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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

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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!

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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.

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. During May, join the national movement to raise awareness about mental health, provide support, educate the public, and support people with mental illness.

Here are just a few of the library resources available for checkout.

  • You’re Not Alone – Zachary David Westerbeck
  • Rewire Your Anxious Brain – Catherine M. Pittman, PhD
  • Unglued – Jeffrey Zuckerman
  • Feeling Great – David D. Burns, MD
  • Maybe You Should Talk To Someone – Lori Gottlieb

Additional resources:

http://nami.org
http://samhsa.gov
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

If you or someone you know is in crisis, there are many resources that can help! Do not struggle alone! Please reach out!

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Expanded Digital Platforms for Young Readers

Just in time for summer vacation, Plum Creek Library System has expanded its Scholastic digital platforms. Accessing them is simple and can help keep the youngsters in your life engaged and learning from the comfort of your own home–or anywhere you have access to internet.

Use your PCLS library card barcode to explore the world and find activities, quizzes, and deep dives into fascinating topics. These platforms are perfect for a variety of ages and interest levels. Some provide content for different reading levels, while others have a Spanish version.

All these platforms are brought to you exclusively through our public library’s membership in the Plum Creek Library System. Stay tuned for adult online resources such as auto repair, legal information resources, extensive DIY tutorials, and Consumer Reports. These platforms are set to roll out shortly.

watch and read your way to fascinating facts on nearly every topic
Scholastic ScienceFlix
dynamic digital content on people, places, and events that shape the world around us
bkflix-web
early literacy pairings of fiction and nonfiction in both Spanish and English
sfx-web
the coolest science topics with leveled reading–also in Spanish
bite sized videos in Spanish and English paired with mini lessons
Scholastic Teachables Logo
activities that teach real-world skills for prek-8th grade

Other benefits of being a full member of the Plum Creek Library System include joint programming, access to Overdrive e-books and audiobooks, as well as book sharing with other member libraries. Each week, PCLS delivers books from across its service area (and sometimes the state) to libraries in the system. They also maintain our library catalog, making it easy for patrons to find books from a digital device and place holds on the materials they want.

check out those sweet websites and learn along with your youngsters~ jody

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Add to Our Legacy

One of my favorite author programs at Meinders Library is one we didn’t actually sponsor. Instead, the Friends of the Saint Paul Library brought us the Moving Words: Writers Across Minnesota panel as one of our last live programs before the pandemic hit.

this awesome event already took place

They did this through a funding program that is currently in jeopardy. Right now, the Center for the Book is making its way through the Minnesota legislature. It has been included in the House version of the proposed Legacy Bill, but so far is absent from the Senate.

A loss of this program can impact the availability of events such as the Moving Words program, the Minnesota Writers Directory, One Book | One Minnesota, Minnesota Writers on the Map, and more.

If you have attended a library program over the years, chances are at least one of them was funded in part or in whole by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (aka Legacy grants). This is true not just for our library, but for many libraries across the state who operate on such small budgets that they couldn’t successfully program without the support of outside funding streams.

It is equally true for large libraries and other partner organizations who create programs that can be shared with communities in Greater Minnesota.

When we hosted Moving Words, I was greatly appreciative of the opportunity to speak directly with author Shannon Gibney. She was so delightful, so grounded, and so passionate in her pursuit of open dialogue with audience members, including students in several PAS English classes she graciously spoke to. In my opinion, nothing beats talking directly with an author to better understand how and why a story came to be. Often, we can learn about things we’ve never even considered. With open, honest, and respectful dialogue, we can also teach.

In fact, every time we engage with others, particularly through great programming like Moving Words, we add our voices to the legacy of a better tomorrow. We create richer and more meaningful connections. We experience the world from a different perspective. As one whose job is to help connect people to each other, to information, and to experiences, I firmly believe funding for things like Center for the Book positively shapes our community’s culture.

As with any questions, concerns, or commentary individuals have regarding policy, the most effective and direct route to advocate for the things you care about is to contact elected officials personally. Not sure who they are? Check out this link to learn who represents you on all levels of government.

This handy dandy website tells you all sorts of great information such as where to vote, which precinct you are in, and important things that the library needs for your library card application like Township and Commissioner District. A simple click on the “Get Involved!” button of this page will provide you access to your state and federal elected officials, your municipal websites, and more.

Like the authors we bring in to share their stories, your perspective matters.

keep reading and keep learning~ jody