Free and Open to the Public
Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, area presenters and legacy grants from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Meinders Library is able to provide free programming across a variety of topics for community members of all ages.
In addition to Tuesday morning Story Time and adult book clubs, Meinders tries to offer two programs each month ranging from author visits to hands-on projects you can make and take home.
Community members, whether patrons of the library or not, are welcome to visit the library for in-house use such as reading magazines, connecting to our free Wi-Fi, attending programs or using one of our ten public computers. Other services include a copier, printer and scanner with faxing capabilities. We can also proctor tests and have a conference room available with a computer set up for video conferencing.
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- March 13 @ 6:30pm: “Putting the Quarries on the Map” Interpretive Park Ranger, Jerry Sayre, will take us on an expedition across the prairie to a time when maps were literally being drawn. In this program on mapmaking, he will share just how the Pipestone Quarries made it on the map.
- March 25 @ 10:30am: “Under Minnesota Skies” During this one hour program, author Colleen Gengler will journey back to her family farm in the 1940s and 1950s. As a daughter of the Midwest and granddaughter of immigrants, Colleen shows the importance of tradition and preserving family heritage in her book, “Under Minnesota Skies.”
- March 31 @ 5:30pm: Winter Reading Program Potluck Participants in this year’s Winter Reading Program will gather together for a potluck and party with like-minded bibliophiles. If you haven’t signed up for the WRP yet, don’t fret. There is still time. To complete the program all you have to do is sign up at the library and record twelve books that you have read from January 1-March 31.
- April 3 @ 6:30pm: “Is Graphic Good?” Children’s Librarian, Emily Blaeser, will lead discussion on the value of visual literacy gained by reading graphic novels. This program is perfect for parents and educators who might not understand the appeal and merits of this literary style that combines text and illustrates to tell a story.
- April 29 @ 10:30am: Book Binding Learn the art of bookbinding to create one-of-a-kind books perfect for gift-giving or preserving personal poetry, writings or sketches.
- May 15 @ 6:30pm: Digital Discovery As part of the Plum Creek Library System, Meinders Library has access to thousands of audiobooks and e-books that patrons can access from the comfort of their own homes. Learn how to effectively use Overdrive and OneClick Digital with nothing more than your library card and a digital device such as a smart phone, tablet or computer.
- May 20 @ 10:30am: “Go Fly A Kite!” Design, build and fly your own kite during this family friendly program.
Stay tuned for updates and more in-depth looks at the programs we have to offer.