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April 10, 2009 - Business Increases At St. Cloud Library

Before the new St. Cloud Public Library was built, architects Meyer, Scherer and Rockcastle conducted a study in which they predicted that business at a new library would increase 50-100 percent. As time has passed since the September library opening, that prediction appears to be accurate. Figures for March, 2009 (six months after the library opening) show the following:

  1. First time checkouts were up 81 percent over March of 2008
  2. Requests placed were up 24 percent
  3. 45 percent more holds were picked up
  4. 181 percent more borrowers were registered or renewed (1297 people registered in March alone)

If you would like to give a gift, you can do so at our donate now page. Pledge commitments for gifts of $1,000 or more may be fulfilled within a five-year period. If you have questions about the legacy giving opportunities please contact the Library Plus You office: (320) 650-2532.

April 1, 2009 - Array Services Group Makes Gift To Campaign

The Array Services Group, headquartered in Sartell, has made a commitment to donate $75,000 to the “Library Plus You” fundraising campaign to help fund technology, books and other materials for public use at the St. Cloud Public Library.

“I was just amazed and excited when I took a tour of the new library and saw what a wonderful resource it offered to the people of this community,” said Array CEO Jim Christensen.

As part of the campaign's appreciation for the gift, a community meeting room on the lower level of the library has been named the Array Community Room.

Array is a multi-service call center that provides third party account receivables management, billing and debt collection to a wide range of clients, with special expertise in areas related to health care. It has approximately 400 employees, most of them from the St. Cloud metro area. The donation to the library ties into Array’s corporate citizenship program that focuses on the areas of health care, education and community service. “I hope the community takes advantage of the new library that’s been made available to them because it is a phenomenal resource; it’s awe inspiring,” Christensen said.

Feb. 27, 2009 – Final Commissioned Artwork Installed

Final Commissioned Artwork Installed

After nine months in which “everything that could go wrong did go wrong,” including lead poisoning, tornadoes and hurricanes, artist Stuart Keeler oversaw installation of the fourth and final piece of commissioned public art at the St. Cloud Public Library on Feb. 27, 2009.

Keeler’s piece, titled Sky Pencil, is composed of six large sections of laminated glass. Each section has undergone up to four processes to screen, etch or otherwise affix images. Each section is different, showing Dewey numbers, quotations or huge windblown seeds. A purple section shows parched soil.

“The play of light on the panels as the sun moves across the sky will change the way they look throughout the day,” Keeler said. Funding for the commissioned art was included in the building construction cost.

If you would like to give a gift, you can do so at our donate now page. Pledge commitments for gifts of $1,000 or more may be fulfilled within a five-year period. If you have questions about the legacy giving opportunities please contact the Library Plus You office: (320) 650-2532.

Feb. 4, 2009 – Numbers Still Strong In St. Cloud

The library usually has a relatively quiet period around the Christmas and New Year holidays, because families are busy with traditional activities. St. Cloud Public Library did not experience a noticeable decrease this year. Instead, business continued to be strong. Here are some selected numbers for January 2009.

If you would like to give a gift, you can do so at our donate now page. Pledge commitments for gifts of $1,000 or more may be fulfilled within a five-year period. If you have questions about the legacy giving opportunities please contact the Library Plus You office: (320) 650-2532.

Jan. 20, 2009 - Knife River Foundation Makes Legacy Donation

The MDU Resources Foundation and its member companies informed GRRL that it would contribute $20,000 to the “Library Plus You” fundraising campaign. One of the foundation’s member companies is the Knife River Corporation which has approximately 30 locations in Central Minnesota. Knife River Corporation is an aggregate producer, providing aggregate asphalt, building materials, ready-mix concrete and related services.

The MDU Resources Foundation responded to the need to adequately equip the new library to meet the ever-increasing demand for services. The expanded collections, additional equipment, and updated technology provided by Library Plus You will enable Central Minnesotans to achieve their learning potential, whether they are students looking for civic engagement opportunities, classroom teachers supplementing their resources, or senior citizens maintaining their memory, thinking and concentration skills.

Nov. 1, 2008 – The Excitement Continues In St. Cloud

The initial rush of excitement that caused a huge surge of business when the new St. Cloud Public Library opened is continuing.

People continue to love the new library in St. Cloud, and staff are doing their very best to provide excellent customer service and get materials back on the shelves in good time.

