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And the Winners Are…

Thanks for guessing our librarian confessions!

Gift cards provided by Pipestone Area Friends of the Library and Coborn’s. Thanks, as always, for your support of our library and the work we do!

Also, just a gentle reminder that Minnesota is still under a mask mandate, so don’t forget your mask at home! Currently, our doors are unlocked during open hours and patrons are free to use the library in-house when it is convenient for them. We want to keep offering this. However, as we are a public (and educational) setting, we need mask compliance to do so.

Curbside pick up of materials is one of our favorite pandemic adaptations, and we plan to continue this service into the future. Simply call us to check out your holds the day you would like them, and we will set them in the vestibule for you to pick up at your convenience.

stay safe and keep reading~ jody

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Mike Lynch Super Star

Saturday night brought us a beautiful spring evening, a socially distanced crowd, and meteorologist Mike Lynch.

Fast forward a few days, and Wednesday brought a surprise package to the the library: a beautiful, signed photograph, “To all my friends at Meinders Library and everybody in Pipestone! Mike Lynch”

photo cred Mike Lynch

So, if you missed Stargazing with Mike Lynch this past weekend, enjoy this view from his telescope. Also, know that we are already in conversation about his next appearance in Pipestone and the potential glimpse of Saturn in the fall 2022 skies.

keep looking up and keep learning new things~ jody

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Thank You from Your Librarians

After celebrating National Library Week with Meinders Community Library, it’s no secret that we are passionate about books, our library, and you! One of the things we no longer take for granted is time with our patrons. We’ve missed seeing and chatting with you this past year and can’t wait to dip our toes back into the programming waters.

So, stop out tonight at 8:00pm for some Stargazing with Mike Lynch. Bring a lawn chair if you’d like, eat a treat, and explore the night skies. Don’t forget to mask up and physically distance to keep other stargazers safe.

Heartfelt thanks for your support go out from Emily (who loses books in the stacks and makes faces at tiny babies), Kim (who takes books home, but doesn’t start them), Sally (our non-reading librarian), and Jody (who despises Dewey for all his outdated and old-fashioned faults)!

Keep reading, keep learning, and keep spending time at your local library. We look forward to serving you long into the future!

photo creds for bringing out the best in us go to Stacy Popma

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Welcome to the Evolution of Your Library

Libraries are an integral part of a community. To find out how libraries have evolved to meet the changing needs of the communities they serve, please spend a few moments listening to MPR’s Humankind Documentary: Libraries Reimagined. For a visual tour of just a few things Meinders Community Library has done, scroll through the fun pics below.

All this and books, too!

So where does all this goodness come from? The short answer is philanthropy such as the Carnegie and Meinders Foundation donations which literally built two of our three buildings, grants like our $25,000 State Farm Grant for Full STEAM Ahead, and taxes at the federal, state, county, and city level.

The good news is that those funds are a good return on your investment. They provide computers to help patrons apply for jobs and wi-fi for community members to connect with family and friends. They give us books, movies, and educational opportunities, as well as programs that enrich lives in myriad ways. Our students read voraciously across all genres and attend after school STEM programs. Our teachers find materials on our shelves and in our makerspace that enhance their curriculums. Our community service providers meet with individuals in our conference rooms, while 4-H studies up for QuizBowl. Youth come to summer camps, and daycares attend storytimes. With our expanded digital platforms, patrons of all ages can read without ever leaving their homes. Exams are proctored for college kids and the Winter Reading Program keeps our bibliophiles busy during the cold, Minnesota months.

This financial support matters to far more people than you can imagine. So, what can you do to make sure our libraries remain vibrant and relevant to those we serve? Funny you should ask. Today is Take Action for Libraries Day.

Right now, we are at a pinnacle moment with MN legislature and how they allocate funding to the library systems across the state including Basic Library System Support (RLBSS) and Legacy Funding. For more information on how you can advocate for your library, check out this Minnesota Library Advocacy page. On a local level, let your elected officials know that you are invested (quite literally) in how your tax dollars are spent. And if all else fails, simply share your library love with anyone you know, as the more your library is used, the better your investment becomes!

keep reading~ jody

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Welcome to Your Library

Hoppy Easter and welcome to National Library Week–the collective celebration of all the wonderful things libraries provide free of charge to all patrons.

Our peeps are sharing some of their favorite things to do at Meinders Library. You can, too! In fact, you can enter to win a gift card simply by sharing your library love online. So stay tuned this week and join the fun!

From the American Library Association website: “Celebrate National Library Week 2021 by sharing what you love about the resources and services available at your library. Post to Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page,  about an e-book, audiobook, virtual storytime or bookclub, or how your library has made a difference while you’ve been social distancing at home. Use the hashtag #MyLibraryIs.  We’ll gather all the entries, and one randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card.  The promotion starts Sunday, April 4 at noon CT and ends on Saturday, April 10 at noon CT. Don’t forget to tag your library!

“If you love your library, say it loud and proud: vocal community support helps libraries secure much-needed funding and reminds hardworking library staff that their efforts are appreciated. Participating in the #MyLibraryIs promotion is a quick, easy way to help your library thrive.”

As always, thank you for your support of Meinders Community Library.

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Quick Spring Reads

Spring is a time of direct opposites for me. I love the morning birdsong when I take my dogs for a walk. I despise the dirty sidewalks on those same mornings. I love the sun. I hate the spring damp. For some reason, it is more chilling to me than the winter cold.

And speaking of chilling, I am 80% done with Heartbreak Bay, the fifth and final book in a series my daughter and I started reading a year ago. The Stillhouse Lake books by Rachel Caine are uniquely terrifying as they delve into the aftermath of serial killers. More specifically, they follow the lives of a serial killer’s family in the ensuing years.

