Library News

Join us at the Belgrade Library on Friday, April 15 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. to hear author Annelee Woodstrom describe her years growing up in Hitler's Germany. As a child she saw her share of horror - the carnage left after bombings, homeless children struggling to survive in the streets, and the survivors of a concentration camp not far from her hometown. At 20 she found peace and serenity, moving to Minnesota with her husband where they raised two children. Woodstrom later attended college...
Do you ever wonder about your old jewelry: Is it valuable? Is it real? What can it be made into? GIA certified diamond specialist Jen Anfinson will help you discover creative ways to redesign your jewelry. She'll discuss gold weights, authenticity and content of metals, diamonds and gemstones, and values. Bring your jewelry box treasures and questions to the Paynesville Public Library for a lively group discussion on Saturday, April 2, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
Tuesday, April 19 at 10:00 a.m., join acclaimed singer/songwriter Phil Lancaster as he presents the program, Riders on the Orphan Train. This program presents the story of 250,000 orphans and unwanted children who were put on trains in New York between 1854 and 1929 and sent all over the United States to be given away. Weaving together photos, stories and songs, as well as attendees sharing their own stories, this presentation is memorable and fascinating. This Legacy program will be...
It's National Poetry Month. Write a haiku and submit it. We'll put some of our favorites on our social media. A haiku is a three-line poem of 5 syllables, 7 syllables, and 5 syllables, like this: Urban cyclists ride wrapped from head to toe in wool sheared from country sheep I like how city and rural scenes are connected in this short poem, and how the idea is presented that the sheep's natural wool coat is also protecting cyclists. Note as well how the second line begins and ends...
April's tech tip is to scout out Lynda.com. Lynda.com is a professional training website including more than 3,000 in-depth tutorials on business, technical, and creative skills. Learn everything from navigating Facebook to advanced photography and more with these expert videos and presentations. All you need is your library card! To access Lynda.com at the library or from home, go to Databases, then scroll down to Lynda.com. You will be prompted to enter your library card number and pin...
Science fiction may be a polarizing genre of literature because it conjures up images of pulp fiction monsters and crater littered landscapes. But the popularity of movies such as "Martian," the Terminator franchise,Star Wars and Star Trek in all their variations, and the enduring appeal of classics such as "Blade Runner" and "2001, A Space Odyssey," suggest there is a large group of people who would enjoy Sci-Fi but haven't gone there yet. So, in April, read a science fiction novel as part...
"American Sniper" by Chris Kyle is the 2016 book selection for the Big Library Read program. Unlimited downloads are available at the GRRL Digital Library, so you, your friends and your family can all read this riveting story. Kyle recorded the most career sniper kills in United States military history, and received numerous medals for his bravery. His book was was the source of the movie of the same name that was nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture. The Big...
Animals make great listeners! Studies show that animals make wonderful reading companions because they help increase relaxation, lower blood pressure, listen attentively, do not judge, are less intimidating then peers and allow children to proceed at their own pace. The Becker Public Library is proud to have a Tail Waggin' Tutor dog available for your young reader ages 5 to 12. Every month, Elsie visits the Becker library to listen to readers improve their fluency and comfort level reading...
“I heard people talk that came from Germany, that came to America, and they all said they would never go back.” Ceil Salzl made this statement about her family and their willingness to leave the Old Country. This presentation will focus on why so many Germans made Stearns County their home, their efforts to retain elements of their culture, and starting a new life in America. Presentation will take place on Tuesday, March 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Mississippi Room.
Bring an empty bottle and your creativity to the St. Cloud Public Library Monday, March 28 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Artist Penny Leuthard will guide you through the process of changing an empty bottle into a one of a kind piece of artwork. Everything you need will be supplied; however, everyone is encouraged to bring any personal items they would like to include.