Posted in Events and Presentations, News, STEAM Room

Big Hearts, Big Check!

Despite the rain and all the other wonderful events occurring on Saturday, Meinders Library had a great turnout for our Patron Appreciation Open House.


A huge thanks goes to Michelle Cheeseman, her staff, and State Farm for the proof that small towns can accomplish big things.

Of course, we would be remiss in not thanking our patrons for attending this event, voting #fullSTEAMahead, and/or using our library each and every day in myriad ways. It is through your use that we remain viable. Without patrons, there would be no need for a library, let alone a library with big dreams.

Our undying gratitude goes to our Pipestone Area Friends of the Library who support us financially, by helping out at events, hosting speakers, and providing the never-ending supply of delicious treats that accompany many of our programs.

I would like to thank our Library Board members for their direction and support, as well as Superintendent Kevin Enerson for providing school support. A shout out goes to Mr. D and the tech office who will be my new best friends when it comes time to understanding all my options for technology and helping me make good choices! I look forward to working together to make our STEAM Room a success for all patrons–public and school.

My appreciation continues for all those involved in promoting our library as a whole, and our cause for this grant in particular. The Chamber, the newspaper, the radio, local businesses, organizations, individuals and groups. The sheer volume of genuine interest in our library is overwhelming. It’s a huge motivator.

Many thanks to my wonderful, amazing, smart, energetic, organized, and compassionate staff. Big dreams and big checks cannot accomplish anything without great staff–of which Meinders Library has in spades. Enough said.

And lastly, Maggie. Our library is beautiful through your daily efforts. Crumbs. Spills. Dirty feet. You take care of all the big (and little) messes and make coming to work every day a pleasure.

Posted in Events and Presentations, News, STEAM Room

Nothing Says Thank You Like a Party

Please join us this Saturday for our Patron Appreciation Open House.

Between 2:00pm and 4:00pm, we will celebrate our community and the support provided to our library with homemade treats from the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.

Michelle Cheeseman from State Farm will present the grant check from the Neighborhood Assist program. We would love to share this moment with you.

With your help, we did it!

Throughout the afternoon, we will provide information regarding the grant and how we plan to use the $25,000 to strengthen our community. As a sneak peek into what types of events, programs, and services we hope to offer through the grant, tours of the STEAM Room will be given, hands-on activities will be available to try, and Escape Room puzzles will entice code crackers of all ages.

All community members are invited to join us for this monumental event, as it is in your honor that this party is given.


Posted in News, STEAM Room

We Did It!

Thanks to all the wonderful support from our family, friends, and community, Meinders Library is the joyful recipient of State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant for $25,000.


To view our big moment, please check out our Facebook page and share the news.

To celebrate, please stop in today while we are open and enjoy some homemade treats from our staff.

To learn more about our cause and check out our pre-grant makerspace, pencil us in on October 14 for our Patron Appreciation Open House. From 2:00 until 4:00pm, we will share our vision of making Meinders Library a community hub. Michelle Cheeseman will present a check from State Farm, and refreshments will be served.

We wouldn’t be here without you. And it is with you in mind that we push into the future #fullSTEAMahead.


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 and start outlining your book now.


Posted in STEAM Room

13 Days #fullSTEAMahead…



In just 13 days we will find out if  your support garnered us a top spot.

The top 40 causes with the most votes are in line to win $25,000.

This would be an amazing boost for our library and our community!


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A huge thanks!

Last week was a whirlwind of voting, sharing, and encouraging for the library. On the one hand, it was amazing to have our Full STEAM Ahead grant submission advance to the voting stage.

Even more exciting and humbling was the overwhelming response of community, family, and friends who took time out of their lives to support our cause. Unfortunately, we will not learn the results until September 28, but until then, I can definitively say that we have accomplished so much.

  • By voting at all, we have shown that literacy, education, experience, and opportunity for the members of our community matter.
  • By keeping us in the top 20 for most of the voting phase, we proved that we may be little, but that we have big hearts.
  • By actively promoting voting for a great cause, we refused to go down without a fight. We are active and committed. We are passionate and compassionate. We have a voice and we used it.

Most importantly, we did it together.

My first thanks goes to Michelle Cheeseman and Erica Volkir for gathering a group of individuals to brainstorm submission ideas for the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program way back in June. All the individuals at that meeting are passionate about our town and want so many great things for the residents of our community. Their input was helpful in shaping the grant submission.

My second and very heartfelt thanks goes to the wonderful staff at Meinders Library. Despite knowing the work ahead of them if we receive this grant, they were all in. Having a shared vision for our library and our community is amazing beyond words. I love my library ladies!

A third thanks circles back to the Chamber of Commerce–and more specifically to both Erica and Tom. Their promotional savvy and tireless support was and is unparalleled. I don’t know when they sleep, but I do know that our community is stronger with them in our midst.

I would be remiss in not thanking the school for throwing in with us on the Full STEAM Ahead idea and the impact we can make together in helping all our patrons reach their potential. School and public, adult and youth, educator, student, parent, business. Our goal is to facilitate a healthy and engaging lifestyle filled with opportunities and new experiences.

Finally, I would like to thank our entire community and all the circles of support that rippled out and reached across the country. I heard of votes rolling in from Washington, Texas, Virginia, Florida, Wisconsin, and Colorado.

Regardless of what September 28th brings, I am thankful for the awareness brought to our cause and the mobilization of everyone involved. We will keep you posted!



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Voting in the Dark for #fullSTEAMahead

Vote #fullSTEAMahead for $25,000

Lights are out on the Neighborhood Assist Leaderboard. During the last 24 hours, we will have no idea where we rank. So, please share, vote, share again, and help Meinders Library beat back the darkness and finish the grant voting phase with Full STEAM!


The 40 causes with the most votes will receive a $25,000 grant.

Your votes do count!

Final results will be announced September 28, 2017/