Posted in Get Connected

See What’s New at Meinders Community Library!

Meinders Community Library has a new email newsletter with Wowbrary! Every Wednesday, you’ll get the scoop on all the new materials the library has added in the past week. Wowbrary sorts the books into genres to make it easy for you to find what you’re interested in and links directly to the Plum Creek Library catalog so you can place holds right away. Visit to sign up or ask a librarian to help you.

Posted in Books, Get Connected

Ho Ho Holy Cow That’s a Lot of Books

Not that we are complaining. In fact, we love everything about researching, purchasing, and processing books so much that we wanted to thank Pipestone Area Friends of the Library via a grant from the Pipestone Area Community Foundation for the opportunity to open, catalog, and offer up these boxes and boxes of books to our young patrons.

This three part grant will infuse our juvenile collection with $6,000 worth of books over the next two years.

Here’s how it worked: PAFL wrote a grant to the Pipestone Area Community Foundation for $2,000. Included in the grant was a pledge by both PAFL and Meinders Community Library to each dedicate $2,000 to purchase books for our young readers.

The first allotment was used to subscribe to Junior Library Guild for 2022. This provides the library with a fresh influx of books each month for youth roughly 3-13 years-old. The second donation will continue our subscription service through 2023. The final third was used to bulk purchase books for our junior collection–which rolled in between the holiday weekends.

And that is how we ended up with eight boxes of books all at once. With more still to come!

Thank you so much to our wonderful community organizations like the Pipestone Area Community Foundation and Pipestone Area Friends of the Library who support community literacy. Our patrons will love this treasure trove of new and favorite authors.

if you can read, you can succeed~ jody

Posted in Alerts, Get Connected

Library Service Q&A

Questions abound regarding possible changes to library services after the school board vote last week to terminate the Public Library Agreement. I will aim to answer the most pressing ones within the scope of my job as the director of Meinders Community Library.

As the current Public Library Agreement remains in effect until December 31, 2022, these answers are relevant through that time frame only.

Will your hours change? The short answer is no. Library hours are set by the library board based on MN state statute requirements for combined school and public libraries. Once COVID eases up a bit and the library board deems it appropriate, the library will resume pre-pandemic hours.

Where do I park to visit the library? The same place you always have. The parking lot to the south of the school campus is the designated parking lot for Public Library patrons. Students and school staff continue to use their own designated parking lots.

Will I still get books from the Plum Creek Library System? Yes. As long as Meinders Community Library remains a public library in good standing with PCLS, public patrons will have access to all the amenities of Plum Creek, including but not limited to:

  • Physical materials such as books, DVDs, cakepans, audiobooks, and magazines from all PCLS libraries.
  • Digital audio and ebooks from Libby/Overdrive.
  • Digital platforms for adults and youth from Ebsco and Scholastic–check out our quicklinks tab to see all of them.
  • MNLink materials from libraries across the state of MN.
  • Digital resources for students, faculty, and public from eLibraryMN.
  • Wi-fi hotspots.

What about my student? Will he continue to have access to all of Plum Creek Library System services at school? The short answer is yes–at least until December 31, 2022. The complicated answer is that school contracts are very different than a public library membership with the Plum Creek Library System, so services may change. If you have questions regarding a specific offering, please inquire at the library.

What will happen to library programming? Nothing different. Right now, our biggest concern with library programming is how to host safe events during COVID. As we deem it appropriate, we will continue to offer programs for all ages and interests. In fact, we have a great family friendly escape room happening this week. Just call to reserve a time that works for your crew!

Can I still check out whatever I want or will I be limited in my selection? There will be no short-term changes to the current collection, and ideally all materials will remain available to all patrons through the end of the year. That said, if a new agreement is not reached, the collection will be divided per the 1993 Public Library Agreement. This may affect your access to materials while staff physically divide and pack up the collection.

Can the public still use the library spaces like the computer lab and conference room for meetings? Yes. MN statute is very clear that the spaces, collections, and programming of combined school and public libraries are to be made available to both public and school. We schedule room reservations for individuals and organizations. As long as a room is available, you are able to use it.

What about the STEAM Room? Can we still use that? Yes. Except for the 3D printer, all of the tools and supplies in the library makerspace came from several grants, generous donations from community members, support from the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, and through library funds. As such, the STEAM Room will remain open to our patrons until such a time that it may need to be packed up. Please feel free to call, stop by, or email us if you wish to use the space. As long as it is available, you are free to tinker away.

Until and unless a new agreement is made between the city and the school, the public library will operate under the current agreement through the end of 2022. We will keep you updated on any changes that impact our service to you and remain dedicated to providing quality materials and opportunities to all our patrons, from tiny tots to teenagers and those long into adulthood. ~ jody

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

Visit the North Pole Next Week at Meinders Community Library

Our newest escape room is open to adventurous travelers this holiday season. Call the library to book your group’s expedition. Each weekday during library open hours from Christmas and New Years, you can gather family and friends for a bit of winter fun.

This adventure should take about an hour. Meinders Elves will keep track of how long it takes for you to find Santa’s errant reindeer in Snowed In: An Escape Room. Celebratory Chamber Checks will be awarded to the fastest team!

happy holidays~

Posted in Get Connected

Some Sad News and a Little Holiday Cheer

This week has been a difficult one for Meinders Community Library staff. Sally lost her mom in a battle with COVID. Nancy will be greatly missed by all who knew–and loved–her feisty, mischevious nature. For being as quiet as she is, I think Sally will continue her mom’s legacy of wit and charm in a way that will make Nancy proud. Cards or notes for Sally and her family can be dropped off at the library or taken to Hartquist for the service on Thursday.