I love this twist on the psychological thriller genre. It makes for interesting plotlines. I don’t love that the author did not survive her battle with cancer to see the final book in the series published and in the hands of readers.

Apparently, life is also full of direct opposites. One filled with sweetness and heartbreak.

If you have time kill between spring tasks like getting out the grill, dusting off the patio furniture, and thatching your lawn, I recommend a journey to Stillhouse Lake. The books are quick reads–just perfect for those springtime rainy days.

keep reading~ jody

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How to Enjoy a Rumpus

Thanks to Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, I’m sure we’ve all been exposed to the idea of a rumpus. But you don’t have to have wild creatures, bowls of soup, and naughty boys to appreciate a Wild Rumpus. In fact, you can enjoy a bit of a rumpus this winter with little to no prep.

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Ingredients of a Good Rumpus

  • a wild thing or two
  • time to devote to the rumpus
  • a loosening of your ideals on how perfectly behaved children (and their caretakers) should act
  • miscellany such as pillows, blankets, treats, books, games, imaginations, stuffed animals, nerf guns, etc…

Mix the above ingredients together in any order and proportion and see where you end up. It might be in a blanket fort playing board games or in a pillow pile with good books and great conversations. It might be sitting at a counter (or on it) eating ice cream out of the container while still in your pjs. Regardless, any scenario focused on connecting with others in your life without an agenda is always a win.

Another way to enjoy a wild rumpus: visit the indie book store in the Twin Cities that adopted the idea of a noisy, free-ranging, raucous commotion both in spirit and in name. The Wild Rumpus book store is a delight in every way. If you happen to be in the area you should visit it in person with your favorite little person. Whether or not you buy a book, the experience is truly magical. If, however, COVID and distance have you far from one of the most unique book stores around, you can still enjoy it.

Story times (ie reading aloud to young–and old–children) are more important now than ever before. Even virtual story times breathe life into the characters and plot, and connect youth to the written word in a very different way than slogging through the words on one’s own. Quite simply, shared stories open the door to all possibilities and ignite imaginations in a way unlike any other activity.

So, in addition to joining our very own Emily for her virtual story times on Facebook, you can settle in with your personal wild thing and listen to talented readers in both English and Spanish from wherever you love to snuggle up.

Of course, you can always pull out a classic and share Where the Wild Things Are with the next generation. Just be prepared for the wild rumpus that is sure to ensue!

make your own stories~ jody

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Meinders Midwinter Staycation

Tomorrow should be our library’s annual Midwinter Staycation. In the past, this Saturday reset has been filled with self-care, reading, yoga, good company, good discussion, and good food. It has also included a viewing of the PAS One Act play.

Like everything else this year, our Staycation will take place virtually. It is completely self-directed, but we hope you will partake in some of our offerings to make your Saturday a little brighter and your outlook on the rest of winter a little more bearable.

Further, you will have several opportunities to enter our crockpot “door prize” drawing. We are sharing tomorrow’s schedule with you today, so you can collect everything you need to jumpstart the weekend. Including this:

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Staycation Schedule

  • Start your day with a moment of mindfulness and a quick yoga practice with Jamie at JRRYoga. As a seasoned massage therapist and certified yoga instructor, Jamie has been a staple at our Staycations. Click here to begin your yoga session. After you are done, use the form below to drop a note identifying the cameo appearance.
  • Spend some time with the written word. Make this time deliberate and thoughtful. If you’re not typically a reader, this quick 15-20 minutes can help you reconnect with something you are interested in. For busy readers, it can reaffirm your love of stories and provide the impetus for starting that new novel you’ve been meaning to read. Don’t have a book in your house? Never fear, your Plum Creek Library card provides access to several digital platforms right from your computer, phone, or tablet. Click here to open our Quick Links page and the digital door to reading materials for all ages and interests. If your card needs renewed or you have forgotten your password, call the library today before 5pm close, and we will help you log into the platform of your choice.
  • Stream a One Act Play. On a typical Staycation Saturday, we would support the PAS One Act cast by watching their subsection performance. Please read about their virtual season here, then search online for one act play videos that interest you. Most One Act Plays last between 15 and 45 minutes. Let us know what you watched and what you thought.
  • Finally, treat yourself to a steaming bowl of chili. In previous years, we’ve made flavored coffee syrups, scrumptious drink mixes, and appetizers to be shared before and/or after lunch. This year, we’re going all out and making a complete meal to battle the chilly temps. This unique chili recipe goes great with shredded cheddar cheese, soda crackers, Frito Lay Scoops, or cornbread. Just keep in mind that any good, throw-together recipe can be modified to taste. A double recipe feeds my voracious family of six.


  • 1 to 1.5 pounds browned hamburger
  • 1 diced onion, sauteed in the pan used for the burger
  • 1 large can (28oz) of diced, stewed, or petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15oz) Hormel Chili with beans
  • 5-8 minced peperoncini peppers with seeds
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup peperoncini juice
  • Chili powder to taste

Mix together all ingredients in a crockpot and let simmer until hot. If you get started late in the day and find yourself hungry now, you can cook the chili on the stove. Like all things in life right now, flexibility is key!

Fill out the form below to let us know how you participated in our Meinders Midwinter Staycation–even if you do so on Sunday (or Monday). We will announce the door prize winner of a 7-quart Slow Cooker next Wednesday, January 27th.

read, relax, and enjoy~ jody

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Winter Reading Program

It’s time for the Winter Reading Program! Read 12 books between January 1st and March 31st to win a prize and do a bingo card for extra chances to win. You can get a reading log and bingo card when you visit the library for an appointment or let us know if you would like one included with your curbside pickup.

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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