Library News

Kevin Vollmers, executive director of Gazillion Strong, will be at the St. Cloud Public Library on Saturday, May 7, to lead a discussion about Ms. Marvel, Volume 1; Silk, Volume 0; and Super Indian, Volume 1. This unique program examines comic books and graphic novels in which the central character(s) are from marginalized communities. Gazillion Strong is dedicated to the development of resources and tools that aid marginalized communities. We'll see you at the library! Saturday, May 7 from...
Taylor Hendrickson of Taylor Hendrickson Photography will teach you tips, tricks and tactics so you can shoot better digital photos of yourself, family and friends, and of the world around you. The class will be held Monday, May 16 from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Paynesville Public Library. Bring your digital camera or smartphone camera. For ages 12 though adult. Limit of 15. Register online, or call (320.243.7343) or stop in to the Paynesville Public Library to register. Paynesville Branch...
Thursday, May 5 kicks off the Becker Schools Art Show at the Becker Public Library. This is the fifth year the library has hosted this event. Art teachers from each school location select pieces students have created throughout the year. "Thursday is the Open House Reception for the students and families. The teachers do a great job with selecting pieces and providing refreshments. The library provides the space and the background music. It's a great community collaboration," said Jeannette...
1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program has openings in Staples. The Staples Public Library has openings in its 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. The goal of the program is to have parents read to their children from the time they are born until they begin school and beyond. Parents begin by signing their child up for the program. They will receive a folder for tracking books read and a free book bag. When the child reaches the 1,000 book mark they graduate from the program and...
Our Year in Reading adventure continues with May’s challenge to read a book by a Minnesota author. If you like ‘literature’ that may mean one of Jon Hassler’s books, or something by Louise Erdrich or Anne Tyler. If you like thrillers, maybe you’ll pick a novel by John Sandford or Steve Thayer. You can turn to the classics and read something by Upton Sinclair or F. Scott Fitzgerald. And there are plenty of mysteries written by Minnesotans such as Erin Hart, Tami Hoag, David Housewright...
Learning Express Library has resources for all ages including practice tests for GED, GRE, SAT, ACT, TOEFL, ESL, civil service and citizenship exams, ESL and AP courses, and a Job and Career Help Center. Learning Express Library is not just great for preparing for tests, it’s also an excellent resource when applying for jobs! This great resource has tips for interviews, templates for writing resumes and cover letters, links to great jobs in all sorts of fields, and it can even help you...
An enthusiastic crowd gathered at the Becker Senior Center on Tuesday, April 19, for Phil Lancaster's presentation of Riders on the Orphan Train. Phil is an internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter who travels and 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. Phil sang original music, ran a picture slide show and presented film clips from interviews with actual...
Wednesday, September 21, at 9:00 a.m., join us for our second playdate at the Paynesville Public Library for children ages 0-6. We'll craft dough, along with many other early literacy-play toys and activities. Parents and kids had a great time last month. Kids should wear play clothes so they can really dig in to the fun. Coffee for the parents, cookies for everyone, will be served. Register online at www.griver.org/PA by phone (320.243.7343) or at the Paynesville Public Library...
Author and appraiser Mark Moran, who has written over 25 books on antiques and collectibles and has appeared on the PBS "Antiques Roadshow" program, will be at the Becker Public Library, on Tuesday, May 17, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mark will help evaluate items and talk about the history of objects. He will appraise up to 40 objects, one object per person. Register for a time slot by calling the library during open hours at 763.261.4454. Additional guests are welcome to listen and observe! Moran...
Register your birth through five-year-old child for this free reading incentive program today! Every time you finish reading 100 books together you can stop by for a prize, a free book, and put your child’s name on our reader board. They can watch their reading progress charted right at the library every time they visit! Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they are able to read and write. Research shows that children get ready to read years before they...