It was a dark and stormy night, but that didn’t stop gamers from four to ninety-four from coming out for a great night of Games & Grub at Meinders Community Library. We played old favorites like Scrabble and Life, tested our knowledge of 80s trivia, and shared some of our new favorite games from The Spiel Foundation like Labyrinth and Bugs in the Kitchen.
Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, everyone was a winner and got either a Dari King or Dairy Queen gift card! Thank you also to Erica and Tom from the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce for stopping by to take some photos of games in action.
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.
Join us for a relaxing get-away during our annual Midwinter Staycation.
Licensed yoga instructor and massage therapist, Jamie Risner, will lead us on a journey to rejuvenate the mind, body, and spirit.
Registration is not required for any session, although a limited number of yoga mats will be available for patrons who do not have their own. All skill levels are encouraged to join us for this soothing wake-up routine.
Library sessions are free and open to the public , though we ask participants to carefully consider bringing youth who may not be ready to embark on a day of rest and relaxation.
Per tradition, we will attend the One Act Play in support of our area students. This school sponsored activity comes complete with school activity fees. Likewise, lunch is not provided, though spa-snacks are.
Thankfully, Cooking and Conversation is considered a library event, and will include taste-testing a Keto-friendly salad, a spicy tea, and a deliciously nutritious appetizer. These recipes will end up in our community cookbook. Participants may bring a favorite recipe to share.
Boredom busters and brain teasers will be available throughout the day for participants to dabble with as needed. Dress comfortably, bring a good book, and prepare yourself to face the rest of winter head-on. This day is about you!
The Volstead Act, which made the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages illegal, turns 100 this January. To commemorate this anniversary, Meinders Library will be hosting several Prohibition-themed events.
On Monday January 14th, we’ll explore Minnesota’s own connection to Prohibition with living history presenter Arn Kind at Meinders Library.
Join us at the Pipestone Country Club on Saturday January 19th and put your new Prohibition knowledge to the test with Wild & Wooly, a large scale escape room speakeasy.
This event is open to anyone over the age of 21. Assemble your teams, find your best flapper and gangster apparel, and call Meinders Library to reserve your spot.
We will also host a teen version of the escape room at the library on Saturday January 12th. Open to teens in grades 7-12.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Join us at Meinders Library in Pipestone for a public viewing of the movie “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.