Posted in Get Connected, News

Census Taker Information Meeting

Census takers are in high demand. For those interested in becoming a census taker, Meinders Community Library is hosting an information meeting with a census volunteer. Being part of the census team is a paid position.

Census Taker Information Meeting

Wednesday, November 20

10am-2pm

During this open house event, you can ask questions about how to become a census taker and get help navigating the application process.

All Individuals Encouraged and Desired

Including, but not limited to: Native Spanish Speakers, Indigenous Individuals, Persons of Color, and Individuals from all Socio-Economic brackets

Computers are available to apply online.

Items needed to become a Census Taker:

  • a social security number
  • access to a vehicle
  • a valid driver’s license
  • males also need confirmation of Selective Service registration (this can be checked online with a social security number)

If you have any questions, stop by the library or call (507) 825-6714.

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun, News

Digital Escape Rooms and Free Kindles

In honor of the 2019 Water Tower Festival, we are hosting an online escape room in conjunction with a drawing for a free kindle. Anyone can enter the drawing and/or join in the challenge to Escape to the Water Tower Festival.

  • What do you win?  A chance to win a free Kindle just in time for the Fourth of July  weekend. With a Kindle (or Kindle App) and a PCLS library card, it’s easy to access free library books from our Overdrive catalog.
    • If completing Escape to the Water Tower Festival, you also get the satisfaction of winning our first ever digital escape room, your name entered into the Kindle drawing, and a bonus drawing for a free e-book (value up to $15). Kudos to you! Your first name will be listed as an escape room winner on the blog.
  • What do you have to do? Stop in the library and enter your name in the drawing.
    • If completing the escape room, you must beat the challenges to enter your name into the bonus drawing.
  • Who can enter? Anyone who uses Meinders Community Library for checking out books, borrowing DVDs, reading the paper, attending programs, or just hanging out.
  • How many times can you enter? As many times as you use the library between now and July 1, 2019.
  • When will winners be notified? We will contact winners by phone at the close of business on July 1 to verify eligibility. Winners will be posted on the blog July 2, or after verification.
  • Who is eligible to win?
    • Anyone 8-108 who is a resident of the Meinders Community Library service area.
    • Winners must provide a valid phone number.
    • Winners must be willing to pick up their prize at the library and have their photo taken for the blog.

Digital Escape Room

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  • Click on the library doors to enter the game.
  • Complete the challenges found within.
  • Once you’ve completed all the tasks, be sure to fill out the comment card on the last page to get your name in the drawings for the free kindle and e-book.
  • Only one digital entry is accepted per person.

If you would like to learn how to make your own escape rooms, contact the library to sign up for our DIY Escape Room Workshop on Wednesday, June 19. This hands-on program is perfect for educators, parents, youth leaders, librarians, and coaches who want to challenge those around them in new and exciting ways.

Good luck, enjoy, and hope to see you at the Water Tower Festival next week!

Posted in Meinders Happenings, News

Bust the Midwinter Blues without Leaving Pipestone

Join us for a relaxing get-away during our annual Midwinter Staycation.

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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!

 

Posted in News

Escape into the 1920s at Meinders Library

Extra, Extra! Read all about it!

For one night only, the Pipestone Country Club will open a Wild & Wooly Prohibition-era Speakeasy.

This large-scale escape room is free and open to the public (21+). Gather clues, solve puzzles, and learn the password to earn entrance into the coveted speakeasy.

Beginning at 6:00pm on Saturday, you will be surrounded by 1920s fact-filled fun. Individuals, couples, or groups are invited to join the adventure.

Soup supper provided.

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Costumes not required. Registration is. Call, email, or stop by the library to reserve your spot.

meinders@pas.k12.mn.us

 

Posted in News, Winter Reading Program

Meinders Library Holiday Open House

2018 holiday open house
~treats available while supplies last~

We appreciate the community support we receive and would like to thank you with a little holiday treat.

From 10am to 3:00pm, we invite you to stop by the library and enter a prize drawing. Prizes will be drawn each hour and announced on the blog on Friday.

The first 100 patrons will receive a free beaded bookmark.

Posted in Events and Presentations, News

Author Allen Eskens at Meinders

Saturday November 10 @ 2:00pm

Join award-winning Minnesota author, Allen Eskens, as he shares his newest book, “The Shadows We Hide.” This sequel to “The Life We Bury” will be released on November 13.

book cover of The Shadows We Hide

Refreshments will be provided by Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. Other sponsors of this program include the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund, as well as State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant.

Thanks to all who have made our Community Read possible. 

Posted in News, PAFL

PAFL Honored at Minnesota Library Association Conference

Last Thursday, Pipestone Area Friends of the Library won a statewide award from the Minnesota Association of Library Friends.

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For the second time in three years, PAFL has been the recipient of $1,000 for their support of library programming. During the first annual Full STEAM Ahead event in May 2017, members of PAFL backed Meinders Community Library staff in their crazy endeavor to host a hands on extravaganza of crafts, technology, and programming.

From the start, they asked, “What can we do?”

The answer: they did a lot. Their in-kind volunteer contribution was valued at more than $4,000. They secured donations from local businesses to feed our 111 Full STEAM Ahead participants. They found local hobbyists to present at our four-hour event and spent time and energy on marketing and promotion.

The success of our first Full STEAM Ahead paved the way for our $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant, as well as a $5,000 grant from the Pipestone Area Community Foundation and a handful of smaller donations.

We are forever indebted to our local Friends group for their ongoing support of our library and our community. 

 

Posted in News

Escape to St. Cloud

If you stop in the library today or tomorrow, you might notice that Emily and I are not at our posts. Never fear, our escape from the library is still all about the library, as we will be attending the Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference in St. Cloud.

While there, we will be learning more about library science, programming, and management, as well as collaborating with other librarians throughout the state. Further, we will be presenting for the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library for our Full STEAM Ahead event which is up for the Evy Nordely Award.

As it stands, Full STEAM Ahead is a top three finalist for this award which is presented by the Minnesota Association of Library Friends. Two years ago, we won first place and $1,000 for our Night at the Museum. Depending on what place we win this year, we could receive $250 for third place, $500 for second, or $1,000 for first place.

Regardless of how we do, creating great programs is always at the forefront of our minds.

In addition, I will co-present with another librarian from out-state Minnesota on community engagement. It is truly an honor that our library has been chosen as an example across the state as one that works with and for its community. This is a testament to Pipestone and the individuals who support the library in myriad ways including, but not limited to: checking out materials, reading the newspaper, using our computers, printing or faxing papers, attending programs, playing in our children’s area, using our conference room and our STEAM Room, donating materials or services, volunteering, or sharing all we have to offer with family and friends who may wish to utilize any of the above.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

If you’re interested, you can find the spotlight on Pipestone in MALF’s newsletter here.