If you would like to give a gift, you can do so at our donate now page. Pledge commitments for gifts of $1,000 or more may be fulfilled within a five-year period. If you have questions about the legacy giving opportunities please contact the Library Plus You office: (320) 650-2532.

Oct. 12, 2008 - Room Booking Software Purchased

GRRL was able to purchase room booking software thanks to the St. Cloud capital campaign. For the first phase, the system went into production October 10, only for the purpose of booking four staff meeting rooms in St. Cloud. These rooms may now be booked by staff online. Eventually meeting rooms and equipment across the region will be booked online by patrons and staff.

If you would like to give a gift, you can do so at our donate now page. Pledge commitments for gifts of $1,000 or more may be fulfilled within a five-year period. If you have questions about the legacy giving opportunities.

Oct. 31, 2008 – Morgan Family Foundation Matching Grant

The Library Plus You fundraising campaign continues to reap benefits. Diane Vosen, Coordinator - Communications and Fund Development, reports that the Morgan Family Foundation has stepped forward with a matching grant so that the public can support additional collection items by making a donation to the library. For every $1 donated, the Morgan Family Foundation will donate another $1, up to $100,000, to help GRRL keep up with emerging learning needs for its growing population.

If you would like to give a gift, you can do so at our donate now page. Pledge commitments for gifts of $1,000 or more may be fulfilled within a five-year period. If you have questions about the legacy giving opportunities please contact the Library Plus You office: (320) 650-2532.

Sept. 29, 2008 - New Registrations Set Pace In St. Cloud

The new library opened on September 12. So far in September there have been 44,364 first-time-check-outs at the new St. Cloud Library (14 open days). This compares with 40,647 for all of September of 2007 (24 open days). Another 5,000 or so items may yet be added to the total for this September.

-For the 14 days the new St. Cloud Public Library has been open, 1541 new library cards have been issued. This compares with 388 for all of last September (24 open days).
-On a busy Saturday at the old library, staff would check out about 2,000 items. We've checked out (on average) about 4,500 items each of the past three Saturdays.
It’s unlikely that these numbers will be sustained over time, but it is possible that we will see the 50 percent to 100 percent increase predicted by building program analysis done by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle as part of the planning process for the new building.

If you would like to give a gift, you can do so at our donate now page. Pledge commitments for gifts of $1,000 or more may be fulfilled within a five-year period. If you have questions about the legacy giving opportunities please contact the Library Plus You office: (320) 650-2532.

Sept. 26, 2008 - Art Chair Auction & Social a Big Success

More than 300 people attended the library’s Art Chair Auction & Social, and everyone who attended was enthusiastic about the event and their new library.

The event raised $16,175 on the chair bidding, with chair purchase prices ranging from $90 to $1,500. Ticket sales will cover event expenses, so nearly all of these proceeds can be put towards more books and computers for the St. Cloud Public Library. Check out the chair listing with final bidding prices.

If you would like to give a gift, you can do so at our donate now page. Pledge commitments for gifts of $1,000 or more may be fulfilled within a five-year period. If you have questions about the legacy giving opportunities please contact the Library Plus You office: (320) 650-2532.

Sept. 21, 2008 – Library Grand Opening Draws Library Supporters

The new St. Cloud Public Library opened on Sept. 12, 2008. That day’s events included a ribbon cutting and the burying of a time capsule within one of the library pillars. This unpublicized, deliberately modest event organized by the City of St. Cloud attracted a crowd of about 200.

The following week’s Grand Opening included authors, a children’s parade from the old library to the new library, entertainers, refreshments, and a special art chair auction. It drew thousands, and the star of the show was the library itself. The library was busy all day. People were not just visiting the library to look: they came to use the library in record numbers.

If you would like to give a gift, you can do so at our donate now page. Pledge commitments for gifts of $1,000 or more may be fulfilled within a five-year period. If you have questions about the legacy giving opportunities please contact the Library Plus You office: (320) 650-2532.

Sept. 5, 2008 - Capital Campaign Items Will Not Float

Mic Golden, the library’s Collection Development Coordinator, said that GRRL is using capital campaign money to create a temporary collection for St. Cloud that will not float. For the past six weeks she has been routinely adding an extra item to orders, and that item is being charged to the capital campaign. Those items are being identified in the catalog as St. Cloud items but can at some point be added into the floating collection. The library has enough shelving capacity for 30 years of steady growth, so they may look a little bare initially. The good news is that the shelving provides abundant opportunities for displaying all of the new materials attractively on the shelves.

