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No Phone Service

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We currently have no phone service at Meinders Community Library. We are working on getting our same phone number (507-825-6714) transferred to our new location. We will let you know when we can receive phone calls again, but for now please contact us by emailing or through the form below.

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No Storytime Today

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There will be no Storytime today at Meinders Community Library because Miss Emily is sick. We plan to resume Storytime next Tuesday, December 13th at 10:30am. You can still come play in our new children’s area and check out books about Christmas, Winter, and more!

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We’re Open!

Our first visitor!

Meinders Community Library is officially open at our new location: 220 3rd Ave SE, Pipestone. We’re here from 10am-7pm Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm on Fridays, and 10am-2pm on Saturdays. We can’t wait to see you!

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Meinders Library Opening Monday

One of the finishing touches to our new home: a beautiful, handcrafted display shelf thanks to Jerry VanHoecke with supplies donated by Jeremy Whipple. We have been blessed with so many fantastic community members pitching in and helping make this move not only possible, but amazing.

Beginning Monday, December 5th, the public is invited to stop in and use all the great amenities we have always offered.

New Location: 220 3rd Avenue SE, Pipestone

New Hours:

  • Monday-Thursday 10am-7pm
  • Friday 10am-5pm
  • Saturday 10am-2pm

Same great books. More public computers. Games, children’s play area, cozy meeting spaces, and the same friendly faces await you!

Have a great weekend and see you next week~ jody

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Library Services Update

Our drop box has moved! You can now return books to the outdoor drop box at our new location: 220 3rd Ave SE. At this time you can also return materials at the PAS Campus through our media drop slot.

Our last open days at the PAS Campus will be Saturday, November 19th from 10am-2pm and Tuesday, November 22nd from 12pm-6pm. We will then be closed to the public as we finish moving everything and getting our new space ready. At that time we ask that you only drop materials off at our new location. There will no delivery the week we are closed.

Our target open date at the new location is Monday, December 5th. We will have more details as that date approaches.

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Current Hours

Meinders Community Library is moving! As we transition to our new space, we are still open at the PAS Campus location two days a week for patrons to pick up materials and use technology.

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Book Check Out Continues at the Current Library Location (aka we can(not) wave a magic wand and levitate our books to our new location)

Let’s play a little library true or false.

True: It is our last official, open-to-the-public-during-regular-hours-in-one-of-our-favorite-book-haunts day. Starting tomorrow, our hours will be shortened.

True: We wield literary magic, not real magic, and henceforth, need a bit of time to move our collection from one location to the next. We hope to have that done by the beginning of December. (If you need some patience, we may have some left for check out. Though it will be due back to the library in a week.)

False: You can’t check out books or use the library right now. This is patently false and was likely put in this post by a mischievous warlock hoping to deceive you. You can–and should–continue to stop by the library, check out books, and read.

True: Until we tell you otherwise, you should continue utilizing the services of Meinders Community Library at the PAS Campus.

Current hours beginning November 1

  • Tuesdays: noon to 6pm: computer, limited browsing, holds pick-up
  • Saturdays: 10am to 2pm: computer, limited browsing, holds pick-up

True: If we are closed, you should return your books to the outdoor drop box (wherever it happens to be). Hint: It currently resides at the school campus. We will tell you when that changes (or, you may notice it is absent and go looking for it at our new location: 220 Third Ave SE).

True: Emily loves reading spooky books during the lead-up to Halloween. (Also true, our mannequin Dean is named after author Dean Koontz. Second fact: He’s made cameos in many of our escape rooms. Even more true: our Dean has really short legs. Not sure if the real one does or not. Guess that’s for another day of True or False.)

True: If you get in a bind and need a book or a document printed asap, you can call us. If we are able, we will help you out regardless of which day it is.*

True: We may not always be by a phone. Please have patience, leave a message, and wait for us to call you back as soon as we can. You can also email us by using the form below.

True: You can keep putting books on hold. All the member libraries in the Plum Creek Library System have been so fantastic and super supportive of us. They continue to send your hold requests via delivery despite the fact that we send very little to them in return.

*No witch potions or spells necessary. Just good, old-fashioned librarianship.

Lastly, don’t forget to visit us at Trunk or Treat tonight. Thanks to Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, we have some fantastic goodies to give away. If you would like to help support Meinders Community Library and its mission to provide programming, interactive experiences, and a variety of resources to all our patrons, you can join PAFL. (It’s easy. Trust me. No Halloween mischief at all.)


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Two Trails with Karen Ziebarth

On Monday, October 17th at 7:00 pm, join us for an author program with Pipestone native, Karen Ziebarth, at Meinders Community Library. Two Trails: A Hiker’s Story of Survival and His Mother’s Story of Hope chronicles both her experience with the search and rescue mission when her son goes missing in the San Bernardino Mountains and his harrowing journey home.

This event is sponsored by the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.

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Out with the Old and In with the New

New Look and Better Features for PCLS Catalog

PCLS and its member libraries have been working hard over the past four months to bring our patrons a better browsing experience and a more intuitive online catalog of library collections. Today, Aspen officially launches!

Top Five Things to Love about Aspen

  • The Amazing Color Customization: it just feels like us! We (of which Sally is a rock star) were able to match our site to our logo. This creates a visually pleasing landing page for our patrons. Nothing screams generic like a cut-and-paste website. No library is generic. Each has a unique feel. We hope you agree that this new catalog feels like home.
  • It’s Dynamic: we can create browsing categories based on our patron’s needs, book recommendations, or special themes (like the #BeThe1To which highlights our mental health collection in conjunction with Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month). It integrates our digital platforms with our collection topics giving you more robust access to all of our library’s offerings.
  • The Message Center: open, transparent, factual information is what libraries do. And in this ever-changing landscape we are in right now, we recognize the need to share information that impacts our public as soon as possible. To that end, we are still open to the public during our regular hours: 10am-6pm M-Th, 10am-5pm Fri, and 10am-2pm Saturday. We will keep you posted of changes in the hours or ways we will be able to serve you. Being able to do so on the catalog–the only place some of our patrons visit–is helpful in reaching as many people as possible.
  • Macro to Micro in the Click of a Button: seriously, this new catalog feature that narrows down or expands the collection in a matter of seconds will rock your world. Looking only for items available now? Or at Meinders Library? Or across all of PCLS? Simple. The banner at the top of your search does all the heavy lifting. Looking for a good series on dog books for your first grader? Narrow your search on the sidebar. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  • EVERYTHING IS IN ONE PLACE!!! Remember how you would put a regular old book on hold and end up with an audio book or a large print copy? (Don’t worry, we did it, too.) The records were confusing. A person could spend half a day trying to find exactly what they wanted. No longer. Because EVERYTHING IS IN ONE PLACE. I just typed in The Martian by Andy Weir and got one record.

Aspen will appear slightly different depending on which device you are using. The screenshot above was from my phone. If you click the pic, you will be taken to the desktop version. Regardless of how you browse our catalog, you can still access it the same way you always have by clicking on our sidebar link: Plum Creek Library System Catalog. If you’ve bookmarked our old catalog, you will need to update the link.

Or, you can access the catalog via the LiDA app. To find the app, simply open your phone’s camera and hover it over the appropriate QR code. Once you download the app, you will need to enter Meinders Library as your home library and sign in with your library card and pin number.

I hope you enjoy this upgrade to your browsing experience! If you have any questions, give us a call. We can learn together!