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Library Service Q&A

Questions abound regarding possible changes to library services after the school board vote last week to terminate the Public Library Agreement. I will aim to answer the most pressing ones within the scope of my job as the director of Meinders Community Library.

As the current Public Library Agreement remains in effect until December 31, 2022, these answers are relevant through that time frame only.

Will your hours change? The short answer is no. Library hours are set by the library board based on MN state statute requirements for combined school and public libraries. Once COVID eases up a bit and the library board deems it appropriate, the library will resume pre-pandemic hours.

Where do I park to visit the library? The same place you always have. The parking lot to the south of the school campus is the designated parking lot for Public Library patrons. Students and school staff continue to use their own designated parking lots.

Will I still get books from the Plum Creek Library System? Yes. As long as Meinders Community Library remains a public library in good standing with PCLS, public patrons will have access to all the amenities of Plum Creek, including but not limited to:

  • Physical materials such as books, DVDs, cakepans, audiobooks, and magazines from all PCLS libraries.
  • Digital audio and ebooks from Libby/Overdrive.
  • Digital platforms for adults and youth from Ebsco and Scholastic–check out our quicklinks tab to see all of them.
  • MNLink materials from libraries across the state of MN.
  • Digital resources for students, faculty, and public from eLibraryMN.
  • Wi-fi hotspots.

What about my student? Will he continue to have access to all of Plum Creek Library System services at school? The short answer is yes–at least until December 31, 2022. The complicated answer is that school contracts are very different than a public library membership with the Plum Creek Library System, so services may change. If you have questions regarding a specific offering, please inquire at the library.

What will happen to library programming? Nothing different. Right now, our biggest concern with library programming is how to host safe events during COVID. As we deem it appropriate, we will continue to offer programs for all ages and interests. In fact, we have a great family friendly escape room happening this week. Just call to reserve a time that works for your crew!

Can I still check out whatever I want or will I be limited in my selection? There will be no short-term changes to the current collection, and ideally all materials will remain available to all patrons through the end of the year. That said, if a new agreement is not reached, the collection will be divided per the 1993 Public Library Agreement. This may affect your access to materials while staff physically divide and pack up the collection.

Can the public still use the library spaces like the computer lab and conference room for meetings? Yes. MN statute is very clear that the spaces, collections, and programming of combined school and public libraries are to be made available to both public and school. We schedule room reservations for individuals and organizations. As long as a room is available, you are able to use it.

What about the STEAM Room? Can we still use that? Yes. Except for the 3D printer, all of the tools and supplies in the library makerspace came from several grants, generous donations from community members, support from the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, and through library funds. As such, the STEAM Room will remain open to our patrons until such a time that it may need to be packed up. Please feel free to call, stop by, or email us if you wish to use the space. As long as it is available, you are free to tinker away.

Until and unless a new agreement is made between the city and the school, the public library will operate under the current agreement through the end of 2022. We will keep you updated on any changes that impact our service to you and remain dedicated to providing quality materials and opportunities to all our patrons, from tiny tots to teenagers and those long into adulthood. ~ jody

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Call before Visiting the Library Friday and Saturday

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Due to the expected heavy snowfall, Meinders Community Library will remain open today only as long as Staff can keep up with shoveling the sidewalks. As the library parking lot and the road leading to the Pipestone Area School campus has not yet been plowed, don’t forget your boots to keep the drifts at bay.

We will update our closing time as well as our Saturday hours if things change. Otherwise, please call before stopping out to make sure we are open.

stay warm and stay safe~ jody

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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.

jody~

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Access to Meinders Library Limited

Due to construction, getting to the library might be difficult today. Currently, the only open parking is in the lot to the west of the football field.

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We will be happy to renew your materials for you. Just give us a call or send an email. We will update our parking situation on facebook as the day progresses.

Thanks for your patience.

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Holiday Hours

Meinders Library will be closed July 3rd through July 7th.

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Since our annual cleaning and maintenance fall directly after a holiday, our Fourth of July closure is extended by two days.

Stop by and pick up your reading, listening, and viewing materials by 5:00pm Friday. We will reopen Thursday July 8th.

Need-hands on activities for the little ones? We’ve got STEM Kits just waiting for the right family!

Traveling for hours on end? Audiobooks are a great way to spend windshield time after your favorite radio station starts its second loop.

Can’t think of that perfect dessert? We’ve got tons of new cookbooks and a nice selection of cakepans.

Worried about company? We’ve got you covered with board games and puzzles.

Just stop in and we will help you discover what is missing in your upcoming holiday plans!

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Meinders Library Closed Friday June 11

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All good things need updating. As work continues on the new elementary school, the Pipestone Area Schools campus will be without electricity on Friday–including the library.

Meinders Library will be closed all day Friday, and staff will not have access to the phones or email. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience!

Stop by before close on Thursday to get your weekend reads or utilize our online platforms to satisfy your need for words.

Please share this widely!

Also, we just learned that our annual cleaning and maintenance will take place July 6 & 7. With the 4th of July weekend, the library will be closed Saturday, July 3 through Wednesday July 7. All services will resume July 8.

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Memorial Weekend Closure & Summer Reading

Meinders Community Library will be closed Saturday May 29th through Monday May 31st in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday June 1st at 10:00am. We’re here today, Friday May 28th until 5:00pm, so stop by for all your long weekend reading needs!

Next week, we kick off summer programming with our first Pipestone County Popup Storytime on Tuesday, June 1st at 10:30am at Southwest Park. On Thursday June 3rd at 11:00am, we have our first Read with a Ranger session at the library.

The following Monday, June 7th at 6:30pm, Trava Olivier will present Fire, Water, and Old City Hall. This program will be preceded by the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library annual meeting at 6:00pm. Refreshments will be provided by PAFL.