If you would like to give a gift, you can do so at our donate now page. Pledge commitments for gifts of $1,000 or more may be fulfilled within a five-year period. If you have questions about the legacy giving opportunities please contact the Library Plus You office: (320) 650-2532.

August 22, 2008 - Contractor Sponsors Grand Opening

Contractor Sponsors Grand Opening

W. Gohman Construction Co. (WGCC), the lead building contractor on the new St. Cloud Public Library, is sponsoring the library’s Grand Opening on September 20. WGCC specializes in commercial, industrial and institutional building and remodeling projects within a 60 mile radius of St. Cloud. They are a family-owned company and have been in business since 1950.

Thanks to Gohman’s support, the Grand Opening will be offering a day of festivities that includes magic, music, puppetry and author presentations. Below is the tentative Grand Opening event schedule:

9:45 a.m. - Flag Ceremony

10:00 a.m. - Children's Parade

10:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies

11:00 a.m.

Rusty's Rockin' Jamboree
Art Chair Silent Auction Begins
Library Tour

12:00 p.m.

Presentation by Elaine Davis, Author of "Minnesota13"
Art Tour
Symphony Book Program

1:00 p.m.

NY Times Best-Selling Writer, Phillip Margolin
Schiffelly Puppets
Library Tour

2:00 p.m.

Wii Team Gaming (forteens)
Art Tour

3:00 p.m.

Brondini Magic
Library Tour

4:00 p.m. - Pre-teen Art Program

5:00 p.m. - Library Closes

6:00 p.m. - Re-opens for Art Chair Auction & Social (Tickets required)

For more information on supporting library needs, please call the Library Plus You campaign office at (320) 650-2532 or visit the Giving Options page.

August 22, 2008 - Chair Auction & Social - Purchase Tickets Now

Join us at the Art Chair Auction & Social located at the new St. Cloud Public Library on Sept. 20, 2008! Tickets for the Art Auction & Social are completed and are available at Byerly's, Paramount and St. Cloud Public Library and the Waite Park Public Library. They’re also available online through the Paramount. The cost is $25 in advance and $30 day of the event.

See the complete list of artists, books, sponsors, and chair display locations, pictures of the chairs available at the St. Cloud Times. Call 650-2532 for more information.

August 21, 2008 - Paver Deadline Extended

The "Library Plus You" fundraising campaign has extended its deadline for library lovers who want a personalized paving brick in the new library's plaza. Personalized, engraved Library Lovers Pavers can now be ordered through September 26, 2008, for the last installation in the new plaza on the northwest side of the building.

A 4x8-inch Library Lovers Paver is a lasting way to honor one's love of reading and books or the memory of a loved one. Library supporters who ordered their pavers in time for the first installation the week of August 11 found many creative ways to honor others' support and enjoyment of libraries, too. Inscriptions include: "For Your Future Tyler James Larson," "Read Read Read Casey Rae Sarah Patricia," and "In Honor of Angeline Ahles Loyal Volunteer."

A paver can be ordered and paid for over a period up to 5 years. All funds donated for Library Lovers Pavers will help fill the new library with additional books and computers to keep the St. Cloud area learning and growing.

For more information, read the brochure. To order your very own paver, complete and send the form in the brochure with your gift to the new library.

August 8, 2008 - Art Chair Auction to Raise Funds for New Library

The "Library Plus You" Fundraising Campaign is introducing a brand-new event combining art and literature to help raise funds for the new St. Cloud Public Library. The Art Chair Auction & Social will take place at the new library, 1300 W. St. Germain St., on Saturday, September 20, 2008, and give library supporters an added opportunity to raise funds for essential books, computers, and technology.

"This is a new event to raise awareness of the library's value in this community," said Diana Murphy-Podawiltz, co-chair of the event. "We're shining a spotlight on local artists, including high school students, and featuring their talents to promote the significant impact of books on our lives."

Fifty-two artists from the area hand-designed, painted, and adorned 52 distinctive chairs. Artists based their chair designs on a book of their or a sponsor's choosing; sponsor fees defrayed the costs of materials.

From broken glass and fishing poles to Curious George and Frank Lloyd Wright, the results are "chairs for every taste and personality," said Podawiltz. "The artists used their individual artistic approaches, and we are thrilled with their enthusiasm for the project."

