Thanks to our partnership with Pipestone Area Schools and Mr. D, we have a new 3D printer at Meinders Library.
Thanks to State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant, we also have three library pets. Our tiniest robots are solar powered and are in much need of names. Our frilled lizard, Joanna, responds to her environment through artificial intelligence, though it took the intelligence of PAS students, Lucas Winter and Carson Wipf to build them for us!
Stop in any time during open hours and see our printer in motion as we gear up for Full STEAM Ahead this Saturday.
Visit us on May 19 between 10am and 2pm to put your suggested names into a drawing for our tiny warthog and cricket robots.
One year ago, we had the great idea to re-purpose our back room as a maker space where patrons could come to tinker. During our first ever Full STEAM Ahead event, our STEAM Room looked something like this:
Full STEAM Ahead was a hit. People of all ages loved trying new things such as spinning yarn, using the cricut machine, coding our ozobots and stamping cards in the STEAM Room.
In fact, it ignited a community movement and this happened:
Thanks to the wonderful support of countless people across the nation, Meinders Community Library won a $25,000 grant to expand our STEAM Room and our offerings to include more technology and more tinkering.
So, we got busy. We painted, we ordered storage furniture, we put together robots, and we organized, transforming our old work space into a functional maker space.
We invite you to join us at the library on Saturday, May 19 from 10am-2pm for our second annual Full STEAM Ahead. You will have the opportunity to drop by for the day or a few hours and enjoy over 30 different tinkering stations that hit all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
If not, you may forever be stuck with this image in your head–our disorganized maker space mess that’s stuck halfway between a good idea and the realization of that dream.
Come tinker in our super organized STEAM Room and see for yourself what a community can do in such a short time.
Science + Technology + Engineering + Arts + Math = a day of fun for all ages and interests!
Join us at Meinders Community Library for our Second Annual Full STEAM Ahead and our STEAM Room Open House.
Spend an hour or the day at the library tinkering, making, creating and exploring the world around you.
Thanks to our State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant, we were able to stock our STEAM Room with some cool new gadgets that make learning fun. Participants will visit stations and engage in hands-on activities during their time at the library. A few projects follow a make-it take-it format, while others are experiential. Everyone will go home with new knowledge, new memories, and possibly a new hobby!
10:30am: STEAM Story time (toddlers through early elementary)
11:00am until the food is gone: hot dogs, chips, and a drink.
10am-2pm: Summer Read Program sign up.
Full STEAM Ahead is free and open to the public–no library card needed to join the festivities. Come alone, come with a friend, or bring the whole family. We have something for youngsters as well as for those still young at heart.
A big shout-out goes to State Farm for the wonderful grant of $25,000, as well as to all our community members who shared and voted for us last year (or coerced family and friends to vote). This maker space and all the goodies within it would not be possible without you.
Another huge thanks goes to our Pipestone Area Friends of the Library who rallied the troops (and the food) to make this event awesome. Our Friends group is always looking for more members to support our library and our community’s literacy. If you are passionate about either of those things, your time and talents could be put to good use!
Coborn’s, Hank’s Foods and Pepsi deserve our gratitude for their generosity in donating lunch. Our community is lucky to have you!
If our iPads come in on time, everyone will be thanking the Pipestone Area Community Foundation. In December we received a grant from them for $5,000 to go towards a digital maker space. These iPads will allow for more flexible programming and greater digital opportunities for our community members.
Please share this event widely with everyone who has a kid, knows a kid, or was a kid.
Diamonds are brilliant, but no where near as dazzling as the beautiful designs they cut into granite.
Join us at Meinders Community Library as we welcome local artist Liz Rackl and her beautiful granite etchings.
At 6:30pm on Monday, April 9, Liz will share her artistic journey and demonstrate how granite can become a canvas. Aided by a diamond cutter and an intense love of nature, Liz has used her Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council Legacy Grant to open up a whole new world of creative expression and art appreciation.
If you love beautiful things, want to explore a new craft, or are simply interested in the unique and talented individuals in Southwestern Minnesota, please stop by the library for this one-of-a-kind program.
Appraiser and Antiques Expert, Mark Moran, will be assessing community treasures at Meinders Library this Saturday. While all our slots have been filled, spectators are welcome to drop in or stay for the entire program.
We have some wonderful and intriguing items for Mark to appraise, ranging from wooden golf clubs to a spittoon to an invitation to a president’s inauguration, and everything in between.
Though there has been some concern about the weather on Saturday, the latest report indicates that Mother Nature might give us a pass on her latest storm. However, in the event of inclement weather, we will post cancellation information on our blog and facebook page, as well as contacting the radio and newspaper. Individuals may also call the library for details.
This program is sponsored by the Plum Creek Library System through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage foundation, and the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.
Appraiser, Author, Antiques Expert, and Guest Presenter on PBS’s Antiques Roadshow, Mark Moran will assess your antiques at Meinders Community Library beginning at 10:00am on Saturday, March 24th.
Please call Meinders Library to schedule your time for Mark to appraise your family treasures. Registration is required and space is limited. One item per each individual. For a list of items Mark will not appraise, stop by or call the library.
This event is free and open to the public. Spectators are welcome.
Additionally, if individuals have items too large or fragile to bring to the library, they can set up a time with Mark to make a home visit. House calls cost $75 per hour with no mileage if within 10 miles of Meinders Library. Home visits must be set up and paid for by the individual and are not part of the program. If interested, contact Mark directly at Moranm1953@gmail.com.
This program is made possible by the Plum Creek Library System and is funded with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat or towel if you have one. If not, we will have several available for use.
Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day, though bringing a favorite mug wouldn’t hurt if you plan to partake in the Love it a Latte session.
Bring your own lunch or place an order for delivery with other participants.
Individuals can choose to remain in the library or can attend the One Act Play subsection competition taking place at the school. Lunch and the $5 entry fee for the play is not included in our otherwise Free StayCation.
Both the yoga and massage sessions are taught by certified therapist, Jamie Risner.
To register, stop by the library, give us a call, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.