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Breaking News: Bank Robbery Suspect a Beloved Community Member

After a busy day at the bank, a teller noticed missing items from the vault. Police are putting together a case against beloved community member, Indiana Bones, whom witnesses and video footage have placed at the scene of the crime.

Bones is often viewed as a pillar of the community and is known for being fun-loving, yet highly compassionate. Shown below, Meinders Community Library aide, Kim, was cooperative with investigators about Bones’ visit to the library earlier in the day, though, she was quick to defend him, saying, “He would literally give you the shirt off his back.”

lib bones checkout

Many individuals have stepped forward as character witnesses for Mr. Bones, as there is a belief in the community that Bones simply would not have committed a crime. In an interview, key witness, Leslie at the Pipestone Dental Center, voiced her opinion, “A gentleman who takes that good of care of his teeth is incapable of a crime like that. He even flosses.”

If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Meinders Community Law Enforcement Center with any information that may aid the investigation.

You can also bring your problem solving skills to the library during our newest escape room this weekend: Hindsight is 2020. We still have a spot or two left.

Tune in Monday to get updated information on the investigation and learn the fate of Indiana Bones.

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Hindsight: An Escape Room

Hindsight Flyer

It’s almost time for another escape room at Meinders Community Library! Assemble your team, test your smarts with our new locks and puzzles, and unravel the mystery—because Hindsight is always 2020. Sign up by calling 507-825-6714, emailing, or stopping by the library.

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

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.

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Tee Up For Winter Reading


It’s almost time for the Winter Reading Program to start! Read twelve books from January 1st to March 31st and receive a prize. Any book you read counts, whether you read one you own, listen to an audiobook, or check out an ebook. Sign up at the library desk to pick up your reading log and get started. We also have bingo cards and 2020 calendars with a reading challenge to inspire your winter reading.

If you come to the library to sign up for the Winter Reading Program on Monday 12/30 or Tuesday 12/31, you can also play a round of mini golf!

Mini Golf

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Mini Golf at Meinders

Mini Golf

On Monday 12/30 and Tuesday 12/31, patrons will have the opportunity to play mini golf inside Meinders Community Library. Sign up in advance to reserve your tee time or drop-in and use the STEAM Room or play a board game while you wait for the course to open up. To inspire your short game, here are some books featuring golf.

  • Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot
  • Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
  • The Prodigy by John Feinstein
  • The Million Dollar Putt by Dan Gutman
  • The League by Thatcher Heldring
  • The Dearly Departed by Elinor Lipman
  • Secondhand Slice by Jake Maddox
  • Miracle at St. Augusta by James Patterson



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The Elves Have Been Busy

Meinders Library isn’t immune to the holiday excitement. In the past week, the library elves have wrapped and delivered 19 boxes to students in pre-kindergarten through fourth grade.

christmas care packages 2019

With the help of 18 enthusiastic educators, the elves distributed 364 bookmarks, pencils, and activity books to students, as well as 475 books to local classrooms, including books in Spanish for our bilingual youth.

While most of the books we dropped off need to be returned to the library, providing a variety of fresh stories for emerging readers is an important step in learning to love the written word. And if there’s one gift librarians can get behind, it’s the love of learning.

We know full well that every reader has different needs, likes, and dislikes. We also know that using your library to test out authors, genres, and reading levels is a win-win for parents, educators, and youth. The books are free, so there is no guilt in trying things out and discovering that a book isn’t for you.

And did I mention free? From books to DVDs to cake pans and STEM backpacks, everything you check out from the library costs you nothing–including your library card.

So, give the gift of literacy this season and help the youth in your life reach their potential. It’s as easy as 1-2-3.

  1. Stop by the library to get a library card. Just be sure to bring in a photo ID and information with your current address.
  2. Stuff your stockings with library cards (and library related goodies like book marks).
  3. Visit the library to check out books.

Repeat number three as often as your little ones ask to enjoy the gift that keeps on giving.

happy reading~ jody

*fun fact: library elves work year-round!