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Cozy Up With A Good Read


Thanks to one of our generous Friends of the Library, we have an influx of cozy mysteries! Here are some of the new titles cozy readers can enjoy. You can put any of these books on hold using Plum Creek’s online catalog, or by calling or emailing the library. If you haven’t put a book on hold online before, you can watch our tutorial to learn how. We’re at the library for curbside pick up service Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays from 11am-6pm.

  • Pride, Prejudice & Poison by Elizabeth Blake
  • Lavender Blue Murder by Laura Childs
  • Dying on the Vine by Marla Cooper
  • Coconut Layer Cake Murder by Joanne Fluke
  • One Little Secret by Cate Holahan
  • Death on the Page by Essie Lang
  • The Scent of Murder by Kylie Logan
  • Invitation Only Murder by Leslie Meier
  • Read or Alive by Nora Page
  • Dead on the Vine by Elle Brooke White


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Reads for Animal Lovers


This week’s Guess the Librarian theme is animals—one we love, one we hate, and one we’d love to be. Here are some stories featuring prominent animal characters.

Middle Grade Books

  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
  • Moo by Sharon Creech
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Call of the Wild & White Fang by Jack London
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Young Adult Books

  • Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
  • Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Adult Fiction

  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad
  • The Bear by Andrew Krivak
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
  • Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt


  • Marley and Me by John Grogan
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter


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Always Available Classics


If there’s a literature classic you’ve always meant to read or want to revisit, chances are that it’s now a part of the new Always Available Classics collection on Plum Creek’s Overdrive and Libby. Much Ado About Nothing, our Classics Book Club April pick, is one of the available titles if you care to join us.

If reading classics isn’t your jam now or ever, we’ve still got you covered. Some staff favorites include the Truly Devious YA series about an unsolved murder at a remote and exclusive boarding school and the Kendra Donovan series about a modern FBI agent who accidentally time-travels to Regency England. Both series are available on Overdrive as audiobooks.


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More Books for Avid Readers


Readers of Large Print Inspirational have twenty-six new titles to enjoy at Meinders Community Library. A mix of favorite authors and new faces, these books run the gamut from spy thrillers to sweet romances to Amish B&B mysteries.

We still have prizes available if you completed the Winter Reading Program. Let us know if you would like a book bag or a mug and we’ll reserve your prize. You can let us know the total number of books you read in January, February, and March by calling us at 507-825-6714 or emailing

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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.

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Snowy Reads

Beautiful Snow

On Monday, March 9th at 4:00pm, we will revisit the harsh winter of 1880-81 made famous by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s The Long Winter with Cindy Wilson. This program will be held at Meinders Community Library and is co-sponsored by the Pipestone County Museum. Read Cindy Wilson’s book The Beautiful Snow: The Ingalls Family, the Railroads, and the Hard Winter of 1880-81 or one of these novels set in snowy locations.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Dog Driven by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Ice Wolves by Amie Kaufman
  • The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
  • When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • Icebreaker by Lian Tanner
  • I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis
  • Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu
  • The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Young Adult Fiction

  • Michigan vs. the Boys by Carrie S. Allen
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Cold Day in the Sun by Sara Biren
  • The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
  • Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
  • Trapped by Michael Northrup
  • Far From You by Lisa Schroeder
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  • Hunted by Meagan Spooner

Adult Fiction

  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  • Beartown by Frederik Backman
  • The Romanov Empress by C. W. Gortner
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Ice by Linda Howard
  • A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny
  • Whispers of Winter by Tracie Peterson
  • Northern Lights by Nora Roberts
  • Winter in the Blood by James Welch


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New Storytime Session & Youth Books

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Starting this Thursday, February 27th, Meinders Community Library will offer an evening storytime at 6:30pm on Thursdays. We will read books, sing songs, and do other fun activities to strengthen early literacy skills. Here are some new books for young readers, from toddlers to teens.


