Children don't leap from picture books to novels. Their comfort with reading complex stories develops over time. The next step from picture books is easy readers, and after easy readers they begin chapter books written specially for children. These combine pictures with text in a longer format. Some have more text or more pictures than others. Read more »
Congratulations to Connie Barnier of Elk River and Renee Stafsholt of St. Cloud. Their names were drawn as prizewinners from among thousands who completed the recent customer satisfaction survey for Great River Regional Library (GRRL). Connie will receive a Nook e-reader device suitable for downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks. Renee will receive a $30 gift card to Wal-Mart.* Read more »
So many authors write for teen readers today it's hard to keep up with all the new releases. Fortunately, book selectors at the library maintain a Teen Fiction list including some of the most recently published and purchased titles. This is the place to go to find what's new at the library.
Read more »
The music, movies, and audiobooks in our children's media collection complement our great selection of children's books. Children have fun at the library. They find answers to their questions, and they find ways to use their time positively and creatively. The library is just a great place to visit at any age. Read more »
After the nineties came the noughties, a decade in which businesses offering intangible products, such as Facebook and Google, became as valuable as companies making things out of iron and steel. Al Qaeda terrorists brought down the World Trade Center. America entered seemingly unending wars on foreign soil. Industrial and economic development in China and India took jobs away from America. Read more »
Children enjoy reading fiction just as much as adults do. They enjoy romance, sci-fi and mystery, plus other categories and settings adults have left behind (such as the classroom drama). Children's imaginations are wide open. Good authors of kids' fiction know how to write for the age and interest level without oversimplifying. Life can be difficult and complex, and kids know that. Read more »