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Rain or Shine, It’s STEAM Time

Escape the rain by solving STEAMED

Saturday May 19 from 10am to 2pm

STEAMED Escape
All winners will find a prize locked away in the trunks.

Throughout this mini quest, you will solve five puzzles that relate to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Along the way, you will earn clues that will give you access to the final puzzle.

Too challenging? The small trunk has simple locks for our smallest learners.

If puzzle-solving drives you crazy, you can still escape the impending weather with 30 other hands-on activities including paper crafts, robotics, building challenges and more. Designed for the young and the young at heart, our Full STEAM Ahead event has something to offer everyone who is not yet done learning.

Stop by for a few minutes, or stay for the day.

Join us at Meinders Library for a day of fun!

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New to the Children’s Section at Meinders

In preparation for Full STEAM Ahead this Saturday, we have rearranged our children’s section, as well as added a few things to round out your tiny tot’s experience at the library.

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With our already wonderful collection of picture books, our new STEM toys create an engaging atmosphere for our youngest learners. From Airplane Engineering to Gears, Gears, and more Gears, little hands and little minds will delight in our upgrades.

Stop in this Saturday between 10am and 2pm to check out what we’ve done.

Also, please consider joining us each Tuesday for Story Time at 10:30am. 

Individuals of all ages and interests are encouraged to stop by the library for part or all of our Full STEAM Ahead event during this open house program.

Full Steam Ahead 2018We have over 30 hands on activities for those 1-101. Inspired by the maker space movement and the tinkering opportunities it provides, Meinders Library is thrilled to be able to offer innovative tools, kits, and supplies to all members of our community.

A huge thanks goes to the following for making this 2nd Annual Event happen: Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, Coborn’s, Hank’s Foods, Pepsi, and State Farm agent, Michelle Cheeseman. Thanks to the generosity of these individuals, lunch will be provided.

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The Evolution of an Idea: Full STEAM Ahead

One year ago, we had the great idea to re-purpose our back room as a maker space where patrons could come to tinker. During our first ever Full STEAM Ahead event, our STEAM Room looked something like this:

Steam Room 2017 in Use

Full STEAM Ahead was a hit. People of all ages loved trying new things such as spinning yarn, using the cricut machine, coding our ozobots and stamping cards in the STEAM Room.

In fact, it ignited a community movement and this happened:

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Thanks to the wonderful support of countless people across the nation, Meinders Community Library won a $25,000 grant to expand our STEAM Room and our offerings to include more technology and more tinkering.

So, we got busy. We painted, we ordered storage furniture, we put together robots, and we organized, transforming our old work space into a functional maker space.

We invite you to join us at the library on Saturday, May 19 from 10am-2pm for our second annual Full STEAM Ahead. You will have the opportunity to drop by for the day or a few hours and enjoy over 30 different tinkering stations that hit all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

If not, you may forever be stuck with this image in your head–our disorganized maker space mess that’s stuck halfway between a good idea and the realization of that dream.

Steam Room mess

Come tinker in our super organized STEAM Room and see for yourself what a community can do in such a short time.

 

 

 

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All Weekend Events at Meinders Canceled, please share

Due to impending weather, Meinders Library has cancelled all scheduled events this weekend at the library. These include:

  • STEAM Story Time at 10:30am on Saturday (rescheduled for Saturday April 21)
  • Author Visit with Brenda Donelan at 11:00am on Saturday
  • Books-n-Brew Book Club at 6:00pm on Sunday

If Pipestone Area Schools close early today, the library will close 30 minutes later.

It is also possible Meinders Library will be closed on Saturday. We will update this information on facebook and on our blog as soon as we make that decision. If you plan on stopping by the library on Saturday, please call before making the trek out here.

Thanks for your patience in dealing with Mother Nature yet again. Whatever your plans are, have a safe weekend!

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Etched in Stone with Liz Rackl

Diamonds are brilliant, but no where near as dazzling as the beautiful designs they cut into granite.

Liz Rackl

Join us at Meinders Community Library as we welcome local artist Liz Rackl and her beautiful granite etchings.

At 6:30pm on Monday, April 9, Liz will share her artistic journey and demonstrate how granite can become a canvas. Aided by a diamond cutter and an intense love of nature, Liz has used her Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council Legacy Grant to open up a whole new world of creative expression and art appreciation.

If you love beautiful things, want to explore a new craft, or are simply interested in the unique and talented individuals in Southwestern Minnesota, please stop by the library for this one-of-a-kind program.

 

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Antique Appraisal at Meinders

10:00am to 1:00pm Saturday, March 24

Appraiser and Antiques Expert, Mark Moran, will be assessing community treasures at Meinders Library this Saturday. While all our slots have been filled, spectators are welcome to drop in or stay for the entire program.

We have some wonderful and intriguing items for Mark to appraise, ranging from wooden golf clubs to a spittoon to an invitation to a president’s inauguration, and everything in between.

Though there has been some concern about the weather on Saturday, the latest report indicates that Mother Nature might give us a pass on her latest storm. However, in the event of inclement weather, we will post cancellation information on our blog and facebook page, as well as contacting the radio and newspaper. Individuals may also call the library for details.

This program is sponsored by the Plum Creek Library System through the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage foundation, and the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.

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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Meinders

Try your luck at our newest Escape Room.

Charmed Sign

During this community event, teams will compete to find the clues, crack the codes, and be the first to unlock Paddy’s treasure.

A $10 burger bar will be available after the second session for participants to commiserate or celebrate as they deem necessary. Dessert complements of Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.

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This event is sponsored by or in partnership with the following: PAFL, Pipestone Country Club, and our State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant.