Library News

Taking your written driver’s test can be scary, but the Great River Regional Library can help! Our Driving-Tests database gives you access to driver manuals and free online tests so you can practice for the big day. These practice tests are just like the real thing. They're marked for Easy, Hard, and Hardest. Once you've passed these tests your confidence should be high! Tests and manuals are also available for motorcycle and commercial driver’s licenses. No library card required; practice...
The August challenge for a Year In Reading is to read a book set by the ocean. Classics such as Treasure Island, The Old Man And The Sea and Moby-Dick come to mind. But there are many great books set on or around the ocean. Patrick O’Brian’s series about a naval captain and his ship’s surgeon fighting the Napoleonic wars set a high standard. Begin at the beginning, with Master And Commander.  Mary Kay Andrews (Summer Rental) and Anne Rivers Siddons (The Girls Of August) write southern...
GRRL - Upsala's Summer Reading Program is still in full swing! There is still time to start as a baby, a toddler, a tween or a teen! GRRL - Upsala draws for prizes weekly and has a number of ongoing contests which patrons can enter.  The Summer Reading Program officially ends on Saturday, Aug. 13!
Friday, July 29, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., the Paynesville Public Library will have games, tables, and chairs all set up, so stop by to join the group for Game Day! Games will include Munchkin, Jacks, Operation, Twister, chess, checkers, Apples To Apples, Jenga, and other new and classic games. Games for all ages, or you can bring your own.  
Outside, the weather was hot and sweltering, but inside the Little Falls Carnegie Library patrons were having a cool, fun time. Thursday, July 21 was movie night at the library, and a crowd of 39 individuals enjoyed Disney's "Zootopia." Movie Nights are sponsored by the Friends of the Little Falls library who provide the sound video equipment as well as movie theater style, fresh, kettle-popped corn. The next and final Movie Night of the summer in Little Falls will be Thursday, Aug. 18....
The streets around the Delano Public Library have a different look. Road construction has started on both roads adjacent to the building, Railroad Ave. and 2nd St. The library remains open and ready to serve you. The parking lot across from the library is currently accessible, and there are signs for additional parking near the building. Our summer programs are going strong. Next Tuesday, July 26, at 1 p.m., Snake Discover will have a variety of snakes and reptiles at the library. You may even...
Storytimes at Pierz Public Library are usually well attended, and today’s was no exception. Forty-six patrons of all ages listened as the library’s storytelling volunteer read books, did finger plays and sang songs accompanied by her ukulele. The theme was butterflies, and the group finished their time by making butterfly windsocks. Pierz offers storytime each Thursday at 10 a.m., June thru August.
July 28, 2016 is the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter, author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit and many other classic children's stories. Celebrate her birthday at the Paynesville branch the week of July 25 to 30. We'll have displays, birthday cake on Thursday July 28, and a story walk during the week. Pictured is a "Mr. McGregor's Garden" planter from the library's front lawn. The seeds were sown in May (by Paynesville library Storytime kids) for vegetables from "The Tale of Peter...
Squeals of both delight and disgust could be heard coming from the Royalton Public Library on July 14 when Bruce the Bug Guy shared his collection of preserved and live insects with the audience. Professional entomologist Bruce Giebink presented this entertaining and educational program featuring a number of insects and arthropods including giant cockroaches, millipedes, caterpillars, and Rosie the tarantula. A few brave souls got a close look at some of the insects.
Children had a great time learning about journals and creating their own in a program at the Little Falls Carnegie Library. Staff provided books for children to look through as well as samples of different kinds of journals (historical, nature, etc.). They also discussed the historical importance of journals such as the one kept by Holocaust victim Anne Frank, and journals from the American pioneer days which enable us to learn about life during those times. After discussion, the kids put...