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Out with the Old and In with the New

New Look and Better Features for PCLS Catalog

PCLS and its member libraries have been working hard over the past four months to bring our patrons a better browsing experience and a more intuitive online catalog of library collections. Today, Aspen officially launches!

Top Five Things to Love about Aspen

  • The Amazing Color Customization: it just feels like us! We (of which Sally is a rock star) were able to match our site to our logo. This creates a visually pleasing landing page for our patrons. Nothing screams generic like a cut-and-paste website. No library is generic. Each has a unique feel. We hope you agree that this new catalog feels like home.
  • It’s Dynamic: we can create browsing categories based on our patron’s needs, book recommendations, or special themes (like the #BeThe1To which highlights our mental health collection in conjunction with Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month). It integrates our digital platforms with our collection topics giving you more robust access to all of our library’s offerings.
  • The Message Center: open, transparent, factual information is what libraries do. And in this ever-changing landscape we are in right now, we recognize the need to share information that impacts our public as soon as possible. To that end, we are still open to the public during our regular hours: 10am-6pm M-Th, 10am-5pm Fri, and 10am-2pm Saturday. We will keep you posted of changes in the hours or ways we will be able to serve you. Being able to do so on the catalog–the only place some of our patrons visit–is helpful in reaching as many people as possible.
  • Macro to Micro in the Click of a Button: seriously, this new catalog feature that narrows down or expands the collection in a matter of seconds will rock your world. Looking only for items available now? Or at Meinders Library? Or across all of PCLS? Simple. The banner at the top of your search does all the heavy lifting. Looking for a good series on dog books for your first grader? Narrow your search on the sidebar. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  • EVERYTHING IS IN ONE PLACE!!! Remember how you would put a regular old book on hold and end up with an audio book or a large print copy? (Don’t worry, we did it, too.) The records were confusing. A person could spend half a day trying to find exactly what they wanted. No longer. Because EVERYTHING IS IN ONE PLACE. I just typed in The Martian by Andy Weir and got one record.

Aspen will appear slightly different depending on which device you are using. The screenshot above was from my phone. If you click the pic, you will be taken to the desktop version. Regardless of how you browse our catalog, you can still access it the same way you always have by clicking on our sidebar link: Plum Creek Library System Catalog. If you’ve bookmarked our old catalog, you will need to update the link.

Or, you can access the catalog via the LiDA app. To find the app, simply open your phone’s camera and hover it over the appropriate QR code. Once you download the app, you will need to enter Meinders Library as your home library and sign in with your library card and pin number.

I hope you enjoy this upgrade to your browsing experience! If you have any questions, give us a call. We can learn together!

jody~

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Closed for Labor Day

Meinders Community Library will be closed Saturday, September 3rd through Monday, September 6th in observance of Labor Day. We hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday weekend!

You still have time to turn in your summer reading bingo cards for our grand prize drawing. We’ll announce the winner next Friday, September 9th.

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Closed for Annual Cleaning and Maintenance

Meinders Community Library will be closed starting Thursday July 21st at 12:00pm through Sunday July 24th. We will reopen at 10:00am on Monday July 25th. Materials can be returned through the drop box and media slot and no fines will accrue. If you have any questions you can send us an email at meinders@pas.k12.mn.us

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Happy Independence Day Weekend

Reminder: We will be closed this Saturday July 2nd through Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence day. Stop by today, Friday July 1st until 5pm to stock up on all your long weekend entertainment needs.

Our July library board meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, July 12th at 5:15pm.

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Closed Independence Day Weekend

Meinders Community Library will be closed Saturday, July 2nd through Monday July 4th in observance of Independence Day. We’re open from 10am-6pm today through Thursday June 30th, so stop by to pick up reading materials for your long weekend!

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Holiday Closure at the Library

Did you know that President’s Day doesn’t officially exist? Instead, the holiday we know as President’s Day is actually Washington’s Birthday. Which doesn’t actually fall on his birthday.

Welcome to the complicated world of federal holidays.

So, quick recap: President’s Day is legally Washington’s Birthday which falls on the third Monday of February to give American’s a three-day weekend. As the first celebrated holiday (1879), it honors our country’s first president (DOB: February 22). Later, President Lincoln (DOB: February 12) was rolled into the day of commemoration, though Congress was unwilling to officially change the name.

The story goes that retailers were not enamored with offering “Washington’s Birthday Sales”, so they opted to use the alternative of President’s Day. Can’t say I blame them as the former sounds a bit strange. That said, since shopping isn’t my thing, it would be nice to celebrate corretly.

Officially, Meinders Community Library will be closed on February 21st in honor of Washington’s Birthday.

If you’d like to know more about Federal holidays or presidents or history, you know where to find us…just not on Monday.

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Delivery Delayed

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PCLS delivery to Meinders Community Library will take place on Wednesday, January 19. It should be processed and ready to go around 1pm. If you have items on hold and we have your email address, you will receive notice as soon as they are processed. If you are not receiving our emails, please check your spam and whitelist us for future notifications.

If you regularly place items on hold, the quickest and easiest way to know when they are ready for pick up is to provide your email address to library staff. Otherwise, know that our regular delivery days are Tuesdays and Fridays, with some rearranging around holidays.

Thanks for your patience and have a wonderful day before the cold settles back in!

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Frosty Says Mask Up at Meinders

Due to rising COVID numbers in our community, Pipestone Area Schools have pivoted to distance learning the week of January 17-21. Per school guidelines, all staff, students, and visitors to the PAS campus are required to wear masks during school hours.

As part of the school campus with shared space and resources, Meinders Community Library will follow suit and also require masks in the library. We will keep you updated on any changes as they occur.

We continue to offer curbside pick up for those patrons wanting a no-contact experience. Simply call the library and we will get your books ready to go.

Have a happy, safe, and healthy weekend!