Library News Archive: May 2010

Audiobooks in June

There’s something almost primal about listening to a good story. Before books, this is what our ancestors did. Around the campfire and at celebrations, storytellers would weave the oral history and mythology of their times. Read more »

State Library Services Seeking Strategies for Helping Unemployed Patrons Find Work

Libraries across Minnesota are preparing to share and receive information on how to better assist job seekers. Two representatives from Minnesota’s State Library Services attended the Project Compass Summit this week in Denver. Project Compass is a national initiative to share strategies for helping unemployed patrons find work. Read more »

Art Exhibit at Waite Park Library Commemorates Memorial Day

In commemoration of Memorial Day, the quilt art exhibit “and still counting…,” a memorial to the U.S. Read more »

Naturalization Ceremony Welcomes 90 Citizens at St. Cloud Public Library

Naturalization Ceremony Welcomes 90 Citizens at St. Cloud Public Library

The lobby of St. Cloud Public Library resembled the United Nations on Tuesday morning, May 25. Ninety individuals from 34 different countries, together with friends and family, mingled in the library’s Mississippi Room prior to becoming U.S. citizens. Read more »

Early Reading Vital

Children who fail to become proficient readers by 4th grade are much less likely to become productive adults than children who are good readers by 4th grade, says a recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. And if America does not improve the reading standards of its children, it is unlikely to achieve future economic well-being. Read more »

Libraries Important to Communities, Says Authoritative Study

Libraries are vital to the community, according to “How Libraries Stack Up: 2010,” a report from OCLC, the Online Computer Library Center. Read more »

MNPPA Photography Exhibit on Display at Paynesville Branch Through June

MNPPA Photography Exhibit on Display at Paynesville Branch Through June

 A selection of award-winning photographs by members of the Minnesota Professional Photographers Association (MNPPA) is on display at the Paynesville branch until the end of June. The photographs, with subjects ranging from animals, landscapes and portraits,  include "Sculpted By The Sea' (photo) by local photographer Sheri Wegner. Read more »

ERIC DREGNI, AUTHOR OF "IN COD WE TRUST," TO VISIT BELGRADE LIBRARY

ERIC DREGNI, AUTHOR OF "IN COD WE TRUST,"  TO VISIT BELGRADE LIBRARY

Eric Dregni lived in Trondheim, Norway for a year as a fellowship recipient where he survived a dinner of "rakfisk" (fermented fish) and discovered his great-grandfather's house in Lusterfjord.  Eric will read excerpts from his comedic novel and show slides from his time in Norway on Tuesday, May 25, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Belgrade Public Library.  Read more »

Content of These Reference Books Available Through Online Catalog

Patrons now have access to full content of three library reference books through the Great River Regional Library online catalog. Full content is available for:
Salem Health: CancerRead more »

Ask Options Expanded

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) has added two new resources, the Virtual Reference Shelf (VRS) and Internet Public Library 2 (IPL2) to the Ask a Librarian page on its website. Read more »

Music Fun Mondays In St. Michael

Music Fun Mondays In St. Michael

Musical Fun will be provided on Mondays beginning May 17 and continuing through June 28 at the St. Michael Library. Music Fun with Ms. Sandy is a fun class that will provide musical activities, dances and instrument playing  to children ages 4-7 on Mondays from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration is encouraged as there is a limit of 15 students per session. Read more »

Mankato's Betsy and Tacy Homes Designated National Literary Landmarks

The childhood homes of Maud Hart Lovelace and Frances Kenney Kirch (Betsy and Tacy) have been designated National Literary Landmarks. A dedication ceremony will take place Thursday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. at the two houses which face each other at 332 and 333 Center Street in Mankato. Read more »

Children Get Own Page on www.griver.org

Did you notice there is a new “Kids” link on our website? Read more »

Enjoy Kids Books

Children’s Book Week has been celebrated nationally since 1919 by schools, libraries, and bookstores. The idea began even earlier than that, in 1913, when the librarian of the Boy Scouts of America began touring the country to promote higher standards in children’s books. Read more »

First Aid and CPR for Everyone: a kit introducing basic lifesaving skills

First Aid and CPR for Everyone: a kit introducing basic lifesaving skills

“First Aid and CPR for Everyone” is a kit, available from Great River Regional Library, that can be used as a tool to help provide instruction on basic lifesaving skills. The kit is from the American Red Cross. It includes a CPR compression practice tool, a hand placement diagram, an instructional DVD and other items, all in a lunchbox sized container. Read more »