Posted in Events and Presentations, Meinders Happenings

When the Holidays become Sew Stressful

With Christmas just around the corner, our schedules become crowded with shopping, baking, decorating, wrapping, attending events, hosting, and cleaning. To name a few.

Amidst the chaos, Junior’s hand-me-downs will still be too long and in need of a good hem before he takes the stage for the choir concert. Missy’s adorable dress will pop a button moments before you walk out the door for the big family dinner, and the new pair of jammies you bought for Dear Hubby will reveal its ripped seam just as you start wrapping them.

Meinders Library and Peggy Jo Harwick have you covered.

For two days in December, Peggy Jo will provide sewing machines and the knowledge to help you fix minor sewing disasters. Hems, buttons, holes or straight seams, bring in your sewing questions (and items) and learn some quick sewing fixes that will take the stress out of you holiday season.

When: Tuesday, December 5 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Meinders Community Library STEAM Room



Posted in Books, Books-n-Brew Book Club, Early Bird Book Club, Events and Presentations, Meinders Happenings, News, Programs

How To Survive a Community Read

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Yes, I know, grammar and punctuation is always the thing. And despite the title of this post sounding a bit strange, it conveys exactly what I want it to.

As it is written, I’d like to tell you a bit about community reads and how to survive them.

  1. Community Reads encourage the masses to read the same book, thus providing a common experience and a nice platform for discussion with anyone who partook in the read–regardless of age, gender, stage of life, or general interests. This book is for everyone. It is universal in our attempts to live our daily lives with grace, courage and dignity.
  2. Reading a book outside your typical genre sometimes isn’t easy. However, it is worth it to broaden your literary experiences. The nice thing about Andy Steiner’s How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People is that she tells the story of courage and triumph in bite-sized pieces. It’s easy to find a story that speaks to you.
  3. As we know time is short, we try to pick community read books that are quick and easy. This allows readers to spend minimal personal time while still being able to participate. So, I would say, don’t be afraid to cut your teeth on this book. Take a chance that you will find a sliver of time to read at least one story of survival.
  4. Sharing is caring. Sometimes we fall in love with literature and are reluctant to pass it along to others in case the pages get crumpled or someone might love a story with their morning coffee. The beauty of a community read is that these books are meant to be shared. The more widely read they are, the more successful our endeavor becomes. Read, share and discuss. Pass along the book to others who are going through tough times and who might need a bit of encouragement, or who enjoys similar writing as you do.
  5. Attend a book discussion. Yes, I know that is uncomfortable sometimes. But listening is also participating. Nobody expects to hear and speak with authority on the topics presented in Steiner’s book. Rather, everyone is encouraged to simply absorb the book as a community, listening to others and yourself about how a story touched you personally.
  6. Lastly, community reads are a no-cost endeavor. Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Cultural and Heritage Foundation, Meinders Library has 30 free copies of How to Survive for your reading pleasure. Simply stop in and nab a book.

How To Survive Events

Monday October 30 @ 6:00pm: Community Book Discussion

Friday November 10 @ 6:30pm Books-n-Brew Book Club

Saturday November 11 @ 2:00pm Publisher’s Presentation on How to Survive with Adam Wahlberg

Tuesday November 21 @ 8:30am Early Bird Book Club


Posted in Meinders Happenings, Programs, STEAM Room, Teen Time, Writer's Group

Fall Events Set

Overall, our programming goals at the library are simple: to bring community members together to learn, share and enjoy common experiences.


This fall, our focus is on you. Through a variety of speakers and events, we aim to show that everyone’s story is unique, important and worthy of being noted. This doesn’t mean everyone needs to become an author. Rather, it means everyone needs to become the author of their own lives.

That’s the beauty of living. Every moment provides opportunity. And every opportunity provides a moment for growth.

