Posted in Events and Presentations, Meinders Happenings

When the Holidays become Sew Stressful

With Christmas just around the corner, our schedules become crowded with shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping, attending events, hosting, and cleaning. To name a few.

Amidst the chaos, Junior’s hand-me-downs will still be too long and in need of a good hem before he takes the stage for the choir concert. Missy’s adorable dress will pop a button moments before you walk out the door for the big family dinner, and the new pair of jammies you bought for Dear Hubby will reveal its ripped seam just as you start wrapping them.

Meinders Library and Peggy Jo Harwick have you covered.

For two days in December, Peggy Jo will provide sewing machines and the knowledge to help you fix minor sewing disasters. Hems, buttons, holes or straight seams, bring in your sewing questions (and items) and learn some quick sewing fixes that will take the stress out of you holiday season.

When: Tuesday, December 5 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Meinders Community Library STEAM Room



Posted in Events and Presentations, News

Cass Gilbert Capitol Program Monday

Meinders Library will be hosting Natalie Heneghan at 6:30pm on Monday, November 20.

The Cass Gilbert Society has been hunting down and rounding up the original furnishings from the Minnesota State Capitol. Of the roughly 1,600 pieces of furniture designed by Cass Gilbert, just over half are known to still exist.

On Monday, Ms. Heneghan will share her experiences tracking down these 100-year-old furnishings–including chairs, desks, and original windows–as well as the stories of these objects from then to now. In addition, she will talk about the pieces that are still at-large in hopes of gleaning tips on where to find more of these valuable furnishings.

To learn more about the Cass Gilbert Society, please click here.

To learn first hand about the art behind the architecture of our State Capitol, please join project manager Natalie Heneghan at the library. 

Posted in Events and Presentations, News

Mr. Boddy Was In the House!

Clueless: An Escape Room Adventure Challenged the Wits of 156 Community Members

117 tried their hands in the Boddy Mansion, while 39 others solved mini-puzzles in the week prior to our escape room shenanigans.

Each room from the board game “Clue” was represented and filled with clues and puzzles designed to help crack the codes and unlock ten locks.

Sometimes the room won!

Some groups solved the shortened version. Clueless Jr participants unlocked seven locks and didn’t have access to the Library, Conservatory or Great Hall. They all finished in under 35 minutes, figuring out who killed Mr. Boddy, with what and where.

Some PERSEVERED despite the obstacles, unlocking all the locks and solving all the crime stats. Despite clocking in the longest time, The Lost Ones never gave up in their quest.

The Lost Ones

Others were *this close* to tying with the majority, coming in at 64 minutes. Doubling as Mr. Boddy’s body was a favorite activity for some members of Dumbledore’s Army Remixed.

Dumbledore's Army Remixed

63 minutes seemed to be the magic number for the masses.

Not Clueless fought to slide into second place with a cool 61 minutes of crime-solving fun.

Not Clueless

And the winners were…Murder Happens with 51 minutes.

Murder Happens

Lastly, we would be remiss in not thanking our test group of 8th graders who fearlessly took on an untried room to help us find the bugs before going live. Thanks, unsung heroes!

Posted in Books, Events and Presentations, News

How To Survive Book Discussion

Monday, October 30

@ 6:00pm

how to survive

Everyone is welcome to join a community-wide discussion on Andy Steiner’s “How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People”.

Steiner is a Minnesota author and joins a cadre of other successful writers at Think Piece Publishing.

If you have read some or all of How to Survive, you are invited to stop by the library at 6:00pm and share your thoughts, experiences, or tips on overcoming adversity and how this book helps put life into perspective.

The publisher, Adam Wahlberg, will visit Meinders Library on Saturday, November 11, for more insight into this book in particular and publishing in general. Beginning at 2:00pm, you will hear the unique perspective of a journalist, author and publisher as he shares his passion for helping others become the best they can be.

How to Survive is also the book pick for Meinders two book clubs. If tonight doesn’t work for you, consider stopping by at 8:30am on Tuesday, November 21 for our Early Bird Book discussion.

Posted in Events and Presentations, Writer's Group

Writers, Beware. NaNoWriMo is just around the corner!

Image courtesy of National Novel Writing Month.

If you are in the 87% of adults who claim they want to write a novel someday, this post is for you.

Actually, November is for you.

In the writing arena, November is National Novel Writing Month. It is a crazy 30 days where wanna be, budding, and experienced writers put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard and turn ideas into novels.

Over the course of the past decade, I’ve participated in NaNoWriMo a handful of times. In fact, my published novel is a product of that frenzied 26 days when I somehow managed to string together over 65,000 words that actually made sense. Granted it took me years to edit it and find a publisher, but none of that can occur before the creation of that first draft.

And that, my writer friends, is what November is all about.

So, if you have ever claimed (publicly or only to yourself in the confines of the darkest shadows) that you would like to write a novel someday, someday is now. Check out and join the fun. I am!

If you know anyone who would like more info on NaNoWriMo or writing in general, please direct them to me.

Our library has officially declared itself a Come Write In! destination, meaning we will be hosting several writing events over the course of the month to help motivate writers in their brave new journey into the written word.

The best part? It’s free and it’s fun.


Posted in Events and Presentations, News, STEAM Room

Big Hearts, Big Check!

Despite the rain and all the other wonderful events occurring on Saturday, Meinders Library had a great turnout for our Patron Appreciation Open House.


A huge thanks goes to Michelle Cheeseman, her staff, and State Farm for the proof that small towns can accomplish big things.

Of course, we would be remiss in not thanking our patrons for attending this event, voting #fullSTEAMahead, and/or using our library each and every day in myriad ways. It is through your use that we remain viable. Without patrons, there would be no need for a library, let alone a library with big dreams.

Our undying gratitude goes to our Pipestone Area Friends of the Library who support us financially, by helping out at events, hosting speakers, and providing the never-ending supply of delicious treats that accompany many of our programs.

I would like to thank our Library Board members for their direction and support, as well as Superintendent Kevin Enerson for providing school support. A shout out goes to Mr. D and the tech office who will be my new best friends when it comes time to understanding all my options for technology and helping me make good choices! I look forward to working together to make our STEAM Room a success for all patrons–public and school.

My appreciation continues for all those involved in promoting our library as a whole, and our cause for this grant in particular. The Chamber, the newspaper, the radio, local businesses, organizations, individuals and groups. The sheer volume of genuine interest in our library is overwhelming. It’s a huge motivator.

Many thanks to my wonderful, amazing, smart, energetic, organized, and compassionate staff. Big dreams and big checks cannot accomplish anything without great staff–of which Meinders Library has in spades. Enough said.

And lastly, Maggie. Our library is beautiful through your daily efforts. Crumbs. Spills. Dirty feet. You take care of all the big (and little) messes and make coming to work every day a pleasure.