Posted in Just for Fun

Unleash Your Creativity with Cricut Crafting

Meinders Community Library is offering a Cricut Crafting Series that includes a night of instruction followed by a four-hour, hands-on workshop where crafters can make up to three unique gift items FREE of charge!

Presenter Judy Rannow has taught Community Education classes for well-over a decade. For nearly thirty years, she has facilitated crafting and hobby weekends for groups and small businesses. Her newest addition to workshops includes the Cricut line, specifically, infusible inks and the mug press. Judy is currently knee-deep in plans to open a craft-only business that will focus on workshops and one-of-a-kind gifts. This is Judy’s second workshop at the library, as she taught paper crafting at our first Full STEAM Ahead.

Join us at 6:00pm Monday, October 25, to learn how to create your own design using the Cricut DesignStudio. Judy will showcase the mug press, heat press, and infusible ink sheets and pens for sublimation. She will also touch on other applications of the Cricut cutting machine such as vinyls, iron-ons, or papercrafts. By the time you leave, you will have the knowledge and confidence to make your own gifts just in time for the holidays.

In fact, you can put your new-found knowledge to work almost immediately. On Saturday, October 30, Judy will host a four-hour, come and go workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to make up to three products using the Cricut machine, a variety of tools, and consumable supplies. Participants may purchase additional supplies for crafting if desired. All ages and craftability levels are welcome.

Participants can attend one or both sessions. Just know that space and supplies are limited, so registration is required. Call Meinders Library or fill out the form below to reserve your spot at the table!

Thanks to our State Farm Full Steam Ahead and our Pipestone Area Community Foundation grants, Meinders Community Library has a smattering of Cricut tools for patrons to check out or use in our STEAM Room.

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

Fall into a Good Book

Fall is here and we’re ready for sweater weather, warm beverages, and cozy reading time at Meinders Community Library. Pick up a bookmark with fall reading prompts, like read a book with fall colors on the cover, and get some inspiration for your seasonal reading. If you need help choosing your next read, we’ve got suggestions for every prompt. Or you can “leaf” your own suggestion for other readers to enjoy.

Posted in #WeAreWaterPipestone, Get Connected

We Are Water Final Weekend and Fall Storytime

It’s almost time for the We Are Water traveling exhibit to leave Meinders Community Library. If you haven’t had a chance to explore We Are Water yet, we have extended exhibit hours this weekend.

  • Final Weekend–Extended Exhibit Hours
    • Saturday, September 11th: 10am-4pm
    • Sunday, September 12th: 12pm-2pm

We will also be starting Fall Outdoor Storytime next Tuesday, September 14th. Storytime will take place on the lawn outside Meinders Community Library, as long as weather permits. We will have cushions, but feel free to bring your own blanket or lawn chair.

Posted in #WeAreWaterPipestone, Get Connected

A First Day Reminder

Unless something drastic happens, this is the last first day of school for my family. Instead, we will begin a new cycle of first days after our youngest graduates this spring. For the most part, firsts are an exciting step in life’s journey. They mean we are moving forward and experiencing new things.

Whether you are a new teacher or a seasoned staff member, a new student to our district or one returning for the 13th time, welcome back! May this be your best school year yet. We are here to help you find the perfect book for both leisure and academic reading.

If you are new to our community or simply new to Meinders Community Library, stop out and see what we have to offer. Our stacks are filled with a wide range of fiction and nonfiction for all ages and interests. Further, our We Are Water MN traveling exhibit is here until September 13.

As we are a combined school and public library, the first day of this new school year comes with a special reminder regarding the pandemic.

“Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Before visiting the library, please keep the following in mind:

  • Masking is not currently required for anyone in the School District or the public library. We will let you know if this changes.
  • While Meinders Community Library staff will mask up, we can’t guarantee that other individuals in the library during your visit will be masked or vaccinated. As such, we encourage all patrons to follow CDC recommendations to help keep themselves and their fellow bibliophiles as safe as possible.
  • Meinders Library will continue to check out books for curbside pick up. Simply let us know when you will be arriving, and we will check out your materials and leave them in the vestibule.
  • We will offer delivery of library books for home-bound patrons within Pipestone City limits. Please call, email, or use the form below to request delivery services. Out of town patrons may contact the library and we will work on finding a volunteer to accommodate your request.

stay healthy and stay connected~ jody

Posted in Get Connected

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Each year, the Lifeline and other mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world, raise awareness of suicide prevention.

  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
  • If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text HELLO to 741741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Be sure to stop out and browse the library display. Get resources for yourself or be the difference for a loved one by offering support and understanding.

Click on any of the following links to learn how you can get involved and help prevent suicide. Together, we can make a difference!