Posted in News, Programs

We Are Open All Week!

November 7: Meinders Library will be open all day despite the PAS MS/HS Virtual Learning Day to accommodate voting.

November 11: We will also be open on Veteran’s Day.

In fact, we have a program that day with Minnesota journalist and publisher, Adam Wahlberg, from Think Piece Publishing.

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Mr. Wahlberg will present a publisher’s perspective on the creation of our Community Read book. How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People, is a nonfiction account of everyday people’s struggles to survive the curve balls life throws their way. Written by Minnesota author, Andy Steiner, many of the stories in this compilation come from our native state.

Please join us at 2:00pm on Saturday, November 11, for the culmination of our 2017 Community Read program.

legacy-logo~This program is brought to you by funds from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation, as well as the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. As such, it is free and open to the public.~

 

Posted in Books, Books-n-Brew Book Club, Early Bird Book Club, Events and Presentations, Meinders Happenings, News, Programs

How To Survive a Community Read

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Yes, I know, grammar and punctuation is always the thing. And despite the title of this post sounding a bit strange, it conveys exactly what I want it to.

As it is written, I’d like to tell you a bit about community reads and how to survive them.

  1. Community Reads encourage the masses to read the same book, thus providing a common experience and a nice platform for discussion with anyone who partook in the read–regardless of age, gender, stage of life, or general interests. This book is for everyone. It is universal in our attempts to live our daily lives with grace, courage and dignity.
  2. Reading a book outside your typical genre sometimes isn’t easy. However, it is worth it to broaden your literary experiences. The nice thing about Andy Steiner’s How to Survive: The Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People is that she tells the story of courage and triumph in bite-sized pieces. It’s easy to find a story that speaks to you.
  3. As we know time is short, we try to pick community read books that are quick and easy. This allows readers to spend minimal personal time while still being able to participate. So, I would say, don’t be afraid to cut your teeth on this book. Take a chance that you will find a sliver of time to read at least one story of survival.
  4. Sharing is caring. Sometimes we fall in love with literature and are reluctant to pass it along to others in case the pages get crumpled or someone might love a story with their morning coffee. The beauty of a community read is that these books are meant to be shared. The more widely read they are, the more successful our endeavor becomes. Read, share and discuss. Pass along the book to others who are going through tough times and who might need a bit of encouragement, or who enjoys similar writing as you do.
  5. Attend a book discussion. Yes, I know that is uncomfortable sometimes. But listening is also participating. Nobody expects to hear and speak with authority on the topics presented in Steiner’s book. Rather, everyone is encouraged to simply absorb the book as a community, listening to others and yourself about how a story touched you personally.
  6. Lastly, community reads are a no-cost endeavor. Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Cultural and Heritage Foundation, Meinders Library has 30 free copies of How to Survive for your reading pleasure. Simply stop in and nab a book.

How To Survive Events

Monday October 30 @ 6:00pm: Community Book Discussion

Friday November 10 @ 6:30pm Books-n-Brew Book Club

Saturday November 11 @ 2:00pm Publisher’s Presentation on How to Survive with Adam Wahlberg

Tuesday November 21 @ 8:30am Early Bird Book Club

*read*share*discuss*

Posted in Meinders Happenings, Programs, STEAM Room, Teen Time, Writer's Group

Fall Events Set

Overall, our programming goals at the library are simple: to bring community members together to learn, share and enjoy common experiences.

 

This fall, our focus is on you. Through a variety of speakers and events, we aim to show that everyone’s story is unique, important and worthy of being noted. This doesn’t mean everyone needs to become an author. Rather, it means everyone needs to become the author of their own lives.

That’s the beauty of living. Every moment provides opportunity. And every opportunity provides a moment for growth.

