Library News Archive: July 2009

State Fair Discounts

State Fair Discounts

The Minnesota State Fair is offering discounts to library card holders on September 2. They’re calling it Read & Ride Wednesday. The discounts apply to gate admission only, but adults save $2, seniors save $3 and children 5-12 save $2. Read more »

Pierz Library Mural Brightens Main Street

Pierz Library Mural Brightens Main Street

A librarian’s inspiration and community help have brightened the façade of the Pierz Public Library. Read more »

MinnesotaHelpNetwork returns to St. Cloud

MinnesotaHelpNetwork returns to St. Cloud

The MinnesotaHelpNetwork will again offer on-site information and support at St. Cloud Public Library starting in August 2009.  Read more »

Local Artist Displays Watercolor Re-creations Of Historic Paynesville Locations

Local Artist Displays Watercolor Re-creations Of Historic Paynesville Locations

Artist Karen Reede's watercolor paintings of historic Paynesville buildings, re-created with the help of vintage photographs supplied by the Paynesville Historical Society, and in honor of Paynesville's Sesquicentennial, are currently on display at the Paynesville Public Library.  Included are paintings of a local church,  the 'Applegren Mill,' and the "Hotel Russell.&q Read more »

Summer Reading Fun

The library's Summer Reading Program (SRP), "Be Creative @ Your Library," is fun!

Don't just take our word for it: the artwork from our of our young participants tells you so. Read more »

Deputy Director Retiring From Great River Regional Library

Deputy Director Retiring From Great River Regional Library

Deputy Director Verne Oleksowicz is retiring July 31, 2009 after being with Great River Regional Library (GRRL) for 26 years. Read more »

Summer Reading Activities Lively & Fun In Paynesville

Summer Reading Activities Lively & Fun In Paynesville

Kids are reading up a storm in the Summer Reading Program at Paynesville, and "Creative Thursdays" programs have been filling up week after week. Candlemaking, nature art, silly science, and camping fun have been covered so far. Up next:  Dynamite Domes, Get Stuck On Duct-tape - Crafts!, and Wonderful Watercolors! Read more »

Howard Lake Author Talk Impresses Audience

Howard Lake Author Talk Impresses Audience

Author Barbara Sommer gave an author talk at the Howard Lake Public Library on July 15. Sommer spoke about her Minnesota Book Award-winning “Hard Work And A Good Deal: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Minnesota.” The Civilian Conservation Corps supplied jobs to more than 77,000 Minnesotans during the Great Depression. Read more »

Board Approves HQ Management Restructure; Requests Further Study on Branch Changes

Board Approves HQ Management Restructure; Requests Further Study on Branch Changes

At its July 14 meeting, the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Board of Trustees approved a reorganization of staffing at its headquarters and St. Cloud branch library. It also asked for more information on a proposal to reorganize other staffing across its system in Central Minnesota. Read more »

Want a Quick Read?

Great River Regional Library subscribes to approximately 400 periodicals. (That's library speak for magazines and newspapers.) You can find all the magazines on the library's catalog, everything from "AARP" to "Your Big Backyard." The really neat thing is that magazines check out just like books. Read more »

Paynesville 4H Club Teams With Friends of the Library & City To Landscape Library Park

Paynesville 4H Club Teams With Friends of the Library & City To Landscape Library Park

In October of 2006, The Central Minnesota Initiative Foundation selected the city of Paynesville for a visit from the Minnesota Design Team .  Their  purpose  was to "help envision, plan, and build a brighter future" for the Paynesville area.  With input from the community - including library staff - the team produced plans, sketches and maps for an improved Paynes Read more »

Blue Ribbon Reader

Blue Ribbon Reader

Some lucky kid from Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will be recognized as a Blue Ribbon Reader at the Minnesota State Fair this year. Read more »

Enjoy Author Talks

Throughout the year you can hear local, regional and even national authors talk about their books and craft at Great River Regional Library author talks. Check the events page for details. Two author talks are scheduled for July. Read more »

Going On Vacation? Don't Forget To Pack Your Library Card!

Going On Vacation?  Don't Forget To Pack Your Library Card!

Your Great River Regional Library card could be one of the most useful pieces of plastic in your wallet! Because Minnesota has statewide 'Reciprocal Borrowing,' your GRRL card is honored at most libraries in the state. (Check to see if they're affiliated with a library system.) Stuck in the cabin all week because of torrential rains? Read more »

King of Pop's Passing Causes Increased Demand

King of Pop's Passing Causes Increased Demand

The unexpected passing of Michael Jackson caused a sudden surge of interest in his recordings. Great River Regional Library (GRRL) owns copies of all the major CDs Jackson recorded, such as "Bad," "Invincible" and "Thriller." Read more »

Programs For All

Programs For All

We have programs for infants, like baby bounce, programs for teens, like our anime clubs and game days, and we have programs for adults, such as stitching clubs and flower shows. Read more »

Paynesville Branch Kids' Playhouse Gets Facelift

Paynesville Branch Kids' Playhouse Gets Facelift

With funds and assistance from the Friends Of The Paynesville Public Library and library preschool story hour participants, the much-loved playhouse at the Paynesville branch recently got a cheery new interior paint job.  With instructions and help from Friends president Molly Zimmerman, children used their thumb, palm and fingerprints to paint fantasy creatures on the inside walls. Read more »