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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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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.

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Gear Up for Full STEAM Ahead

Science + Technology + Engineering + Arts + Math = a day of fun for all ages and interests!

Full Steam Ahead 2018

Join us at Meinders Community Library for our Second Annual Full STEAM Ahead and our STEAM Room Open House.

Spend an hour or the day at the library tinkering, making, creating and exploring the world around you.

Thanks to our State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant, we were able to stock our STEAM Room with some cool new gadgets that make learning fun. Participants will visit stations and engage in hands-on activities during their time at the library. A few projects follow a make-it take-it format, while others are experiential. Everyone will go home with new knowledge, new memories, and possibly a new hobby!

  • 10:30am: STEAM Story time (toddlers through early elementary)
  • 11:00am until the food is gone: hot dogs, chips, and a drink.
  • 10am-2pm: Summer Read Program sign up.

Full STEAM Ahead is free and open to the public–no library card needed to join the festivities. Come alone, come with a friend, or bring the whole family. We have something for youngsters as well as for those still young at heart.

Mouse Maze
Code Jack the mouse to run the maze and find his cheese.

A big shout-out goes to State Farm for the wonderful grant of $25,000, as well as to all our community members who shared and voted for us last year (or coerced family and friends to vote). This maker space and all the goodies within it would not be possible without you.

Another huge thanks goes to our Pipestone Area Friends of the Library who rallied the troops (and the food) to make this event awesome. Our Friends group is always looking for more members to support our library and our community’s literacy. If you are passionate about either of those things, your time and talents could be put to good use!

Coborn’s, Hank’s Foods and Pepsi deserve our gratitude for their generosity in donating lunch. Our community is lucky to have you!

If our iPads come in on time, everyone will be thanking the Pipestone Area Community Foundation. In December we received a grant from them for $5,000 to go towards a digital maker space. These iPads will allow for more flexible programming and greater digital opportunities for our community members.

Please share this event widely with everyone who has a kid, knows a kid, or was a kid.

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Meinders Accepting Donations for PAFL Book Sale

Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is collecting gently used books for their annual book sale fundraiser.

Donations may be brought to the library during regular hours in preparation for the December sale.

Books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs in good condition will be accepted.

Textbooks, magazines, and damaged books will not be.

Please, do not place donations in the book drop.

*proceeds help fund the purchase of new materials and provide programming at the library*