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Summer Reading Challenge

It’s time for the Meinders Community Library Summer Reading Challenge! Summer Reading will look a little different this year, but we’re so excited to read with you. Readers of all ages will be able to use the same reading log all summer. Here’s a video with more information.

Pick up a copy of the reading log at the library or click on the link below to download. If you would like to participate but are unable to visit the library or print off a log, call us at 507-825-6714 or fill out the contact form below.

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Images of Spain Virtual Concert

Please enjoy the talents of conductor-composer-guitarist, Kevin Sherwin!

In lieu of a live program last week at Meinders Library, the ever-talented musician created a virtual concert for our community.

Kevin Sherwin, a graduate of Yale University, studied with Tali Roth at the Juilliard School, and subsequently with Christopher Ladd. Mr. Sherwin, during his time at Yale College, served as an apprentice conductor to Mark Bailey. He continues to work with Mr. Bailey on several ongoing projects related to the American Baroque Orchestra, including as a founding member of The Musica Vera Duo.~ from

If you enjoyed this performance, you can listen to more of Kevin’s art-inspired music through the Bruce Museum Digital Series.

Kevin’s music goes well with a mug of morning coffee and good company.

happy listening~ jody

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Free YA Audiobooks


Every summer AudioFile Sync offers free YA audiobooks. From now until the end of July, we can download two new audiobooks every week! Their selections are a  mix of fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary reads, and a variety of genres.

To get started, visit the Audiobook Sync website and enter your email into the registration form. From there, you’ll get instructions on how to access the audiobooks through the Sora, the student reading app from OverDrive. You can also sign up for email or text reminders, so you get a notice every week when new titles are available.

This week’s titles are Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson, a contemporary mystery novel, and The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater, a work of true crime nonfiction. These two titles will only be available to download until May 6th, but they will remain in your Sora app once you’ve downloaded them.


Happy Listening! Emily

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Census Storytime

Today we have a special storytime all about the Census! State Demographer Susan Brower read The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins.

If you have any questions about the 2020 Census, the library is a designated Questionnaire Assistance Center. Wi-Fi is always available from the library parking lot. If you need a device to fill out the Census, we have iPads for use on premise Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 11am-6pm. We have special hours this Saturday, April 25th from 10am-12pm to help with any Census needs. Let’s get counted!

Census Saturday

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Count Us In Call To Action

*Even if you have filled out the Census, please keep reading. Your help is needed!

Meinders Community Library is committed to making sure everyone in our community is counted because the Census Actually Matters. Here’s how. And, honestly, Minnesotans have been doing a good job, but we still have a long way to go.

How can you help ensure the 2020 Census count is correct and that your community receives federal funding and representation based on the actual number of residents on April 1, 2020?

  • Fill out your census form. It’s super easy to do using pen and paper, a landline, a smart phone, a tablet, or a computer.
  • Ask your friends and family if they have submitted their census. If not, help them.
  • Share the need for an accurate count with everyone you know. If helpful, let neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers, and fellow congregants know that the census is available in a variety of languages and/or can be completed by phone. Remind them that regardless of literacy skills or citizenship status, they matter. Census data is confidential.
  • Encourage homeless individuals or victims of domestic abuse to fill out their census forms. Certain safety measures have been built into the process to allow at-risk persons to still be counted.
  • Share what the library can do. This can be accomplished easily via word of mouth, email, text, or social media.

What can the library do? Provide the resources for everyone to get counted.

  • Wi-fi is available in the parking lot 24/7. Anyone with a device can connect to our internet and fill out their census form.
  • iPads are available to use on the premises upon request to anyone who wishes to fill out their census online, but has no means to do so. Individuals can call the library Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between 11am and 6pm to request help with this. (507) 825-6714
  • Census Saturday will take place between 10am and noon on Saturday, April 25. No appointment is necessary. Simply come to the library parking lot with your information (address and names and birth dates of those living in your household). Once you arrive, someone will come out with a device to help you get started.
  • As a Questionnaire Assistance Center, we can answer questions on the process and help connect you to other resources.

You count! And you can count on us to help you make a difference.

cover your sneezes and fill out your census form…your community will thank you~ jody

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One Minnesota

There are common experiences which can shape mindsets and values. There are common lifestyles that shape ideology. There is even a sense of common world views, but all those commonalities are based on the premise that we all share the same life histories.

Unfortunately, this is not even remotely true. On a very teeny, microcosmic level it looks like this: I moved a lot as a child. My husband did not. I grew up around different ethnic groups. My husband did not. His family had financial stability in a way mine did not. We do not have the same “common sense”, nor do our children who had a blended experience.

