies at the checkout desk and you'll have everything you need to make one of these charming little lanterns in our Maker's corner to bring home with you.  We have enough kits for only 14 lanterns — one per person, while supplies last!
Ruby (pictured) is definitely not the only Upsalian who enjoyed the 6th Annual "Summer Concert in the Park!" In fact, she was one of over 200 community members who turned up on Friday, Aug. 11.  Organized by musician Paul Jensen, the concert showcased young area musicians and families. 15 musicians played and sang along, assisted by a professional sound technician who helped the music sound even better!  Friends of the Upsala Public Library, ElmDale Creamery and CentraSota...
September is National Library Card Sign-Up month, and Great River Regional Library (GRRL) has joined forces with the American Library Association and libraries across the country to highlight the ways library cards change lives. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month, launched in 1987 to encourage all people, particularly children, to register for a library card. Since then, thousands of public and school libraries collaborate each fall in a national effort to...
Here come the new grads! Elk River recently honored a group of their precocious readers with a 1000 Books before Kindergarten Graduation ceremony. The event included assistance from Elk River library board member and Friends of the Library volunteer Mary K, who read a story to the kids and helped present caps and gowns. To learn more about how to participate in 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten, stop by the Elk River library.