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New Books Galore


Meinders Community Library has recently gotten an influx of new books. Come check out some of our new reads. If another patron has already snagged the book you are interested in, we can put it on hold for you.

Adult Fiction

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • A Killer Edition by Lorna Barrett
  • The Plot is Murder by V. M. Burns
  • No Judgements by Meg Cabot
  • A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Well Met by Jen DeLuca
  • The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld
  • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
  • Read and Buried by Eva Gates
  • The Guardians by John Grisham
  • Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
  • The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
  • What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Full Throttle by Joe Hill
  • The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
  • The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
  • Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay
  • Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • 19th Christmas by James Patterson
  • Liberating Duluth by D.E. Peterson
  • The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
  • Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
  • The Solar War by A.G. Riddle
  • Bloody Genius by John Sandford
  • Child’s Play by Danielle Steel
  • Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
  • A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian
  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
  • Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
  • Stealth by Stuart Woods
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Large Print

  • Shamed by Linda Castillo
  • The Russian by Ben Coes
  • The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans
  • All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio
  • Too Soon to Die by William Johnstone
  • One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Timepiece by Beverly Lewis
  • What Comes My Way by Tracie Peterson 
  • Cheyenne Pass by Lauran Paine
  • Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Estranged: The Changeling King by Ethan M. Aldridge
  • Speed Demon by Fred Bowen
  • Storm Blown by Nick Courage
  • Benchwarmers by John Feinstein
  • Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
  • The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner
  • Camp Shady Crook by Lee Gjertsen Malone
  • Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick
  • Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey
  • Frostfire by Jamie Smith
  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  • My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

Young Adult Fiction

  • His Hideous Heart: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined edited by Delia Adler
  • Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
  • Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi
  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Rated by Melissa Grey
  • Gut Check by Eric Kester
  • We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund
  • Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
  • The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee


Posted in Just for Fun

Experience Is Priceless

painting catsGenerations have always attributed blanket personas to other generations. I am guilty of exacerbating those blanket statements in this post–but with a positive spin–so please bear with me.

Our youth are currently our most experiential population to date. They are about doing, not having. They are triers, not compilers. No longer does he with the biggest and best win. Rather, she who has done the most is considered richer.

My generation, on the other hand, grew up in a world rich with possession. For the most part, we acquire things. Houses, cars, jewelry, boats, lake homes, televisions, home libraries, and motor homes. This ownership is the whole reason we work so hard.

The turn-of-the-century generation placed great value on family and made tremendous sacrifices to provide for the future generations. My parents fell somewhere in between, holding onto the memories of time spent while being torn by the need to succeed.

None of these approaches to life are right or wrong. They got us where we are today. And rather than focusing on the differences, we are poised to celebrate these intergenerational relationships and all the attributes they bring to the table.

Two weeks ago, my extended family gathered together. Three generations spent time eating, chatting, playing games, and painting. We donned our painting aprons, brandished our paint brushes, and tackled a scary project.

finished catsHalloween cats.

Some plunged forward with little regard for the outlines sketched on the canvas. Others followed the directions to a point before veering off to give their paintings their own personalities. Still others held fast to the process, lamenting their inability to perfectly replicate the picture.

Not surprisingly, the younger generation embraced the idea of doing. They fearlessly incorporated mistakes into purposeful changes to the original. My generation strove hard to create a perfect replica. Fixing and fussing and working even during play. My mom simply basked in the moment, quietly dedicated to getting the job done as she savored the time spent with her kids and grandkids.

The result was fourteen similar but different black cats, a priceless experience, and bonding across the generations.

Each and every day, we have the ability to connect with a variety of people across generations, genders, and cultures. If we take the time to open ourselves up to the experience and eschew expectations of perfection, we can end the day richer than when we started.

At the library, our makerspace allows these kinds of interactions to happen. Groups are welcome to reserve our STEAM Room to tinker and create, making memories in the process. Simply call, email, or stop by the library and we can get you on the calendar.

get connected~ jody

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Read, Share, Connect

20191002_084705Community reads provide opportunities for individuals to connect via a shared experience. By reading the same book, participants have a basis for conversation and a shared language that transcends everyday interactions.

For instance, the person you bump into at the grocery store might have nothing in common with you other than the fact that all people eat. So, you talk about the pomegranate you are buying and how the heck do you actually get the seeds out? (Yes, I’ve had those conversations because we eat weird things at our house!)

Yet if you have both read “The Witness Tree”, you immediately have common ground besides the potato chip sale or getting said chips to your car in the pouring rain. Instead, you can talk characters, plot, and the impact that the novel had on you. The connection is deeper and more meaningful. And it actually helps bond a community. Pretty cool concept, if you ask me.

This November, Meinders Community Library is hosting its 5th Annual Community Read.

Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Fund, residents of Pipestone can partake in this year’s event. We have 30 complimentary copies of “The Witness Tree” by Amy Pendino.

Stop by and pick up your copy today. When you are finished reading, you can return the book to the library for someone else to read, pass it along to a friend, or keep it for your own collection.

This book will also be read by the library book clubs. If your book club would like to read it, please contact the library for assistance in check-out options.

Amy will join us on November 16 for a reading and book discussion. Or, if you prefer, you can have those discussions waiting in line at the grocery store.

keep reading~ jody


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Minnesota Author Panel

Moving Words

On Monday, October 28th at 6:30pm, Meinders Community Library will host Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota. Check out books by these four Minnesota authors before their visit.

  • Jack El-Hai (Nonfiction)

    • Lost Minnesota: Stories of Vanished Places
    • The Nazi and the Psychiatrist: Hermann Göring, Dr. Douglas M. Kelley, and a Fatal Meeting of Minds at the End of WWII
    • Upcoming Release 10/22—The Lost Brothers: A Family’s Decades-Long Search

  • Allen Eskens (Mystery)

    • The Life We Bury
    • The Guise of Another
    • The Heavens May Fall
    • The Deep Dark Descending
    • The Shadows We Hide
    • Upcoming Release 11/12—Nothing More Dangerous
  • Shannon Gibney (Young Adult Fiction)

    • See No Color
    • Dream Country
  • Ed Bok Lee (Poetry)

    • Real Karaoke People
    • Whorled
    • Mitochondrial Night


Posted in Just for Fun

Creepy and Kooky

These are the words antique appraiser, Mark Moran, has used to describe some of the items at the library today. He’s also described items as beautiful and intriguing.


This event runs until 1:00 today and is open to anyone who wants to watch our community’s treasures get assessed by an expert in the field.

We will be streaming it live on facebook in a few minutes!

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Like puzzle pieces, we are all connected.

These connections, no matter how great or small, are a good thing, because shared experiences create stronger communities.

No matter what your passion, connect with those who share your interests. Not sure who that might be? Ask us at the library. We may already have a club for that, or know someone who wants to start one.

get connected~ jody