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Tell Your Story

Jamberry by [Degen, Bruce]

My water story goes something like this: Growing up, my sister, our cadre of cousins, and I bopped around from one relative’s home to the next. While we may have gotten into a few pickles, our summer story was mostly sweet.

When the berries ripened on the Seattle river banks, all of our relatives from my granny to my aunts and uncles to the tiniest of cousins would pile into a variety of boats and barges and float down the river, stopping along the way to harvest the wild berries. When our buckets were filled, we returned to Granny’s house for an intense jam session. It wasn’t unusual to see bramble-scraped arms, berry-stained mouths, and paraffin-dipped fingertips. And smiles. Dozens of smiles that lasted all year long as we popped open our coveted jars of summer-fresh jam.

It might be why I can recite Bruce Degen’s Jamberry, as if it were a Shakespeare original.

Do you have a unique or interesting water story? Or one steeped in tradition like a good cup of tea? Has water (or the lack thereof) played an important role in your life? If so, Meinders Community Library would love to hear from you.

As a host community for the traveling exhibit of We Are Water MN this summer, we are gathering stories that convey your relationship to water. We are looking for 10-15 individuals who would like to share their water-related experiences through an interview that may make up part of the exhibit.

The interviews will take place between Wednesday, February 26 and Friday, February 28, and should be scheduled by the end of next week.

What are we looking for? Ways water has impacted you. If you are interested in sharing your story, please fill out the form below and let us know how to best reach you. If we can make it work, we will schedule you for an interview. Your voice is important to us, and your stories matter–no matter how big or small, or sweet or sour they may be.

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Say Cheese!

Say Cheese

Have you ever wondered how to make a beautiful meat and cheese board? To learn how, come to Meinders Community Library on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30pm. Registration requested so we have ample supplies for participants.

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

Awesome Robotics Kick Off

Can’t wait to support our Arrow Bots this year!


The Infinite Recharge theme, created in conjunction with Disney and Lucas Films, promotes an atmosphere of Force For Change.

Tech is the future, and students engaged in robotics are poised to lead the charge.

Star Wars fans will love the playing field and challenges during the 2020 season. PAS fans will love cheering on the Arrow Bots with live streaming of competitions at the library.

Stay tuned as the season progresses.

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The Robotics Revolution

Robotics Kick Off

What do the following things have in common?

  • Raggedy Andy joined Raggedy Ann in the ranks of children’s toys.
  • The Human Fly was arrested while climbing his way to fame on the 30th floor of the Woolworth Building. Unfortunately, his arrest kept him from reaching the top.
  • The 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote.

These groundbreaking moments challenged the societal norms of the time. They also took place in 1920 to usher in prohibition, flappers and the Roaring Twenties. One of the most notable things about this era was our ability to shrug off shrugg off the traditions of the past and barrel toward a brave new future in the hopes that tomorrow would be exciting, new, and different.

And it was. Women found a more equal footing in society, while the 20s boasted a bump in industry that made the average household feel positively palatial. The electrical revolution was here, complete with frivolous inventions that we can’t imagine life without.

Fast forward past bandaids, sunglasses, and televisions to the 1960s, when we embraced both the past and the future with equal fervor. The Flintstones entertained us for two years before the Jetsons catapulted us into a time of robot maids, instant meals, and flying cars. Space exploration was upon us.

Where will we be 100 years from now? It’s hard to tell. But this Saturday, you can catch a glimpse of what it might look like when the Arrow Bots gather at the library to learn their task for the upcoming robotics season.

The public is invited to join them for their third annual Robotics First Reveal.