All the chairs will be auctioned. Auctions begin with a silent auction from 10 am - 5 pm during the library's Grand Opening festivities. The library will re-open from 6-9 pm that evening for the ticketed auction and social event, which will feature continued bidding for the silent auction and a special live auction of select chairs, as well as music and a light dinner. All the proceeds will be used to help equip the new library with the additional books and computers to meet the public's need for updated information resources and access.

The chairs will be on display beginning Monday, August 11 at various locations in the St. Cloud area. The public is invited to view the chairs at their host sites and then attend the art auction event to see all the chairs at once and bid to own them, said Podawiltz.

Tickets for the September 20 evening event are $25 in advance at St. Cloud Public Library, Al Ringsmuth Public Library in Waite Park, Paramount Arts Center, and Byerly's. They may also be purchased online through the Paramount Arts Center. Tickets are $30 the day of the event.

See the complete list of artists, books, sponsors, and chair display locations, pictures of the chairs available at the St. Cloud Times. Call the Campaign office at (320) 650-2532 for more information.

August 1, 2008 - Barb Keith brings Artistic Expertise to the New Library

Barbara Keith

Barb Keith, an award-winning freelance graphic designer in the Twin Cities area, is bringing her art expertise to the new St. Cloud Public Library. Keith, who specializes in book design, logos and poster design, is one of four artists commissioned to create a large scale public art project for the new library.

Keith has constructed an 8x8-foot window art mosaic in the northeast corner of the Tree House Program Room in the new library. The scene is children frolicking in and around a tree. Many of the stained glass leaves in the finished window were created by St. Cloud area children at a workshop Keith hosted in March at the library.

The library received over 160 submissions from artists all around the country. The competitive, open, process for the selection involved St. Cloud area representatives, including library staff, board members, architects, community artists, and a city council member.

"I've worked on such a wide variety of projects throughout my career, which is one of the best perks of freelancing," Keith states. "I only work with a few select clients at a time so I know they will all receive personalized service."

Keith's art will be installed the first week of September. View the finished piece at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8547536@N04/

July 30, 2008 - Family Supports the Children's Collection in New Library

A $20,000 commitment has been made to the "Library Plus You" campaign from the Yvonne Schilplin family of Annandale. The family has strong ties to this area. Maude Colgrove Schilplin, the grandmother of Yvonne's late husband, was an early member of the St. Cloud Reading Room Society. The Reading Room started the first library association in St. Cloud.

To honor the efforts of Maude Colgrove Schilplin as its first historian, the League of Minnesota Poets in 1949 established a Minnesota writer's collection at the St. Cloud Public Library.

The Schilplin family offered this gift to enhance the Beginning Reader's Collection in the new Children's Library. This rich collection of resources will help beginning and emergent readers identify words with controlled vocabulary, simple words, repetition, and rhyming words. Ultimately, it helps start young children along the path to literacy and a lifelong love of reading.

For more information on supporting these needs, please call the Library Plus You campaign office at (320) 650-2532 or visit the Giving Options page.

July 24, 2008 - St. Cloud Couple Gives to Support Assistive Technology

The "Library Plus You" Fundraising Campaign is pleased to announce a $25,000 gift from Jim and Beverly Pehler. Jim has been involved with the SCPL Board of Directors for six years and has served as President of the Board since January, 2007. Beverly is a former employee of Great River Regional Library and worked as a library aide for 15 years before retiring in 2006. Jim and Beverly both try to help the library needs as much as they can in hopes to bring in new people. This contribution will be used towards the purchase of new Assistive Technology Resources for the new St. Cloud Public Library, such as software which will read web pages to people who are visually impaired, thus permitting greater access to Internet resources. Mark Troendle, Regional Branch Manager states, "Altogether, Jim and Beverly's money will fund four computer stations: two for people with low vision, one for blind patrons, and one for patrons who have either limited mobility or learning disability issues. A variety of other devices such as keyboards featuring black letters against a white background will also be available for patron use at these stations.

The campaign has raised about $600,000 in pledges and one-time gifts. Another $400,000 is needed to adequately equip the library with sufficient materials, computers, and other resources by the new library's Grand Opening on September 20, 2008. For more information on supporting these needs, please call the Library Plus You campaign office at (320) 650-2532 or visit the Giving Options page.

