The July challenge for a Year In Reading is to read a memoir or biography. You could pick a classic that describes a different time and place, such as "The Diaries Of Samuel Pepys" (17th-century London) or "Out Of Africa" (late colonial Africa). You can read about great people, such as Frederick Douglass ("Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave") or Roman emperors ("The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars"). Maybe browse Amazon's 100 Biographies and Memoirs to Read in a...
Posted June 30, 2016
Video chatting is a wonderful way to keep in touch with relatives far away, to hold across-the-globe meetings, and to bring people closer together. Check out these great free apps and programs that let you video chat from your computer, tablet, or smart phone. Google Hangouts Skype Facebook FaceTime (for Apple devices only)
Posted June 27, 2016
Come by the St. Cloud Public Library Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m. Arna Rennen will help the Nordic Tradition come alive with her singing and storytelling of ballads and other Nordic traditions. For all ages. In the Mississippi Room.
Posted June 22, 2016
Celebrate summer by escaping to the enchanted islands of Hawaii where life is always laid back and fun! Make Hawaiian crafts, enjoy Luau foods, and listen to traditional Hawaiian music. Do the limbo! Join us at the Delano Public Library on Wednesday, June 29 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. for this fun program. Limited to 20 lucky 10 – 15 year-olds. Please register online or call the library.
Posted June 21, 2016
Home grown community art is brightening the walls of the Paynesville Public Library. Local artist (and programming star) Jen Anfinson suggested Art In The Park to Paynesville Library Services Coordinator Gretchen Vork. "We worked with the Chamber of Commerce to include it in their first-ever 'Art In The Park' event June 11," Gretchen writes. "The canvases were designed to fit in the library's children's area, and dozens of people (children and adults) contributed." Gretchen played her harp to...
Posted June 20, 2016
What's a nine-letter word for fun? Crossword! To add to the fun and games of the Summer Reading Program, St. Cloud Public Library has the World's Largest Crossword puzzle for the community to fill in. You'll find it taped on the wall of the glass cubicle close to the upstairs help desk. The clue book is available at the desk. Clues across go all the way to 24718 ("Having a snooze"). Two of six panels are currently posted. Each week during the Summer Reading Program we will post...
Posted June 20, 2016
Summer is sizzling all across the region. We have movie nights, concerts, jugglers, and the Summer Reading Program. This week, we also have Read Down Your Fines. For patrons 16 years old and younger: for every 15 minutes you read inside one of the 32 GRRL libraries we'll waive $1 off your card. Wow! That's $1 for 15 minutes of reading. Great Deal! Come in, read down, and waive $1.
Posted June 16, 2016
Paint? Clay? K'nex? What are your favorite tools and supplies to create, make something new, learn a new craft? The Paynesville Public Library will have maker challenges and make and take crafts for customers of all ages and skills during National Maker Week. Stop in during open hours and try something new, give your brain a new project or challenge. No need to register. All ages.
Posted June 16, 2016
This website is scheduled to change on Wednesday, June 22. It's being switched for a responsive design that will be more user friendly when viewed on a smartphone or other device. The content will remain mostly the same. You'll have quick access to the library catalog and to all the online research databases we make available. In fact, your access may be quicker. You can click directly onto Picture Books, Fiction, Online Learning and other content categories. You'll probably agree that it...
Posted June 14, 2016
Professor Marvel, aka Robert Halbrook, stunned and amazed about 200 kids and adults during his "Magic of the Olympics: A Summer Reading Celebration" program held at the Becker Community Center on June 14. The event kicked off the Summer Reading Program at the Becker Public Library. The Summer Reading Program is available for kids 0-18 years of age. Great incentives and grand prizes will help keep kids reading all summer. The Becker library is a terrific resource for books, audio books and...