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Summer Library Programs

Join us for more fun programs this summer! This Friday, July 29th at 2:00pm actor David Ward will bring tall tales to life with Paul Bunyan: Loggin’, Legends, and Lore at Meinders Community Library.

In August, we have more exciting events happening at the library and at parks around Pipestone!

  • Stories on the Square—Jacqueline West: Tuesday, August 9th at 6:00 pm, Southwest Park
  • Games and Grub: Thursday, August 11th at 5:30 pm, Meinders Community Library
  • Pedal to the Metal—Traveling Foundry: Tuesday, August 23rd 11:00 am-2:00 pm, Westview Park

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Siama’s Congo Roots and Storytime Guests

Siama’s Congo Roots

Join us next Thursday, July 21st at 10:00am for a lively Congolese music program with Siama Matuzungidi and Dallas Johnson at Meinders Community Library. Siama is known for his intricate guitar, catchy songs, spirited singing and traditional     instruments like Balafon and Mbira. We’ll all have a chance to learn simple songs in Kikongo and Lingala and try out African singing styles like call-and-response and yodeling in this interactive program. Siama’s Congo Roots is great for all ages and this program is free for everyone. Check out this video for a sneak preview!

We will also have some special guests at Storytime next week on Tuesday, July 19th. Dairy Princesses Josie Sutherland and Katelyn Welgraven will join us to for a cow and dairy themed storytime and then we will shake our own ice cream!

After Siama’s Congo Roots on Thursday, the Meinders Community Library will close for our annual cleaning and maintenance. We will close at 12:00pm on Thursday July 21st and will reopen on Monday July 25th at 10:00am.

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Stories on the Square at Harmon Park

Join us at Harmon Park next Tuesday, July 12th at 6pm for our first Stories on the Square! TikTok sensation JamesG will entertain us with his Heelys antics and original music and serve as emcee for the evening.

We also invite community members to show off their tattoos and share the stories behind their custom ink during the open mic portion. If you don’t have a tattoo, tell us about your friend or relative’s or what you dream of getting inked someday. We’ll have prizes for the audience’s favorite story and librarian’s choice (we love a literary tattoo) and temporary tattoos for everyone else!

This event is free and for all ages. Thank you to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library for sponsoring the event and providing treats.

If you’re unable to attend or prefer to avoid public speaking, we’ve included at contact form below so you can still share your story. Pictures are also welcome! If you’d like to read the picture book that inspired this event, Tell Me a Tattoo Story by Minnesota author Alison McGhee is available to check out at Meinders Community Library.

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Hometown Hero

This year’s theme of the Water Tower Festival is hometown heroes.

However, instead of reading this new novel last night, I had the privilege of watching the Pipestone Jr. Ambassadors Contest sponsored by Michelle Cheeseman State Farm Insurance Agency & the Pipestone Area Chamber. As a former speech coach and a current introvert, I am amazed at the confidence and articulation of our youngest community members.

Twenty-six youth answered questions about the heroes in their lives, potential superpowers they would love to have, and a variety of other questions to help the audience (and judges) get to know them. Some answers were serious and thoughtful, while others were filled with humor and great comedic timing.

I won’t lie, the 5th grader who, if given a chance, would open up a book store in our town, is my own personal Home Town Hero. After all, there is no such thing as too many books.

My librarian bias aside, every kid who stood on the stage last night deserves hero status. Public speaking is hard. To do so with humor and eloquence right in the middle of the block (under the attentive gaze of adults) is even more difficult. But sometimes doing the heavy lifting behind the scenes is also heroic. I saw many businesses, volunteers, and donors working in the heat to make Kids Night a success. Many of these same individuals will be standing on the courthouse lawn during the vendor fair or cleaning up tables or serving food and drink to the masses throughout the whole weekend.

Heroes are everywhere.

And so are books about them!

If you are looking for a good book or are simply looking for a quiet and fun place to rest between Water Tower Festival events, Meinders Community Library is a great place to go. We have games, computers, and free wi-fi to any patron. No library card is needed for in-house use.

We close at 5pm on Fridays and are open from 10am to 2pm every Saturday except holiday weekends. In fact, the public library will be closed Saturday, Sunday and Monday July 2-4.

