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Hometown Hero

This year’s theme of the Water Tower Festival is hometown heroes.

However, instead of reading this new novel last night, I had the privilege of watching the Pipestone Jr. Ambassadors Contest sponsored by Michelle Cheeseman State Farm Insurance Agency & the Pipestone Area Chamber. As a former speech coach and a current introvert, I am amazed at the confidence and articulation of our youngest community members.

Twenty-six youth answered questions about the heroes in their lives, potential superpowers they would love to have, and a variety of other questions to help the audience (and judges) get to know them. Some answers were serious and thoughtful, while others were filled with humor and great comedic timing.

I won’t lie, the 5th grader who, if given a chance, would open up a book store in our town, is my own personal Home Town Hero. After all, there is no such thing as too many books.

My librarian bias aside, every kid who stood on the stage last night deserves hero status. Public speaking is hard. To do so with humor and eloquence right in the middle of the block (under the attentive gaze of adults) is even more difficult. But sometimes doing the heavy lifting behind the scenes is also heroic. I saw many businesses, volunteers, and donors working in the heat to make Kids Night a success. Many of these same individuals will be standing on the courthouse lawn during the vendor fair or cleaning up tables or serving food and drink to the masses throughout the whole weekend.

Heroes are everywhere.

And so are books about them!

If you are looking for a good book or are simply looking for a quiet and fun place to rest between Water Tower Festival events, Meinders Community Library is a great place to go. We have games, computers, and free wi-fi to any patron. No library card is needed for in-house use.

We close at 5pm on Fridays and are open from 10am to 2pm every Saturday except holiday weekends. In fact, the public library will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday July 2-4.

If ever in doubt about our hours, simply give us a call!

a huge thanks to all our home town heroes in Pipestone~ jody

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Warrior Sisters Author Program

Join us at Meinders Community Library, this Friday, June 10th at 12:00pm for Sister Talk: A Courageous Conversation of Love, Boundaries, and Forgiveness with Kelly Ryan and Karen Burd, authors of Warrior Sisters. This event is sponsored by the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. If you would like to learn more about PAFL, join us at 11:45am for their annual meeting prior to the event.

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Summer Fun at the Library

Stop by Meinders Community Library and pick up a Summer Reading Bingo card! The Summer Reading Program is for all ages, even adults. If you come to the library to sign up this week, you can design your own Summer Reading Badge and we will turn it into a pin or magnet with our button maker.

Pilcrow Foundation Books

When you’re looking for good reads to fill up your bingo card, we recently received over a hundred new children’s books thanks to a grant from The Pilcrow Foundation and the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library! The Pilcrow Foundation offers matching book grants specifically for rural libraries and we’re so grateful that PAFL provided the matching funds. These wonderful new books, from board books to beginning readers to middle grade fiction, are located on our Meinders display table.

Games & Grub

We have our first Summer Games & Grub, this Thursday evening, June 9th at 5:30pm. If you would like to attend, please let us know by calling 507-825-6714 or by filling out the contact form below. We have a variety of different games here, or you can bring your favorite from home.

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We Are Open and Programming

Not only is Meinders Community Library open Friday, Saturday, and Monday, but we are hosting a Saturday Storytime for visiting families to enjoy!

We also have amazing digital platforms for kids to read, watch, and learn. To access our Scholastic databases, click our Youth Services tab on the menu and use your library card barcode.

If you will be celebrating the long weekend in the craft room or garage, our Quick Links tab will take you to creativebug and Auto Repair Source websites that are accessible through your library card.

have a fantastic holiday weekend~

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Games & Grub

It was a dark and stormy night, but that didn’t stop gamers from four to ninety-four from coming out for a great night of Games & Grub at Meinders Community Library. We played old favorites like Scrabble and Life, tested our knowledge of 80s trivia, and shared some of our new favorite games from The Spiel Foundation like Labyrinth and Bugs in the Kitchen.

Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, everyone was a winner and got either a Dari King or Dairy Queen gift card! Thank you also to Erica and Tom from the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce for stopping by to take some photos of games in action.

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Go Fly A Kite

While today’s weather makes spring feel a million days away, it won’t stop us from teaching you how to craft a kite. Join Trava and Emily for a blustery adventure this Saturday at Meinders Community Library.

With enough practice, you can be a kite-making pro just in time for kite-flying season.