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Library News Archive: February 2012

Leap Into Reading with Hopper!

Leap Into Reading with Hopper!

February 29 is Leap Into Reading Day, by proclamation of Governor Mark Dayton.
Throughout 2012, Great River Regional Library will host Leap Into Reading events at its 32 branch libraries. Read more »

Love Songs to Enjoy

Everybody needs love. It's a universal. To not have love in your life is like not seeing the sky or feeling the sun on your face. A new love makes us want to sing even if we shouldn't, and when we can't find the words we let others sing for us. Read more »

Happy Days Are Here Again: Concerts with Rhonda Laurie

Happy Days Are Here Again: Concerts with Rhonda Laurie

Six GRRL libraries will be hosting concerts in March with acclaimed jazz vocalist Rhonda Laurie and her band. Enjoy the spirited songs of the '30s, '40s and '50s. "Sentimental Journey," "Dream a Little Dream" and "My Favorite Things" are just a few of the songs that will inspire audiences to smile and sing along during this 90-minute show. Read more »

Name That Frog!

Name That Frog!

Name That Frog!

We need a first name for our beautiful green frog. Read more »

State Library Impact Study Presentation Planned for St. Cloud

State Library Impact Study Presentation Planned for St. Cloud

Learn about the impact and value of libraries when results of an important new study are presented at St. Cloud Public Library on Thursday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, in the Mississippi Community Room.
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New OverDrive Help

New OverDrive Help

OverDrive, the vendor of digital library services to Great River Regional Library has improved OverDrive Help to make your digital library experience better. OverDrive Help includes newly-written help articles and tutorials covering everything you need to know to enjoy eBooks and eAudiobooks from our digital collection. Read more »

Daughters of Africa Delights Royalton Audience

Daughters of Africa Delights Royalton Audience

It seemed appropriate that the audience that came to see the Mixed Blood Theatre at the Royalton Public Library on Friday, Feb. 10 was made up of all women. Thomasina Petrus told the stories of African American women using narratives and her incredible singing voice. Read more »

St. Cloud Book Club Meets Feb. 22

St. Cloud Book Club Meets Feb. 22

St. Cloud’s Book Club for adults will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Cloud Public Library. Read more »

Anne Lamott Featured Author of Belgrade's February Book Club Selection

Anne Lamott Featured Author of Belgrade's February Book Club Selection

Plan B: Further thoughts on faith by Anne Lamott will be the topic of discussion at the next meeting of the R.E.A.D. Book Club on Friday evening, Feb. 17 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Belgrade Public Library - Myrtle Mabee Library.
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Penguin Walks Away From eBook Library Loans

Penguin Walks Away From eBook Library Loans

As of today, Feb. 10, 2012, Penguin no longer offers additional copies of eBooks and eAudiobooks for library purchase. Penguin is terminating its contract with Overdrive, the company that provides materials for our Digital Library. This situation is beyond our control. Read more »

Staples Honors Phone Callers at Volunteer Reception

Staples Honors Phone Callers at Volunteer ReceptionThe Staples Library staff hosted a reception January 30 for their phone caller volunteers Mary Hartman and Jeri Jasmer (left and right in the photograph). They have been calling patrons on behalf of the library to notify them when requested items arrive at Staples. Those items could come from one of our 31 other branches in the Great River Regional Library system or from other Minnesota or U.S.

Free Legal Advice Clinic

Free Legal Advice Clinic

Central Minnesota Legal Services is now offering a free legal advice clinic at the St. Cloud Public Library to assist persons with matters of family and/or estate and probate law. 

Advice clinics will be held on the fourth Tuesday of every month. All clinic sessions will be held from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.  Read more »

Howard Lake Library Looking Forward to Martha Speaks Event on February 18

Howard Lake Library Looking Forward to Martha Speaks Event on February 18

On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Howard Lake Public Library is hosting a special Martha Speaks event for young readers ages 4-10 and their familes. The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Howard Lake Community Room above the library. Special activities include stories and storytime, three fabulous R.E.A.D. Read more »

Make Pioneer Style Apple Head Dolls at Pierz Library

Make Pioneer Style Apple Head Dolls at Pierz Library

Step back in time. Plan to take this wonderful opportunity to make an American folk doll at the Pierz Public Library. Mary Lou Yatckoske will be presenting and assisting attendees in making an apple head doll that wears corn husk clothes. Read more »

GRRL~Upsala! A Place for Kids to Play!

GRRL~Upsala!  A Place for Kids to Play!

GRRL~Upsala!  A Place for Kids to Play!

Throughout 2011, staff at the Upsala Public Library collected a variety of educational toys for families who frequent the branch.  From alphabet floor tiles to a ball cage to cardboard building blocks, toys are available for Upsala area kids who visit the library for books, movies and fun!  Read more »

Love Your Library

Love Your Library

February is national Library Lovers Month. It’s a chance for us to thank you for your support this last year. We thank the legislators at all levels who have shown a willingness to continue to support this vital community service. We thank the 32 cities that provide buildings in which Great River Regional Library operates. Read more »

Volunteers: What would we do without them?

Volunteers: What would we do without them?

The Buffalo Public Library, as well as all the other 31 libraries in the Great River Regional Library system, benefit from the assistance of volunteers who help us give great customer service.  Donna Stedje, who has been a volunteer for many years, is shown checking in items she has found on the Buffalo library shelves which are requested as "holds" at other libraries. Read more »

Holds Notices Change

Holds Notices Change

The library is now using an automated phone messaging system to notify patrons when their hold items are available. Previously, those calls were made by staff and volunteers. The automated calling system is routed through a remote phone line. This provides privacy regarding your reading selections and frees up the library’s phone line for incoming calls. Read more »