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Library News Archive: November 2011

St. Michael Library Celebrates One-year Anniversary in New Building

St. Michael Library Celebrates One-year Anniversary in New Building

The St. Michael Public Library will be celebrating its one-year anniversary on Saturday, Dec. 3 and Monday, Dec. 5 with cake for its patrons.
The brand new library opened its doors for the first time on Dec. 3, 2010. "It is hard to believe it has been a whole year," said Marla Scherber, Branch Manager. "The time has passed so quickly."  Read more »

Check Out Tax Relief

Check Out Tax Relief

From GRRL Director Kirsty Smith: Read more »

GRRL's Online Store

GRRL's Online Store
   The products available at the Great River Store are periodically reviewed and refreshed so you can find new and seasonal items that show your support of library services.

Book Clubs Provide Interesting Reading for Adults

Book Clubs Provide Interesting Reading  for Adults

The Staples Book Club for Adults meets the fourth Thursday of each month, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. and is led by Branch Assistant Bev Anderson. In November the club discussed the historical fiction book The Blue Orchard by Jackson Taylor. On Dec. Read more »

Snappy Elmdalers 4-H Club Hang Winning Banner

Snappy Elmdalers 4-H Club Hang Winning Banner

Members of the Snappy Elmdalers 4-H Club from Morrison County hung their Grand Champion banner at the Great River Regional Library in Upsala on a snowy Saturday morning, Nov. Read more »

With Gratitude

With Gratitude

Some people have the gift of recognizing that each day of good health, and each day in which all our basic needs are met, is a day that we are more fortunate than many other people in this world. The rest of us need reminders. Thanksgiving and the holiday season serve that purpose. Read more »

NoveList for Readers

NoveList for Readers

Find Read-Alike Books with NoveList Features
It feels terrific to find a new author you absolutely love, but horrible to finish a series and wonder, “what’s next?” Read more »

52 Library Card Uses

52 Library Card Uses

Learn how to use a database or computerized catalog: Number 45 in a series of uses for your library card.

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Pumpkin Painting at St. Cloud Library

Pumpkin Painting at St. Cloud Library

On a day when the St. Cloud public schools closed for conferences, Asha Abdi spent some time at the St. Cloud Public Library. Staff had prepared a pumpkin painting activity with pumpkins and paints provided in the teen area. Asha was the first to take the opportunity to color a pumpkin.

James Wedgwood, Ventriloquist, Leaves the Crowd Laughing

James Wedgwood, Ventriloquist, Leaves the Crowd Laughing

Ventriloquist James Wedgwood and some of his friends entertained an appreciative group at the Royalton Public Library on Monday, Nov. 14. Wedgwood lives near Fergus Falls, but travels throughout the country performing at state and county fairs, corporate events, schools and libraries. Read more »

Senator Al Franken Visits Royalton Library

Senator Al Franken Visits Royalton Library

On an unusually warm fall afternoon Sen. Al Franken visited the town of Royalton on Saturday, Nov. 12 to meet with city officials about the solar panels recently installed on City Hall. Read more »

Paynesville Branch Offers Cartoon/Anime Art Workshop In December

Paynesville Branch Offers Cartoon/Anime Art Workshop In December

Teens: Have you ever wanted to create your own cartoon or draw your own character? Join us Dec. 6, 4 p.m. at the Paynesville library for a workshop with Shayann Hoffer. This workshop will include character and story outline development, comic drawing techniques, and layout options. We will look at and learn about comic book history and artists for examples. Read more »

52 Library Card Uses

52 Library Card Uses

Begin a fitness program using library resources: Number 44 in a series of uses for your library card. Read more »

Custom Quilts Provide Seasonal Flavor in Long Prairie

Custom Quilts Provide Seasonal Flavor in Long Prairie

You always know what season it is at the Long Prairie Public Library. Read more »

New Art @ Sauk Centre

New Art @ Sauk Centre

New art is on display at the Sauk Centre library. It is being displayed courtesy of an art awareness group known as AWE (Artists Welcoming Everyone). The artwork has been created by the students of Sauk Centre Elementary School.
AWE is interested in improving students' visual arts experiences and allowing the greater community the opportunity to appreciate student art. Read more »

Royalton Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale

Royalton Friends of the Library Book and Bake Sale

The Royalton Friends of the Library are having a book and bake sale on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the council chambers at Royalton City Hall. 
Baked goods that are donated may be brought to City Hall on Friday, Nov. 18 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. or on Saturday, Nov. 19 before 10 a.m. Proceeds will be used to benefit library services. Read more »

Steampunk Style

Steampunk Style

Several Great River Regional Library locations are planning to offer Steampunk Jewelry workshops. What is steampunk? It's a modern take on the kind of vision Victorians had about a steam driven, clockwork future in which ships traveled under the ocean, scientists built time machines in their laboratories, and the Earth was visited by flying machines from other worlds. Read more »

Friends of the Library to Host Volunteer Open House in St. Michael

Friends of the Library to Host Volunteer Open House in St. Michael

Join us at the St.Michael Public Library on November 10 between 7:00 and 8:00 p.m. to learn about volunteering opportunities that will greatly benefit our library. The St. Michael-Albertville-Hanover Friends of the Library will be on hand to answer questions and to help you with the volunteer application process. Read more »

"Winnie The Pooh" Page-To-Stage At Paynesville Monday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

"Winnie The Pooh" Page-To-Stage At Paynesville Monday, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

There's still room for more children ages 3 to 8 to join us for this fun workshop at the Paynesville Public Library on Monday, Nov. 7, 2011. It's all about following your tummy to the Hundred Acre Woods for a celebration of friendship, sharing and caring with the silly old bear and his friends. Bring your favorite stuffed Pooh character! Read more »

52 Library Card Uses

52 Library Card Uses

Find out how to file a consumer complaint. Number 43 in a series of uses for your library card.

Hotel room stinky?
Online charges not what you expected?
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