July 14, 2008 - Installation of the new St. Cloud Library sculpture is complete

Art Installation Sides

Artist Lucy Slivinski has completed her large-scale public art project for the new St. Cloud Public Library titled "Natural Rhythm." Slivinski, a regional artist throughout Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa, has over 15 years of experience in creating large outdoor public art sculptures.

This 14x46 and 14x34 foot sculpture is mounted on the southeast corner of the library building along Division Street and 12th Avenue North, hiding the air conditioning and ventilation units. It's the first of the four major art pieces installed for the library.

Art Installation Detail

Slivinski designed the screen of the art primarily of automobile exhaust pipes and lenses from traffic signals. The entire model is used from recycled materials and the display will incorporate vines draping over the complete piece of art. Slivinski assembled the entire sculpture in her Chicago studio; she then transported the art in four separate truck loads to St. Cloud.

"My art will enhance the existing architecture," said Slivinski, "by creating fluid energy on this corner of the building and being further enhanced through the course of the seasons with a growing vine."

Funding for the art projects comes from the region through the local option half-cent sales tax that has been collected for the past 8 years, said Coordinator Jennifer Penzkover, St. Cloud Arts Commission.

The chosen artists' to design the library's public art was selected by the Representatives from the City, St. Cloud Library Board, St. Cloud Library staff, St. Cloud Friends of the Library, Library Architects, and the new Library neighborhood. These groups of people volunteered their time for the specific task of selecting 4 artists from a field of 200 to design the art for the new library.

Check out several other pictures of this new art at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/27877091@N08/sets/72157605937343924/

June 11, 2008 - Rinke Noonan Supports Conference Room in New Library

The "Library Plus You" campaign is pleased to announce a donation for the new library from Rinke Noonan Law Firm. One of the eight conference rooms in the new library is being supported through this generous gift. The contribution will be used toward the purchase of new materials, computers, and technology in the new St. Cloud Public Library opening later this year.

"We're so pleased Rinke Noonan chose to be part of the new library and help preserve well the library's role in being a resource for information," said Bernie Berns, Co-chair of the "Library Plus You" Fundraising Campaign.

For more information on supporting needs in the new library please call the Library Plus You campaign office at (320) 650-2532 or visit the Giving Options page Giving Options page.

May 29, 2008 - $15,000 Dedicated to "Library Plus You" by Martin Sullivan Memorial Fund

The "Library Plus You" campaign recently received a $15,000 donation from the Martin Sullivan Memorial Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. The contribution will be used towards the purchase of new materials, computers, and technology in the new St. Cloud Public Library opening later this summer.

The Fund Advisory Committee stated, "We appreciate the opportunity to support your admirable public library in our community. We applaud your work and the many options you provide for people in our region."

The campaign has raised $535,000 in pledges and one-time gifts. Another $500,000 is needed to adequately equip the library with sufficient materials, computers, and other resources by the new library's Grand Opening on September 20, 2008. For more information on supporting these needs, please call the Library Plus You campaign office at (320) 650-2532 or visit the Giving Options page.

May 21, 2008 - Library Campaign Offers Personalized Pavers for Outdoor Plaza

The "Library Plus You" fundraising campaign is excited to offer to library lovers everywhere an opportunity to write their name permanently in the outdoor plaza of the new St. Cloud Public Library. Personalized, engraved Library Lovers Pavers can be purchased and will be installed in the new library's outdoor plaza on the northwest side of the building.

A 4x8-inch Library Lovers Paver is a lasting way to honor one's love of reading and books, a favorite teacher, a new graduate, an organization's support for learning and literacy, or the memory of a loved one.

A paver can be ordered and paid for over a period up to 5 years. All funds donated for Library Lovers Pavers will help fill the new library with additional books and computers to keep the St. Cloud area learning and growing.

For more information, read the brochure. To order your very own paver, complete and send the form in the brochure with your gift to the address shown.

May 13, 2008 - Design of "Pat's Place" Evolves

Pat's Place, an interactive play space in the Children's Library of the new St. Cloud Public Library, continues to evolve with careful planning by library staff, Friends members, and the architectural team. The play area will evoke a Northwoods theme, said Sarah Gewirtz, President of the St. Cloud Friends of the Library which is supporting Pat's Place with a financial contribution to the "Library Plus You" fundraising campaign.

