Posted in Alerts

Meinders Library Closed through Monday February 15

Due to unforseen circumstances, Meinders Library in Pipestone is closed Thursday, Friday, saturday, and Monday. This includes no after school use, as the library will not be staffed.

Plans are to reopen on Tuesday, February 16, as possible. Items can be renewed online by logging into your PCLS account found on the right sidebar. No late fees will be accrued for overdue materials returned next week after we reopen.

If you have a burning library need or question that cannot wait until Tuesday, the wonderful libraries within our Plum Creek Library System will be happy to assist you as they are able.

We appreciate your patience while we navigate this time. Please stay tuned for updates.

Posted in Get Connected

Let’s Oust Social Distancing and Embrace the Physical Distance Between Us

As a space filled to the brim with words, we know that words matter. Many of them have multiple definitions and fluid connotations. As an introvert, the term “social distance” is permission to embrace the natural tendency to withdraw from social settings.

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For those balancing extroversion against the forced isolation of social distancing, the line isn’t so easily walked. Six feet suddenly feels like six miles of seclusion.

That said, even introverts need socialization and can feel nostalgic for daily interactions. I know I do. I miss the days when our library was filled with patrons bustling in and out, sharing snatches of conversation, and swapping snippets from daily life. I miss the times when all of our staff schedules overlapped and we touched base as a collective, not as individual runners merely passing on the baton in the work relay. I miss the times when social was what you did, not what you thought about day in and day out.

But words matter, and they can help us get through this. Instead of focusing on staying apart and not engaging with those around us, we should focus on staying apart safely. Swapping out “social distancing” with “physical distancing” just feels better. This way, six feet is merely six physical feet. It’s no longer a phrase directing us to stay away from each other at all costs.

Patrons should feel welcome to come into the library and share tiny slices of life with staff and other patrons. From the CDC guideline of six feet apart.

We can be social. And we can be safe. It just might take a change in our vocabulary to keep us from feeling isolated along the way.

Please call or email for a 20 minute browsing appointment. When you arrive, adhere to the state mask mandate and keep your six feet of physical distance while enjoying a moment or two of social connection. For patrons not wanting to enter the building, we continue to offer curbside pickup. Your safety and peace of mind are important to us.

stay safe and keep reading~ jody

Posted in Uncategorized

Winter Reading Bingo: Poetry & Short Stories

This week we’re tackling poetry and short stories for our Winter Reading Bingo recommendations. These categories can be a little intimidating if you’re not used to reading them, but we’ve got lots of great options for you.

Poetry

  • If you’re willing to read a poem, but don’t want to commit to a whole book try The Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day
  • If you want to see gorgeous art alongside the poetry try Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge or One Last Word by Nikki Grimes
  • If you want to read a collection by a Minnesota poet try Mitochondrial Night by Ed Bok Lee, Tula by Chris Santiago, or any of the books on our new Minnesota Poetry shelf
  • If you want to read a novel-length narrative in verse try The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo or Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • If you want to explore poetry by a variety of authors collected in one place try The Best Poems of the English Language or another poetry anthology

Short Stories

Here are some of the newer short story collections we have at the library.

  • His Hideous Hears: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined edited by Dahlia Adler
  • What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond
  • The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans
  • Dark Side of the Loon: Where History Meets Mystery edited by Sheyna Galyan, Christina Glendenning, and Timya Own
  • St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

We also have collections with short stories by classic authors like Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, and Flannery O’Connor as well as a bunch of mystery anthologies.

-Emily

Posted in Just for Fun

How to Enjoy a Rumpus

Thanks to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, I’m sure we’ve all been exposed to the idea of a rumpus. But you don’t have to have wild creatures, bowls of soup, and naughty boys to appreciate a Wild Rumpus. In fact, you can enjoy a bit of a rumpus this winter with little to no prep.

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Ingredients of a Good Rumpus

  • a wild thing or two
  • time to devote to the rumpus
  • a loosening of your ideals on how perfectly behaved children (and their caretakers) should act
  • miscellany such as pillows, blankets, treats, books, games, imaginations, stuffed animals, nerf guns, etc…

Mix the above ingredients together in any order and proportion and see where you end up. It might be in a blanket fort playing board games or in a pillow pile with good books and great conversations. It might be sitting at a counter (or on it) eating ice cream out of the container while still in your pjs. Regardless, any scenario focused on connecting with others in your life without an agenda is always a win.

Another way to enjoy a wild rumpus: visit the indie book store in the Twin Cities that adopted the idea of a noisy, free-ranging, raucous commotion both in spirit and in name. The Wild Rumpus book store is a delight in every way. If you happen to be in the area you should visit it in person with your favorite little person. Whether or not you buy a book, the experience is truly magical. If, however, COVID and distance have you far from one of the most unique book stores around, you can still enjoy it.

Story times (ie reading aloud to young–and old–children) are more important now than ever before. Even virtual story times breathe life into the characters and plot, and connect youth to the written word in a very different way than slogging through the words on one’s own. Quite simply, shared stories open the door to all possibilities and ignite imaginations in a way unlike any other activity.

So, in addition to joining our very own Emily for her virtual story times on Facebook, you can settle in with your personal wild thing and listen to talented readers in both English and Spanish from wherever you love to snuggle up.

Of course, you can always pull out a classic and share Where the Wild Things Are with the next generation. Just be prepared for the wild rumpus that is sure to ensue!

make your own stories~ jody