Library News

  We asked you to tell a story in 32 words or less ... and you did! Short Story Writing Month, or ShoStoWriMo, has come to a close, and we're pleased to share the prose (and maybe even a poem or two) inspired by the above photo, courtesy of the Stearns History Museum. Enjoy!   An assembly of adolescents and adults anxiously await the Annual Homemade Derby Race. Each young athlete has adjusted axels, accepted advice and anticipates achieving the goal to be first...
  Great River Regional Library bid farewell to two board members at the end of 2017.  Board President Dave Kircher presented certificates of appreciation to Bernice Berns and Spencer Buerkle.  Both Bernice and Spencer served their term limits, a total of nine years, from 2009 through 2017. Thank you, Bernice and Spencer, for your time and commitment to GRRL all these years.
  It's a new year, and a few of our libraries are kicking it off with brand new hours. Three libraries within the Great River Regional Library system have modified their open hours, effective January of 2018. The three libraries are Clearwater, Elk River and Melrose. In each location, the new hours will continue to provide opportunities for people with varied schedules to visit the library.   Clearwater Library             ...
Great River Regional Library’s Winter Reading Program is on – and this year, you’re encouraged to “go wild” while choosing what to read. In keeping with the 2018 Adult and Teen Winter Reading Program theme, “Read on the Wild Side," we invite you to sample fiction, nonfiction or audio books on topics you may not normally choose. Of course, you’re always welcome to select from your favorites. Just read at least 5 books during January and February and turn in a drawing slip for a chance...
Great River Regional Library ebook and eaudiobook fans will soon have a new way to find what they’re looking for. Axis 360, an e-materials platform, will be added to the GRRL lineup alongside current program OverDrive. Axis 360 is compatible with most devices, with the exception of Kindle Paperwhites/E Ink readers and 1st/2nd generation Kindle Fires. Users of those devices will still have the opportunity to download their materials via OverDrive. Why have we added Axis 360? Here are a...
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...
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.
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...
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...