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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. 

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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. 

 

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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.

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Escape Reality

Reading a good book is a great way to escape day to day life. Meeting the author is an added bonus.

Tomorrow, Joseph A. Amato will take us on a journey of Minnesota’s history and mythology to meet “‘Buffalo Man’– Minnesota’s last giant in a world that has no more room for giants.”

Joe Amato

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Library Closure

Due to maintenance, Meinders Library will be closing at 5:00pm Thursday, September 20.

Information on reopening will be posted on our blog, on Facebook, and on the radio.

Please email (meinders@pas.k12.mn.us) or call (507-825-6714) to have items renewed as needed.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Wanted: Part-Time Library Aide

I’m a bibliophile through and through. I love reading, writing, and buying books.

If you’re a book lover with attention to detail, you just might be our next acquisition.

Meinders Community Library is seeking a reliable individual to work up to 20 hours per week including afternoons, evenings and weekends. More hours will be available in the summer and will include some daytime shifts. Spanish language skills are a bonus. Must pass a background check.

General Outline of Duties and Skills

  • Circulation Desk: customer service, general office, basic technology, ability to multitask/prioritize, good communication, confidentiality
  • Shelving Books: attention to detail, efficiency
  • Processing Delivery: ability to lift up to 30 pounds, problem-solving skills
  • Programming: organized, hard-working, fun-loving, publicity/promotion
  • Creating Displays: motivated, independent worker, creative

This position is perfect for the semi-retired, a motivated student (great resume builder), or a stay-at-home parent invested in literacy and community. 

Pay commensurate with experience. Position open until filled. Submit resume or application to meinders@pas.k12.mn.us or drop off at Meinders Community Library. Direct questions to Jody at 507-825-6714.

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*PS. Don’t forget to join us for Frankenstein’s Birthday Bash tomorrow.

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Bring Home the History and the Gold

Show your Lincoln Selfie to staff at Meinders Library between August 13-18 to win a chocolate-filled gold coin.*

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Poster provided by Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce

Stop by the library after your fun-filled weekend and learn more about the impact the Civil War had on our families, our communities and our nation.

We have a vast array of materials that cover this era, as well as state and county history, providing a glimpse into the life and times of our local ancestors.

Any member of the public can access our materials for in-house use regardless of residency. Checking out a book requires a library card, which is available to any resident of our Plum Creek service area.

Visitors from other Minnesota libraries can use their home library cards to check out materials from Meinders Library.

Enjoy your journey into the past.

*coins available while supplies last.
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Closed for Cleaning: Check out an e-Book

Closed for Cleaning

Despite the library being closed, you can still check out books through one of our digital platforms.

RB Digital has audio books for checkout, while Overdrive has both audio and e-book collections available to Plum Creek Library patrons. E-Books MN has e-book titles available to any Minnesota resident.

To access our digital libraries, head over to the Plum Creek Library System website and click on the digital platform icon of your choice. They can be found on the left sidebar, and will use your library card information.

If you have questions about your pin number, you can call Meinders Library. Despite cleaning, we will try to answer each call as they come in. If we miss your call, please leave a message and we will get back to you when we have the opportunity.

Thanks and have a great week!

 

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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.