Interactive wall displays silhouetted as leaves, a rowboat for exercising imaginations, a set of six floor cushions resembling oversized pebbles, cushioned bench seating for reading with little ones, and more will make Pat's Place a special place for children to stimulate their imaginations, said Gewirtz. Pat's Place is named in memory of Pat Christianson, who worked for Great River Regional Library for 35 years.

Apr. 15, 2008 - HealthPartners Supports Mothers' Lounge in New Library

HealthPartners has made a gift commitment of $25,000 to the Library Plus You Fundraising Campaign. This gift will go to support the Mothers' Lounge in the new library.

The Mothers' Lounge will be a private room for mothers with infants to go to nurse their children. HealthPartners has been serving the St. Cloud area for more than 25 years, and is dedicated to improving the health and well being of their patients. The support of the Mothers' Lounge is one way for HealthPartners to maintain health outside their walls and in the community.

Apr. 10, 2008 - St. Cloud Times Highlights Features of New Library

The St. Cloud Times has posted an article about the features of the new St. Cloud Library, information is available on their site: http://www.sctimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080410/NEWS01/104100007

The Times has also posted a video segment from a recent tour of the new facility.

Apr. 10, 2008 - Bremer Announces Gift to Library Campaign

Bremer has announced their commitment of $100,000 to the "Library Plus You" Fundraising Campaign to help fill the library with books and computers and other technology. Tom Rickers, CEO and President of Bremer Bank, announced the gift at a media tour April 9.

Rickers said Bremer values the importance of public libraries and looks forward to being long-time neighbors of the new St. Cloud Public Library.

Bremer is the first "First Editions" donor to the library campaign, qualifying with a gift of $100,000 or more. With its gift comes the opportunity to exclusively support and name an area in the new library. Through this donation, Bremer has named a meeting room in the new library the "Bremer Community Room."

Dr. Bernice Berns, co-chair of the campaign, announced at the tour that the campaign is just over half way to meeting its phase 1 goal of raising $1 million by September 20. That is the date of the new library's grand opening celebration, when the campaign volunteers plan to have the library equipped with additional materials and computers to fill the much-needed space.

Apr. 8, 2008 - Reading Room Society Gift

The Reading Room Society has made a gift of $15,000 to the Library Plus You Fundraising Campaign. This gift will go towards resources and technology that will be used in the new library.

In 1880 the Reading Room Society was formed, its purpose being to secure a reading room for the library and to carry on social and cultural activities for its members.

The Reading Room started the St. Cloud Public Library in 1901 after proposing a grant from Andrew Carnegie. The library opened on August 1, 1902.

The Reading Room Society has shown value in the importance of reading literacy, and continues to do so through their contribution to the library.

Mar. 31, 2008 - Women's Fund Donates to Library Plus You Campaign

The Women's Fund of the Central Minnesota Community Foundation has donated $50,000 to the Library Plus You Fundraising Campaign. Their contribution will go to support the computer center in the new library.

The computer center will be an enclosed space in the new library, projected to be equipped with 20 computers. The library values the importance of technology and keeping up with advances. The room will be available for small and large group instruction on computer literacy.

The Women's Fund is an established organization with the mission to create and support programs that enhance the lives of women and children, involving women as leaders and donors in the process.

Mar. 21, 2008 - Make a Leaf with Barb Keith at the Library!

The St. Cloud Public Library is hosting an event on Saturday, March 29th from 2:30 to 4:30. Individuals, families, and children ages 5 and up are welcome to join glass mosaic artist Barb Keith at the St. Cloud Public Library (current location) to create a leaf for the new St. Cloud Public Library Children's Room Window.

The leaf you create will be a part of Barb's mosaic window for the new library. Every time you visit the Children's Room in the new library, you will see the leaf you created in the tree of knowledge.

Materials and refreshments will be provided - just bring your creativity!

This public art opportunity is sponsored by the St. Cloud Arts Commission and the St. Cloud Public Library.

For more information, please contact St. Cloud Arts Commission Coordinator, Jennifer Penzkover, at 320-650-3952. You can also take a look at the Make a Leaf event poster.

Mar. 20, 2008 - Friends Support New Library in a Big Way

With the opening of the new St. Cloud Public Library scheduled for the summer of 2008, the St. Cloud Friends of the Library recently made two pledge commitments totaling $75,000 to the "Library Plus You" fundraising campaign.

$50,000 will go towards supporting the Friends Bookstore in the new library, and the remaining $25,000 will go to support Pat's Place, a north woods-themed interactive play area in the new children's library. It is named in memory of Pat Christianson, a former library staff member who died after battling breast cancer.

