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Camp, Community, and School Collide at the Library

Library Camp is in full swing with fourteen youth spending their days reading, crafting, tinkering, and experimenting.

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Learning about Electricity with Snap Circuits

On Monday, our campers solved our Bugged Escape Room puzzles and saved Dean from an uncertain fate.

4-H stopped out on Tuesday with hands-on projects, while Max the Magician awed an audience consisting of campers and the public on Wednesday.

This morning, campers read to visiting summer school students and a few public patrons who just happened to show up at the right time.

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Nothing like sharing a good book with friends.

Rounding out the camp experience will be a mini-concert: “Strings Across the Ocean”. The public is invited to join us at 10:30am for this inventive musical collaboration.Strings

We are blessed to have the support of parents who send their children to us, the school for participating in educational events held at the library, the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library who~ along with the United Way~ provide us with the financial support for summer reading programming and supplies, as well as the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund for our musical performers.

Many thanks to them and our community media sources who share our Meinders Happenings.

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New to the Children’s Section at Meinders

In preparation for Full STEAM Ahead this Saturday, we have rearranged our children’s section, as well as added a few things to round out your tiny tot’s experience at the library.

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With our already wonderful collection of picture books, our new STEM toys create an engaging atmosphere for our youngest learners. From Airplane Engineering to Gears, Gears, and more Gears, little hands and little minds will delight in our upgrades.

Stop in this Saturday between 10am and 2pm to check out what we’ve done.

Also, please consider joining us each Tuesday for Story Time at 10:30am. 

Individuals of all ages and interests are encouraged to stop by the library for part or all of our Full STEAM Ahead event during this open house program.

Full Steam Ahead 2018We have over 30 hands on activities for those 1-101. Inspired by the maker space movement and the tinkering opportunities it provides, Meinders Library is thrilled to be able to offer innovative tools, kits, and supplies to all members of our community.

A huge thanks goes to the following for making this 2nd Annual Event happen: Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, Coborn’s, Hank’s Foods, Pepsi, and State Farm agent, Michelle Cheeseman. Thanks to the generosity of these individuals, lunch will be provided.

#OnlyinPipestone!

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3D Printer in Motion

Thanks to our partnership with Pipestone Area Schools and Mr. D, we have a new 3D printer at Meinders Library.

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Our very first print in action!

Thanks to State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant, we also have three library pets. Our tiniest robots are solar powered and are in much need of names. Our frilled lizard, Joanna, responds to her environment through artificial intelligence, though it took the intelligence of PAS students, Lucas Winter and Carson Wipf to build them for us!

Library Pet Robots

Stop in any time during open hours and see our printer in motion as we gear up for Full STEAM Ahead this Saturday.

Visit us on May 19 between 10am and 2pm to put your suggested names into a drawing for our tiny warthog and cricket robots.

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The Evolution of an Idea: Full STEAM Ahead

One year ago, we had the great idea to re-purpose our back room as a maker space where patrons could come to tinker. During our first ever Full STEAM Ahead event, our STEAM Room looked something like this:

Steam Room 2017 in Use

Full STEAM Ahead was a hit. People of all ages loved trying new things such as spinning yarn, using the cricut machine, coding our ozobots and stamping cards in the STEAM Room.

In fact, it ignited a community movement and this happened:

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Thanks to the wonderful support of countless people across the nation, Meinders Community Library won a $25,000 grant to expand our STEAM Room and our offerings to include more technology and more tinkering.

So, we got busy. We painted, we ordered storage furniture, we put together robots, and we organized, transforming our old work space into a functional maker space.

We invite you to join us at the library on Saturday, May 19 from 10am-2pm for our second annual Full STEAM Ahead. You will have the opportunity to drop by for the day or a few hours and enjoy over 30 different tinkering stations that hit all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.

If not, you may forever be stuck with this image in your head–our disorganized maker space mess that’s stuck halfway between a good idea and the realization of that dream.

Steam Room mess

Come tinker in our super organized STEAM Room and see for yourself what a community can do in such a short time.

 

 

 

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.