Library News

The Kimball Library Building Committee held its groundbreaking event for the new Kimball Public Library on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at the building site. This event also honored former librarian and the library project’s first major donor Lorraine Gregory. Not only is this a significant event in the community’s history, the new library groundbreaking celebrates 50 years of a Great River Regional Library branch in the community. On October 25, 2018, the task force announced it raised...
Ready to be star struck at the library? Now is your chance to meet and hear from popular Minnesota authors Lorna Landvik, Doug Ohman, and Chad Lewis.  These three authors will be traveling across our region through September, October, and November. Busy this fall? There are plenty of opportunities to attend an event that works best for your schedule. Or maybe you enjoyed an author visit so much that you would like to see them again? Author tours give you the chance to see your favorites...
Want to practice the skill of reading in a fun, new way? Here’s a great opportunity for a relaxing one-on-one reading session with a dog. These dogs, from Therapy Dog International, love to be read to and children can practice reading. This can help shy children build confidence in their reading, or your child can just have fun while reading to the dogs! In Saint Michael, come spend one-on-one time with either Taurus or Bear. In Albany, come read to Freddie the golden retriever. In...
The Scarecrow and the Lion stopped by the Becker Public Library on Monday, July 29th to help celebrate the 80th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz film.  The Oz Brothers, the travelling-storytelling duo of impressionists Tom Hendricks and Jeff Kortman (playing the Scarecrow looking for a brain and the Lion looking for courage), took audience members for a stroll down the yellow brick road as they shared this much beloved tale of the adventures of Dorothy and...
Show young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love! TumbleBooks is a collection of animated talking picture books now available through GRRL online. TumbleBooks takes existing picture books, adds animation, sound, music and narration, and produces an electronic picture book kids can read or listen to from any computer -- at home or at the library. Kids and parents will find high quality recordings of popular books, including classic fairy tales. The read-along stories...
Starting Thursday, August 1, 2019, the Hands-Free Law comes into effect. This means that Minnesota drivers are not able to have their phones in their hand. The law prohibits making calls, texting, looking for music, gaming, and finding directions while driving. However, drivers are able to do these tasks by voice commands that do not require holding the phone. According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, “At no time may a driver hold the phone in their hand unless it’s to obtain...
Local Artist Linda Pacel stopped by the Becker Public Library on July 23rd to teach young artists the basics of acrylic painting.  Participants learned basic skills and different techniques before creating their own unique painting on canvas. Mountain landscapes, a unicorn, and some colorful floral masterpieces were the result. Linda will be back on Monday, September 30th, to teach an adult painting class.  For more information, visit the events page and select the Becker...
The dog days of summer are upon us. Why not cool off at your local library?   Each branch of Great River Regional Library offers a host of summer programs for kids, teens and adults. From storytimes for all ages of kids to tech help, book clubs and art workshops for adults, your library is busy all summer long creating fun, educational and creative activities for the whole family.   Visit griver.org/events and search by branch to see what’s happening at your library.
Stuck in a reading rut? Want to deviate from your literary routine? Not sure where to start? May we suggest asking librarians? Great River Regional Library's New, Best & Fun page provides reading lists to help you explore award-winning titles, find read-alikes for favorite books, or offer “Year in Reading” challenges to help you read outside your norm. Each month of the Year in Reading challenge focuses on a particular theme or genre, giving readers a great leg up when it comes to...
For some children, summer break is a relaxing few months of recreation and leisure. For others, it’s a stressful time without access to healthy meals. Poverty and limited access to food is a real problem facing many central Minnesota children. With this in mind, the St. Cloud Public Library is pleased once again to partner with the Yes Network as a site for free lunches for kids, all summer long, for the second year. Who: All kids 18 and younger What: Free, nutritious hot lunches...