Due to the funeral, the library will close at 1pm on Thursday and will remain closed through the holiday weekend. We will reopen on Monday, December 27, for regular library hours, closing on Saturday, January 1, for the New Year.

Please remember to pick up your Holiday Take and Makes by Wednesday 5pm. Any unclaimed trays will go to families on our waiting list.

For those partaking in our edible treat trays, we would love to see pics of your Holiday masterpieces! We have a gift card prize for the Staff Choice Award, so create and submit your photos before nibbling away.

Check back Thursday morning for a quick, but fun, family friendly program Meinders Library is hosting between Christmas and New Years to keep you and your loved ones engaged.

Also, we have games and puzzles you can check out for quality family time, as well as magazines to fill those quiet moments. And don’t forget our digital platforms and Scholastic databases to keep your whole family watching, reading, and learning.

One final note. In deference to the lives lost, the health impacts on survivors, and the loved ones spending the holidays with an empty place at the table due to COVID, Meinders Library Staff will continue to mask up in the library and request that you do the same.


Posted in Get Connected

Remembering Dakota 38+2

In the midst of the holiday season spanning from Thanksgiving to the New Year, we are called to remember that we don’t all celebrate the same days or the same ways.

This weekend, Riders of the annual Dakota 38+2 Memorial Ride will journey through Pipestone on their way from Lower Brule, SD, to Mankato, MN. This Ride of remembrance began on December 9 and will end on December 26 at Land of Memories Park. The Riders will travel through Pipestone on Saturday, continuing their journey up through Russell on Sunday before heading east to the site of the United States’ largest mass execution in history.

To learn more about the aftermath of the US-Dakota War, as well as information and pictures of this year’s trek, follow Dakota 38 on Facebook. You can also check out the documentary of the same name.

listening is the first step in learning compassion~ jody

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

Holiday Treat Take & Make

Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, we’re offering Holiday Treat Take & Make kits this December. These edible kits will include ingredients, instructions, and a customizable treat tray for your family.

Meinders Community Library staff made a few sample trays to give you an idea of the different ways you can set up your wintry treat-scape. We had a great time putting our treats together and creating our different scenes, even when the treats didn’t turn out perfectly. These are just examples to inspire your creativity and each kit may vary slightly.

We have a limited number of Holiday Treat Take & Make kits available, so sign up your family today by emailing the library at or calling us at 507-825-6714. Kits will be available to pick up on Monday 12/20, Tuesday 12/21, and Wednesday 12/22 from 10am-6pm. Please sign up by Friday, December 17th to guarantee your kit.

Posted in Events and Presentations, Get Connected

Free Literary Events to Fill Your December

If you’re like me and prefer a good book over a basketball game or an author talk over a sitcom, I’ve got a must-attend list of events to fill your social calendar in the upcoming month.

Though I would love to say that Emily and I are the rock stars who curated this amazing list, I can’t take credit for the awesomeness I am about to share with you. Kudos for that go to Arianna Rebolini at Literary Hub who did all the heavy lifting.

Please check out her post, 47 Virtual Book Events Worth Streaming This December, and pick and choose the author events that speak to you. Hint: as patrons, you’ve been reading many of these authors such as Ann Patchett, Brene Brown, Ruth Ware and Riley Sager to name but a few.

Also, don’t forget to finish our Community Read with Koa Kalia Yang and her virtual author discussion of The Song Poet. Supported by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, One Book | One Minnesota is a state-wide initiative to encourage communal reading and discussion of topics that will help us expand our world and make stronger connections with those around us.

Yang’s event takes place on December 9 at 7:00pm. While this event is free, registration is required. For personal viewing at home, register at The Friends One Book web page.

If you are interested in joining staff at Meinders Community Library for this virtual discussion, call or stop by the library to register by Wednesday, December 8.

As a public librarian operating on a limited budget, I would like to give so many shouts to the wonderful literary community who continues to provide content and opportunity to the general masses. You are the present day heroes in Carnegie’s dream of free access to all.

Thanks, Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, for providing great services and access to Greater Minnesota. Thanks, Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, for your continued support of our local community. We do good things with your help! Thanks to all who use our library services–virtual, digital, physical, books, programs, makerspace, education assistance, quiet spaces, games, etc. Without you, we would have no one to serve. And lastly, thanks to all who support us in any way–financially, promotionally, and the myriad ways we can’t begin to name.

In the true spirit of book clubs (which is really what author talks are), let’s continue these shared experiences and keep working toward the best community we can be!

happy reading (and listening)~ jody

Posted in Get Connected

Get Your Community Read

There’s still time for you to pick up a copy of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, our 2021 Community Read. Join your fellow bibliophiles at Meinders Community Library on Saturday, November 20th at 10am for a community discussion of The Latehomecomer. Coffee and muffins will be served.

Posted in Get Connected

Community Read with Minnesota Author Kao Kalia Yang

Meinders Community Library’s Community Read is back! This year we’ll be reading The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang, a Minnesota author. We have 30 free copies available for the public starting Monday, November 1st. Copies are available on a first come basis and when you’re done reading the book you can keep it, pass it on to a friend, or bring it back to the library for someone else to read.

Join us on Saturday, November 20th at 10:00am for a community discussion of The Latehomecomer. We will also be streaming an author chat with Kao Kalia Yang on Thursday December 9th at 7pm, in conjunction with the state’s One Book | One Minnesota program. The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father, also by Yang, is available as a free ebook and audiobook on Ebooks Minnesota now through December 19th. Print copies of The Song Poet can also be checked out from the library.

Community Reads are a great way to enjoy shared experiences and provide ready-made conversation starters on topics of importance. Please consider joining us for this unique program series.