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Deep Space at Meinders Library

Join the Pipestone Area Schools Arrowbots as they battle it out in Destination: Deep Space.

Today and tomorrow, we will stream the 2019 First Robotics competition live from the Great Northern Regional in Grand Forks. The Arrowbots #3298 is led by the fearless Commander, Travis Dethlefs. Over the course of two days, the Arrowbots will compete in ten qualification matches, hoping to snag a spot in the Quarter Finals.

Arrowbots 2019

  • Qualification match 5          9:36 am Friday
  • Qualification match 17      11:17 am Friday
  • Qualification match 23        1:00 pm Friday
  • Qualification match 28        1:35 pm Friday
  • Qualification match 38        2:45 pm Friday
  • Qualification match 45        3:34 pm Friday
  • Qualification match 54        4:37 pm Friday
  • Qualification match 66        9:23 am Saturday
  • Qualification match 77      10:40 am Saturday
  • Qualification match 84      11:29 am Saturday

Stay connected at the library or by following the Arrowbots #3298 in the Blue Alliance.

Other space events at the library include this weekend’s Launched: Escape Room, and next Friday’s Stargazing with Mike Lynch. These events are free and open to the public!

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From Science to Science Fiction

And everything in between.

Last spring, PAS science teacher Stacy Popma stopped by the library asking for help. As librarians, we did our best to provide her with books on astronauts for her new astronomy class.

“But,” she said, “I was thinking of having them do something more. Like a project.”

Of course, being the proud parents of our newly hatched maker space, we led Stacy back for the grand tour. Brimming with ideas, we offered to be the guinea pigs for the new class.

I have to admit, I was reluctant to read a book on an astronomer. I’ve never been a big biography reader, and I didn’t anticipate loving this part of my astronomy grade. What I couldn’t wait for was the end product: the creation of a project based on the book (which I ended up loving for a variety of reasons).


Let’s just say that I had a blast, and Ms. Popma launched the idea as part of her curriculum. The product of that class is on display at the library. But the best part isn’t getting to showcase the amazing work these students did, it was watching them tackle the project. You see, they used the STEAM Room each week.

And each week, we got to chat with the teens, listen to their ideas, talk about their books, and generally spend time with a segment of our population who doesn’t get enough credit for being amazing. Case in point, the turn-table theater that highlights multiple scenes in a book or the quilts that took up an astronomical amount of time.

Fast forward to the end of the first semester and Frankenstein ran rampant in the library.  Once again utilizing the tools, supplies, and space of the STEAM Room, Ms. Sullivan’s English 9 classes created some scarily good presentations based on Mary Shelley’s book. Many of these are also showcased in the library, though a few digital projects remain a bit outside our grasp.

Once again, their use of the makerspace afforded us a touchstone with students who had found a way to express themselves (and their education) in unique and fun ways. Connecting with them shapes what we offer to all of our patrons, leading to a more robust space with unique tools and supplies.

And people are taking us up on our offer in amazing ways. On any given week, someone is in the STEAM Room tinkering away. From Promposals to Valentines to physical therapy projects to birthday parties, the public is taking advantage of our makerspace. We’ve already created monsters and stars and the rocket ships to carry us beyond our imagination. What’s next?

That, dear readers, is up to you!

Call the library or stop by to reserve the STEAM Room and get connected with your inner creator. Our makerspace is open to the public outside of school hours.

P.S. If astronomy is your thing, don’t forget to sign up for Launched, our newest escape room. If you prefer ferreting out clues and solving puzzles, you should also join us for an out-of-this world opportunity!

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Food Lover’s Delight

Cooking trends constantly change. Yesterday it was vegan, today it’s Keto. I can only imagine what tomorrow will bring.

Lucky for you, Meinders Library is prepared for the newest sensation with a subscription to A to Z World Food. This online cookbook easily accommodates the flavor of the month, as well as the country of the month. Tapping into tried and true recipes from 174 countries, this culinary delight is packed with history, culture, and information on the foods eaten around the world.

Also included on this easy to navigate website are historical timelines, food inventions, dining etiquette, much needed cooking conversions, and more. Described as a movable feast, A to Z world Food has recipes from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and every country in between.

This online cookbook is free and available to all patrons of Meinders Community Library. Simply visit A to Z World Food and sign in with your library card number.

Get connected with your inner foodie!