  • I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown & Jason “Rachel” Brown, illustrated by Anoosha Syed
  • My Mighty Journey: a Waterfall’s Story by John Coy, illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec
  • When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland
  • Bruce’s Big Storm by Ryan T. Higgins
  • A Big Bed for Little Snow by Grace Lin
  • Fry Bread: a Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis
  • What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street? by Felicita Sala
  • Why? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea, illustrated by Zachariah O’Hora
  • Who Is the Mystery Reader? by Mo Willems

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee
  • Allies by Allen Gratz
  • Best Friends by Shannon Hale
  • Major Impossible by Nathan Hale
  • Notorious by Gordon Korman
  • Thief Knots by Kate Milford
  • Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
  • Dog Man: Fetch-22 by Dav Pilkey
  • Bouncing Back by Scott Ostler
  • Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Young Adult Fiction

  • The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves
  • A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai
  • The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
  • Shadowscent by P. M. Freestone
  • The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
  • Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern
  • One of Us Is Next by Karen McManus
  • The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
  • Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen


  • Beetle Battles: One Scientist’s Journey of Adventure and Discovery by Doug Emlen
  • A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz by Dita Kraus
  • Give Us the Vote!: Over 200 Years of Fighting for the Ballot by Susan Goldman Rubin


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2020 Minnesota Book Award Nominees


The Minnesota Book Awards honor the best books written by Minnesotans for a variety of ages and genres. Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, all of these nominees are available at Meinders Community Library, as well as a few titles to fill in series gaps. For more information on the nominees and to see the winners on April 28th, visit the Minnesota Book Awards home page.

Children’s Literature

  • A to Zåäö: Playing with History at the American Swedish Institute by Nate Christopherson and Tara Sweeney
  • Home in the Woods by Eliza Wheeler
  • A Map Into the World by Kao Kalia Yang, illustrated by Seo Kim
  • My Footprints by Bao Phi, illustrated by Basia Tran

General Nonfiction

  • America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States by Erika Lee
  • Consider the Platypus: Evolution Through Biology’s Most Baffling Beasts by Maggie Ryan Sandford, illustrations by Rodica Prato
  • Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Missions by Nancy Atkinson
  • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee: Native America from 1890 to the Present by David Treuer

Genre Fiction

  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James
  • The Body Keeper by Anne Frasier
  • Ice Cold Heart by P. J. Tracy
  • Nothing More Dangerous by Allen Eskens

Memoir & Creative Nonfiction

  • All the Wild Hungers: A Season of Cooking and Cancer by Karen Babine
  • Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family by Anika Fajardo
  • The Memory House by Raki Kopernik
  • The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra by Alex Messenger

Middle Grade Literature

  • The Line Tender by Kate Allen
  • The Lost Girl by Anne Ursu
  • The Missing Piece of Charlie O’Reilly by Rebecca K. S. Ansari
  • A Tear in the Ocean by H.M. Bouwman, illustrations by Yuko Shimizu

Minnesota Nonfiction

  • Closing Time: Saloons, Taverns, Dives, and Watering Holes of the Twin Cities by Bill Lindeke and Andy Sturdevant
  • Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State by Christopher P. Lehman
  • Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe by Staci Lola Drouillard

Novel & Short Story

  • Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions by Sheila O’Conner
  • Stray by Nancy J. Hedin
  • Suicide Woods by Benjamin Percy
  • This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger


  • Bodega by Su Hwang
  • A Bony Framework for the Tangible Universe by D. Allen
  • Mitochondrial Night by Ed Bok Lee
  • Safe Houses I Have Known by Steve Healey

Young Adult Literature

  • Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
  • Cracking the Bell by Geoff Herbach
  • Last Things by Jacqueline West
  • The Stars and the Blackness Between Them by Junauda Petrus


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New Books for Your Winter Reading

Did you know that it’s not too late to sign up for Meinders Community Library’s Winter Reading Program? Participants who read twelve books January 1st through March 31st get a prize. To inspire your winter reading, here are some of Meinders Community Library’s new adult fiction and genre titles.

