Posted in Events and Presentations, News

Cass Gilbert Capitol Program Monday

Meinders Library will be hosting Natalie Heneghan at 6:30pm on Monday, November 20.

The Cass Gilbert Society has been hunting down and rounding up the original furnishings from the Minnesota State Capitol. Of the roughly 1,600 pieces of furniture designed by Cass Gilbert, just over half are known to still exist.

On Monday, Ms. Heneghan will share her experiences tracking down these 100-year-old furnishings–including chairs, desks, and original windows–as well as the stories of these objects from then to now. In addition, she will talk about the pieces that are still at-large in hopes of gleaning tips on where to find more of these valuable furnishings.

To learn more about the Cass Gilbert Society, please click here.

To learn first hand about the art behind the architecture of our State Capitol, please join project manager Natalie Heneghan at the library. 

Posted in PAFL

Meinders Accepting Donations for PAFL Book Sale

Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is collecting gently used books for their annual book sale fundraiser.

Donations may be brought to the library during regular hours in preparation for the December sale.

Books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs in good condition will be accepted.

Textbooks, magazines, and damaged books will not be.

Please, do not place donations in the book drop.

*proceeds help fund the purchase of new materials and provide programming at the library*

Posted in News, Programs

We Are Open All Week!

November 7: Meinders Library will be open all day despite the PAS MS/HS Virtual Learning Day to accommodate voting.

November 11: We will also be open on Veteran’s Day.

In fact, we have a program that day with Minnesota journalist and publisher, Adam Wahlberg, from Think Piece Publishing.

how to survive

Mr. Wahlberg will present a publisher’s perspective on the creation of our Community Read book. How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People, is a nonfiction account of everyday people’s struggles to survive the curve balls life throws their way. Written by Minnesota author, Andy Steiner, many of the stories in this compilation come from our native state.

Please join us at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 11, for the culmination of our 2017 Community Read program.

legacy-logo~This program is brought to you by funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation, as well as the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. As such, it is free and open to the public.~


Posted in Writer's Group

Come Write In! at Meinders Library

Meinders Library is a designated Come Write In! location for National Novel Writing Month.


Join the fun Saturday November 4 from 10-noon.

NaNoWriMo participants are invited to spend a few hours penning their masterpieces with other like-minded writers.

  • Computers are available if needed.
  • Light refreshments will be served.
  • Word sprints and writing prompts provided free of charge!
Posted in Events and Presentations, News

Mr. Boddy Was In the House!

Clueless: An Escape Room Adventure Challenged the Wits of 156 Community Members

117 tried their hands in the Boddy Mansion, while 39 others solved mini-puzzles in the week prior to our escape room shenanigans.

Each room from the board game “Clue” was represented and filled with clues and puzzles designed to help crack the codes and unlock ten locks.

Sometimes the room won!

Some groups solved the shortened version. Clueless Jr participants unlocked seven locks and didn’t have access to the Library, Conservatory or Great Hall. They all finished in under 35 minutes, figuring out who killed Mr. Boddy, with what and where.

Some PERSEVERED despite the obstacles, unlocking all the locks and solving all the crime stats. Despite clocking in the longest time, The Lost Ones never gave up in their quest.

The Lost Ones

Others were *this close* to tying with the majority, coming in at 64 minutes. Doubling as Mr. Boddy’s body was a favorite activity for some members of Dumbledore’s Army Remixed.

Dumbledore's Army Remixed

63 minutes seemed to be the magic number for the masses.

Not Clueless fought to slide into second place with a cool 61 minutes of crime-solving fun.

Not Clueless

And the winners were…Murder Happens with 51 minutes.

Murder Happens

Lastly, we would be remiss in not thanking our test group of 8th graders who fearlessly took on an untried room to help us find the bugs before going live. Thanks, unsung heroes!