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Big Hearts, Big Check!

Despite the rain and all the other wonderful events occurring on Saturday, Meinders Library had a great turnout for our Patron Appreciation Open House.

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A huge thanks goes to Michelle Cheeseman, her staff, and State Farm for the proof that small towns can accomplish big things.

Of course, we would be remiss in not thanking our patrons for attending this event, voting #fullSTEAMahead, and/or using our library each and every day in myriad ways. It is through your use that we remain viable. Without patrons, there would be no need for a library, let alone a library with big dreams.

Our undying gratitude goes to our Pipestone Area Friends of the Library who support us financially, by helping out at events, hosting speakers, and providing the never-ending supply of delicious treats that accompany many of our programs.

I would like to thank our Library Board members for their direction and support, as well as Superintendent Kevin Enerson for providing school support. A shout out goes to Mr. D and the tech office who will be my new best friends when it comes time to understanding all my options for technology and helping me make good choices! I look forward to working together to make our STEAM Room a success for all patrons–public and school.

My appreciation continues for all those involved in promoting our library as a whole, and our cause for this grant in particular. The Chamber, the newspaper, the radio, local businesses, organizations, individuals and groups. The sheer volume of genuine interest in our library is overwhelming. It’s a huge motivator.

Many thanks to my wonderful, amazing, smart, energetic, organized, and compassionate staff. Big dreams and big checks cannot accomplish anything without great staff–of which Meinders Library has in spades. Enough said.

And lastly, Maggie. Our library is beautiful through your daily efforts. Crumbs. Spills. Dirty feet. You take care of all the big (and little) messes and make coming to work every day a pleasure.

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Meinders Library Open House Today

Celebrate our awesome community between 2:00 and 4:00pm today at the library.

Refreshments will be served by Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.

Tours of the STEAM Room will be available.

Michelle Cheeseman will present the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant check for $25,000.

Learn how we will use this generous grant to support the community that supported us.

 

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Nothing Says Thank You Like a Party

Please join us this Saturday for our Patron Appreciation Open House.

Between 2:00pm and 4:00pm, we will celebrate our community and the support provided to our library with homemade treats from the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.

Michelle Cheeseman from State Farm will present the grant check from the Neighborhood Assist program. We would love to share this moment with you.

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With your help, we did it!

Throughout the afternoon, we will provide information regarding the grant and how we plan to use the $25,000 to strengthen our community. As a sneak peek into what types of events, programs, and services we hope to offer through the grant, tours of the STEAM Room will be given, hands-on activities will be available to try, and Escape Room puzzles will entice code crackers of all ages.

All community members are invited to join us for this monumental event, as it is in your honor that this party is given.

 

Posted in Books, Books-n-Brew Book Club, Early Bird Book Club, Events and Presentations, Meinders Happenings, News, Programs

How To Survive a Community Read

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Yes, I know, grammar and punctuation is always the thing. And despite the title of this post sounding a bit strange, it conveys exactly what I want it to.

As it is written, I’d like to tell you a bit about community reads and how to survive them.

  1. Community Reads encourage the masses to read the same book, thus providing a common experience and a nice platform for discussion with anyone who partook in the read–regardless of age, gender, stage of life, or general interests. This book is for everyone. It is universal in our attempts to live our daily lives with grace, courage and dignity.
  2. Reading a book outside your typical genre sometimes isn’t easy. However, it is worth it to broaden your literary experiences. The nice thing about Andy Steiner’s How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People is that she tells the story of courage and triumph in bite-sized pieces. It’s easy to find a story that speaks to you.
  3. As we know time is short, we try to pick community read books that are quick and easy. This allows readers to spend minimal personal time while still being able to participate. So, I would say, don’t be afraid to cut your teeth on this book. Take a chance that you will find a sliver of time to read at least one story of survival.
  4. Sharing is caring. Sometimes we fall in love with literature and are reluctant to pass it along to others in case the pages get crumpled or someone might love a story with their morning coffee. The beauty of a community read is that these books are meant to be shared. The more widely read they are, the more successful our endeavor becomes. Read, share and discuss. Pass along the book to others who are going through tough times and who might need a bit of encouragement, or who enjoys similar writing as you do.
  5. Attend a book discussion. Yes, I know that is uncomfortable sometimes. But listening is also participating. Nobody expects to hear and speak with authority on the topics presented in Steiner’s book. Rather, everyone is encouraged to simply absorb the book as a community, listening to others and yourself about how a story touched you personally.
  6. Lastly, community reads are a no-cost endeavor. Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Cultural and Heritage Foundation, Meinders Library has 30 free copies of How to Survive for your reading pleasure. Simply stop in and nab a book.

How To Survive Events

Monday October 30 @ 6:00pm: Community Book Discussion

Friday November 10 @ 6:30pm Books-n-Brew Book Club

Saturday November 11 @ 2:00pm Publisher’s Presentation on How to Survive with Adam Wahlberg

Tuesday November 21 @ 8:30am Early Bird Book Club

*read*share*discuss*

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Use the Library, Be Aware

Breast cancer, diabetes, mental health, cystic fibrosis, autism, banned books, poetry, custodian appreciation, or any other kind of day, week, month, or year are all celebrated within our stacks at the library.

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The beauty of the library is that it has something for everyone. It educates and supports equally.

We have books for and about the blind.

We can show you to the section on Holocaust survivors or on civil rights activists.

We are diverse, and growing more so each day.

The library brings awareness to the world around you and to the trials, tribulations, and triumphs you might face each and every day. Week in and week out. Month followed by month and into the years ahead.

Have questions? Find the answers at your local library!

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We Did It!

Thanks to all the wonderful support from our family, friends, and community, Meinders Library is the joyful recipient of State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant for $25,000.

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To view our big moment, please check out our Facebook page and share the news.

To celebrate, please stop in today while we are open and enjoy some homemade treats from our staff.

To learn more about our cause and check out our pre-grant makerspace, pencil us in on October 14 for our Patron Appreciation Open House. From 2:00 until 4:00pm, we will share our vision of making Meinders Library a community hub. Michelle Cheeseman will present a check from State Farm, and refreshments will be served.

We wouldn’t be here without you. And it is with you in mind that we push into the future #fullSTEAMahead.

 

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Countdown to #fullSTEAMahead

11 Hours 11 Minutes

 

 

Win or lose, we’re prepared to share the news…

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On Thursday, September 28 at 12:01am Eastern Time, one of these pinatas will be destroyed on Facebook with the help of our young patrons.

Join us tomorrow throughout the day to commiserate or celebrate. As Emily says, “We are going to eat our feelings.” And you can, too.

Our hope is that our day will be filled with gold coins instead of sour lemons and nuts.

But know that regardless of how this turns out, we will move forward #fullSTEAMahead to make Meinders Community Library a place to go, grow, and learn.

Thanks to all for your support in this journey!

A special thanks to Michelle Cheeseman and State Farm for the opportunity to support our community through this wonderful grant.

*results can be found at the Neighborhood Assist website where you voted*

Refreshments will be provided by Meinders Staff.