Library News

We're all on the journey known as "life." No one's journey is exactly like another's - and that goes for our favorite literary characters, too.  This month, we're celebrating the journeys found in books with a few reading recommendations for you. Check them out below. https://griver.org/new-best-fun/july-books-about-journeys Bon voyage!
It's that time again...time for your monthly tech advice from the staff here at Great River Regional Library! The Internet is a huge and at times mysterious world, and kids need to be armed with the ability to make smart decisions. That where “Be Internet Awesome” can come in handy. This online resource teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. Check it out! https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/
The Big Lake Library was a lively spot on Thursday, June 22 as folks celebrated Spudfest! Attendees competed in a good old-fashioned cake walk, listened to the RSVP Readers Theatre and sang/danced to the sounds of the Flemming Fold. Thanks to everyone who came out and made the celebration a success. 
Every Thursday morning at 10 a.m., the Pierz Public Library hosts a summer storytime, and this week, the theme was "art," We begin the program with several stories, songs and rhymes before wrapping up with a craft. This week, we took our talents to the sidewalk outside the library. The kids drew a wide variety of art and enjoyed a popsicle. Summer storytime in Pierz runs through August 24, 2017. Registration is not required. Come and join in the fun this summer!
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet for a work session on Tuesday, June 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room.  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 assistive services should contact the Administrative Assistant three business days prior to the meeting at 320-650-2500. Visit our Board of Trustees page...
This June, Great River Regional Library wants to inspire you to pick up a book featuring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) characters. Check out this diverse lineup of books that highlight an important, and all too often underrepresented, portion of our communities.  https://griver.org/new-best-fun/june-books-with-lgbtqi-characters Happy page turning!
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...