We’re back for Week Three of Wellness Wednesday with JRRYoga and Meinders Community Library. Click on the above image to do this week’s quick yoga practice and check back next Wednesday for another video!
Welcome back for the second week of Wellness Wednesday with JRRYoga and Meinders Community Library. We have another yoga practice for you that’s appropriate for all experience levels. This week Jamie also put together a relaxing, instrumental playlist for us. Click on the above image to watch the yoga video and check back next Wednesday for a new practice!
One of the privileges of working with words is that sometimes you get to see more of them than the general public ever might. My last few evenings have been spent perusing submissions for a writing contest. These submissions included flash fiction, memoir, essays, writing portfolios, and short stories from seventh through twelfth graders.
As a published author myself and a presenter at young writers conferences, I’m in awe of the work before me.
Our country’s youth are bright, engaged, passionate, and compassionate. They are astute learners of our nation’s culture and introspective of their role within it. They are creative, talented, inquisitive, and hopeful. This, in the face of 2020’s trials and tribulations.
Never doubt that kids are resilient. Never doubt that they know and understand far more than we give them credit for. And never ever doubt that we can learn from those we are teaching.
I feel blessed and honored to be a part of this project. It has reminded me of all the good this younger generation brings to the table. It reassured me that, if we let them, these young people will help us heal, and that they will bring out our better selves.
After reading thousands of thoughtfully composed words by dozens of diverse, young voices, I am confident that America’s future is in good hands.
read widely, read often, and read with an open mind~ jody
Introducing Wellness Wednesdays with Meinders Community Library and JRRYoga. Join us for a Yoga at Home video with JRRYoga for the next twelve Wednesdays to start your year off right. These short practices are good for all experience levels. Click on the above image to watch the video and check back next Wednesday for a new practice!
It’s time for the Winter Reading Program! Read 12 books between January 1st and March 31st to win a prize and do a bingo card for extra chances to win. You can get a reading log and bingo card when you visit the library for an appointment or let us know if you would like one included with your curbside pickup.
Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day! If you need to register to vote or just need help figuring out a voting plan for 2020, Meinders Community Library is here to help.
To vote in Minnesota, you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- At least 18 years old on Election Day
- A resident of Minnesota for 20 days
- Finished with all parts of any felony sentence
Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Click here to check on your voting status.
You can visit the Minnesota Poll Finder to see all of the local, state, and federal races that will be on your ballot and learn where your polling place is.
Ways to Vote
- At your polling place on Election Day, November 3rd
- Early, in-person at the Pipestone County Courthouse, call 507-825-1140 to schedule an appointment
- By mail with an Absentee Ballot
If you are an ex-offender who needs help registering to vote, there will be a Zoom call on Tuesday 9/22 from 10am-1pm to assist with the process. Click on file below for more information.
For more information on elections and voting, you can visit the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website: https://www.sos.state.mn.us/elections-voting/
My reading habits have definitely changed in the past six months. I take home tons of physical books, but mostly read digitally on my phone. I don’t know why because phone-reading is typically my least favorite way to engage with a good book.
I’m also reading less. I have all these good intentions and tons of excitement while checking out a book. I just don’t seem to have the mental energy to slog through a chapter most nights. Weirdly, I’m also reading more nonfiction. Both books and online articles.
In some ways, this new reading trend is troubling to me. I miss falling into someone else’s reality for a bit. I miss going to new places and meeting new (friendly) faces. It seems like so many of the words I’m interacting with are inhospitable.
The only good thing that has come out of my changed reading habits is that I return books to the library on time much more frequently than I did pre-COVID. (Yeah, I know. I work at a library. But this confession should be reassuring, as I often have trouble meeting the two week due date even though I work at a circulation desk!)
Other people I know are having the exact opposite reading reaction. They are reading voraciously, varied, and across all formats. They are reading a book a day and are checking out from libraries for the first time in forever.
Reading habits have shifted for so many of us, just as life has shifted. Some changes may be long-term, while others may be fleeting. Regardless, as a library, our goal is to help you with all your literary and library needs.
Call, email, or stop in, just don’t forget to keep reading in whatever way works best for now~ jody
Beginning Monday, September 14, Meinders Community Library will settle into a new schedule for in-house appointments and curbside pickups. Call to set up a time to visit the library for a 20-minute browsing session or a computer slot.
No-contact, curbside pick up will remain in service until you feel comfortable coming inside.
- Mondays: 10am-6pm
- Tuesday: 10am-6pm
- Wednesday: 10am-6pm
- Thursday: 10am-6pm
- Friday: 10am-5pm
- Saturday: 10am-2pm
Also, we no longer need plastic bags! Thanks to those who graciously donated to the cause.
As always, don’t forget your mask and wash your hands to stay safe.
Census information helps secure Federal funding for our schools, our roads, our hospitals, and our libraries. This money is distributed based on how many people live in an area. If our community is under-counted, our community may be underfunded.
One of the ways to make sure you and your family are counted is to answer the door when a Census Worker stops at your home. Use the following chart to determine if the Census Worker is real. Your information will remain confidential whether or not you are a citizen of the United States.
You matter, and so does your count.
If you haven’t yet filled out your Census Form for 2020, you still have time to get counted.
- You can fill out the online Census form.
- You can call in your information.
- You can fill out and return your paper copy of the Census form through the mail.
- You can provide information safely to a Census Worker if they come to your home.
~get counted and get connected
P.S. Please share widely and personally to connect with as many individuals as you can. These Census numbers will impact our community funding for the next ten years.
While we are not quite ready to resume in-house programming, we are ready to tackle virtual writing groups and book clubs–because one thing the pandemic has taught us is that immersing ourselves in the world of words can help alleviate stress. It allows us to process and lets us escape. It brings a sense of normalcy to this unique and chaotic world.
Reading and writing can also bring us together. So without further ado, please meet the newest page on our blog and one of our newest favorite activities in the world: Virtual Clubs
We have three of them, because, as we all know, the best things come in threes. Except, maybe, poison ivy. Click the pics for more information on what we are reading and writing this September.
Beyond the Book
This reading group is perfect for lovers of historical and literary fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs. On the first of the month, we will announce a new book. On the 15th of each month, we will post a review along with an invitation for readers to join in the discussion online.
Genre fiction best describes the books we’ll read in this very social, socially distanced book club. Grab a snack, a drink of choice, and your computer to zoom with fellow bibliophiles every fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. Participants must sign up to receive the zoom link.
Pen 2 Page Writers Cafe
If you enjoy penning poetry, short stories, articles, or entire novels, you’ve come to the right place. This local writers group will take place entirely online, beginning with a writing prompt and check-in on the second Thursday of each month. Will include a writing and publishing Q&A forum.
mask up and keep reading~ jody