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Games & Grub

Soup & Scrabble

Meinders Community Library has been hosting quarterly Soup & Scrabble nights for the past couple years and we’ve received requests to expand the event to include other games. So join us this Friday 11/15 at 5:30pm for the newly dubbed Games & Grub.

The library has a variety of board games and library staff will provide soup and hotdish. Bring a potluck dish and any games you want to share with others. This event is for game players of all ages. To sign up, call us at 507-825-6714, email us at, or stop by the library.

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The Public

The Public

Spend your evening out with us!

Admission is free. Popcorn, apple juice, and hot chocolate are as well.

If you’d like other treats, feel free to  bring your own.

Doors open at 6:45.

Movie begins at 7:00pm.

Stay after the closing credits for a public discussion with questions written by actor/director Emilio Estevez and Ryan Dowd, trainer on homelessness.

*Disclaimer: while it’s much warmer than heading to Rochester for the first round of state football, the emotional impact might be about the same. Football updates can be provided upon request.

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Spooked At Meinders

Halloween came early to Meinders Community Library in the form of our newest escape room adventure. It was the first time we hosted an escape room in the entire library. Set up like Clue, teams had to use the process of elimination to find everything from floating books to howling wolves, as well as a series of horror-writing authors past.

Over 175 brave souls from 2nd grade to granny-aged joined in the mischief at Meinders Mansion where Mr. Boddy was found scared to death.


Who did it, where, and how were the questions that 15 teams answered over the course of a week. Read on to find out how they fared!

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Not Pictured, but still important!

  • Stacy’s Stars (astronomy class)
  • Wendi Weber’s 2nd Grade Class
  • Jen Evans’ 2nd Grade Class
  • Jennifer Farrell’s 2nd Grade Class (will go through November 1st)
  • Kris Reinhard’s 2nd Grade Class (will go through November 1st)

Tramping through the dark with lanterns and flashlights was a definite highlight for many. The experience has definitely inspired us to consider another full library escape room in the future. Until then, we’ll keep the monsters locked out of the library and firmly between the covers of our mystery novels!

Mansion Vestibule

Have a happy and safe Halloween!

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Come Write-In at Meinders Library

Shield-Nano-Side-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResNaNoWriMo is an online contest/support network that helps writers around the world furiously pen their way toward creating the next Great American Novel.

During the month of November, area writers will gather together at Write-In locations to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Meinders Community Library (and at least one of the librarians here) will be competing in this quirky, yet satisfying contest.

Several high profile novels are a product of NaNoWriMo, proving that hard work and a quirky contest can pay off. You won’t know if you are capable of joining the ranks of published writers unless and until you get that first draft done.

Successful NaNo authors include:

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
  • 6, 7, and 8. Cinder , Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer.

If you–or someone you know–has always wanted to write a novel, you/they are welcome to join us for camaraderie, light refreshments, support, writing prompts, and time away from the rest of the world to write.

For young writers, NaNoWriMo offers the Young Writers Program where youth get to set their own writing goals for the month.

Kick off for National Novel Writing Month will take place on Friday, November 1, at noon. Over the lunch hour, writers can stop by, sign up, write, talk, and get started on their NaNo project. 

The dates for Meinders Write-Ins are as follows:

  • Sundays November 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Thursdays November 7, 14, and 21 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

If NaNoWriMo feels a bit daunting, we also offer a writer’s group that meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30pm-8:00pm. You are welcome to stop by and immerse yourself in the written word.

Click here for more information on NaNoWriMo.

happy writing~ Jody

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United at the Library

Unity Day 2019Toy Story 4 was released on DVD earlier this month–twenty-four years after the original movie won the hearts of friends everywhere. I hear people love it for its timeless characters and the relationships they represent.

Then again, friendship never grows old. Some friends come and go and are there when we need them most. Others last a lifetime. Either way, friends play a role in shaping who we are and how we interact with the world.

This week is National Friends of Libraries Week, and this week, Pipestone Area Friends of the Library knocked it out of the park by supporting our dyslexia program. Not only did they sponsor the speaker, but they made the audience delicious treats. This isn’t unusual for our Friends group, as helping our library is what they do.

Though our Friends rock, not everyone is lucky enough to have the support of those around them. For a variety of reasons, individuals are made fun of, ostracized, or ignored. Bullying, like friendship, plays a role in shaping who we are and how we interact in the world.

Today is Unity Day, a single day during National Bullying Prevention Month, to remind us to be kind, be inclusive, and be accepting of those around us. Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center has worked hard to bring awareness of this growing problem and educate communities across the globe that by standing silent in the face of bullying can be just as damaging as doing the bullying itself.

Staff at Meinders Community Library stand firm in the idea that all individuals deserve to be treated with respect and that we don’t condone bullying for any reason. Our library has resources, both fiction and nonfiction, that speak to the nature and the aftermath of bullying. We can help you find some for readers of all ages.

While we know that not everyone is meant to be friends, Unity Day (and the toys from Toy Story) remind us that nobody should ever be the bully.

happy reading~ jody

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Experience Is Priceless

painting catsGenerations have always attributed blanket personas to other generations. I am guilty of exacerbating those blanket statements in this post–but with a positive spin–so please bear with me.

Our youth are currently our most experiential population to date. They are about doing, not having. They are triers, not compilers. No longer does he with the biggest and best win. Rather, she who has done the most is considered richer.

My generation, on the other hand, grew up in a world rich with possession. For the most part, we acquire things. Houses, cars, jewelry, boats, lake homes, televisions, home libraries, and motor homes. This ownership is the whole reason we work so hard.

The turn-of-the-century generation placed great value on family and made tremendous sacrifices to provide for the future generations. My parents fell somewhere in between, holding onto the memories of time spent while being torn by the need to succeed.

None of these approaches to life are right or wrong. They got us where we are today. And rather than focusing on the differences, we are poised to celebrate these intergenerational relationships and all the attributes they bring to the table.

Two weeks ago, my extended family gathered together. Three generations spent time eating, chatting, playing games, and painting. We donned our painting aprons, brandished our paint brushes, and tackled a scary project.

finished catsHalloween cats.

Some plunged forward with little regard for the outlines sketched on the canvas. Others followed the directions to a point before veering off to give their paintings their own personalities. Still others held fast to the process, lamenting their inability to perfectly replicate the picture.

Not surprisingly, the younger generation embraced the idea of doing. They fearlessly incorporated mistakes into purposeful changes to the original. My generation strove hard to create a perfect replica. Fixing and fussing and working even during play. My mom simply basked in the moment, quietly dedicated to getting the job done as she savored the time spent with her kids and grandkids.

The result was fourteen similar but different black cats, a priceless experience, and bonding across the generations.

Each and every day, we have the ability to connect with a variety of people across generations, genders, and cultures. If we take the time to open ourselves up to the experience and eschew expectations of perfection, we can end the day richer than when we started.

At the library, our makerspace allows these kinds of interactions to happen. Groups are welcome to reserve our STEAM Room to tinker and create, making memories in the process. Simply call, email, or stop by the library and we can get you on the calendar.

get connected~ jody

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Creepy and Kooky

These are the words antique appraiser, Mark Moran, has used to describe some of the items at the library today. He’s also described items as beautiful and intriguing.


This event runs until 1:00 today and is open to anyone who wants to watch our community’s treasures get assessed by an expert in the field.

We will be streaming it live on facebook in a few minutes!