What we do have is a common or shared goal and priorities. This common thread keeps us focused and gives us a strong basis for all we do.

We have created the common link that holds us together in much the same way Minitex is doing for Minnesotans.


Find out more about this amazing opportunity to read alongside your fellow statesmen.

Shared experiences like this provide built-in moments of connection, allowing participants a common starting point for conversation. It brings us together by creating a common link.

Just think of the opportunity it presents for all Minnesotans–grandmas and grandpas, neighbors and co-workers, cousins and friends. No matter who you meet, or where, you will be able to talk about this Newbery Honor Book and discuss its impact on you.

One Book One Minnesota’s very strength is that we all bring unique perspectives to this project based on our unique life experiences. It empowers us to tell–and listen to–the lessons learned from our vast and varied life histories.

At a time when we are physically divided by COVID-19, the One Book One Minnesota is pure genius. It has the potential to bring us together on a whole new level.

It is yet one more reason I am proud to be a Minnesotan during the pandemic.

read, discuss, share for a stronger tomorrow~ jody

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Guess the Librarian Winners Weeks 1 & 2

Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library and a bunch of area businesses, we have gift cards for our Guess the Librarian participants. Every time local participants guess correctly, their name will go into a weekly drawing.

  • Week One Winner: Billie Brock
  • Week Two Winner: Linda Schulze

Winners can expect an email within the week with details. Thanks for playing and see you next week for more guessing fun!

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Who Made Your Breakfast

It’s a Sunday tradition for our family to eat a big brunch: typically egg bake, omelettes, egg mcmuffins, or the trucker’s special. In the busyness of work, school, ball games, and coaching, Sundays provide a quiet before the storm.

Thanks to my hubby’s line of work, I am fairly cognizant of the fact that my food has a long chain of workers that bring meals to my table. Knowing that I’m not the only one who makes breakfast seems especially important now.

Today, I am particularly thankful to all the unseen individuals who work tirelessly to provide us with food. My list will largely be incomplete because I don’t have a clue just how many people touch my bag of groceries.

That said, I’m going to try:

  • Farmers for growing crops and raising our meat and milk supply
  • Veterinarians
  • Seed Producers
  • Scientists
  • Farm hands of all ilk
  • Implement Dealers
  • Technicians
  • Packaging Plant Workers
  • Packaging Plant Suppliers
  • Truckers
  • Shipping Centers
  • Gas Station Attendants
  • Food Processing Plants
  • Grain Mills
  • Bakers
  • And all the rest who in some way brought my family cheese, butter, bread, eggs, milk, mushrooms, onions, and ham for this morning’s breakfast.

I am humbled that our world continues to take care of each other. Each day, these workers join grocery store staff in their quest to feed us.

They are essential. They are appreciated. And they are too numerous to fathom.

Thank you for putting yourselves at risk to make my life easier.


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Take a Peep

Starting Monday, we’ll play another round of Guess the Librarian on Facebook, the Peeps Show Edition. Here are some Peeps Show examples, several made with an assist from students’ Astronomy projects.

All the librarians created dioramas based on books or movies using Peeps. You can guess what book or movie our scenes came from and who made it. Each correct answer will be entered into a drawing for a gift card from a local business purchased by the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. This drawing is open to Pipestone locals only (Sorry Dad!).

If you’re inspired to make your own Peeps Show dioramas share them with us on social media or email us at


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PAS Coach Scores Against COVID19


Scrolling through the postponements and cancellations of life right now can be downright disheartening. But if you are willing to brave the darkness, you will find so many examples of people pushing back, refusing to give in.

Last night was to be the Arrows first baseball game of the season. For many boys, 2020 is their last baseball season. Thankfully, Z refused to let the moment slip away. Despite the fact that the game would have been cancelled anyways due to the ice storm, he sent out “stats” for the game. My senior son pored over the virtual stat book, crowing at his RBI.

“Yeah, I can hit the ball. I don’t usually get on base, but I can bring a runner home.”

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As the library cancels, postpones, and reschedules programs, we are fortunate to be working with dedicated artists and performers–ones with heart and passion and compassion. As such, we are working to create virtual performances for our patrons to enjoy from the comfort of their homes.

One such is musician and composer, Kevin Sherwin who is graciously creating a mini concert for us in lieu of his May 5 performance.


We are one week into our Stay At Home order. We are three weeks into our national social distancing directive. Standing at the plate, squaring off against an admirable opponent, is difficult on the best days. Now it is necessary.

The seasons of life are short, take the pitch. Even if you don’t score yourself, you can still help win the game.

stay home and stay safe~ jody