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“STEAM”y Reads


This Saturday, May 18th is Meinders Community Library’s third annual Full STEAM Ahead. Patrons of all ages can come and tinker with us from 10:00am-3:00pm. A free lunch will be served from 11:00am-1:00pm courtesy of the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, Coborn’s Hank’s Foods, and Pepsi.

For those of you who may not know, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineer, Arts, and Math. To commemorate our favorite annual event, here’s a list of books divided into STEAM categories. In these books Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math may permeate the entire plot of the book or just be a character’s passion. Many of these books could even fit under multiple STEAM categories.


  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole (Adult)
  • The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly (Middle Grade)
  • The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (Young Adult)
  • Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor by Patricia Valdez (Picturebook)
  • Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (Young Adult)


  • The Wild Robot by Peter Brown (Middle Grade)
  • Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes (Middle Grade)
  • Railhead by Philip Reeve (Young Adult)
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (Young Adult)
  • The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson (Adult)


  • Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty (Picturebook)
  • Genius by Leopoldo Gout (Young Adult)
  • Dreaming Up by Christy Hale (Picturebook)
  • Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by John Scieszka (Middle Grade)
  • Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein (Young Adult)


  • Fiber & Brimstone by Laura Childs (Adult)
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Young Adult)
  • The Fashion Committee by Susan Juby (Young Adult)
  • Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light (Picturebook)
  • The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (Middle Grade)


  • Counting on Katherine by Natascha Biebow (Picturebook)
  • Stack the Cats by Susie Ghahremani (Picturebook)
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (Middle Grade)
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (Young Adult)
  • The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Adult)

STEAM Nonfiction

  • Recycled Scince by Tammy Enz and Jodi Wheeler-Toppen
  • STEAM Lab for Kids by Liz Lee Heinecke
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Radioactive: How Irene Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed The World by Winifred Conkling


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Granite Etching and Artistic Reads


On Tuesday May 14 at 6:30pm, local artist Liz Rackl will share about her artistic process and techniques for etching granite at Meinders Library. Attendees will also get the chance to create their own granite masterpieces. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required if you want to try etching.

To inspire your creativity, here’s a list of books featuring art and artists with stories ranging from young artists struggling to express themselves to biographical tales of famous artists to complicated art heists.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  • Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
  • The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  • Framed by James Ponti

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
  • Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  • You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • The Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Adult Fiction

  • The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro


  • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
  • How to Read a Painting: Lessons from the Old Masters by Patrick de Rynck
  • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
  • Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh


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Calling All Writers


Tonight at 7:00pm Meinders Community Library will host Minnesota author Candace Simar. Aspiring writers and literary enthusiasts can learn about Simar’s writing process and her tips and tricks for getting published.

Books About Writers and Writing

Middle Grade Fiction

  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • Ava and Pip by Carol Weston
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh

Young Adult Fiction

  • Nothing by Annie Barrows
  • Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes
  • Final Draft by Riley Redgate
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Adult Fiction

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Too Many Cooks by Dana Bates
  • A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
  • The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty
  • Tribute by Nora Roberts
  • The Other Story by Tatian de Rosnay


  • Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos
  • Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  • Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter
  • Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy


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Earth Day Reads

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! As the days grow longer, the weather warms up, and everything gets greener, it isn’t hard to appreciate Mother Nature. Whether you want to read a book with an ecological theme, a climate fiction dystopia, or a tribute to the great outdoors, Meinders Library has you covered.


  • Maxwell’s Mountain by Shari Becker
  • On Earth by G. Brian Karas
  • The Earth Book by Todd Parr
  • They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

Middle Grade

  • The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Me and Marvin Gardens by A. S. King

Young Adult

  • Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
  • Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman


  • Wolves by Cary Griffith
  • The River by Peter Heller
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
  • World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky
  • H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed


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Delicious Reads to Devour

Cookbook Card Catalog

Two of my favorite hobbies are reading and cooking. So what better way to combine these two pastimes than by reading a book about food—whether it features a character with a passion for cooking or descriptions of feasts that make you salivate. If just reading about food makes you hungry, don’t forget to check out our new electronic resource, A to Z World Food. This online cookbook is free and available to all patrons of Meinders Community Library. Visit A to Z World Food and sign in with your library card number.