If ever in doubt about our hours, simply give us a call!

a huge thanks to all our home town heroes in Pipestone~ jody

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Summer Fun at the Library

Stop by Meinders Community Library and pick up a Summer Reading Bingo card! The Summer Reading Program is for all ages, even adults. If you come to the library to sign up this week, you can design your own Summer Reading Badge and we will turn it into a pin or magnet with our button maker.

Pilcrow Foundation Books

When you’re looking for good reads to fill up your bingo card, we recently received over a hundred new children’s books thanks to a grant from The Pilcrow Foundation and the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library! The Pilcrow Foundation offers matching book grants specifically for rural libraries and we’re so grateful that PAFL provided the matching funds. These wonderful new books, from board books to beginning readers to middle grade fiction, are located on our Meinders display table.

Games & Grub

We have our first Summer Games & Grub, this Thursday evening, June 9th at 5:30pm. If you would like to attend, please let us know by calling 507-825-6714 or by filling out the contact form below. We have a variety of different games here, or you can bring your favorite from home.

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Games & Grub

It was a dark and stormy night, but that didn’t stop gamers from four to ninety-four from coming out for a great night of Games & Grub at Meinders Community Library. We played old favorites like Scrabble and Life, tested our knowledge of 80s trivia, and shared some of our new favorite games from The Spiel Foundation like Labyrinth and Bugs in the Kitchen.

Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, everyone was a winner and got either a Dari King or Dairy Queen gift card! Thank you also to Erica and Tom from the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce for stopping by to take some photos of games in action.

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Go Fly A Kite

While today’s weather makes spring feel a million days away, it won’t stop us from teaching you how to craft a kite. Join Trava and Emily for a blustery adventure this Saturday at Meinders Community Library.

With enough practice, you can be a kite-making pro just in time for kite-flying season.

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My Favorite Day in Library Land

In the midst of a week that recognizes libraries on a national level, library workers get one day set aside to celebrate all the goodness they bring to the communities they serve. As the director of a tiny, but mighty staff, National Library Workers Day is by far my favorite “holiday”.

jody, emily, sally, kim: serving the pipestone community for a collective 50+ years!

For those in our community who use the library, your reasons for loving my awesome staff may be slightly different than mine. Thankfully, the American Library Association provides a place for you to:

Nominate a stellar library worker!

Nominations may come from library users, students, children, colleagues, faculty, or management.  Your nominee will show up on the Galaxy of Stars for the whole world to see!

https://ala-apa.org/nlwd/

So, why do I love my staff? (In alphabetical order as librarians are wont to do.)

Emily has so much energy and her bubbly personality spills over to anyone in her sphere, making her the perfect children’s librarian. She’s an incredible singer, which you may not think has anything to do with library work, but you would be surprised at the sheer number of opportunities she has to break into song throughout any given day. Em also has innate book sense and is invaluable in curating our collection so it is accessible to all our patrons. And her wit. You may not see it often, but when you do, your sides will hurt and tears will literally stream down your face.

Kim is a whirlwind of efficiency. She’s like the black lab of the library, always on the hunt for a new project to complete. Everything she touches is done consistently, accurately, and in record time. Her organizational skills are out of this world, and we are kindred spirits where aesthetics are concerned. The shelves always look their tidy best when Kim is on duty! Further, she could teach customer service classes. Her ability to connect with any patron and make them feel as if they are the most important thing on her to do list is a gift. And she knows everyone.

Sally is the/a library. Her institutional knowledge (and crazy awesome memory) make her the most accurate database I’ve ever used. I would never succeed in my job without being able to tap into her superpower. Fellow introverts, Sally and I can work together for hours in complete silence. Yet the second a patron walks in, she is super attentive and nearly omniscient in her ability to help them find exactly what they need without even having to ask. (See above: crazy awesome memory plus over 25 years of dedication to the Public Library in a town she grew up in.) Devoted, compassionate and helpful are but a few of the words that describe Sally’s value to me and everyone who has the pleasure of working with her.

Together, this fantastic team puts in endless hours of work each week to provide quality services to anyone who uses our library. Without them, Meinders Community Library would not be nearly as sweet as it is!

read, celebrate, repeat

best team ever~ jody