Here’s how you can grow with us this fall:

  • Join the newly formed writer’s group on the 2nd Monday at 6:30pm.
  • Attend Doug Wolter’s author event this Saturday at 2:00pm.
  • Stop by on October 14 for our Patron Appreciation Open House between 2:00 and 4:00pm.
  • Read Andy Steiner’s book, How to Survive: the Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People, and discuss it with others at our Community Read book discussion at 6:00pm on October 30.
  • Sign up for Clue-less: an Escape Room Adventure and figure out who dunnit, with what and where. Pre-registration is required and will open on October 2.
  • Learn a new perspective by visiting with journalist and publisher, Andy Wahlberg. He owns Think Piece Publishing–Steiner’s publishing company.
  • Craft with us on the second Saturday of the month from 10:00am-1:00pm. Our first craft club will be held on October 14. Bring your crafting supplies and/or passions to share with other crafty people. We will be using our STEAM Room.
  • Brush up on your work force writing skills on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. From 4:00pm to 6:00pm, this Adult Writing Lab time is the perfect place to hone your resume and cover letter skills. Registration is not required.
  • Encourage your teen to join Teen Time on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 7:00-9:00pm for some supervised fun. (Think Escape Room, Movie Nights, Indoor Golf, etc… and snacks. Always the snacks.)

Still convinced I’m talking about writing your life story? This fall, I might be, as November is National Novel Writing Month. Meinders Library has officially declared itself a Come Write In! location for area writers. Throughout the month of November, we will host several writing sessions, get-togethers, and other crazy writing stuff with the sole purpose of helping you pen the book you always dreamed of writing.

So, if that includes you, please ask Jody all about the ins and outs of NaNoWriMo or check out their website at and start outlining your book now.


Posted in Events and Presentations, Meinders Happenings, News, STEAM Room, Teen Time

Mugged No More

Don’t Forget: Vote #fullSTEAMahead for $25k to help make more Meinders Memories.

Our weekend of escaping is officially over.

Thanks to all of our wonderful new friends and escapees. We had a blast watching you crack the codes and solve the mystery of I.M. deRyter’s writing journey. Mugged had a 55% solve rate! Go, teams.

Also, a huge thanks goes to GrandStay Hotel and Suites, Pipestone, for all the wonderful props to make Meinders Inn and Suites look and feel authentic. Your little touches in setting the stage made our escape room super awesome.


Our Escapees beating the 70 minute mark for the win in Mugged: an Escape Room Adventure

  1. Super Locky! 28 minutes
  2. Team Cheeta: 35 minutes
  3. Dynamic Duo: 54 minutes
  4. Sparkle Squad: 64 minutes
  5. Where’s Walrus? 68 minutes
Posted in Meinders Happenings, News

What is a STEAM Room, anyway?

STEAM5Contrary to popular belief, the STEAM Room at Meinders Library isn’t a sauna. Rather, STEAM represents all the wonderful aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. It is hands-on learning when you don’t realize you’re learning. It is the process of engaging in your world in a myriad of ways.

For those who attended our Full Steam Ahead event in May, our STEAM Room represents crafts, activities, presentations, and the process of building, failing and trying again. It was rainmakers and greeting cards. Kites and knitting. Spinning and quilling. It was running cricut machines, experimenting with 3D pens, and programming robots.

All these things and more are the future of our STEAM Room and STEAM events. With your help, it can be much, much more.

Two months ago, we applied for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant. Last week, we made the top 200. This week, voting will begin. Anyone with a valid email address and a passion for learning can support our cause and nudge it toward a $25,000 win.

So, what is our cause? 

To provide community access to tools, education and experiences necessary to ignite new passions and learn new skills.

By creating a welcoming environment that pairs learning and fun, the STEAM Room at Meinders Library will provide programming and hands on opportunities to help individuals of all ages successfully understand and engage in the world at large.


Beginning Wednesday, August 16th, you can invest in your community. For ten days, individuals with a valid email can vote up to ten times per day for our cause. That’s 100 votes per person.

The top 40 causes with the most votes wins.