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Out with the Old and In with the New

New Look and Better Features for PCLS Catalog

PCLS and its member libraries have been working hard over the past four months to bring our patrons a better browsing experience and a more intuitive online catalog of library collections. Today, Aspen officially launches!

Top Five Things to Love about Aspen

  • The Amazing Color Customization: it just feels like us! We (of which Sally is a rock star) were able to match our site to our logo. This creates a visually pleasing landing page for our patrons. Nothing screams generic like a cut-and-paste website. No library is generic. Each has a unique feel. We hope you agree that this new catalog feels like home.
  • It’s Dynamic: we can create browsing categories based on our patron’s needs, book recommendations, or special themes (like the #BeThe1To which highlights our mental health collection in conjunction with Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month). It integrates our digital platforms with our collection topics giving you more robust access to all of our library’s offerings.
  • The Message Center: open, transparent, factual information is what libraries do. And in this ever-changing landscape we are in right now, we recognize the need to share information that impacts our public as soon as possible. To that end, we are still open to the public during our regular hours: 10am-6pm M-Th, 10am-5pm Fri, and 10am-2pm Saturday. We will keep you posted of changes in the hours or ways we will be able to serve you. Being able to do so on the catalog–the only place some of our patrons visit–is helpful in reaching as many people as possible.
  • Macro to Micro in the Click of a Button: seriously, this new catalog feature that narrows down or expands the collection in a matter of seconds will rock your world. Looking only for items available now? Or at Meinders Library? Or across all of PCLS? Simple. The banner at the top of your search does all the heavy lifting. Looking for a good series on dog books for your first grader? Narrow your search on the sidebar. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
  • EVERYTHING IS IN ONE PLACE!!! Remember how you would put a regular old book on hold and end up with an audio book or a large print copy? (Don’t worry, we did it, too.) The records were confusing. A person could spend half a day trying to find exactly what they wanted. No longer. Because EVERYTHING IS IN ONE PLACE. I just typed in The Martian by Andy Weir and got one record.

Aspen will appear slightly different depending on which device you are using. The screenshot above was from my phone. If you click the pic, you will be taken to the desktop version. Regardless of how you browse our catalog, you can still access it the same way you always have by clicking on our sidebar link: Plum Creek Library System Catalog. If you’ve bookmarked our old catalog, you will need to update the link.

Or, you can access the catalog via the LiDA app. To find the app, simply open your phone’s camera and hover it over the appropriate QR code. Once you download the app, you will need to enter Meinders Library as your home library and sign in with your library card and pin number.

I hope you enjoy this upgrade to your browsing experience! If you have any questions, give us a call. We can learn together!

jody~

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World Suicide Prevention Day 2022

No Story Should End Too Soon

Every year, the Lifeline and other mental health organizations, and individuals across the U.S. and around the world, raise awareness of suicide prevention during September, National Suicide Prevention Month.

While suicide prevention is important to address year-round, Suicide Prevention Awareness Month provides a dedicated time for people, organizations, and communities to join their voices to broadcast the message that suicide can be prevented, and healing is possible.

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Number

Nearly 46,000 people in the United States died by suicide in 2020.  According to the CDC, that is about one death every 11 minutes.  Tragically, over 700,000 people die due to suicide every year.  And the number of deaths doesn’t take into account failed attempts.  For every suicide, there are likely 20 other people making an attempt, and many more having serious thoughts of suicide.  According to the CDC, In 2020, there were an estimated 1.2 million adult suicide attempts, 3.2 million adults made a plan to attempt, and 12.2 million adults seriously thought about suicide.  Suicide rates in 2020 were 30% higher than in 2000.

In 2019, I could have been a statistic.  My story could have ended with my car wrapped around a tree.  My depression tried to kill me.  My brain wanted the pain and struggle to end, but driving my car 90mph into a tree was not the solution.  I fight every single day to stay alive.  You are not alone in your fight.  Please, if you are in crisis, reach out and ask for help!  There are so many resources that can do just that!

Mental health crisis services are available 24/7 for all adults and children across Minnesota. If you’re in crisis, help is available and there are options to help you cope. Support is available if you or someone you know is thinking of suicide.

http://988lifeline.org – Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

afsp.org – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

nimh.nih.gov – National Institute of Mental Health

Stay happy, healthy, and safe! ~Sally~

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

Pedal to the Metal: Traveling Foundry

Pedal to the Metal 8/23

Join us on Tuesday August 23rd at Westview Park in Pipestone for Pedal to the Metal: Traveling Foundry. Design your own small-scale sculpture and a professional will pour the molten metal before our eyes from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Your creations will cool and be ready to take home the same day. Art is for everyone: this event is free and open to all!

Before the foundry, we will have Tuesday Storytime at the park at 10:30am. The Pipestone Area Friends of the Library will be serving a free lunch of a hot dog, chips, drink, and cookie starting at 12:00pm until supplies last. Thank you to Coborn’s, Hank’s Foods, Pepsi, and Subway for the generous donations that make this lunch possible!

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Summer Library Programs

Join us for more fun programs this summer! This Friday, July 29th at 2:00pm actor David Ward will bring tall tales to life with Paul Bunyan: Loggin’, Legends, and Lore at Meinders Community Library.

