Library News

Slow down, take a deep breath, and take the Beanstack #ReadGrateful Challenge! Share an attitude of gratitude with those around you by starting with some gratitude themed books to kick off the conversation. Log your reading here and earn a new set of colorful badges! The challenge logs time spent reading (up to 20 hours for completion) and has five activity badges. It is open to all ages and runs from November 2nd through December 31st. Sign up at griver.beanstack.org...
Short Story Writing Month (ShoStoWriMo) is back this December! To celebrate ShoStoWriMo, the library is seeking short, short stories of 33 words or less that are inspired by this historical photograph provided by Stearns History Museum. Take a look at this picture; what story do you see here? Set your imagination free! (But remember, only in 33 words, since we have 33 locations.) Download the submission form to write your short story, and submit anytime between December 1 to...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in regular session on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, via Zoom webinar. The Finance Committee will meet at 5:00 p.m. and the full Board at 6:00 p.m. In response to COVID-19 and pursuant to Minnesota Statute Chapter 12. Emergency Management, Governor Walz declared a state of emergency. In accordance with the state of emergency and Minnesota Statute Chapter 13D.021, the GRRL Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, and GRRL staff will...
The GRRL Board Personnel Committee will meet on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. All GRRL Board meetings are open to the public. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to practice social separation, meeting room occupancy will be limited in accordance with MDH and CDC guidelines. Total attendance is limited to available seating, and all persons are expected to maintain a social separation of six (6) feet while...
Great River Regional Library is thankful for YOU, our library users!  During November, we are frequently reminded to think of what we are thankful for with Thanksgiving around the corner. The library staff is very thankful for all of our library users. It is YOU that creates community in each library building. We do our best job of providing you exceptional service, operational excellence, and community focus. What are you thankful for this season?  Here are some of our...
It is that time of year! And in the year 2020, your local library needs you! Our goal this year is to reach $48,000...will you support your library? Our library system covers six counties in central Minnesota and serves countless people with varying needs and interests. As communities evolve, the library adapts to fill the gaps because of supporters like you! Like this year, we added more digital items to our collection, provided WiFi2go hotspots offering internet access to people...
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, in partnership with State Library Services, released the third chapter of One Book | One Minnesota. The newest title, The Plague of Doves, is by Minnesota author Louise Erdrich.  From October into December, Minnesotans who read the featured book selection have access to author videos, reading guides, and virtual book club discussions all through their local libraries! New to this...
The GRRL Board Finance Committee is cancelled for Tuesday, October 20, 2020. All GRRL Board meetings are open to the public. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to practice social separation, meeting room occupancy will be limited in accordance with MDH and CDC guidelines. Total attendance is limited to available seating, and all persons are expected to maintain a social separation of six (6) feet while attending. Face coverings are required per statewide...
Dollar-to-Dollar Community Match in Support of the New Kimball Library Kimball Library Building Fundraising Task Force announces the Opening Together Challenge Match, a final fundraising effort to complete the building project. Along with other funds being raised through leadership giving and grants, the Challenge Match, a dollar-for-dollar $45,000 challenge, will go towards $160,000 needed for the project: ·        Sustainability and fair work wages requirements ·...
Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is using Charities Review Council’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Toolkit to learn more about how the organization reflects our communities. This Toolkit will help identify the library’s organizational strengths, gaps, and possibilities for growth. Register to take part in the DEI survey here: https://bit.ly/349O5qx  We hope to have all surveys completed by November 8. The survey will take about 20-30 minutes, but you can start...