  • Today is Monday by Eric Carle
  • Strega Nona by Tomie dePaola
  • The Bear Ate Your Sandwich by Julie Sarcone-Roach
  • Nanette’s Baguette by Mo Willems

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Close to Famous by Joan Bauer
  • A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
  • Love, Sugar, Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano
  • Pie by Sarah Weeks

Young Adult Fiction

  • North of Happy by Adi Alsaid
  • The Way You Make Me Feel by Maureen Goo
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

Adult Fiction

  • Death by Dumpling by Vivien Chien
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
  • Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes) by Lorna Landvik
  • Sourdough by Robin Sloan


  • In Winter’s Kitchen by Beth Dooley
  • Voracious: A Hungry Reader Cooks Her Way through Great Books by Cara Nicoletti
  • Amazing (Mostly) Edible Science: A Family Guide to Fun Experiments in the Kitchen by Andrew Schloss
  • Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen

Do you have a signature dish you always bring to potlucks? A family favorite you have at every holiday gathering? We’re collecting recipes to turn our card catalog into a community cookbook. Ask at the desk for a recipe card to contribute.


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Escape to the Lake

Lake Books

Tonight at 6:30pm, Meinders Community Library hosts photographer Doug Ohman, who will take us on a visual tour of some of Minnesota’s best cabins and lake homes. If Ohman’s photos have you yearning for summer days spent lazing by the lake, we have a list of books that you can live through vicariously until Minnesota’s weather cooperates.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Bird Moon Lake by Kevin Henkes
  • Secret at Mystic Lake by Caroline Keene
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Last Thing You Said by Sara Biren
  • Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
  • The Lake Effect by Erin McCahan
  • Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian

Adult Fiction

  • Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen
  • Murder at Spirit Falls by Barbra Deese
  • On Tall Pine Lake by Dorothy Garlock
  • Boundary Waters by William Kent Krueger
  • Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman
  • The Silence of the Loons, short story anthology by Minnesota Crime Wave
  • The Lake House by Kate Morton
  • Starlight on Willow Lake by Susan Wiggs


  • North Shore by Chel Anderson and Adelheid Fischer
  • Too Hot, Went to Lake by Peg Meier
  • The Voyageur’s Highway by Grace Lee Nute
  • Minnesota: Land of Lakes and Innovation by Nood Wharton Reynolds



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Explore Minnesota Authors

MN Book Awards

This Saturday, April 6th, the 2019 Minnesota Book Award winners will be announced. Thanks to PAFL, Meinders Community Library readers can check out all of the nominees. For more information on this year’s nominees or to see the winners after April 6th, visit

Children’s Literature (Picturebooks)

  • Best Friends in the Universe by Stephanie Watson, illustrations by LeUyen Pham
  • Hush Hush, Forest by Mary Casanova, woodcuts by Nick Wroblewski
  • The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld
  • Small Walt and Mo the Tow by Elizabeth Verdick, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal

General Nonfiction

  • Doing Harm by Maya Dusenbery
  • The Relentless Business of Treaties by Martin Case
  • A Stranger’s Journey by David Mura
  • Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company by C. Roger Pellett

Genre Fiction

  • Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill
  • Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia
  • The Shadows We Hide by Allen Eskens
  • The Voice Inside by Brian Freeman

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

  • The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl
  • Chinese-Ness by Wing Young Huie
  • The I-35W Bridge Collapse by Kimberly J. Brown
  • Wild Mares by Dianna Hunter

Middle Grade Literature

  • The Collectors by Jacqueline West
  • The Key to Every Thing by Pat Schmatz
  • Louisiana’s Way Home by Kate DiCamillo
  • Otherwood by Pete Hautman

Minnesota Nonfiction

  • The Children of Lincoln by William D. Green
  • The Crusade for Forgotten Souls by Susan Bartlett Foote
  • Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais by Timothy Cochrane
  • Gunflint Burning by Cary J. Griffith

Novel & Short Story

  • A Lady’s Guide to Selling Out by Sally Franson
  • Laurentian Divide by Sarah Stonich
  • Oranges by Gary Eldon Peter
  • The Patron Saint of Lost Girls by Maureen Aitken


  • The Body of the World by Mary Moore Easter
  • GeNtry!fication by Chaun Webster
  • Not Here by Hieu Minh Nguyen
  • Wilder by Claire Wahmanholm

Young Adult Literature

  • Dream Country by Shannon Gibney
  • Hooper by Geoff Herbach
  • We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss
  • What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee

Still hungry for Minnesota stories? Stop by the library tonight at 6:30pm for Little Minnesota in World War II.