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Free Literary Events to Fill Your December

If you’re like me and prefer a good book over a basketball game or an author talk over a sitcom, I’ve got a must-attend list of events to fill your social calendar in the upcoming month.

Though I would love to say that Emily and I are the rock stars who curated this amazing list, I can’t take credit for the awesomeness I am about to share with you. Kudos for that go to Arianna Rebolini at Literary Hub who did all the heavy lifting.

Please check out her post, 47 Virtual Book Events Worth Streaming This December, and pick and choose the author events that speak to you. Hint: as patrons, you’ve been reading many of these authors such as Ann Patchett, Brene Brown, Ruth Ware and Riley Sager to name but a few.

Also, don’t forget to finish our Community Read with Koa Kalia Yang and her virtual author discussion of The Song Poet. Supported by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, One Book | One Minnesota is a state-wide initiative to encourage communal reading and discussion of topics that will help us expand our world and make stronger connections with those around us.

Yang’s event takes place on December 9 at 7:00pm. While this event is free, registration is required. For personal viewing at home, register at The Friends One Book web page.

If you are interested in joining staff at Meinders Community Library for this virtual discussion, call or stop by the library to register by Wednesday, December 8.

As a public librarian operating on a limited budget, I would like to give so many shouts to the wonderful literary community who continues to provide content and opportunity to the general masses. You are the present day heroes in Carnegie’s dream of free access to all.

Thanks, Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, for providing great services and access to Greater Minnesota. Thanks, Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, for your continued support of our local community. We do good things with your help! Thanks to all who use our library services–virtual, digital, physical, books, programs, makerspace, education assistance, quiet spaces, games, etc. Without you, we would have no one to serve. And lastly, thanks to all who support us in any way–financially, promotionally, and the myriad ways we can’t begin to name.

In the true spirit of book clubs (which is really what author talks are), let’s continue these shared experiences and keep working toward the best community we can be!

happy reading (and listening)~ jody

Posted in Events and Presentations, Teen Time

Wild & Wooly Prohibition Events

The Volstead Act, which made the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages illegal, turns 100 this January. To commemorate this anniversary, Meinders Library will be hosting several Prohibition-themed events.

On Monday January 14th, we’ll explore Minnesota’s own connection to Prohibition with living history presenter Arn Kind at Meinders Library.

Arn Kind

Join us at the Pipestone Country Club on Saturday January 19th and put your new Prohibition knowledge to the test with Wild & Wooly, a large scale escape room speakeasy.

This event is open to anyone over the age of 21. Assemble your teams, find your best flapper and gangster apparel, and call Meinders Library to reserve your spot.

wild & wooly

We will also host a teen version of the escape room at the library on Saturday January 12th. Open to teens in grades 7-12.

all that jazz



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Author Allen Eskens at Meinders

Saturday November 10 @ 2:00pm

Join award-winning Minnesota author, Allen Eskens, as he shares his newest book, “The Shadows We Hide.” This sequel to “The Life We Bury” will be released on November 13.

book cover of The Shadows We Hide

Refreshments will be provided by Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. Other sponsors of this program include the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, as well as State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant.

Thanks to all who have made our Community Read possible. 

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Escape Reality

Reading a good book is a great way to escape day to day life. Meeting the author is an added bonus.

Tomorrow, Joseph A. Amato will take us on a journey of Minnesota’s history and mythology to meet “‘Buffalo Man’– Minnesota’s last giant in a world that has no more room for giants.”

Joe Amato

Posted in Events and Presentations, Story Time, Teen Time

Frankenfun at Meinders Library

Join us in celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein on Thursday, August 16.

The Bakken Museum is presenting a fun-filled day of activities and education in honor of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Events geared toward each age group will take place all day long. Find the one that suits your needs and bring a friend to this celebration.


  • 10:30-11:30am    Activity Tables for ages 4+
  • 2:30-3:00pm        Finding Frankenstein for Families ages 6+
  • 3:00-4:00pm        Activity Tables for ages 6+
  • 6:30pm                 Finding Frankenstein ages tween through adult
  • 6:30-7:30pm        Frogs, Volts & Vinegar ages 9+ (registration required)

This programming is brought to you from State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist Grant.

neighborhood assist logo

Volunteers provided by Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.

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Neither Wolf Nor Dog Movie Night at Meinders

Join us at Meinders Library in Pipestone for a public viewing of the movie “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”.

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Based on the 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner, Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder, written by Kent Nerburn, the movie follows the story of two men from two distinct cultures working together to find a single voice. The journey weaves past and present, breaking down “myths and stereotypes of the Native American experience, revealing an America few ever see.”*

The movie has been shown in libraries and small theaters across the United States, to much acclaim.

To view the movie trailer, click here.

While the library will be closed August 6-11 for annual cleaning and maintenance, the doors will open for the movie screening at 6:15pm on Monday August 6.                          This event is free and open to the public.

Several copies of the book are still available at the library for checkout.

*Quote taken from the cover of the book, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”
Posted in Events and Presentations, STEAM Room

Camp, Community, and School Collide at the Library

Library Camp is in full swing with fourteen youth spending their days reading, crafting, tinkering, and experimenting.

library camp
Learning about Electricity with Snap Circuits

On Monday, our campers solved our Bugged Escape Room puzzles and saved Dean from an uncertain fate.

4-H stopped out on Tuesday with hands-on projects, while Max the Magician awed an audience consisting of campers and the public on Wednesday.

This morning, campers read to visiting summer school students and a few public patrons who just happened to show up at the right time.

library camp reading
Nothing like sharing a good book with friends.

Rounding out the camp experience will be a mini-concert: “Strings Across the Ocean”. The public is invited to join us at 10:30am for this inventive musical collaboration.Strings

We are blessed to have the support of parents who send their children to us, the school for participating in educational events held at the library, the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library who~ along with the United Way~ provide us with the financial support for summer reading programming and supplies, as well as the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund for our musical performers.

Many thanks to them and our community media sources who share our Meinders Happenings.