Library News

Can you tell a compelling tale in 32 words? There's really only one way to find out. In honor of Short Story Writing Month, or ShoStoWriMo, give us your best short short story inspired by this picture of a soapbox derby from the Stearns History Museum.  We're looking for 32 of your best words, in honor of our 32 GRRL locations. Paper submission forms are also available for you to submit in person at all GRRL locations. Submit your story between December 1-31,...
Here’s an undeniable truth: books, and the creativity inspired by them, have had a powerful impact on the way we experience the holiday season for a very long time.  And Great River Regional Library is always here to help make your holiday season even merrier and brighter.  Consider revisiting the 1843 Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol, which not only helped revive the Christmas holiday, but permanently influenced our modern-day gatherings, foods, games, and...
The GRRL Board of Trustees will meet in special session on Tuesday, Dec.19 at 6 p.m. in the St. Cloud Library Mississippi Room. This meeting is open to the public and will be held at the St. Cloud Public Library. Persons with disabilities who plan to attend and will need assisted services should contact the Administrative Assistant three business days prior to the meeting at 320-650-2500. Visit our Board of Trustees page to learn more, and scroll down to see future meeting dates.
There is still time and space to sign up for the make & take ornament program being held on Wednesday, December 6 from 5-6 p.m. This is a free, come and go, self-directed event at the Becker Library. All supplies will be provided. For ages 5-12.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Becker Library.
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 or by calling...
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!