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Cricut Craft Your Way to DIY Gifts

We have a few open spots for Saturday’s Cricut Crafting Workshop.

Participants get to design and make a mug along with two other gift items between 10am and 2pm. Sign up by yourself, or add a friend to your registration!

All ages and craft-abilities welcome, though youth must be accompanied by an adult, as some of the steps involved in crafting require supervision and assistance.

Call the library, stop in, or use the form below to reserve your spot for this unique opportunity to create one of a kind crafts.

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Unleash Your Creativity with Cricut Crafting

Meinders Community Library is offering a Cricut Crafting Series that includes a night of instruction followed by a four-hour, hands-on workshop where crafters can make up to three unique gift items FREE of charge!

Presenter Judy Rannow has taught Community Education classes for well-over a decade. For nearly thirty years, she has facilitated crafting and hobby weekends for groups and small businesses. Her newest addition to workshops includes the Cricut line, specifically, infusible inks and the mug press. Judy is currently knee-deep in plans to open a craft-only business that will focus on workshops and one-of-a-kind gifts. This is Judy’s second workshop at the library, as she taught paper crafting at our first Full STEAM Ahead.

Join us at 6:00pm Monday, October 25, to learn how to create your own design using the Cricut DesignStudio. Judy will showcase the mug press, heat press, and infusible ink sheets and pens for sublimation. She will also touch on other applications of the Cricut cutting machine such as vinyls, iron-ons, or papercrafts. By the time you leave, you will have the knowledge and confidence to make your own gifts just in time for the holidays.

In fact, you can put your new-found knowledge to work almost immediately. On Saturday, October 30, Judy will host a four-hour, come and go workshop. Attendees will have the opportunity to make up to three products using the Cricut machine, a variety of tools, and consumable supplies. Participants may purchase additional supplies for crafting if desired. All ages and craftability levels are welcome.

Participants can attend one or both sessions. Just know that space and supplies are limited, so registration is required. Call Meinders Library or fill out the form below to reserve your spot at the table!

Thanks to our State Farm Full Steam Ahead and our Pipestone Area Community Foundation grants, Meinders Community Library has a smattering of Cricut tools for patrons to check out or use in our STEAM Room.

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Fall into a Good Book

Fall is here and we’re ready for sweater weather, warm beverages, and cozy reading time at Meinders Community Library. Pick up a bookmark with fall reading prompts, like read a book with fall colors on the cover, and get some inspiration for your seasonal reading. If you need help choosing your next read, we’ve got suggestions for every prompt. Or you can “leaf” your own suggestion for other readers to enjoy.

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Everything But Fishing

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Annual Kids Fishing Derby sponsors (and Tom and Erica in all their various hats), our community gets to finish out the summer with a bit of family fun. Join us at the Hiawatha Pageant Park Pond tomorrow (Thursday, August 19) beginning at 5pm for hands on not-quite-fishing fun!

Thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers that help make this a great community event for all to enjoy!

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Calling All Crafters

Plum Creek Library System has rolled out our newest digital platform, and it’s sure to delight DIYers of all ilk.

Creativebug.com

Perfect for makers, crafters, day care providers, parents, programmers, organizations, families, homeschoolers, and home businesses, Creativebug has thousands of award-winning art & craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists.

But don’t take our word for it. Click the link to Creativebug and use your PCLS library card to access tutorials on a wide range of projects sure to take your home-decorating and gift-giving to a whole new level.

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Ode to Summer Morns

sunlight straggles ‘midst leafy canopies

dapples day old coals and dew-soaked chill

embraced in nature’s frieze

I know nothing about poetry in the true sense of the word. My college books taught me little beyond the fact that I know very little. As a whole, poetry is elusive to me. At times, it feels cramped and rigid in a way that defies my passion for all things soft, flowing, and raw.

Nature versus the manmade constructs that confine us to straight lines and inexplicable perfection.

Maybe that’s why the only poetry that feels right to me is the ode. Short and lyrical, introspective and not entirely bound by strict rules of rhyme and meter. Or maybe it’s just that writers love to follow their own paths–kind of like nature does–and the ode is a great place to do so.

