Library News

Becker Library staff members are currently evaluating hours of operation - and they'd like some feedback from patrons.  The Becker Library is currently open 30 hours a week, mainly in the afternoon and evenings. A survey has been created in order to determine if the current hours still fit the needs of the community and surrounding area.  The Becker Library's open hours were part of the discussion that took place at the Library Community meeting, held in October 2016....
The summer slide – the tendency for students to lose their academic footing during the break from the classroom – is a very real phenomenon. What’s worse – it affects children from lower income families in particular, leaving them even further behind their peers come fall. Great River Regional Library’s Summer Reading Program, which kicks off on June 12 and rolls right up until August 12 , is a fun, effective and cost-free way to keep students of all ages sharp in the run-up to...
Get ready for next year of wizarding at Hogwarts! We'll provide all the tools, supplies and instruction to build your own authentic-looking Ollivander's-style wizarding wand. For ages 10 and up; younger children must have the assistance of a parent or guardian because this project requires the use of a low-melt hot glue gun. Kids, teens and adults are encouraged to attend and to come in early enough to allow at least an hour to work on your wand. Join the fun on Wednesday June 7 from 10:...
Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on, (and maybe bring some bug spray!) and join us for a movie on the library lawn. Our featured movie jumps back in time to explore the wizarding world of 1926 New York. A young wizard arrives in the city as part of a global study of fantastical beasts, but he gets caught up in this conflict when some of the magical creatures in his care are accidentally released! This film is an animated fantasy adventure and rated PG.  We'll start the...
“What’s it worth?" "Trash or Treasure?” “Cash or Clutter?” The name of the program changes depending on venue, but the purpose of each stop on Mark Moran’s traveling antique appraisal event circuit is always the same – to help people understand the history, significance and value of the things they own. And, Great River Regional Library is pleased to provide 10 upcoming opportunities for folks to meet Mark and find out if an antiquated possession has an unusual backstory....
"Reading by Design" is the theme for this year's summer reading program - a celebration of the ingenuity of authors and other innovators - and we've got LOTS of exciting things (including prizes) prepared for you!   This year, we're challanging all our summer participants to read 6,022 hours this year. Think you can pull that off? If so, we'll be having a special TRUCKSTRAVAGANZA party on August 11 to celebrate.  Check out the Monticello event calendar for all the...
If you've ever looked at an antique you own and wondered what it could be worth, your chance to find out is coming up quickly.  The Monticello Friends are thrilled to be bringing back antique expert Mark Moran, who has written over 25 books on antiques and collectibles and has appeared on the PBS “Antiques Roadshow” program. On Thursday, May 25, there will be a quick Friends meeting at 4:30 p.m. and then Mark will be on hand to evaluate and tell you about your own personal items...
The school year is quickly coming to a close, and we're certain you're already scheming up your summer plans. Make sure one of the many things on the agenda is stopping by the Becker Library to sign up for the Summer Reading Program! Why? The Summer Reading Program is a great way to help students stay sharp and avoid the "summer slide" in advance of next fall.  In addition to good books, the Becker Library has a ton of fun activities planned, including Professor Marvel, who...
3D pens are coming to the Paynesville Public Library! Every Monday in June, the Paynesville branch will host classes in how to use these unusual pens. Participants can design and create 3-dimensional creations by 'drawing in the air' and bring them home afterward to show family and friends.   We'll have 7Tech 3d pens and filament on hand, and each session will start with brief 'how-to' instructions. Classes will be held Mondays, June 5, 12,19 and 26, 1 to 2 p.m. Ages 10 and up....
Get ready to set the hook; join professional angling guide Tom Kunz for an evening devoted to the world of Minnesota panfish at the Buffalo Library.  Topics will include panfish location strategies, bait selection, best times and days to fish, underwater landforms, catch and release practices and lake health. Kunz will also provide a demonstration on how to properly clean your fish. Catch the program Monday, May 15 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Buffalo Library workroom...