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Library News Archive: March 2010

Winter Reading Program Prize Winners Announced

Winter Reading Program Prize Winners Announced

Regional grand prize winners for the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Winter Reading Program, “A Reading Wonderland,” have been announced. The winners were:
  Cris Kuhlman, Grey Eagle
  Kelly Neu, Melrose
  Abbie Kunze, Buffalo
  Jean Beckel, Cold Spring
  Rev. Doris Dodds, Paynesville
  Terri Hamilton, Elk River Read more »

Watercolor Exhibit Brings Colors Of Spring To Paynesville Branch

Watercolor Exhibit Brings Colors Of Spring To Paynesville Branch

 Original watercolor paintings by area artists who belong to "Creating Art Together" (C.A.T), an area artists group from New London Minnesota, are now on display at the Paynesville Public Library. Read more »

New members and officers elected to GRRL Board of Trustees

New members and officers elected to GRRL Board of Trustees

New board officers and members have been elected to the Board of Trustees governing the affairs of Great River Regional Library, which provides library services at 32 public libraries in Central Minnesota.

Louise Kuester (pictured) is the newly elected president of the board. She is a Sherburne County citizen member from Elk River. Read more »

What You Read

What are the books most borrowed in U.S. libraries? Read more »

Guthrie Winners @ GRRL~UPsala!

Guthrie Winners @ GRRL~UPsala!

 GRRL~Upsala hosted two Guthrie Theatre acting classes in March.  Both Acting Games For Beginners and Duke It Out Combat Techniques were quickly filled with eager actors.  The Guthrie also awarded tickets to Macbeth to winners in both sessions.  Pictured here with trainer Aaron Preuss is Ethan Schultz, who won in the Duke It Out session. Read more »

Mike Wohnoutka wows Upsala audience

Mike Wohnoutka wows Upsala audience

Over 200 Upsala area residents enjoyed the drawing of book illustrator Mike Wohnoutka on March 22, 2010. Read more »

Help Pick the Minnesota Book Awards Readers' Choice Award

Here's your opportunity to vote for Minnesota's top book and help pick the Minnesota Book Awards Readers' Choice Award. Read more »

Minnesotans and WWII

War & The North Star: Minnesotans Experience WWII Read more »

"I Learned It At The Library!"

"I Learned It At The Library!"

Explore, learn and - connect?

No, this time the point is to explore and learn how not to connect with your fellow actor's jaw, while still creating the illusion of a fierce fight. Read more »

New Reference Librarians on Staff at Great River Regional Library

New Reference Librarians on Staff at Great River Regional Library

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) has two new reference librarians: Lisa Motschke and Elizabeth Nummela. They will provide reference service to all 32 branches of Great River Regional Library (GRRL), and will provide assistance at the Information desk at the St. Cloud Public Library. Read more »

Usage Increases Across Region's Libraries

Usage Increases Across Region's Libraries

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) usage saw major increases in 2009:
Checkout sessions increased 15 percent compared to 2008,
Items checked out (total circulation) also increased 15 percent.
The increases continue the upward trend of GRRL library use, which has seen total circulation soar by 41 percent since 2004, from 2.9 million in 2004 to 4.1 million in 2009. Read more »

Sharing Life Stories

Henry David Thoreau famously said, "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation." Well, people's lives are filled with much more than desperation. Look around. People fall in love, they have children, they help each other, they overcome obstacles. The primitive artist Grandma Moses said, "Life is what you make of it. Read more »

Library Board Gets First Look at Staff Restructuring Tool

The Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Board of Trustees got its first opportunity Tuesday night to look at preliminary information and ask questions related to future staff restructuring decisions within the organization. Read more »