Regardless, nature is a great space to exist in, particularly in the early morning solitude.

For those new to nature or wishing to learn more about how to enjoy the great outdoors, we have tons of books at the library that highlight everything from pocket guides identifying plants, rocks, and animals to travel and survival guides. Whether you like camping, hiking, bird-watching, or a weekend at the lake, we have a book (and maybe even a poem) for you.

And always, your local library can point you in the right direction.

let your adventures begin~ jody

*professional poets may have been harmed by reading my ode. To them, I apologize.

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Expanded Digital Platforms for Young Readers

Just in time for summer vacation, Plum Creek Library System has expanded its Scholastic digital platforms. Accessing them is simple and can help keep the youngsters in your life engaged and learning from the comfort of your own home–or anywhere you have access to internet.

Use your PCLS library card barcode to explore the world and find activities, quizzes, and deep dives into fascinating topics. These platforms are perfect for a variety of ages and interest levels. Some provide content for different reading levels, while others have a Spanish version.

All these platforms are brought to you exclusively through our public library’s membership in the Plum Creek Library System. Stay tuned for adult online resources such as auto repair, legal information resources, extensive DIY tutorials, and Consumer Reports. These platforms are set to roll out shortly.

watch and read your way to fascinating facts on nearly every topic
Scholastic ScienceFlix
dynamic digital content on people, places, and events that shape the world around us
bkflix-web
early literacy pairings of fiction and nonfiction in both Spanish and English
sfx-web
the coolest science topics with leveled reading–also in Spanish
bite sized videos in Spanish and English paired with mini lessons
Scholastic Teachables Logo
activities that teach real-world skills for prek-8th grade

Other benefits of being a full member of the Plum Creek Library System include joint programming, access to Overdrive e-books and audiobooks, as well as book sharing with other member libraries. Each week, PCLS delivers books from across its service area (and sometimes the state) to libraries in the system. They also maintain our library catalog, making it easy for patrons to find books from a digital device and place holds on the materials they want.

check out those sweet websites and learn along with your youngsters~ jody

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Full STEAM Ahead 2021

Sign up now for your Take & Make kit. From solar ovens to fairy gardens to mini robots and more, these kits will engage participants of all ages.

  • Exploration Kit: activities will target science, technology, engineering, and math. Will include experiments and tinkering.
  • Craft Kit: geared toward creative minds with activities like painting, fiber arts, and paper craft.
  • STEAM Kit: this kit will have a combination of Craft and Exploration activities and a DIY fairy garden.

They will be distributed on a first come, first reserved basis and items may differ from kit to kit. Pick up day is Saturday, May 15th at Meinders Community Library from 10am-2pm. If you have questions or want more information, call the library at 507-825-6714 or email meinders@pas.k12.mn.us.

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You Know You’re a Book Nerd When

receiving new books is like the world’s best present to a librarian

I would lie if I said I wasn’t a little giddy when I opened a box of new books to find them padded with the crumpled signature pages of other books.

So, what exactly is a signature page and just how big is one?

The answer depends. A signature page consists of blocks of text (what we know as pages in a finished book) arranged on a giant sheet of paper. If you look closely, you can see just how messed up the pages can be. The arrangement is upside down, backwards, and not at all in order like you think it might be. This is to accommodate the folding that will later take place.

em’s amazing origami skills at work

To see these pages in action, look at the top or bottom end of a book. In traditional publishing, those little bundles of pages are made up of ONE piece of paper which are folded like an origami swan and cut to fit between the covers of a book. These pages are then nestled into each other and are put into a book as a single unit. This is why if your binding breaks, you often lose an entire chunk of pages.

bound book

It’s also why we sometimes get books that are still stuck together or even out of order. Sometimes things just get a little wonky when you’re working with something as large as a signature page.

The largest signature page that I’m aware of is made up of 32 blocks of text and/or illustration–16 to a side. This is the most economical way of printing, making many traditionally published books divisible by 32. That said, depending on the capabilities of individual printers, signature sheets can consist of two, four, eight, or 16 pages.

Of course, there are print on demand books and e-books, but that’s a whole ‘nother post!

embrace your inner book nerd~ jody