Library News

It's December ... and there's no place like Minnesota in December. You can take that however you like. This month, we invite you to explore our list of books set in Minnesota! AND, keep this in mind; you can access more great books with a Minnesota connection at www.ebooksmn.org. Happy reading.
Nine years ago, Sue Stine retired from her job as a metro-area teacher. She and her husband had dreams of retiring in a rural community, and chose Long Prairie. She didn’t know this at the time, but as a voracious reader, she really couldn’t have ended up in a better place. That’s because the small community is home to a lively and engaged group called the Women’s Literary Club – an organization that’s about to celebrate its 125th anniversary next year. And Stine, along with about...
It's getting close to that time when we'll be locking up our libraries for Thanksgiving. All Great River libraries will be closing at 5 p.m on Thanksgiving Eve., Wednesday, Nov. 22. and closed all day on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 23. Normal hours will resume on Friday, Nov. 24.  From all of us here at GRRL, Happy Thanksgiving. We're thankful for you!
December is 'Hour of Code' month, during which everyone is encouraged to learn about computer coding and coding languages. At the Paynesville branch, you can learn how to code a short message in binary code, and you'll bring home a bracelet when you're done!  Jen Anfinson will instruct attendees on how to construct the jewelry, and how to incorporate a secret-coded message into the design.  All materials supplied. For ages 12 and up. Space is limited: register online...
Beautiful examples of quilting and piecework by Paynesville artist Edie Becker are on display in the Paynesville library gallery until the end of December.  Included in the showing are eleven pieces, ranging in size from small table-runners and matts to full-sized bed quilts.  Pictured is a quilted bookcase wall-hanging. The Paynesville library is scheduling artist's displays for the second half of 2018.  Contact the library if you'd like to show your creative work in our...
Catch him if you can; "The Gingerbread Man" was the theme for Fall Storytime at the Pierz Public Library. Once a month, during the school year, the Pierz Library holds a storytime, complete with songs, rhymes, crafts and a snack. This month, the children enjoyed helping Leora, the storytime volunteer, tell the story of the Gingerbread Man on the felt board. Everyone took home a gingerbread man and enjoyed some gingersnap cookies!
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, November 21 at 6 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. The Personnel and Finance Committees will also meet that evening. The Finance meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and the Personnel meeting will be held 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...
Grear River Regional Library is thrilled to have the popular and talented Jen Anfinson back with a diverse lineup of art classes.  From ornaments to jewelry to henna tattooing, Jen has a wide range of talents to share with artsy crafters of all ages throughout November and December.  Check out this list of classes, along with their dates and locations. These programs are wildly popular, so you're encouraged to pre-register for them.   Melrose...
The "Snappy Elmdalers" visited the Upsala Library recently to proudly hang their 4-H club banner! This annual event showcases club members' design talents.  Snappy Elmdalers members include, L-R: Back row, standing: Anna Blonigen, Allie Thelen, Lucy Thelen Front row, kneeling: Josie Roerick, Bryce Roerick, Eli Thelen   Thanks, Elmdalers!
As a child of immigrants, Arna Rennan has a deep well of knowledge when it comes to the music and culture of Norway. Now, Arna will be using her musical and storytelling talents in programs at our libraries this month! Join us as she shares immigrants' stories that have been set to song. Arna includes music from a variety of genres, including simple four-lined poems, broadsides, waltz tunes, and vaudeville songs. This event is for all ages and is funded by Minnesota's Arts &...