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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: 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 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 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


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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


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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 for a chance to win a local gift card.

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Summer Reading Challenge

It’s time for the Meinders Community Library Summer Reading Challenge! Summer Reading will look a little different this year, but we’re so excited to read with you. Readers of all ages will be able to use the same reading log all summer. Here’s a video with more information.

Pick up a copy of the reading log at the library or click on the link below to download. If you would like to participate but are unable to visit the library or print off a log, call us at 507-825-6714 or fill out the contact form below.

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Images of Spain Virtual Concert

Please enjoy the talents of conductor-composer-guitarist, Kevin Sherwin!

In lieu of a live program last week at Meinders Library, the ever-talented musician created a virtual concert for our community.

Kevin Sherwin, a graduate of Yale University, studied with Tali Roth at the Juilliard School, and subsequently with Christopher Ladd. Mr. Sherwin, during his time at Yale College, served as an apprentice conductor to Mark Bailey. He continues to work with Mr. Bailey on several ongoing projects related to the American Baroque Orchestra, including as a founding member of The Musica Vera Duo.~ from

If you enjoyed this performance, you can listen to more of Kevin’s art-inspired music through the Bruce Museum Digital Series.

Kevin’s music goes well with a mug of morning coffee and good company.

happy listening~ jody

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Free YA Audiobooks


Every summer AudioFile Sync offers free YA audiobooks. From now until the end of July, we can download two new audiobooks every week! Their selections are a  mix of fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary reads, and a variety of genres.

To get started, visit the Audiobook Sync website and enter your email into the registration form. From there, you’ll get instructions on how to access the audiobooks through the Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. You can also sign up for email or text reminders, so you get a notice every week when new titles are available.

This week’s titles are Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, a contemporary mystery novel, and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater, a work of true crime nonfiction. These two titles will only be available to download until May 6th, but they will remain in your Sora app once you’ve downloaded them.


Happy Listening! Emily

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Census Storytime

Today we have a special storytime all about the Census! State Demographer Susan Brower read The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins.

If you have any questions about the 2020 Census, the library is a designated Questionnaire Assistance Center. Wi-Fi is always available from the library parking lot. If you need a device to fill out the Census, we have iPads for use on premise Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 11am-6pm. We have special hours this Saturday, April 25th from 10am-12pm to help with any Census needs. Let’s get counted!

Census Saturday

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Count Us In Call To Action

*Even if you have filled out the Census, please keep reading. Your help is needed!

Meinders Community Library is committed to making sure everyone in our community is counted because the Census Actually Matters. Here’s how. And, honestly, Minnesotans have been doing a good job, but we still have a long way to go.

How can you help ensure the 2020 Census count is correct and that your community receives federal funding and representation based on the actual number of residents on April 1, 2020?

  • Fill out your census form. It’s super easy to do using pen and paper, a landline, a smart phone, a tablet, or a computer.
  • Ask your friends and family if they have submitted their census. If not, help them.
  • Share the need for an accurate count with everyone you know. If helpful, let neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers, and fellow congregants know that the census is available in a variety of languages and/or can be completed by phone. Remind them that regardless of literacy skills or citizenship status, they matter. Census data is confidential.
  • Encourage homeless individuals or victims of domestic abuse to fill out their census forms. Certain safety measures have been built into the process to allow at-risk persons to still be counted.
  • Share what the library can do. This can be accomplished easily via word of mouth, email, text, or social media.

What can the library do? Provide the resources for everyone to get counted.

  • Wi-fi is available in the parking lot 24/7. Anyone with a device can connect to our internet and fill out their census form.
  • iPads are available to use on the premises upon request to anyone who wishes to fill out their census online, but has no means to do so. Individuals can call the library Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between 11am and 6pm to request help with this. (507) 825-6714
  • Census Saturday will take place between 10am and noon on Saturday, April 25. No appointment is necessary. Simply come to the library parking lot with your information (address and names and birth dates of those living in your household). Once you arrive, someone will come out with a device to help you get started.
  • As a Questionnaire Assistance Center, we can answer questions on the process and help connect you to other resources.

You count! And you can count on us to help you make a difference.

cover your sneezes and fill out your census form…your community will thank you~ jody