Posted in Events and Presentations, Get Connected

Free Literary Events to Fill Your December

If you’re like me and prefer a good book over a basketball game or an author talk over a sitcom, I’ve got a must-attend list of events to fill your social calendar in the upcoming month.

Though I would love to say that Emily and I are the rock stars who curated this amazing list, I can’t take credit for the awesomeness I am about to share with you. Kudos for that go to Arianna Rebolini at Literary Hub who did all the heavy lifting.

Please check out her post, 47 Virtual Book Events Worth Streaming This December, and pick and choose the author events that speak to you. Hint: as patrons, you’ve been reading many of these authors such as Ann Patchett, Brene Brown, Ruth Ware and Riley Sager to name but a few.

Also, don’t forget to finish our Community Read with Koa Kalia Yang and her virtual author discussion of The Song Poet. Supported by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, One Book | One Minnesota is a state-wide initiative to encourage communal reading and discussion of topics that will help us expand our world and make stronger connections with those around us.

Yang’s event takes place on December 9 at 7:00pm. While this event is free, registration is required. For personal viewing at home, register at The Friends One Book web page.

If you are interested in joining staff at Meinders Community Library for this virtual discussion, call or stop by the library to register by Wednesday, December 8.

As a public librarian operating on a limited budget, I would like to give so many shouts to the wonderful literary community who continues to provide content and opportunity to the general masses. You are the present day heroes in Carnegie’s dream of free access to all.

Thanks, Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, for providing great services and access to Greater Minnesota. Thanks, Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, for your continued support of our local community. We do good things with your help! Thanks to all who use our library services–virtual, digital, physical, books, programs, makerspace, education assistance, quiet spaces, games, etc. Without you, we would have no one to serve. And lastly, thanks to all who support us in any way–financially, promotionally, and the myriad ways we can’t begin to name.

In the true spirit of book clubs (which is really what author talks are), let’s continue these shared experiences and keep working toward the best community we can be!

happy reading (and listening)~ jody

Posted in Alerts

Holiday Closure Reminder

In observance of Thanksgiving and in honor of Native American Heritage Day, Meinders Community Library will be closed this Thursday and Friday.

In whatever time you have free over the next few days, I invite you to spend some time exploring the interactive Living Nations, Living Words poetry project spearheaded by Joy Harjo, Indigenous author and first Native U.S. Poet Laureate. Harjo is the 23rd Poet Laureate as well as a celebrated voice in literature–even in our tiny corner of the state.

If you would like to check out a physical book on/by Joy Harjo, the library closes tonight at 6pm, and will be open from 10-2 on Saturday.

Otherwise, please have a safe, thankful, and thoughtful holiday break.


Posted in Get Connected

Get Your Community Read

There’s still time for you to pick up a copy of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, our 2021 Community Read. Join your fellow bibliophiles at Meinders Community Library on Saturday, November 20th at 10am for a community discussion of The Latehomecomer. Coffee and muffins will be served.

Posted in News, Uncategorized

Inclement Weather Policy Reminder

Before the snow flies, we’d like to post our yearly Inclement Weather reminder so patrons don’t make any unnecessary or unsafe journeys to the library.

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When Pipestone Area Schools start two hours late, Meinders Community Library will open at 10:00am.

When PAS closes early, the library will close 30 minutes later. Please make safe pick up arrangements for your student prior to the first snow storm to avoid confusion and ensure your child is not left stranded.

If PAS is cancelled for the day, Meinders Community Library may also be closed depending on forecast, road conditions, and snow removal. Often, drifting snow on the northeast side of town makes our drive, parking lot, and sidewalks inaccessible.

Severe winter storms or blizzard conditions occurring on Saturdays or during school breaks may also result in library closures. As there are no school announcements during this time, following our blog or Facebook page will provide you with up to date information.

Closings will be posted as possible on the radio, the newspaper website, on our Facebook page, as well as our website. If in doubt, please call ahead.

Here’s hoping for a wonderful year with few snow days!

Posted in Get Connected

Community Read with Minnesota Author Kao Kalia Yang

Meinders Community Library’s Community Read is back! This year we’ll be reading The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, a Minnesota author. We have 30 free copies available for the public starting Monday, November 1st. Copies are available on a first come basis and when you’re done reading the book you can keep it, pass it on to a friend, or bring it back to the library for someone else to read.

Join us on Saturday, November 20th at 10:00am for a community discussion of The Latehomecomer. We will also be streaming an author chat with Kao Kalia Yang on Thursday December 9th at 7pm, in conjunction with the state’s One Book | One Minnesota program. The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father, also by Yang, is available as a free ebook and audiobook on Ebooks Minnesota now through December 19th. Print copies of The Song Poet can also be checked out from the library.

Community Reads are a great way to enjoy shared experiences and provide ready-made conversation starters on topics of importance. Please consider joining us for this unique program series.

Posted in Community Classes, Get Connected, Just for Fun

Cricut Craft Your Way to DIY Gifts

We have a few open spots for Saturday’s Cricut Crafting Workshop.

Participants get to design and make a mug along with two other gift items between 10am and 2pm. Sign up by yourself, or add a friend to your registration!

All ages and craft-abilities welcome, though youth must be accompanied by an adult, as some of the steps involved in crafting require supervision and assistance.

Call the library, stop in, or use the form below to reserve your spot for this unique opportunity to create one of a kind crafts.

Posted in Just for Fun

Unleash Your Creativity with Cricut Crafting

Meinders Community Library is offering a Cricut Crafting Series that includes a night of instruction followed by a four-hour, hands-on workshop where crafters can make up to three unique gift items FREE of charge!

Presenter Judy Rannow has taught Community Education classes for well-over a decade. For nearly thirty years, she has facilitated crafting and hobby weekends for groups and small businesses. Her newest addition to workshops includes the Cricut line, specifically, infusible inks and the mug press. Judy is currently knee-deep in plans to open a craft-only business that will focus on workshops and one-of-a-kind gifts. This is Judy’s second workshop at the library, as she taught paper crafting at our first Full STEAM Ahead.

Join us at 6:00pm Monday, October 25, to learn how to create your own design using the Cricut DesignStudio. Judy will showcase the mug press, heat press, and infusible ink sheets and pens for sublimation. She will also touch on other applications of the Cricut cutting machine such as vinyls, iron-ons, or papercrafts. By the time you leave, you will have the knowledge and confidence to make your own gifts just in time for the holidays.

In fact, you can put your new-found knowledge to work almost immediately. On Saturday, October 30, Judy will host a four-hour, come and go workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to make up to three products using the Cricut machine, a variety of tools, and consumable supplies. Participants may purchase additional supplies for crafting if desired. All ages and craftability levels are welcome.

Participants can attend one or both sessions. Just know that space and supplies are limited, so registration is required. Call Meinders Library or fill out the form below to reserve your spot at the table!

Thanks to our State Farm Full Steam Ahead and our Pipestone Area Community Foundation grants, Meinders Community Library has a smattering of Cricut tools for patrons to check out or use in our STEAM Room.