"2008 is the 125th anniversary of the St. Cloud Public Library and a great time to join the Friends as they plan a birthday celebration," said president of the Friends, Sarah Gewirtz. "We are a group of community members from all different backgrounds who value our public libraries." Friends' membership is open to any individual, business, or organization that wants to help preserve and strengthen libraries. For more information or to become a member of the Friends, visit the Friends Bookstore in the St. Cloud Public Library for an application. Questions can also be directed to Gewirtz at (320) 363-2601.

More information about the Friends donation is available at the St. Cloud Times.

Mar. 14, 2008 - Emerging Leaders Forum Invites Teen Input

The Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF) is looking to create a space that meets the unique needs of teens. They will host a focus group to gain input on the materials and activities to be offered in the new teen space.

ELF and the Library Plus You Campaign encourage 6th-9th grade teens and their parents to attend the event from 11:30-1 p.m. on March 29th at the current St. Cloud Public Library.

The event will ask teens and their parents to share what they would like this new hangout to look like, how it could help with homework and what types of games, books and DVDs they would like to see.

ELF, affiliated with Central Minnesota Community Foundation, is a group of the next generation of community leaders who share a common vision of enhancing and improving the community through their financial, professional, and volunteer resources.

Register for the free teen event by March 26th by calling the Central Minnesota Community Foundation reservation line at 257-0251 or by emailing Reservations@CommunityGiving.org. Pizza and pop will be provided. For more information, click here

Mar. 13, 2008 - Emerging Leaders Forum Commits $50,000 to Teen Place in the New Library

With the help of The Emerging Leaders Forum (ELF), the campaign has reached its halfway point of $500,000. ELF has committed $50,000 to support a Teen Place at the new St. Cloud Public Library.

The donation from ELF will equip the 2,000-square-foot Teen Place with 10 state-of-the-art computers, a young adult collection, and other amenities in the space, which will also feature two quiet study rooms and two small group meeting rooms.

"Elf's commitment to the Teen Place at the new library is just the kind of project that ELF was looking to support," said Melinda Sanders, chair of ELF's Library Committee. "By pooling its resources, ELF donors will make a lasting mark on this community. Supporting the Teen Place is also a way for ELF to encourage kids to check out all the wonderful things the new library has to offer them."

Mar. 10, 2008 - Library Lovers Pavers will Leave a Lasting Impression

With the fundraising campaign for the new St. Cloud Public Library in full swing, there is an opportunity for supporters to become a part of St. Cloud history.

For a $1,000 tax-deductible donation, payable over a five-year period, a 4" by 8" legacy paving stone will be included as a permanent feature of the new library's outdoor plaza. Paving stones will be inscribed with personal commemorations. These could include a family name, a business/ employees, or an organization, church, school or club.

This is an excellent opportunity to contribute to the community while leaving a lasting impression. Donations will assist in meeting the additional needs of the new library, including as many as 40,000 new books; self-service checkout kiosks; and 60 additional public computers.

To make your donation, download, and send your Library Lovers Registration form in to 405 St. Germain St. W., St. Cloud, MN 56301 (attn: Fund Development). For questions or comments regarding this giving opportunity, contact Diane Vosen at (320) 650-2532 or email her at dianev@grrl.lib.mn.us.

Feb. 28, 2008 - Library Planning Art Chair Silent Auction

You are invited to be a part of the new Art Chair Silent Auction that will take place at the Grand Opening festivities for the new St. Cloud Public Library.

Each artist will be paired with a sponsor and will decorate a chair inspired by an author or book.  The chairs will be displayed at various venues throughout the community for six to eight weeks before the auction.

The deadline for artists and sponsors to register is March 21st.  The library board and supporters are planning a Grand Opening Celebration for September 20th, with up to 50 artists and 50 sponsors taking part in the Art Chair Silent Auction.

To become an artist download the form from this link. To become a sponsor or for more information about the event, download the brochure/sponsor registration form from this link. Registration forms and payment can be sent to Great River Regional Library Headquarters at 405 St. Germain St. W., St. Cloud, MN 56301.  For questions or comments regarding the event, contact Diana Murphy-Podawiltz at (320)251-7811 or email her at dpodawiltz@charter.net.

