Library News

The Shire of Rockhaven requests your presence at a series of Medieval Madness classes at the St. Cloud Public Library Wednesdays in March, beginning March 16. Below is the schedule, times, and rooms. Wednesday, March 16 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.: a fully armored heavy fighting demo done by several of our members followed by class participation 'boffer' fighting using soft pool noodle type weapons. Our fighting marshal will instruct and supervise all participant combat. In the Bremer Room....
Ever wondered about your old jewelry? Is it valuable? Can it be made into something else? Jen Anfinson, GIA certified diamond specialist, will help you discover creative ways to redesign your jewelry. On Monday, April 4, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Jen will be at the Becker Public Library ready to discuss gold weights, authenticity and content of metals, diamonds, gemstones, and values. Bring your bag of jewelry, box of treasures and questions for a lively group discussion! This workshop does not...
Wednesday, March 23, at 9:00 a.m., join us for our second playdate at the Paynesville Public Library for children ages 0-6. We'll have puppets 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. Register online, by phone (320.243.7343) or at the Paynesville Public Library during open hours.
Join us as Adrian Lee, author, historian, and paranormal investigator discusses his newest book, "More Mysterious Minnesota." Adrian and his team of paranormal investigators, The International Paranormal Society, have spent the past three years traveling across Minnesota investigating historic buildings, including several in Long Prairie. You won’t want to miss this preview of Adrian’s new book! Adrian will be speaking at the Long Prairie Public Library Thursday, March 31, 5:00-6:00 p.m....
Wednesday, March 9 at 10:30 a.m., the Paynesville Public Library will present a preschool storytime for ages 0 to 6. Join us for stories, songs, and crafts about the sun, moon and stars! Attendance limit of 20. Presented by the Friends of the Paynesville Public Library.
The adult coloring and doodling craze has hit us by storm. We are embracing this in St. Michael on Monday, March 14 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The Zentangle Workshop offered by Artist Penny Leuthard will enable you to tap into your inner artist. It's doodling with a purpose! Zentangles are an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful black and white art by drawing structured patterns on a 3 ½” square paper tile. In this workshop, patrons will create their own zentangle as they are...
We're going paper craft crazy at the St. Cloud Public Library~ and we want you to join in! Monday, March 7 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Bremer Room we'll be showing you how to create a 3" micro book with secret pockets out of 1 sheet of paper. One sheet! Limit 10, so register early. If micro books aren't your thing; come by Tuesday, March 22 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. You'll learn how to turn simple envelopes into a mini album, complete with spaces for art, photos, journaling, and more! Limit...
The folks at the New York Times are known for their insightful articles on current events, books, and culture, but did you know they’ve dipped their toe in the Tech Tips pool? Check out this excellent article full of random but useful tips for beginners on computer use and the Internet. And remember: You’re already doing better than you thought you were. You have access to other excellent New York Times content through ProQuest Newsstand in the library’s Databases. ProQuest also includes...
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,...