Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

Fall into a Good Book

Fall is here and we’re ready for sweater weather, warm beverages, and cozy reading time at Meinders Community Library. Pick up a bookmark with fall reading prompts, like read a book with fall colors on the cover, and get some inspiration for your seasonal reading. If you need help choosing your next read, we’ve got suggestions for every prompt. Or you can “leaf” your own suggestion for other readers to enjoy.

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We Are Water Final Weekend and Fall Storytime

It’s almost time for the We Are Water traveling exhibit to leave Meinders Community Library. If you haven’t had a chance to explore We Are Water yet, we have extended exhibit hours this weekend.

  • Final Weekend–Extended Exhibit Hours
    • Saturday, September 11th: 10am-4pm
    • Sunday, September 12th: 12pm-2pm

We will also be starting Fall Outdoor Storytime next Tuesday, September 14th. Storytime will take place on the lawn outside Meinders Community Library, as long as weather permits. We will have cushions, but feel free to bring your own blanket or lawn chair.

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A First Day Reminder

Unless something drastic happens, this is the last first day of school for my family. Instead, we will begin a new cycle of first days after our youngest graduates this spring. For the most part, firsts are an exciting step in life’s journey. They mean we are moving forward and experiencing new things.

Whether you are a new teacher or a seasoned staff member, a new student to our district or one returning for the 13th time, welcome back! May this be your best school year yet. We are here to help you find the perfect book for both leisure and academic reading.

If you are new to our community or simply new to Meinders Community Library, stop out and see what we have to offer. Our stacks are filled with a wide range of fiction and nonfiction for all ages and interests. Further, our We Are Water MN traveling exhibit is here until September 13.

As we are a combined school and public library, the first day of this new school year comes with a special reminder regarding the pandemic.

“Due to the circulating and highly contagious Delta variant, CDC recommends universal indoor masking by all students (age 2 and older), staff, teachers, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Before visiting the library, please keep the following in mind:

  • Masking is not currently required for anyone in the School District or the public library. We will let you know if this changes.
  • While Meinders Community Library staff will mask up, we can’t guarantee that other individuals in the library during your visit will be masked or vaccinated. As such, we encourage all patrons to follow CDC recommendations to help keep themselves and their fellow bibliophiles as safe as possible.
  • Meinders Library will continue to check out books for curbside pick up. Simply let us know when you will be arriving, and we will check out your materials and leave them in the vestibule.
  • We will offer delivery of library books for home-bound patrons within Pipestone City limits. Please call, email, or use the form below to request delivery services. Out of town patrons may contact the library and we will work on finding a volunteer to accommodate your request.

stay healthy and stay connected~ jody

Posted in Get Connected

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

Each year, the Lifeline and other mental health organizations and individuals across the U.S. and around the world, raise awareness of suicide prevention.

  • If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately.
  • If you are in crisis or are experiencing difficult or suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255.
  • If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text HELLO to 741741 to be connected to a free, trained crisis counselor on the Crisis Text Line.

Be sure to stop out and browse the library display. Get resources for yourself or be the difference for a loved one by offering support and understanding.

Click on any of the following links to learn how you can get involved and help prevent suicide. Together, we can make a difference!

suicidepreventionlifeline.org

nami.org

samhsa.gov

nimh.nih.gov

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Everything But Fishing

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Annual Kids Fishing Derby sponsors (and Tom and Erica in all their various hats), our community gets to finish out the summer with a bit of family fun. Join us at the Hiawatha Pageant Park Pond tomorrow (Thursday, August 19) beginning at 5pm for hands on not-quite-fishing fun!

Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers that help make this a great community event for all to enjoy!

Posted in Get Connected

Happy Juneteenth!

It’s not often that a Federal Holiday is created. In fact, only eleven such holidays exist: the first being Independence Day (aka Fourth of July) in 1870. The newest, Juneteenth National Independence Day, was signed into law yesterday, and is being celebrated by the Federal Government and their employees today (because June 19 falls on a Saturday, and that’s how holidays roll.)

So, what is Juneteenth?

In a nutshell, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when the last enslaved African Americans in the United States learned they were free. At this point you may feel slightly confused. Shouldn’t Juneteenth describe the day enslaved African Americans were actually freed with the end of the Civil War? The short answer is yes. The long answer acknowledges that over two full years had elapsed between the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation and the date when the last slaves in Galveston, Texas, finally heard the news of their freedom.

Juneteenth is not a new celebration for the Black community and its allies. The roots were cultivated back in 1865 as a day of remembrance for a hard-won dream. It is only recently that the remainder of America has actively heard the story of those lost 30 months of freedom.

Race, slavery, colonialism, oppression, criminal justice, justice, equality, equity, freedom.

These are difficult topics of conversation to have with ourselves, our families, our neighbors, and our communities. They are a fraught history that can bring out the worst in us. But they can also bring out the best.

What can I do about our nation’s newest holiday?

I can read widely, and respectfully listen to as many viewpoints as I am able. I can give myself time to process what I learn–and others the space to do the same. I can recognize that everyone comes to the table with different life experiences than I do, and therefore are entitled to their own emotions, feelings, and ideas. I can educate myself and share my knowledge with those who ask, while listening to those who want to share their knowledge. I can change my opinion as new information is brought to my attention. I can change my actions based on what I learn.

I can take responsibility for my actions and acknowledge that good intentions do not necessarily equal good outcomes. I can treat others with care and compassion. I can engage in authentic and genuine relationships.

I can celebrate Juneteenth with and in honor of my Black friends and the Black community as a whole.

If you would also like to celebrate our newest Federal Holiday this weekend, check out this article by Bring Me the News to find MN events close to you.

If you would like to learn more about the history of Juneteenth or would like book recommendations on this topic, contact the library. We have so many wonderful books that address our nation’s critical conversations.

As for me, I am currently reading Come Juneteenth by Ann Rinaldi. This historical, young adult novel follows “one family’s awakening to the true meaning of freedom and explores the events that led up to the creation of Juneteenth.” It is the perfect complement to other books I’ve been reading such as Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America by James Forman Jr. and How to Make a Slave and Other Essays by Jerald Walker. To name but a few.

keep learning and learn to keep an open mind~ jody

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Memorial Weekend Closure & Summer Reading

Meinders Community Library will be closed Saturday May 29th through Monday May 31st in observance of Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday June 1st at 10:00am. We’re here today, Friday May 28th until 5:00pm, so stop by for all your long weekend reading needs!

Next week, we kick off summer programming with our first Pipestone County Popup Storytime on Tuesday, June 1st at 10:30am at Southwest Park. On Thursday June 3rd at 11:00am, we have our first Read with a Ranger session at the library.

The following Monday, June 7th at 6:30pm, Trava Olivier will present Fire, Water, and Old City Hall. This program will be preceded by the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library annual meeting at 6:00pm. Refreshments will be provided by PAFL.