Adult Fiction

  • The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
  • A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende
  • Followers by Megan Angelo
  • Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey
  • Husband Material by Emily Belden
  • Lady Clementine by Marie Benedict
  • The Confession Club by Elizabeth Berg
  • Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain
  • Not the Girl You Marry by Andie J. Christopher
  • Africaville by Jeffrey Colvin
  • American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins
  • We Met in December by Rosie Curtis
  • Westering Women by Sandra Dallas
  • Twenty-One Truths About Love by Matthew Dicks
  • Good Girls Lie by J. T. Ellison
  • Twisted Twenty-Six by Janet Evanovich
  • The Wives by Tarryn Fisher
  • How Quickly She Disappears by Raymond Fleischmann
  • Thief River Falls by Brian Freeman
  • Bound for Murder by Victoria Gilbert
  • Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talie Hibbert
  • Careless Whiskers by Miranda James
  • The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell
  • Meg & Jo by Virginia Kantra
  • The Museum of Desire by Jonathan Kellerman
  • When We Were Vikings by Andrew MacDonald
  • Blitzed by Alexa Martin
  • Long Bright River by Liz Moore
  • Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
  • You Were There Too by Colleen Oakley
  • Lost by James Patterson & James O. Born
  • The Missing American by Kwei Quartey
  • Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
  • Golden in Death by J. D. Robb
  • Reputation by Sara Shepard
  • A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh
  • Moral Compass by Danielle Steel
  • Ruby & Roland by Faith Sullivan
  • The Dead Girls Club by Damien Angelica Walters
  • All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, & Karen White
  • Would Like to Meet by Rachel Winters
  • Treason by Stuart Woods


  • Memories of Glass by Melanie Dobson
  • Poor Mrs. Rigsby by Kathy Herman
  • Day of Reckoning by Kathy Herman
  • Lake Season by Denise Huner
  • In a Doctor’s Arms by Lisa Mondello
  • A Long Time Comin’ by Robin W. Pearson
  • Anna’s Return by Marta Perry
  • Forever Hidden by Tracie Peterson
  • The Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren

Large Print & Western

  • Scarlet Fever by Rita Mae Brown
  • Gunfighter’s Revenge by James Clay
  • The Daughter’s Tale by Armando Lucas Correa
  • The Shape of Night by Tess Gerritsen
  • Her Deadly Secrets by Laura Griffin
  • Empire of Lies by Raymond Khoury
  • Death Rattle by Sean Lynch
  • The Peppermint Tea Chronicles by Alexander McCall Smith
  • Pursuit by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Deadwood Ambush by Lauran Paine
  • Ride into Trouble by R. W. Stone

Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • Interference by Sue Burke
  • Highfire by Eoin Colfer
  • Come Tumbling Down by Seanan McGuire
  • The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Deep by Rivers Solomon


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Youth Media Awards

89201777-3E37-4614-B4EB-B40886DE0E39This morning, the Youth Media Awards were announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. This event is basically the library world’s version of the Oscars and I eagerly await this day every year. Here are some of the award-winning books available at Meinders Community Library.

  • New Kid by Jerry Craft—Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award
  • The Undefeated written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson—Caldecott Medal, Newbery Honor Book, and Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
  • Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams—Newbery Honor Book, Morris Honor Book and Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe—Morris Award for a debut Young Adult book
  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos HernandezPura Belpré Author Award
  • Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith—American Indian Youth Literature Award for Young Adult Book
  • Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean—Printz Honor Book
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me written by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell—Printz Honor Book
  • Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes—Printz Honor Book and Sibert Informational Award Honor Book
  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon—Morris Honor Book and Asian/Pacific American Young Adult Honor Book
  • A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein—Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Honor Book