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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!

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

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Saturday Kids Programs

We have two upcoming Saturday programs for kids and families at Meinders Community Library!

On Saturday, April 9th at 10:30am, we are having a Kite Making Workshop with the Pipestone County Historical Society. We’ll read a story about kites and then build and fly our own kites.

Join us on Saturday, April 16th at 10:30am for a storytime about Things That Hatch.

Both events are free and open to all.

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Game On

Games donated by The Spiel Foundation

Meinders Community Library recently received a donation from The Spiel Foundation of five new family-friendly games. The donation also included a documentary about the process of making a board game, great for any burgeoning game designers.

If you would like to test drive one of these new games, our next Games & Grub night is on Thursday, April 7th at 5:30pm. Sign up by calling 507-825-6714 or stopping at Meinders Community Library. We have a bunch of dedicated Scrabblers who attend Games & Grub, but we’re always willing to explore other games if you bring a favorite from home.

April Games & Grub
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Robots and Resumes

Great kids rocking amazing skills!

We are always excited to showcase the Pipestone Arrowbots robotics team. Today is no exception. If you have time, we highly encourage you to join them in Duluth for their first competition of the season.

Arrowbots 3298 Qualifying Matches

The skills these youth are gaining in robotics are valuable to their futures.

Also valuable is being able to write a solid resume that highlights your personal and professional experience, skills, and accomplishments. At the end of high school, these students will be able to write a fantastic resume.

And so can you. If you’re not quite what a resume is and how to write one,, we invite you to join us at the library on Friday, March 11, for a resume building workshop with local hiring managers.

During the 45 minute seminar, you will learn what managers look for and how you can better showcase your work-related accomplishments. Afterward, you will have the opportunity to sign up for a one-on-one session with one of the presenters to go over your resume.

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MmmmMmmmMmmm Means Thanks

It’s hard to feel anything but inspired when plates of deliciously warm treats arrive at your circulation desk. All of a sudden, my afternoon of inventory no longer seems daunting. Thanks, Janelle!

While I became a librarian to share my love of books with others, I never expected to be the recipient of so many thoughtful kitchen endeavors over the years. One thing I know for certain: book lovers can cook! And if you don’t believe me, join a book club. Good books. Good food. Good thoughts. You can’t go wrong.

You can also never go wrong when you make others feel appreciated. If you want to bake your own pick-me-up for family, friends, or co-workers, we’ve got oodles of cook books you can choose from. Or, pop on Overdrive and find fantastic recipes from the comfort of your kitchen.

(Sorry, Library Squad, the cookies will be cold when you return and the plate will be a lighter, but I promise you will not be disappointed!)


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Winners, Winners, Chamber Check Dinners

Alas, all good things come to an end, including our escape rooms. That said, one of our greatest pleasures is announcing the winners after all the code-cracking fun is done.

*imagine all the fanfare*

Teams are listed in order of escape times, followed by any awarded prize. To kick off the new year, we are pleased to provide prizes to the fastest escape time (with one caveat), as well as to the one crew that blew us away with their creative name.

  • Team Tiny Crocs~ fastest time at 28 minutes (however, as only one member of this crew lives in Pipestone and there is a large degree of familial connection to the library director, their prize will be a pot of chicken wings at the next family gathering.)
  • Mighty Ducks~ 56 minutes receiving $25 in Chamber Checks, good for use at any Pipestone Chamber Member Business.
  • Snoopy’s Solvers~ 62 minutes
  • Frosty’s Friends
  • Fam Jam
  • Buns on the Run~ Librarian Choice Award for Best Name receiving $25 in Chamber Checks
  • The Loll-ipops
  • Feel the Boom~ not pictured

Huge thanks go to our participating teams!

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Team Tiny Crocs in the Lead

The expedition to beat rescued Santa’s reindeer in 28 minutes.

Spots are still available for teams to get out the cold and head to the North Pole for our newest escape room adventure. Right now, our mornings through early afternoons are wide open. Simply call the library to sign up your crew for some holiday fun and your chance to win bragging rights and Chamber Checks in support of our local businesses.

Snowed In is family friendly enough for adventurous youth, and just challenging enough to keep everybody busy for about an hour. In fact, it’s the perfect escape for high school and college students taking a break from studies.

As always, this event is free and open to the public!

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Visit the North Pole Next Week at Meinders Community Library

Our newest escape room is open to adventurous travelers this holiday season. Call the library to book your group’s expedition. Each weekday during library open hours from Christmas and New Years, you can gather family and friends for a bit of winter fun.

This adventure should take about an hour. Meinders Elves will keep track of how long it takes for you to find Santa’s errant reindeer in Snowed In: An Escape Room. Celebratory Chamber Checks will be awarded to the fastest team!

happy holidays~

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Holiday Treat Take & Make

Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, we’re offering Holiday Treat Take & Make kits this December. These edible kits will include ingredients, instructions, and a customizable treat tray for your family.

Meinders Community Library staff made a few sample trays to give you an idea of the different ways you can set up your wintry treat-scape. We had a great time putting our treats together and creating our different scenes, even when the treats didn’t turn out perfectly. These are just examples to inspire your creativity and each kit may vary slightly.

We have a limited number of Holiday Treat Take & Make kits available, so sign up your family today by emailing the library at or calling us at 507-825-6714. Kits will be available to pick up on Monday 12/20, Tuesday 12/21, and Wednesday 12/22 from 10am-6pm. Please sign up by Friday, December 17th to guarantee your kit.