Library News

This year, library supporters who make a donation of $5 or more to Great River Regional Library will receive a lime green bracelet that declares: "I AM A LIBRARY SUPPORTER!" Tell your friends and the people you meet that you support libraries by making a $5 donation and wearing your bracelet. When you donate to the library, 50 percent of your donation will be used locally for purposes decided independently by the local library staff. That may include things such as programs, prizes, and...
The March challenge for a Year in Reading is to read a graphic novel. These may look like comic books (and some of them are) but many graphic novels feature a story and artwork that are complex and highly accomplished. Do a general keyword search of the GRRL catalog for "graphic novels" and you'll get more than a thousand results. If you limit your search to adult fiction, you'll see more than 350 titles available. Browse the list and you'll find fairy tales, historical fiction, classics,...
On Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10:30 a.m. join Minnesota author Rhonda Fochs with a journey to the past and hear the stories and the tales of the people and places of Minnesota'’s lost towns. Learn about area towns that once thrived, why they died, and what is located there today. View a comparative “then and now” photo presentation of some of the towns and learn how lost towns are classified according to their physical remnants. Fochs is the author of several books about Minnesota, including...
Artist Penny Leuthard will bring a Mixed Media Workshop to the Becker Public Library on Thursday, March 17, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Mixed media refers to artwork which employs more than one medium, such as paper, ink, 3D items and found objects. Take this workshop and you will be introduced to mixed media art and create your own artwork using 12"x12" board and a variety of mixed media items. All supplies are included. However, you are welcome to bring any personal items you would like to include in...
This is the last week to experience the Anne Frank traveling exhibit in the Teen Area of the St. Cloud Public Library. To add another layer of life to this historical time period, we will be viewing the documentary "The Typist" on Thursday, Feb 25 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Mississippi Room. "The Typist" is an Emmy Award winning documentary about Larry Tillemans, the last living clerk-typist from the Nuremburg Trials. There will be a post viewing discussion facilitated by staff from St....
Start your weekend feeling groovy. Dave Cofell will perform at the St. Cloud Public Library on Friday, March 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Mississippi Room. Dave Cofell is an experienced full-time Americana roots/singer-songwriter professionally performing original music and cover songs on guitar, banjo, harmonica, and kazoo. He plays a wide variety of styles including folk, blues, bluegrass and old jazz standards.
Wednesday, April 20, at 9:00 a.m., join us for our second playdate at the Paynesville Public Library for children ages 0-6. We'll have creative dough to play with, 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. No registration necessary.
In a hard thought battle on Saturday Jan. 9, three members of the GRRL-Upsala Trivia Team answered their way to victory in GRRL's online trivia contest. Team members Mike and Debbie Disher and Nancy Reesemann researched questions finding answers through Google searches and GRRL databases. The team were excited about answering and expect to return next year when the contest will be bigger and even better.
As the saying goes "Families are like fudge... mostly sweet with a few nuts." - Author Unknown Shake up your family tree! Come to room 208 in the St. Cloud Public Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4 to connect with others looking at their family trees. This monthly genealogy club meeting will feature an educational topic and discussion between members. Share tips and ideas for the informal amateur genealogist. Beginner to advanced experience welcome. For ages 16 and up.
The St. Cloud Public Library has partnered with the English Department of St. Cloud State University to offer a series of free lectures in February open to the public. Below are the dates and topics for each lecture: Monday, Feb. 8: Music of the Holocaust. Music has always had a place during times of resistance. This talk will explore the music that came from the concentration camps. Bremer Room from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. After the lecture, be sure to see the Anne Frank exhibit in the...