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Readers and Writers Wanted

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.

Lovely photo of Emily’s to-be-read piles from this summer.

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.

Lovely photo of Nancy Drew, the Lorax, and Cruella DeVille for Storybooks on Parade.

Novel Characters

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.

Lovely reminder of how hard it is to be a good writer and why we need other writers to support us.

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

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Ebooks Minnesota Reads

We’ve talked before about Ebooks Minnesota and all of the amazing books Minnesota residents can read for free without needing to pull out a library card. Here are a couple things available on Ebooks Minnesota for the summer and a hidden gem we wanted to highlight.

Our next One Book | One Minnesota read is the essay collection A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota, edited by Sun Yung Shin. You can find the book and a reading guide here: The library will have a book discussion of A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota on Wednesday July 22nd at 6:30pm. Let us know if you are interested either by emailing or by calling 507-825-6714. We will determine if the event will be in person or online once we have an idea of how many people are interested.

Check out Virtual Library Comic Con at There are comics for all ages and interests, from history to sports to superheroes to drawing and more. Additional comics will be made available throughout the summer and there will be an online event on July 30th. These comics will be available through August 31st.

Jake Maddox fans will be excited to know that many of his books are available on Ebooks Minnesota, both chapter books and comics. If you’ve never read a Jake Maddox before, here’s a video with Emily reading the first couple chapters of Catching Confidence to give you a taste.

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Journey Down the Mississippi with Doug Ohman, Part Three

Enjoy the final part of Doug Ohman’s Journey Down the Mississippi.

Part 3:  From the river city of St. Paul ride along with kayaker Doug Ohman as he completes the entire Mississippi River to the Iowa border.  This stretch of nearly 200 miles of river takes us into some of the most picturesque scenery on our trip so far.  We will also experience some of the most charming river towns in the state, such as Red Wing and Wabasha.  When we finally get to the Iowa border, we will have traveled approximately 720 miles of this incredible American river.

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Journey Down the Mississippi with Doug Ohman, Part Two

Today we have part two of Doug Ohman’s Journey Down the Mississippi. We’ll have the final part for you next week.

Part 2:  Continue Kayaking with Doug Ohman through the heart of Minnesota from Little Falls to St. Paul.  This 130 miles of river is sure to entertain and educate as we travel through some larger urban centers such as St. Cloud and Minneapolis.  We will experience going through three river locks on this stretch.  Doug will also share more historical information about two very important explorers of the Mississippi River.

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Journey Down the Mississippi with Doug Ohman, Part One


Doug Ohman visited Meinders Community Library in April of 2019 and we are delighted to bring you his three-part series exploring the Mississippi River. Check back next week for part two.

Part 1: Ride along by kayak on the Mighty Mississippi River with Minnesota photographer and storyteller, Doug Ohman.  Doug will take you from the river’s headwaters at Lake Itasca to the central Minnesota town of Little Falls.  Along the way you will experience wilderness, large lakes and interesting towns in this 400 mile journey.  Doug will share Minnesota history and stories that relate to this upper section of river.   

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Guess the Librarian Winners Week 6 & 7


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. We will also be giving away a George Foreman grill at the end of our Guess the Librarian games, so keep guessing!

  • Week Six Winner: Monica Sullivan
  • Week Seven Winner: Diane Scotting

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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Guess the Children’s Book Author: Minnesota Edition

MN Kid Lit

There are so many good children’s book authors out there and we’re lucky to have a bunch that live in Minnesota! We’ve created a quiz with some fun facts to help you learn more about these great Minnesota authors. If you need help figuring out the questions, we’ve included links to all of the authors’ websites below. We’ll have the answers and more fun facts about another group of children’s book authors for you next week!

Kate DiCamillo’s novel Because of Winn-Dixie is our state’s first One Book One Minnesota read. You can read it for free, through the end of May on the Biblioboard app on your tablet or mobile device or on a computer at And while you’re on Biblioboard, check out some of the other wonderful titles on there that are always available for free.

Author Websites


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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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Darth Tater’s Escape Room Adventure

Darth Tater 2

A long time ago in a library far, far away, Darth Tater set out to save the universe, bravely fighting his way through a galaxy of puzzles. He continues to fight to this day and needs your help.

Qualified recruits who complete this mission and submit the contact form below will be entered into a drawing for a prize.

Once you have completed the final puzzle, fill out the contact form below. All correct answers submitted by local participants before May 15 will be placed in a drawing for a gift card for a local business.

Gift cards provided by Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. Darth Tater’s adventures brought to you by the stir-crazy staff at Meinders Community Library.