Here’s how you can grow with us this fall:

  • Join the newly formed writer’s group on the 2nd Monday at 6:30pm.
  • Attend Doug Wolter’s author event this Saturday at 2:00pm.
  • Stop by on October 14 for our Patron Appreciation Open House between 2:00 and 4:00pm.
  • Read Andy Steiner’s book, How to Survive: the Extraordinary Resilience of Ordinary People, and discuss it with others at our Community Read book discussion at 6:00pm on October 30.
  • Sign up for Clue-less: an Escape Room Adventure and figure out who dunnit, with what and where. Pre-registration is required and will open on October 2.
  • Learn a new perspective by visiting with journalist and publisher, Andy Wahlberg. He owns Think Piece Publishing–Steiner’s publishing company.
  • Craft with us on the second Saturday of the month from 10:00am-1:00pm. Our first craft club will be held on October 14. Bring your crafting supplies and/or passions to share with other crafty people. We will be using our STEAM Room.
  • Brush up on your work force writing skills on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. From 4:00pm to 6:00pm, this Adult Writing Lab time is the perfect place to hone your resume and cover letter skills. Registration is not required.
  • Encourage your teen to join Teen Time on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 7:00-9:00pm for some supervised fun. (Think Escape Room, Movie Nights, Indoor Golf, etc… and snacks. Always the snacks.)

Still convinced I’m talking about writing your life story? This fall, I might be, as November is National Novel Writing Month. Meinders Library has officially declared itself a Come Write In! location for area writers. Throughout the month of November, we will host several writing sessions, get-togethers, and other crazy writing stuff with the sole purpose of helping you pen the book you always dreamed of writing.

So, if that includes you, please ask Jody all about the ins and outs of NaNoWriMo or check out their website at nanowrimo.org and start outlining your book now.

 

Posted in Meinders Reminders, Programs, Writer's Group

Writer’s Group Informational Meeting

Tonight at 6:30pm

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This meeting is for you if:
  • you dream of seeing your words in print
  • you want a byline in a newspaper or magazine
  • you want your novel on bookshelves across the country
  • you want to preserve your family history for future generations
  • you want to churn out romance novels for the digital readers of the world
  • you want to hone your craft through shared writing experiences with like-minded peeps

This short presentation will provide writers of all ages and interests with the basic knowledge of how to create and maintain a successful writer’s group. Please bring your calendar of available times and dates to make scheduling future meetings easier.

Posted in Events and Presentations, News, Programs, STEAM Room

Did you Vote #fullSTEAMahead Today?

We have had so much library love these past eight days. With only two days to go in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist voting phase, we need your continued support. I know the journey has been long, but the payoff will hopefully be worth every click you made to support Meinders Community Library in their quest to receive $25,000.

If you haven’t yet, please Vote #fullSTEAMahead for $25k.

Your vote is an absolutely free way to financially support Meinders Library, its mission, and our community.

Our goal is to provide hands on opportunities, introduce new passions, and foster new skills in our youngest patrons to our most wise seniors citizens.

With your help we can start transforming our library into a community hub.

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Thanks to all who have supported us along the way. We wouldn’t be where we are without you!

Posted in News, Programs, STEAM Room, Uncategorized

#fullSTEAMahead for More Escape Room Fun

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To date 43 brave souls have escaped from Mugged: an Escape Room Adventure.

Another 4 groups are expected in the next two days, bumping the total number of adventurers above 75.

Vote #fullSTEAMahead for $25,000 and help us escape the constraints of our limited budget!

Your Votes can help bring more great programming like this to our area, as we will be able to integrate STEAM into the making and escaping of future escape rooms.

Anyone with 13 or older with a valid email address can vote. Even if you haven’t voted yet, you can still get in on moving the grant forward. If you vote everyday until August 25, you can still provide us with 70 votes. If you shared this with just one person and they voted, we could add 140 more votes to our cause. Two increases our level of support by 210. 

We greatly appreciate your support in helping us reach the lives of our community members through a variety of opportunities such as this. Voting for Mienders Library Full STEAM Ahead through State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program is the single easiest way to financially support the library with a click of the button.