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Showdown at the Calumet Inn


It’s time for another large scale escape room! Join us for Showdown at the Calumet Inn on Saturday March 14th at 6:30pm. Appetizers will be provided and drinks and other food will be available for purchase. Pre-registration required. Ages 21+

To sign up your team or for more information, stop by Meinders Community Library or call us at 507-825-6714.


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Arrow Bots Live at the Library

It’s Robotics Season!

Arrowbots 2020
Current Ranking: 12 of 60

The Pipestone robotics team #3298 will be live-streamed from Grand Forks Friday and Saturday at the library. Today’s match times are listed below:

  • Match 10 @ 10:26am Won
  • Match 19 @ 11:37am Won
  • Match 29 @ 1:32pm   Won
  • Match 40 @ 2:58pm
  • Match 49 @ 4:08pm
  • Match 55 @  4:55pm
  • Match 62 @ 5:50pm

Saturday times:

  • Match 71 @ 10:00am
  • Match 89 @ 12:06pm

Stop in to support the Arrow Bots as they meet this year’s challenges and compete against other techies from across the nation. If you can’t join us at Meinders Community Library, follow the link and watch them from work or from home!

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New Storytime Session & Youth Books

Storytime with background color

Starting this Thursday, February 27th, Meinders Community Library will offer an evening storytime at 6:30pm on Thursdays. We will read books, sing songs, and do other fun activities to strengthen early literacy skills. Here are some new books for young readers, from toddlers to teens.


  • I Am Perfectly Designed by Karamo Brown & Jason “Rachel” Brown, illustrated by Anoosha Syed
  • My Mighty Journey: a Waterfall’s Story by John Coy, illustrated by Gaylord Schanilec
  • When Sadness Is at Your Door by Eva Eland
  • Bruce’s Big Storm by Ryan T. Higgins
  • A Big Bed for Little Snow by Grace Lin
  • Fry Bread: a Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis
  • What’s Cooking at 10 Garden Street? by Felicita Sala
  • Why? by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Who Wet My Pants? by Bob Shea, illustrated by Zachariah O’Hora
  • Who Is the Mystery Reader? by Mo Willems

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Maybe He Just Likes You by Barbara Dee
  • Allies by Allen Gratz
  • Best Friends by Shannon Hale
  • Major Impossible by Nathan Hale
  • Notorious by Gordon Korman
  • Thief Knots by Kate Milford
  • Dear Sweet Pea by Julie Murphy
  • Dog Man: Fetch-22 by Dav Pilkey
  • Bouncing Back by Scott Ostler
  • Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Young Adult Fiction

  • The New David Espinoza by Fred Aceves
  • A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai
  • The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco
  • Shadowscent by P. M. Freestone
  • The Hand on the Wall by Maureen Johnson
  • Just Breathe by Cammie McGovern
  • One of Us Is Next by Karen McManus
  • The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
  • Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen


  • Beetle Battles: One Scientist’s Journey of Adventure and Discovery by Doug Emlen
  • A Delayed Life: The True Story of the Librarian of Auschwitz by Dita Kraus
  • Give Us the Vote!: Over 200 Years of Fighting for the Ballot by Susan Goldman Rubin


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Tell Your Story

Jamberry by [Degen, Bruce]

My water story goes something like this: Growing up, my sister, our cadre of cousins, and I bopped around from one relative’s home to the next. While we may have gotten into a few pickles, our summer story was mostly sweet.

When the berries ripened on the Seattle river banks, all of our relatives from my granny to my aunts and uncles to the tiniest of cousins would pile into a variety of boats and barges and float down the river, stopping along the way to harvest the wild berries. When our buckets were filled, we returned to Granny’s house for an intense jam session. It wasn’t unusual to see bramble-scraped arms, berry-stained mouths, and paraffin-dipped fingertips. And smiles. Dozens of smiles that lasted all year long as we popped open our coveted jars of summer-fresh jam.

It might be why I can recite Bruce Degen’s Jamberry, as if it were a Shakespeare original.

Do you have a unique or interesting water story? Or one steeped in tradition like a good cup of tea? Has water (or the lack thereof) played an important role in your life? If so, Meinders Community Library would love to hear from you.

As a host community for the traveling exhibit of We Are Water MN this summer, we are gathering stories that convey your relationship to water. We are looking for 10-15 individuals who would like to share their water-related experiences through an interview that may make up part of the exhibit.

The interviews will take place between Wednesday, February 26 and Friday, February 28, and should be scheduled by the end of next week.

What are we looking for? Ways water has impacted you. If you are interested in sharing your story, please fill out the form below and let us know how to best reach you. If we can make it work, we will schedule you for an interview. Your voice is important to us, and your stories matter–no matter how big or small, or sweet or sour they may be.

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Say Cheese!

Say Cheese

Have you ever wondered how to make a beautiful meat and cheese board? To learn how, come to Meinders Community Library on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30pm. Registration requested so we have ample supplies for participants.

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Awesome Robotics Kick Off

Can’t wait to support our Arrow Bots this year!


The Infinite Recharge theme, created in conjunction with Disney and Lucas Films, promotes an atmosphere of Force For Change.

Tech is the future, and students engaged in robotics are poised to lead the charge.

Star Wars fans will love the playing field and challenges during the 2020 season. PAS fans will love cheering on the Arrow Bots with live streaming of competitions at the library.

Stay tuned as the season progresses.