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Vote Ready

Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day! If you need to register to vote or just need help figuring out a voting plan for 2020, Meinders Community Library is here to help.

To vote in Minnesota, you must be:

Need to register to vote? Click here to register online. You can also register with a paper form or on Election Day.

Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Click here to check on your voting status.

You can visit the Minnesota Poll Finder to see all of the local, state, and federal races that will be on your ballot and learn where your polling place is.

Ways to Vote

If you are an ex-offender who needs help registering to vote, there will be a Zoom call on Tuesday 9/22 from 10am-1pm to assist with the process. Click on file below for more information.

For more information on elections and voting, you can visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/

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Reading During COVID

My reading habits have definitely changed in the past six months. I take home tons of physical books, but mostly read digitally on my phone. I don’t know why because phone-reading is typically my least favorite way to engage with a good book.

Photo by fotografierende on Pexels.com

I’m also reading less. I have all these good intentions and tons of excitement while checking out a book. I just don’t seem to have the mental energy to slog through a chapter most nights. Weirdly, I’m also reading more nonfiction. Both books and online articles.

In some ways, this new reading trend is troubling to me. I miss falling into someone else’s reality for a bit. I miss going to new places and meeting new (friendly) faces. It seems like so many of the words I’m interacting with are inhospitable.

The only good thing that has come out of my changed reading habits is that I return books to the library on time much more frequently than I did pre-COVID. (Yeah, I know. I work at a library. But this confession should be reassuring, as I often have trouble meeting the two week due date even though I work at a circulation desk!)

Other people I know are having the exact opposite reading reaction. They are reading voraciously, varied, and across all formats. They are reading a book a day and are checking out from libraries for the first time in forever.

Reading habits have shifted for so many of us, just as life has shifted. Some changes may be long-term, while others may be fleeting. Regardless, as a library, our goal is to help you with all your literary and library needs.

Call, email, or stop in, just don’t forget to keep reading in whatever way works best for now~ jody

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Library Hours (Mostly) Back on Track

Beginning Monday, September 14, Meinders Community Library will settle into a new schedule for in-house appointments and curbside pickups. Call to set up a time to visit the library for a 20-minute browsing session or a computer slot.

No-contact, curbside pick up will remain in service until you feel comfortable coming inside.

  • Mondays: 10am-6pm
  • Tuesday: 10am-6pm
  • Wednesday: 10am-6pm
  • Thursday: 10am-6pm
  • Friday: 10am-5pm
  • Saturday: 10am-2pm

Also, we no longer need plastic bags! Thanks to those who graciously donated to the cause.


As always, don’t forget your mask and wash your hands to stay safe.

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Census Safety

Census information helps secure Federal funding for our schools, our roads, our hospitals, and our libraries. This money is distributed based on how many people live in an area. If our community is under-counted, our community may be underfunded.

One of the ways to make sure you and your family are counted is to answer the door when a Census Worker stops at your home. Use the following chart to determine if the Census Worker is real. Your information will remain confidential whether or not you are a citizen of the United States.

You matter, and so does your count.

If you haven’t yet filled out your Census Form for 2020, you still have time to get counted.

~get counted and get connected

P.S. Please share widely and personally to connect with as many individuals as you can. These Census numbers will impact our community funding for the next ten years.

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Readers and Writers Wanted

While we are not quite ready to resume in-house programming, we are ready to tackle virtual writing groups and book clubs–because one thing the pandemic has taught us is that immersing ourselves in the world of words can help alleviate stress. It allows us to process and lets us escape. It brings a sense of normalcy to this unique and chaotic world.

Reading and writing can also bring us together. So without further ado, please meet the newest page on our blog and one of our newest favorite activities in the world: Virtual Clubs

We have three of them, because, as we all know, the best things come in threes. Except, maybe, poison ivy. Click the pics for more information on what we are reading and writing this September.

Lovely photo of Emily’s to-be-read piles from this summer.

Beyond the Book

This reading group is perfect for lovers of historical and literary fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs. On the first of the month, we will announce a new book. On the 15th of each month, we will post a review along with an invitation for readers to join in the discussion online.


