Library News

The Saukkola family knew Hunter, 5, enjoyed paging through books. They just didn’t know how much. This fact became evident when the upcoming Kimball school kindergartner stunned his family and library staff by doing something highly unusual – reading 1,000 books between March 7 and June 17. “Once we started reading, we never stopped,” Hunter’s mom Erin said with a grin. Hunter is a recent graduate of Kimball Library’s newly created 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The...
The week of October 15 through the 21st marks the 12th annual “National Friends of Libraries” week. Library Friends organizations are full of volunteers who give their time and creativity to strengthening library services all around the country. Volunteers, for example, like St. Michael-Albertville-Hanover Friends of the Library president Skip Levesque (pictured on far right of photo.) So, in the spirit of National Friends of Libraries week, we’re going to take a moment to profile...
In the vast landscape of Great River Regional Library's music collection, there's a category of tunes you really should know about. Music by central Minnesota artists.  Whether you're a local music fan, or not yet familiar with the artists that live and work among you, we've got a new list of titles we recommend checking out. https://griver.org/new-best-fun/central-minnesota-music We hope you'll decide to use Great River to discover new, diverse - and local - music!
On Monday, Aug. 21, the entirety of North America will experience a powerful cosmic phenomenon: a total solar eclipse. This is causing quite a stir. That's because this is a big, historical event; an eclipse of this nature has not visited our part of the world since 1979. Here in our part of Minnesota, we won't see a total eclipse, but we'll get very close, with an estimated 83 percent of the sun covered by the moon around 1:05 p.m.  We’ve been hearing from a lot of people...
It's last call for lunch at the library; Great River Regional Library and the YES Network's Summer Lunch Program wraps up today, Friday, August 11.  Children up to 18 years old were able to receive a free, hot meal, Monday through Friday, beginning on June 12 at the St. Cloud Public Library Patron Services Librarian Kate Buechler reports that over 1,800 meals were served during this first year of the program. Kate adds, it wouldn't have happened without a massive team...
Great River Regional Library's Summer Reading Program ends on Saturday, August 12, and Paynesville participants will need to submit their reading slips inside the Paynesville Public Library (not the bookdrop!) before 1 p.m. on that day to be eligible for a chance to win prizes.  Pictured are just some of the prizes you might win.  There's still time to finish your reading and submit a slip.  Remember...the more you read, the better your chance to win a prize!...
The internet can seem like a dark and scary place. And what's the deal with hackers and email threats? These books will help guide you through the maze of the internet and keep you informed. https://griver.org/new-best-fun/internet-safety Happy - and SAFE - surfing!  
Chivalry isn't dead; it's in the library! This month at GRRL, we're highlighting books all about Medieval history, art and culture.  Take a gander at our list and take a trip back in time! https://griver.org/new-best-fun/august-books-about-medieval-history Fair thee well!
Did you know...August 2 is National Coloring Week?! Celebrate with us at the Paynesville Branch Library and add to our10-foot-long coloring sheet for patrons ages 6 and up. Stop in any time during our open hours below, choose a crayon, and join our community colorama project! Paynesville Library hours: Monday:         2-8 p.m. Tuesday:        2-6 p.m. Wednesday:  10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Thursday:       2-6 p.m. Friday:...
Howard Lake Library's summer storytime was underscored by mooing and bleating today. Storytime volunteer Carol Sideen set today's storytime up near the FFA building, and had a captive audience of fairgoers for "The Three Little Pigs" and other ag-related reads.  Sideen, a former Howard Lake first grade teacher, is a long-time Howard Lake Library volunteer. She says she decided to give storytime at the fair a shot this week, since in previous years, the...