• All branches closed for Labor Day, September 1

Library News Archive: December 2010

Limited Tax Forms On Hand; Others Available Online

Limited Tax Forms On Hand; Others Available Online

Tax forms will be available at Great River Regional Library locations this winter. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will not send tax forms and instructions to individuals by mail because a majority of people now file online. Last year, 96 million people filed their returns through the IRS online service and 20 million through paper returns. Read more »

52 Library Card Uses

Number 2 in a series of 52 Library Card Uses: Develop you online social network.

Do you tweet?
Do you have a Facebook page?
Are you Linked In?
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52 Library Card Uses

Number 1 in a series of 52 Library Card Uses: Get to know Great River staff, the ultimate search engine.
Libraries are stuffed full of information, and Great River Regional Library (GRRL) staff are information professionals, trained in how to provide information services or materials for their customers, our library patrons. Read more »

Zero Fines Balance Required for Checkouts in 2011

Zero Fines Balance Required for Checkouts in 2011

Effective Jan. 1, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) patrons will need to have a zero balance on their library account in order to check out additional materials. When staff check out items for patrons, and when patrons try to download items from the digital library, the process will be halted if any fines or other charges are outstanding. Read more »

Support Your Library

Support Your Library

Gifts from library supporters help Great River Regional Library bridge the gap between other funding sources and the services library users demand. Read more »

St. Michael Library Opens Despite Winter Cold

St. Michael Library Opens Despite Winter Cold

December’s grand opening of the new St. Michael library was cancelled because of unusually bad winter weather, but the library is open and staff are welcoming visitors. Read more »

Let's Rock the 1950s

Let's Rock the 1950s

By 1955 Rock and Roll music had surfaced from the swirling pool of blues, country, jazz and boogie styles to eventually dominate the music marketplace. It was like a tsunami. Rock and roll would become a cultural force, beating down racial barriers and splitting generations. It didn’t just influence fashion, it pushed old ideas aside. Read more »

Great Beginnings

Some authors are particularly gifted at the "Art of the start." The first lines of their books are so surprising, poetic, or intriguing that they stick in your mind long after you read the last word in the last chapter. Read more »

It's thrilling fun!

It's thrilling fun!

“The Da Vinci Code” was a publishing phenomenon. Author Dan Brown’s books had previously enjoyed only minor success. Nothing suggested that “The Da Vinci Code” would sell more than 80 million copies and make Brown more than $200 million. Read more »

Photo Display At Paynesville Branch Features European Churches and Cathedrals

Photo Display At Paynesville Branch Features European Churches and Cathedrals

The Cathedral at Notre Dame in Paris (pictured), as photographed by Torasie Pattenn-Fratzke is part of a collection of photos on display at the Paynesville Public Library through the end of December.  Pattenn-Fratzke's collection includes photographs of structures from Germany and France. Read more »

St. Michael Branch Delays Grand Opening due to Winter Storm

St. Michael Branch Delays Grand Opening due to Winter Storm

The Grand Opening set for Saturday, Dec. 11 for the St. Michael Library, Senior Center and City Hall had to be cancelled due to hazardous driving conditions. Read more »

Travelling? Put Your Holds "On Hold"!

Travelling? Put Your Holds "On Hold"!

You're getting ready to travel and, sure enough, you notice that the hot best-seller you put on hold in late October has moved to the top of the hold list, and will come in to your local branch two days after you leave town! Luckily, you can put that hold on hold until you come back, and it's easy to do. Read more »

eBooks for iPhone

eBooks for iPhone

OverDrive has released an update to the OverDrive apps for iPhone and Android which adds support for eBooks from OverDrive libraries including Great River Regional Library (GRRL). Read more »

Relax, Catch The Holiday Spirit With 'Holiday Strings' at Paynesville Branch

Relax, Catch The Holiday Spirit With 'Holiday Strings' at Paynesville Branch

Spend a soothing, festive Friday evening at the Paynesville Public Library listening to harp or guitar holiday music, played live by Heather Cornelius and Nathan Cornelius. Find a seat at a library table and address greeting cards or check over your gift list while the music plays, listen while you browse for books, movies or CDs, or sit down to enjoy the musi Read more »

St. Michael Opens New Library In Spacious Shared Facility

St. Michael Opens New Library In Spacious Shared Facility

If you’re in the neighborhood (shopping at the Albertville mall perhaps) take a short detour to visit the new St. Michael Public Library open in its new facility at 11800 Town Center Drive NE, St. Michael, on Friday, Dec. 3. Read more »

"KID POWER" NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY AT THE BELGRADE LIBRARY!

"KID POWER" NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY AT THE BELGRADE LIBRARY!

Kids can welcome in the New Year with entertainer Rachael Kroog, with party hats, noise makers and hors d'oeuvres on December 31st, from 4 - 5 PM!   Rachel has been wowing audiences with her unique blend of interactive guitar music, comedy, cartoon impressions and juggling.  This will be a fun family event! Read more »