Posted in Get Connected

No Fooling


This year, April 1st isn’t just the day we all have to be wary of pranks and extra careful reading anything on the internet, it’s also Census Day. According to the 2020 Census website, 43.8% of Minnesotans have already completed their questionnaires.

If you haven’t had a chance to complete your 2020 Census yet, visit to fill it out. Meinders Community Library is a registered Questionnaire Assistance Center, so give us a call at 507-825-6714 or email us at if you have any questions.

Posted in Just for Fun

Revisit Some Oldies

We generally think books when we talk about classics. That said, movies and Broadway shows also live long in our hearts, as well as on the stage/screen.


Two such performances happened on This Day in History:

  • The 1943 Broadway Premiere of “Okalahoma!”
  • The release of “The Matrix” in theaters in 1999

My favorite event that happened on this date was a letter written by Abigail Adams to her husband, John Adams, dated March 31, 1776. In this correspondence, the future First Lady advocated for an America free from English constraints, as well as women’s freedom from the control of their husbands.

You can check out this great biography from the library or stop by the ever informative and always fascinating website This Day in History. When people wonder why I have so much useless information stored up in my head, I blame credit websites like this.

keep reading, keep washing, and keep learning~ jody

p.s. this is a great book for those middle school students who need to read a biography for class. For other literary recommendations, your hometown librarian is a phone call away.



Posted in Book Talk

Book Talk

Do you miss browsing the shelf to find your next library read? Watch the video to find out about a few of our new arrivals.

  • Books Discussed
    • The Girl in the White Gloves by Kerri Maher
    • You Are Not Alone by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
    • The Authenticity Project by Clare Pooley

How to Place a Library Book on Hold

You can also see Jody and Emily discussing The Lager Queen of Minnesota, a recent book club read, on Pipestone’s public access channel at 10:00am, 2:00pm, and 7:00pm on March 30 and 31 and April 6 and 7.

Posted in Just for Fun

We can all use a little Pooh

Words of Wisdom from the World’s Smartest Bear


Click here to let Winnie the Pooh brighten your day.

Today I am thankful for healthcare workers and emergency workers who put their lives at risk to save others. I am also greatly appreciative of our local and state officials who have the difficult job of balancing the immediacy of today with the unknown needs of tomorrow. During these trying times, I am proud to be a Minnesotan.

stay happy, stay safe~ jody

Posted in Just for Fun

Stick Together, But Apart

Midnight tonight marks Minnesota’s first day of Staying Home.

stick together t shirt
Photo of  this incredible 2019 MN State Fair T-shirt courtesy of Myself.

Just remember to hang with your family, friends, and neighbors from afar!

*no strawberries, bananas, pickles, eggs, pie, or other impaled objects were harmed in the taking of this photo. I can’t vouch for their safety over the next two weeks of social distancing!

stay safe, stay sane, and play board games with your home-community peeps~ jody

Posted in News

Library Changes Beginning March 28

Sadly, we are preparing for a quiet library for the first time in nearly 5 years.

closed computersAs part of the Stay At Home Executive Order, we have been directed to close all in-house use while the order is in place. This means we can no longer accommodate any computer services inside the building until April 10 at the earliest. Our hope is to continue printing, faxing, and photocopying essential materials from a distance. This can include business invoices or documents and medical, insurance, or court paperwork. Please call us if you need to access this service.

Thankfully, the Minnesota Department of Education realizes that getting materials into the hands of the public is an essential service and will let us continue with curbside pick ups. How we do so may change slightly from the process we are following now. If it does, we will let you know when we talk with you about your holds.

Just a reminder, we cannot allow the public inside the library to browse the shelves. If you need to place a hold, click here to find a tutorial on how to do so. If you don’t have internet, you can call us and we will work with you to find some books you may like.

Please help us help you in the safest way possible by following the guidelines below:

  • Return all items in the outside drop box (books) and media slot beside the door (DVDs, audio books, magazines). Wash your hands after doing so, as others will have touched the drop box.
  • Do not approach the library for your holds or returns if another individual is at the front of the library. This will maximize your social distance from each other and minimize contact.
  • Do not try to open the outside doors. They are locked and will not open. That said, you are probably not the first person of the day to try to open the door. If you find yourself reaching for it out of habit, wash your hands.
  • Call or email with any questions you have. We will do our best to provide you with the maximum service at the minimum risk to all involved.

Library hours are 11am-6pm Monday through Friday with no in-house use until April 10 or as directed by the MN Department of Education.

keep reading~ jody