Library News

Award-winning author William Kent Krueger will talk about his Cork O'Connor mystery series at the Becker Public Library on Monday, Nov. 16 starting at 6:30 p.m. Krueger is the winner of four Minnesota Book Awards, two Anthony Awards for Best Novel, and an Edgar Award. He is a Minnesota author and his books are set in Minnesota's north woods. This event is for teens and adults. No registration is required. This event is paid for by funds from the Minnesota Book Awards.
"What a cool banner!" So said patrons of the Upsala Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 31, when members of the Snappy Elmdalers 4-H Club hung their award-winning banner at the library so area residents could enjoy their work. This banner, the fifth that has hung at GRRL - Upsala, captured Grand Champion at the Morrison County Fair and won one of only three Purple Ribbons awarded at the Minnesota State Fair. Congratulations Snappy Elmdalers! Pictured L to R: Anna Blonigen, Allie Thelen,...
Aspiring engineers ages 6 and up can join in the coaster construction project at the Paynesville Public Library. This Maker Space Challenge project is to attempt to build a working, small-model roller coaster from the library's K'nex collection. Pictured you can see the progress so far: most of the support structure is in place, and one of the launching motors has been installed. There's a lot of coaster track yet to be built and installed, as well as another launcher motor. Construction...
About 60 kids, parents and caregivers attended the Becker Public Library's annual preschool Halloween party. The event started out with Halloween songs and stories. We had a fellow library user perform some of his magic tricks for the youngsters, and then the rest of the time was filled with fun activities. Kids were able to hang the heart on the skeleton, play Halloween Memory, Halloween Bingo, have a Halloween scavenger hunt and make a paper plate pumpkin for the craft. Kids were...
Twin brothers Joe and John Gindele provide a humorous look back at their childhood in New York City's Upper East Side in the 1940s-1950s. After high school they moved to Minnesota where they attained degrees and began lengthy teaching careers. But they have fond memories of the ethnic neighborhood in which they grew up. Learn about the old New York and share a laugh at the St. Cloud Public Library Saturday, Nov. 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the library's Mississippi Room.
NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is November and the St. Cloud Public Library wants you to Gear Up! We'll be offering a series of classes to help you become the novelist you've always known you can be. Published author and travel writer Lisa McClintick will be facilitating these sessions. Wednesday, Nov. 4 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Senses and settings. Room 208. Registration requested Wednesday, Nov. 18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. - Characters and Charisma. Room 208. Registration requested...
Every other year, Upsala Public Library hosts a makerspace program called Holiday Hangups. This year, in the first fall session, 40 kids had a blast crafting fall-themed windsocks. A winter session is also planned for December.
Visit the St. Cloud Public Library on Friday, Oct. 23 between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. to meet members of the Central MN chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. Learn about the daily life of a blind person - you'll be glad you did!
The focus is on fun this Halloween at Paynesville Public Library! Monday, Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m., Paynesville library will have a Halloween storytime for ages 0 to 6. Wear your costume, if you'd like to give it a practice run before Oct. 31. Everyone is invited to snap a pic in our pumpkin patch photo booth. Use your camera or cell phone camera and post your photo on social media or share with family. Pictured, a young library customer poses in the booth, costumed as "Astrid", a...
The Force will be strong in St. Michael this Saturday, Oct. 10 as the St. Michael Public Library will be one of several hundred libraries across the country to celebrate "Star Wars Reads Day." There will be a word scramble puzzle to fill out and a chance to win prizes. There will also be coloring sheets, a "Make & Take" Yoda craft and puzzles to take with you. Check out the Star Wars displays and check out a few of the many Star Wars books ready for your reading! And, as Yoda would say...