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Library News Archive: July 2013

Give us your input

Give us your input

We want to make library service in your community as good as it can be.
Part of that is providing convenient library open hours that fit the needs of as many people as possible. This is so important we've made it a part of our strategic plan. Read more »

Teens, Kids Regain Borrowing Privileges

Teens, Kids Regain Borrowing Privileges

More than 100 minors regained borrowing privileges thanks to Great River Regional Library’s first “Read Down Your Fines” program.

After all of the numbers were totaled, library staff felt happy that the effort was a success. So much so, the program will be offered again in October.
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Literary Landmark in Sauk Centre

Literary Landmark in Sauk Centre

On July 16, 2013 I had the honor of attending a special Literary Landmark dedication ceremony at the boyhood home of author Sinclair Lewis in Sauk Centre. Read more »

Hot Diggety Dog Story Time in Eagle Bend

Hot Diggety Dog Story Time in Eagle Bend

Children were captivated by "Pam the Storyteller" on Saturday morning, July 27 at the Eagle Bend Library. She shared her own story about dirt, mud, rocks, sand and adventure. Read more »

First Thursday Music at St. Cloud

First Thursday Music at St. Cloud

Join us on Aug. 1 for some Hot Fun in the Summertime!

The August First Thursday at the St. Cloud Public Library features dance music from Granite City Brass. The Quintet will play a variety of dance music from around the globe: Great Britain, Germany, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, American swing and Stevie Wonder.
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St. Michael Summer Library Camp a Huge Success

St. Michael Summer Library Camp a Huge Success

The St. Michael Public Library was host to two sessions of Library Camp held July 22 and 23. Branch Assistants Nancy Bunting and Jill Mertes served as camp counselors and engaged the campers to "Dig Into"  worms, hedgehogs and dirt. Read more »

Ice Cream, Magic and More at Kimball SRP Kickoff!

Ice Cream, Magic and More at Kimball SRP Kickoff!

Ice Cream, a magician, face painting and books! Read more »

MacPhail Center for Music Coming to Four GRRL Branches

MacPhail Center for Music Coming to Four GRRL Branches

On Tuesday, July 30, four GRRL branch libraries will host the MacPhail Center for Music’s "Sing, Play, Learn" program for children ages 0-5. MacPhail’s early childhood music specialists will help children explore musical concepts through hands-on, play-based, integrated arts formats including songs, rhymes, and literature. Read more »

Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley at the St. Cloud Library

Author ReShonda Tate Billingsley at the St. Cloud Library

   National bestselling author ReShonda Tate Billingsley will speak at the St. Cloud Public Library on Wednesday, Aug. 7, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Bremer Community Room. Read more »

Leap from Music to Story at the St. Cloud Library

Leap from Music to Story at the St. Cloud Library

   Have you ever wondered about the story behind a song's lyrics?
   In this workshop for teens, we will talk about short-story basics and listen to music from Linkin Park, Bruno Mars, and Eminem to generate new ideas. Bring your imagination to this interactive session and discover a new way to stimulate creativity and generate ideas. Read more »

Long Prairie Hosts Exhibit on Minnesota's Civic Legacy

Long Prairie Hosts Exhibit on Minnesota's Civic Legacy

The Long Prairie Public Library is hosting a traveling exhibit on "Minnesota's Civic Legacy." The exhibit is from the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, and includes photographs and text of 18 successful rehabilitations of publicly owned properties across the state. Read more »

EVENT CANCELLED: Zoomobile At Paynesville Branch Thursday July 18!

EVENT CANCELLED: Zoomobile At Paynesville Branch Thursday July 18!

 For the safety of the animals, the Minnesota Zoomobile Event scheduled for July 18 has been cancelled by the Minnesota Zoo due to the high heat in the Twin Cities area.
 

Help Us Decide

Please complete our programming survey and help us decide what kind of Legacy programs to provide in the coming year. Our short survey asks what kind of events or programs you enjoy, how often you attend library programs, and what kind of event you would be most likely to attend. Read more »

Report Reveals Young Americans' Library Habits and Expectations

Report Reveals Young Americans' Library Habits and Expectations

A major surprise in a new report from the Pew Research Center is that even in an age of increasing digital resources, people under 30 are more likely than older Americans to use and appreciate libraries as places to study for class, go online, or just hang out.  
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More "Gold" at the Delano Library

More "Gold" at the Delano Library

Jessica Meyer is on the second phase of earning her Gold Award for Girl Scouts. She is painting a mural in the children's area at the Delano Library. The mural, which will surround the entire children's room, features characters from favorite books. She surveyed children, friends and adults to generate her ideas. The mural features five landscapes - hills, forest, sea, city and night. Read more »

Sinclair Lewis Home Recognized as Literary Landmark

Sinclair Lewis Home Recognized as Literary Landmark

This summer, the Minnesota Association of Library Friends (MALF), together with the Sinclair Lewis Foundation, and the United for Libraries’ Literary Landmarks Association will add the Sinclair Lewis Boyhood Home in Sauk Centre to the list of nationally recognized Literary Landmarks. Read more »

Ask a Master Gardener at the St. Cloud Library

Ask a Master Gardener at the St. Cloud Library

Wondering why your tomatoes seem tired? Your peppers have lost their pep? Come to the library and ask an expert! Read more »

St. Cloud Hosts Author of the MN Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures

St. Cloud Hosts Author of the MN Road Guide to Mysterious Creatures

Author Chad Lewis will speak at the St. Cloud Public Library on Saturday, July 13, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Lewis is an expert on the paranormal and bizarre, such as sea serpents, Big Foot and phantom pigs. His presentation will be based on information in his book, "The Minnesota Road Guide To Mysterious Creatures." Read more »

Teen Underground Book Club Meeting at St. Cloud Library

Teen Underground Book Club Meeting at St. Cloud Library

Explore books about secret societies, grave robbing, underground cities, dissident groups, zombies, vampires and more all summer long.  Read more »

Bookdrop Returns at Albany

Bookdrop Returns at Albany

The bookdrop outside of the Albany Library was replaced on July 2. Patrons and staff alike are celebrating its return and their ability to return books whenever they want to do so. The old bookdrop was damaged on June 11. Since then patrons have had to return books during open hours or return them at other libraries. Read more »