Posted in Meinders Happenings, Writer's Group

Come Write In! at Meinders Library

As autumn falls into the cozy rhythm of hot drinks and cold nights, writers across the globe challenge themselves to the unthinkable–write a novel in 30 days.

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National Novel Writing Month~ click here for more info

People write for a variety of reasons: health, wealth, passing along family histories and traditions, or just because. As people, we have opinions and experiences we want to share. We have personal demons we want to slay. We have imaginations that don’t sleep. All of these are valid reasons to put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.

To the roughly 80% of Americans who claim they want to write a book “someday”, let someday start today. 

Whether you want to write for publication or wish to remain in the writing closet for life, there is a sense of nobility and accomplishment from tackling the written word. Short stories, poetry, novels, articles, memoirs, or nitty gritty nonfiction, the writing form is endless, as are the ways in which individual writers string the 26 letters of the alphabet together–creating words, sentences, and pages.

Chapter upon chapter we become known to ourselves and to our readers. Writing is exhilarating, frustrating, and addictive.

Lucky for you, November 1st marks the start of National Novel Writing Month. Now is the time to explore your inner writer and join the ranks of like-minded people furiously penning their way toward 50,000 words.

Throughout the month, Meinders Library will host writing events beginning tonight at 6:00pm.

We invite anyone interested in the art of writing to join us this month on any or all of the following dates, regardless of whether you join NaNoWriMo or not:

  • Thursday November 1 @ 6:00pm
  • Sundays from 3:00pm-5:00pm
  • Wednesdays from 6:00pm-8pm

Light refreshments will be served and prizes can be earned during these informal and fun meet-ups with other area writers. All ages welcome.

 

For more information, please use the contact form below or stop in the library and talk with Emily or Jody.

Posted in Events and Presentations, Meinders Happenings, Programs, Story Time, Teen Time

Frankenfun at Meinders Library

Join us in celebrating 200 years of Frankenstein on Thursday, August 16.

The Bakken Museum is presenting a fun-filled day of activities and education in honor of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Events geared toward each age group will take place all day long. Find the one that suits your needs and bring a friend to this celebration.

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  • 10:30-11:30am    Activity Tables for ages 4+
  • 2:30-3:00pm        Finding Frankenstein for Families ages 6+
  • 3:00-4:00pm        Activity Tables for ages 6+
  • 6:30pm                 Finding Frankenstein ages tween through adult
  • 6:30-7:30pm        Frogs, Volts & Vinegar ages 9+ (registration required)

This programming is brought to you from State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist Grant.

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Volunteers provided by Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.

Posted in Meinders Happenings, News, PAFL

Congrats, Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, for being an Evy Nordley Award Finalist (again!)

Even on the best of days, the library cannot function without help. Our silent, yet very supportive, Friends of the Library is responsible for providing refreshments at events, bringing in speakers, volunteering time, and supporting us financially.

On May 20, 2017, PAFL took a leap of faith, rallied the troops, and spent their time, talents, and treasures on our first ever Full STEAM Ahead event.

Besides paving the way for our $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Grant and our STEAM Room, this hands-on day of tinkering was selected as a top three finalist for the Evy Nordley Award by the Minnesota Association of Library Friends. Other finalists include Friends of the Brainerd Public Library (“CLUE Event”) and Friends of the Buffalo Library (“Reading Space Project”).

On October 11, Meinders Library will present on the journey from Full STEAM’s inception to its completion, and will share the continued community impact of this unique four hour program.

In 2016, Pipestone Area Friends of the Library received first place and $1,000 for the Meinders Library event, “Night at the Museum.” It is an honor to have our joint endeavor selected again as a finalist for the Evy Nordley Award and a cash prize. (3rd place: $250, 2nd place: $500, and 1st place: $1,000)

If you see a Friend, please let them know you appreciate their commitment to the Pipestone Community. If you have time, talents, or even the teeniest of treasures, please consider joining this amazing group.

Thanks, PAFL, and congratulations for having your hard work recognized on a state level.

Posted in Events and Presentations, Meinders Happenings, News

Neither Wolf Nor Dog Movie Night at Meinders

Join us at Meinders Library in Pipestone for a public viewing of the movie “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”.

Neither Wolf Nor Dog

Based on the 1996 Minnesota Book Award winner, Neither Wolf Nor Dog: On Forgotten Roads with an Indian Elder, written by Kent Nerburn, the movie follows the story of two men from two distinct cultures working together to find a single voice. The journey weaves past and present, breaking down “myths and stereotypes of the Native American experience, revealing an America few ever see.”*

The movie has been shown in libraries and small theaters across the United States, to much acclaim.

To view the movie trailer, click here.

While the library will be closed August 6-11 for annual cleaning and maintenance, the doors will open for the movie screening at 6:15pm on Monday August 6.                          This event is free and open to the public.

Several copies of the book are still available at the library for checkout.

*Quote taken from the cover of the book, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”
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Last Call for Book Store Crawl

If you’ve ever wanted to step outside the big box(stores) and venture into the little-known, join us this Saturday for a book store crawl in Minneapolis.

This free adventure will take area bibliophiles on a tour of four niche bookstores and allow time for a quick meander around Lake Harriet for those inclined to stretch their legs after the bus ride.

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Stop by the library to sign up and reserve your spot!