Lovely photo of Nancy Drew, the Lorax, and Cruella DeVille for Storybooks on Parade.

Novel Characters

Genre fiction best describes the books we’ll read in this very social, socially distanced book club. Grab a snack, a drink of choice, and your computer to zoom with fellow bibliophiles every fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. Participants must sign up to receive the zoom link.


Lovely reminder of how hard it is to be a good writer and why we need other writers to support us.

Pen 2 Page Writers Cafe

If you enjoy penning poetry, short stories, articles, or entire novels, you’ve come to the right place. This local writers group will take place entirely online, beginning with a writing prompt and check-in on the second Thursday of each month. Will include a writing and publishing Q&A forum.

mask up and keep reading~ jody

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Read with a Ranger

Join us for Read with a Ranger at the library today, 8/6 and next Thursday, 8/13 at 10 am. Ranger Gabby will read a story in English and Lakota and we’ll do a fun activity!

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Ebooks Minnesota Reads

We’ve talked before about Ebooks Minnesota and all of the amazing books Minnesota residents can read for free without needing to pull out a library card. Here are a couple things available on Ebooks Minnesota for the summer and a hidden gem we wanted to highlight.

Our next One Book | One Minnesota read is the essay collection A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin. You can find the book and a reading guide here: https://library.biblioboard.com/module/one-book-one-minnesota/. The library will have a book discussion of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota on Wednesday July 22nd at 6:30pm. Let us know if you are interested either by emailing meinders@pas.k12.mn.us or by calling 507-825-6714. We will determine if the event will be in person or online once we have an idea of how many people are interested.

Check out Virtual Library Comic Con at https://mn-comics.biblioboard.com/home. There are comics for all ages and interests, from history to sports to superheroes to drawing and more. Additional comics will be made available throughout the summer and there will be an online event on July 30th. These comics will be available through August 31st.

Jake Maddox fans will be excited to know that many of his books are available on Ebooks Minnesota, both chapter books and comics. If you’ve never read a Jake Maddox before, here’s a video with Emily reading the first couple chapters of Catching Confidence to give you a taste.

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Fictional Worlds

This week we want to know which fictional world you would most like to live in or visit. Are you still waiting for your Hogwarts owl? Would you attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Wonderland? Do you want to explore the galaxy on the Millennium Falcon?

Jody would like to visit the London of Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy. I would go to Middle Earth, specifically the Shire. Because I would be a great Hobbit—I love their cozy little round-door houses, I would be happy to never wear shoes, and I can definitely get behind the concept of second breakfast.

Let us know which fictional worlds you would most like to visit on the blog, on our social media, or by emailing meinders@pas.k12.mn.us.

-Emily

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Best Page to Screen Adaptations

This week, we want to know your favorite page to screen adaptations and if you think the screen version can ever top the book.

Jody is firmly in the camp of the book is always better, but she’ll still accept The Hunger Games movie.

Jody’s Tote Bag

My favorite page to screen adaptation is The Magicians TV show, based on the book series of the same name by Lev Grossman. In this case, I actually think the show is better than the books, because of compelling actors who really fleshed out characters with much less pizzazz on the page. I also love To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice.

Here are the answers to last week’s question about favorite books, series, and authors.

  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Nothing More Dangerous  by Allen Eskins
  • Highfire by Eoin Colfer
  • The End of October by Lawrence Wright
  • Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine
  • Emily Giffin
  • Jennifer Weiner
  • Kristin Hannah
  • Jodi Picoult
  • John Sandford
  • Jane Austen
  • L. M. Montgomery
  • Catherine Ryan Hyde

Share your favorites screen adaptations on the blog, on our social media, or by emailing meinders@pas.k12.mn.us.

-Emily

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Share Your Favorite Reads

We told you our favorite books a few weeks ago, and now we want to know yours! You can answer our weekly Summer Reading Challenge questions in the comments on social media, in the contact form on our blog post, or by emailing meinders@pas.k12.mn.us for a chance to win a local gift card.