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Digital Gifts for the Holidays

If you are thinking about buying a tablet, computer, smart phone, or e-reader for your loved one this holiday season, know that the Plum Creek Library System has several digital platforms available at your fingertips. With a valid PCLS library card and internet, you can access free audio books and e-books.


If the logistics of accessing our digital catalogs is holding you back from giving the perfect gift, know that staff at Meinders Library are fully prepared to help reluctant users of technology. In fact, we are hosting a Digital Devices class shortly after the holidays. During this time, we will help your loved one tap into our vast collection of free books.

With that in mind, don’t let tech stand in the way of buying the gifts you want to give.

happy reading~ jody

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Treat Yourself

Register now for our second annual No Bake Make & Take

These are just two of the unique items you will learn how to make on Saturday to adorn your holiday treat platter.

Supplies will be provided by Meinders Community Library. All you need to bring is your imagination and a container to take home your dozen goodies.

Registration is requested by Friday morning to ensure that we have enough supplies for all non-bakers. Stop in, call the library, or email us.

Make & Take @ Meinders Library

Saturday, December 14

Open House from 10am-2pm

If you are unable to attend, you can check out some of the websites listed below and host your own treat-making day with family and friends.

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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