The Pipestone County Fair is a pivotal event each summer. Beyond the animals, rides, music, and shows, the fair signals the winding down of summer. Everyone busies themselves with fitting in last minute visits to the lake or an afternoon at the water park. They have cook outs and bonfires with family and friends. All with the intention of soaking up the last rays of summer before Labor Day weekend.
For the library, the fair represents something fresh and new, as it often ushers in our week of cleaning and maintenance. This year, Meinders Library will be closed for its annual upkeep August 5th-10th. Thanks to the wonderful custodial staff at PAS, we will reopen on Monday, August 12 dust-free and with floors clean enough to eat off of.
During that time, Emily and I help facilitate a literacy training for teachers and librarians in southwestern Minnesota. It’s our time to connect with professionals, discuss books, and learn about trends in the youth publishing industry. We always come back from this refreshed and ready to start the new school year.
As avid readers ourselves, we highly recommend you stock up on books, DVDs, and STEM backpacks next week so you won’t be left without something to do.
That said, our digital platforms are never closed. You can access Overdrive, RBDigital, and ebooks MN from the comfort of your home. All you need is a device, your library card, and access to the internet. Books will not be due while we are closed, though the book drop will be checked on a regular basis.
On hold items delivered during our closure will be available Monday, August 12 at 10am.
For those planning out the rest of their summer, we will also be closed over Labor Day weekend.