Nov. 1, 2007 - Business Central Magazine Features New Library
The November/December issue of Business Central Magazine, published by the St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce, features Great River Regional Library and the new St. Cloud Public Library in its "Regional Roundup" column. Authored by Dr. Marjorie Hawkins, co-chair of the "Library Plus You" fundraising campaign, the article on pages 18-19 promotes the value of a public/private partnership for this community initiative.

Wrote Hawkins, "As lifelong educators and co-chairs of the fundraising campaign, Dr. Bernice Berns and I know the striking impact libraries have on the intellectual, financial and social capital in a community." The article also points out how citizens' information needs don't stop with books.

The full text of the article is available here

Oct. 31, 2007 - Help Select Sculpture Quotes
Artist Stuart Keeler has been commissioned to create a sculpture for the new St. Cloud Public Library and GRRL headquarters. It will be more than 30 ft. long and, according to Keeler’s proposal, it "appears in person as a three dimensional floating painting on glass." The glass will have shades of blue suggesting the various shadings found in the waters of the Mississippi River. Etched into the glass will be three quotations about reading, books, water or libraries. Keeler will select the quotations from choices provided by the Great River Regional Library Board, St. Cloud Library Board, library staff and the public. A preliminary selection has taken place, and the public is invited to help.

Oct. 30, 2007 - St. Cloud Public Library Launches Fundraising Campaign To Foster Learning At New Facility

Library Will Host Kickoff Event Nov. 1 for Business Community.

The Great River Regional Library and the St. Cloud Public Library announced Thursday it is launching a community fundraising campaign, called "Library Plus YOU," for the new St. Cloud Public Library facility. Donations will help fill the library's expanded shelf space with books, DVDs and other media, and equip it with upgraded, state-of-the-art technology.

The library will host a kick-off "Library After Hours" event for the business community from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 at the current library, 405 St. Germain St. W. Campaign leaders will give an update on the building project and talk about the goals of the new facility. The new library is expected to open next summer.

"Through this fundraising campaign, our community has a wonderful opportunity to showcase progress, growth and commitment to learning," says Dr. Bernice Berns, campaign co-chair.

Voters in St. Cloud in 2004 overwhelmingly approved building a much larger, modern library in downtown St. Cloud with a half cent sales tax. This tax, however, can only fund construction of the facility and cannot be used to purchase materials or technology.

The Library Plus YOU campaign hopes to raise $2.5 million before the new facility opens next summer. The campaign aims to provide a grand opening collection with 20 percent more books and other print materials and 25 percent more DVDs, audio books and other such media. It also seeks to add additional public-use computers with Internet. Private donations also could provide an automated return system that electronically recognizes and sorts books, CDs and DVDs by barcode and places them on carts ready for shelving.

"The health and vibrancy of our community will be reflected in this magnificent center of information and learning," Berns says. "It is truly a community center, built with community ideals and community focus on leaving a learning legacy to our children."

Register for the event by emailing kickoff@grrl.lib.mn.us or by calling Julie at (320) 650-2515. Limited space is available.

Oct. 13, 2007 - St. Cloud Library Taking Shape

Oct. 11, 2007 - Thanks to the Friends of St. Cloud Library
Special thanks to the Friends of the St. Cloud Library, who have committed a $25,000 gift to Library Plus You. The Friends' gift will support Pat's Place, an interactive play space for children in the new Children's Library. The space is named in memory of Pat Christianson, who worked for Great River Regional Library for 35 years before retiring in 2004 as Deputy Director.

Oct. 8, 2007 - Reading Room Society Holds Fundraiser
More than 100 people attended a fundraising benefit for the new St. Cloud Public Library on Monday, October 8. The event, organized by the St. Cloud Reading Room Society, featured author and Technical High School graduate Rebecca Haile.

Haile's family moved to St. Cloud from Ethiopia in the 1970s after her father was shot and seriously injured during civil unrest. Her book, Held At A Distance, is about her experiences after she returned to Ethiopia for an extended visit in 2001.

The Reading Room Society originated during the pioneer days of St. Cloud, when eight women organized a Library Association in 1865 to purchase and share books. The Association later organized the Reading Room Society to secure a reading room for the library and to carry on social and cultural activities. The Reading Room Society was instrumental in persuading St. Cloud city officials to establish the first St. Cloud Public Library -- the seventh public library in Minnesota.

Monday's event raised more than $2,000 for the Library Plus You fundraising campaign.

Boy reading outside
Mother reading to child