In August, we have more exciting events happening at the library and at parks around Pipestone!

  • Stories on the Square—Jacqueline West: Tuesday, August 9th at 6:00 pm, Southwest Park
  • Games and Grub: Thursday, August 11th at 5:30 pm, Meinders Community Library
  • Pedal to the Metal—Traveling Foundry: Tuesday, August 23rd 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Westview Park

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Siama’s Congo Roots and Storytime Guests

Siama’s Congo Roots

Join us next Thursday, July 21st at 10:00am for a lively Congolese music program with Siama Matuzungidi and Dallas Johnson at Meinders Community Library. Siama is known for his intricate guitar, catchy songs, spirited singing and traditional     instruments like Balafon and Mbira. We’ll all have a chance to learn simple songs in Kikongo and Lingala and try out African singing styles like call-and-response and yodeling in this interactive program. Siama’s Congo Roots is great for all ages and this program is free for everyone. Check out this video for a sneak preview!

We will also have some special guests at Storytime next week on Tuesday, July 19th. Dairy Princesses Josie Sutherland and Katelyn Welgraven will join us to for a cow and dairy themed storytime and then we will shake our own ice cream!

After Siama’s Congo Roots on Thursday, the Meinders Community Library will close for our annual cleaning and maintenance. We will close at 12:00pm on Thursday July 21st and will reopen on Monday July 25th at 10:00am.

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Stories on the Square at Harmon Park

Join us at Harmon Park next Tuesday, July 12th at 6pm for our first Stories on the Square! TikTok sensation JamesG will entertain us with his Heelys antics and original music and serve as emcee for the evening.

We also invite community members to show off their tattoos and share the stories behind their custom ink during the open mic portion. If you don’t have a tattoo, tell us about your friend or relative’s or what you dream of getting inked someday. We’ll have prizes for the audience’s favorite story and librarian’s choice (we love a literary tattoo) and temporary tattoos for everyone else!

This event is free and for all ages. Thank you to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library for sponsoring the event and providing treats.

If you’re unable to attend or prefer to avoid public speaking, we’ve included at contact form below so you can still share your story. Pictures are also welcome! If you’d like to read the picture book that inspired this event, Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Minnesota author Alison McGhee is available to check out at Meinders Community Library.

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Hometown Hero

This year’s theme of the Water Tower Festival is hometown heroes.

However, instead of reading this new novel last night, I had the privilege of watching the Pipestone Jr. Ambassadors Contest sponsored by Michelle Cheeseman State Farm Insurance Agency & the Pipestone Area Chamber. As a former speech coach and a current introvert, I am amazed at the confidence and articulation of our youngest community members.

Twenty-six youth answered questions about the heroes in their lives, potential superpowers they would love to have, and a variety of other questions to help the audience (and judges) get to know them. Some answers were serious and thoughtful, while others were filled with humor and great comedic timing.

I won’t lie, the 5th grader who, if given a chance, would open up a book store in our town, is my own personal Home Town Hero. After all, there is no such thing as too many books.

My librarian bias aside, every kid who stood on the stage last night deserves hero status. Public speaking is hard. To do so with humor and eloquence right in the middle of the block (under the attentive gaze of adults) is even more difficult. But sometimes doing the heavy lifting behind the scenes is also heroic. I saw many businesses, volunteers, and donors working in the heat to make Kids Night a success. Many of these same individuals will be standing on the courthouse lawn during the vendor fair or cleaning up tables or serving food and drink to the masses throughout the whole weekend.

Heroes are everywhere.

And so are books about them!

If you are looking for a good book or are simply looking for a quiet and fun place to rest between Water Tower Festival events, Meinders Community Library is a great place to go. We have games, computers, and free wi-fi to any patron. No library card is needed for in-house use.

We close at 5pm on Fridays and are open from 10am to 2pm every Saturday except holiday weekends. In fact, the public library will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday July 2-4.

If ever in doubt about our hours, simply give us a call!

a huge thanks to all our home town heroes in Pipestone~ jody

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Warrior Sisters Author Program

Join us at Meinders Community Library, this Friday, June 10th at 12:00pm for Sister Talk: A Courageous Conversation of Love, Boundaries, and Forgiveness with Kelly Ryan and Karen Burd, authors of Warrior Sisters. This event is sponsored by the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. If you would like to learn more about PAFL, join us at 11:45am for their annual meeting prior to the event.

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Summer Fun at the Library

Stop by Meinders Community Library and pick up a Summer Reading Bingo card! The Summer Reading Program is for all ages, even adults. If you come to the library to sign up this week, you can design your own Summer Reading Badge and we will turn it into a pin or magnet with our button maker.

Pilcrow Foundation Books

When you’re looking for good reads to fill up your bingo card, we recently received over a hundred new children’s books thanks to a grant from The Pilcrow Foundation and the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library! The Pilcrow Foundation offers matching book grants specifically for rural libraries and we’re so grateful that PAFL provided the matching funds. These wonderful new books, from board books to beginning readers to middle grade fiction, are located on our Meinders display table.

Games & Grub

We have our first Summer Games & Grub, this Thursday evening, June 9th at 5:30pm. If you would like to attend, please let us know by calling 507-825-6714 or by filling out the contact form below. We have a variety of different games here, or you can bring your favorite from home.