Posted in Alerts

Meinders Open Shortened Hours Today, Closed Saturday

The library is open from 10am-2pm today (Friday, January 17). If roads start closing, we will close earlier. If in doubt, please call ahead.

Also, we currently have no snow removal services, so wear your boots if you don’t want snow in your shoes!

Meinders Community Library will be closed Saturday, January 18, due to blizzard warning now in place. If you still need blizzard books, check out our digital platforms as found on our quick links page.

You do not need to stop out to renew your items or return them to the drop box. Simply call or email and we can take care of that for you.

Stay safe and warm, and have a wonderful weekend!

Posted in Just for Fun

Breaking News: Bank Robbery Suspect a Beloved Community Member

After a busy day at the bank, a teller noticed missing items from the vault. Police are putting together a case against beloved community member, Indiana Bones, whom witnesses and video footage have placed at the scene of the crime.

Bones is often viewed as a pillar of the community and is known for being fun-loving, yet highly compassionate. Shown below, Meinders Community Library aide, Kim, was cooperative with investigators about Bones’ visit to the library earlier in the day, though, she was quick to defend him, saying, “He would literally give you the shirt off his back.”

lib bones checkout

Many individuals have stepped forward as character witnesses for Mr. Bones, as there is a belief in the community that Bones simply would not have committed a crime. In an interview, key witness, Leslie at the Pipestone Dental Center, voiced her opinion, “A gentleman who takes that good of care of his teeth is incapable of a crime like that. He even flosses.”

If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Meinders Community Law Enforcement Center with any information that may aid the investigation.

You can also bring your problem solving skills to the library during our newest escape room this weekend: Hindsight is 2020. We still have a spot or two left.

Tune in Monday to get updated information on the investigation and learn the fate of Indiana Bones.

Posted in Just for Fun

Hindsight: An Escape Room

Hindsight Flyer

It’s almost time for another escape room at Meinders Community Library! Assemble your team, test your smarts with our new locks and puzzles, and unravel the mystery—because Hindsight is always 2020. Sign up by calling 507-825-6714, emailing, or stopping by the library.

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

Awesome Robotics Kick Off

Can’t wait to support our Arrow Bots this year!


The Infinite Recharge theme, created in conjunction with Disney and Lucas Films, promotes an atmosphere of Force For Change.

Tech is the future, and students engaged in robotics are poised to lead the charge.

Star Wars fans will love the playing field and challenges during the 2020 season. PAS fans will love cheering on the Arrow Bots with live streaming of competitions at the library.

Stay tuned as the season progresses.

Posted in Get Connected

The Robotics Revolution

Robotics Kick Off

What do the following things have in common?

  • Raggedy Andy joined Raggedy Ann in the ranks of children’s toys.
  • The Human Fly was arrested while climbing his way to fame on the 30th floor of the Woolworth Building. Unfortunately, his arrest kept him from reaching the top.
  • The 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote.

These groundbreaking moments challenged the societal norms of the time. They also took place in 1920 to usher in prohibition, flappers and the Roaring Twenties. One of the most notable things about this era was our ability to shrug off shrugg off the traditions of the past and barrel toward a brave new future in the hopes that tomorrow would be exciting, new, and different.

And it was. Women found a more equal footing in society, while the 20s boasted a bump in industry that made the average household feel positively palatial. The electrical revolution was here, complete with frivolous inventions that we can’t imagine life without.

Fast forward past bandaids, sunglasses, and televisions to the 1960s, when we embraced both the past and the future with equal fervor. The Flintstones entertained us for two years before the Jetsons catapulted us into a time of robot maids, instant meals, and flying cars. Space exploration was upon us.

Where will we be 100 years from now? It’s hard to tell. But this Saturday, you can catch a glimpse of what it might look like when the Arrow Bots gather at the library to learn their task for the upcoming robotics season.

The public is invited to join them for their third annual Robotics First Reveal.

Posted in Book Talk

Delivery Delayed and Books for New Years

Due to the weather and the holiday, Meinders Community Library will get delivery on Thursday, January 2nd this week.


As we approach New Years, here’s a list with a different kind of “new” book—ones that have new in the title (or its homophone knew).

  • All Things New by Lynn Austin
  • A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
  • A New Hope by Robin Carr
  • Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land by John Coy
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • News of Our Loved Ones by Abigail DeWitt
  • Eva and the New Owl by Rebecca Elliott
  • A New Friend by Poppy Green
  • Newcomer by Keigo Higashino
  • The World We Knew by Alice Hoffman
  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
  • To Pluto and Beyond: the Amazing Voyage of New Horizons by Elaine Scott
  • The New Girl by Daniel Silva
  • NewsPrints by Ru Xu
  • The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding
  • Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf