Posted in Book Talk

2020 Minnesota Book Award Nominees


The Minnesota Book Awards honor the best books written by Minnesotans for a variety of ages and genres. Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, all of these nominees are available at Meinders Community Library, as well as a few titles to fill in series gaps. For more information on the nominees and to see the winners on April 28th, visit the Minnesota Book Awards home page.

Children’s Literature

  • A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute by Nate Christopherson and Tara Sweeney
  • Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler
  • A Map Into the World by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Seo Kim
  • My Footprints by Bao Phi, illustrated by Basia Tran

General Nonfiction

  • America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee
  • Consider the Platypus: Evolution Through Biology’s Most Baffling Beasts by Maggie Ryan Sandford, illustrations by Rodica Prato
  • Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Missions by Nancy Atkinson
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

Genre Fiction

  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
  • The Body Keeper by Anne Frasier
  • Ice Cold Heart by P. J. Tracy
  • Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

  • All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer by Karen Babine
  • Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family by Anika Fajardo
  • The Memory House by Raki Kopernik
  • The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra by Alex Messenger

Middle Grade Literature

  • The Line Tender by Kate Allen
  • The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu
  • The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K. S. Ansari
  • A Tear in the Ocean by H.M. Bouwman, illustrations by Yuko Shimizu

Minnesota Nonfiction

  • Closing Time: Saloons, Taverns, Dives, and Watering Holes of the Twin Cities by Bill Lindeke and Andy Sturdevant
  • Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State by Christopher P. Lehman
  • Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe by Staci Lola Drouillard

Novel & Short Story

  • Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions by Sheila O’Conner
  • Stray by Nancy J. Hedin
  • Suicide Woods by Benjamin Percy
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger


  • Bodega by Su Hwang
  • A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe by D. Allen
  • Mitochondrial Night by Ed Bok Lee
  • Safe Houses I Have Known by Steve Healey

Young Adult Literature

  • Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
  • Cracking the Bell by Geoff Herbach
  • Last Things by Jacqueline West
  • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus


Posted in Get Connected

Tell Your Story

Jamberry by [Degen, Bruce]

My water story goes something like this: Growing up, my sister, our cadre of cousins, and I bopped around from one relative’s home to the next. While we may have gotten into a few pickles, our summer story was mostly sweet.

When the berries ripened on the Seattle river banks, all of our relatives from my granny to my aunts and uncles to the tiniest of cousins would pile into a variety of boats and barges and float down the river, stopping along the way to harvest the wild berries. When our buckets were filled, we returned to Granny’s house for an intense jam session. It wasn’t unusual to see bramble-scraped arms, berry-stained mouths, and paraffin-dipped fingertips. And smiles. Dozens of smiles that lasted all year long as we popped open our coveted jars of summer-fresh jam.

It might be why I can recite Bruce Degen’s Jamberry, as if it were a Shakespeare original.

Do you have a unique or interesting water story? Or one steeped in tradition like a good cup of tea? Has water (or the lack thereof) played an important role in your life? If so, Meinders Community Library would love to hear from you.

As a host community for the traveling exhibit of We Are Water MN this summer, we are gathering stories that convey your relationship to water. We are looking for 10-15 individuals who would like to share their water-related experiences through an interview that may make up part of the exhibit.

The interviews will take place between Wednesday, February 26 and Friday, February 28, and should be scheduled by the end of next week.

What are we looking for? Ways water has impacted you. If you are interested in sharing your story, please fill out the form below and let us know how to best reach you. If we can make it work, we will schedule you for an interview. Your voice is important to us, and your stories matter–no matter how big or small, or sweet or sour they may be.

Posted in Alerts

We Are Open

Despite the wind that’s whipping across the country roads, the library is open until 8:00pm. If the weather deteriorates, however, we may run on shortened hours.

Stop back on our blog, check the Kelo closeline, or follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on library closings. You can also call to double check our status before driving out.

Have a safe and warm day.

Posted in Book Talk

New Books for Your Winter Reading

Did you know that it’s not too late to sign up for Meinders Community Library’s Winter Reading Program? Participants who read twelve books January 1st through March 31st get a prize. To inspire your winter reading, here are some of Meinders Community Library’s new adult fiction and genre titles.

Adult Fiction

  • The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
  • A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
  • Followers by Megan Angelo
  • Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
  • Husband Material by Emily Belden
  • Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
  • The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg
  • Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
  • Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
  • Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin
  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  • We Met in December by Rosie Curtis
  • Westering Women by Sandra Dallas
  • Twenty-One Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks
  • Good Girls Lie by J. T. Ellison
  • Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich
  • The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
  • How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann
  • Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman
  • Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talie Hibbert
  • Careless Whiskers by Miranda James
  • The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
  • Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra
  • The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman
  • When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald
  • Blitzed by Alexa Martin
  • Long Bright River by Liz Moore
  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
  • You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley
  • Lost by James Patterson & James O. Born
  • The Missing American by Kwei Quartey
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Golden in Death by J. D. Robb
  • Reputation by Sara Shepard
  • A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
  • Moral Compass by Danielle Steel
  • Ruby & Roland by Faith Sullivan
  • The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
  • All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, & Karen White
  • Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
  • Treason by Stuart Woods


  • Memories of Glass by Melanie Dobson
  • Poor Mrs. Rigsby by Kathy Herman
  • Day of Reckoning by Kathy Herman
  • Lake Season by Denise Huner
  • In a Doctor’s Arms by Lisa Mondello
  • A Long Time Comin’ by Robin W. Pearson
  • Anna’s Return by Marta Perry
  • Forever Hidden by Tracie Peterson
  • The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren

Large Print & Western

  • Scarlet Fever by Rita Mae Brown
  • Gunfighter’s Revenge by James Clay
  • The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa
  • The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
  • Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin
  • Empire of Lies by Raymond Khoury
  • Death Rattle by Sean Lynch
  • The Peppermint Tea Chronicles by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Pursuit by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Deadwood Ambush by Lauran Paine
  • Ride into Trouble by R. W. Stone

Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Interference by Sue Burke
  • Highfire by Eoin Colfer
  • Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon


Posted in News

US Highway 75 Too Bumpy?

Filling out your census form may help.

Census PrepGetting a solid head count on who lives where helps the government disperse funds appropriately. According to our training on the 2020 Census, Minnesota receives $15 billion per year for programs such as Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Federal Transit Grants.

Even your local library is supported by Federal dollars that are distributed to communities based on Census data.

An under-count of our population means fewer dollars for our area, leaving some programs underfunded. It can also mean decreased representation in Washington, D.C., and fewer businesses willing to move to town, thus impacting our economic health.

Counting every individual in our community is crucial. As a Questionnaire Assistance Center for the 2020 Census, Meinders Community Library can help you navigate the ins and outs of the Census.

As the Census can be filled out online, we are hosting an informational session tomorrow night from 6pm-8pm. During this time, any community member can stop in and ask us questions about how the Census will work, what information you will need to fill out the Census, and why completing the Census is important to your community.

In addition, we will help you navigate the internet so you can be prepared for answering your Census online. This may include finding the right website, learning how to access information in a variety of different languages, or basic computer use such as using a mouse.

If you know anyone who could benefit from advance help with the Census, please share this information. Over the next six months, we will continue to host sessions and provide updated information to help make sure that our community is counted.

stay connected~ jody