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Inclement Weather Policy Reminder

Before the snow flies, we’d like to post our yearly Inclement Weather reminder so patrons don’t make any unnecessary or unsafe journeys to the library.

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When Pipestone Area Schools start two hours late, Meinders Community Library will open at 10:00am.

When PAS closes early, the library will close 30 minutes later. Please make safe pick up arrangements for your student prior to the first snow storm to avoid confusion and ensure your child is not left stranded.

If PAS is cancelled for the day, Meinders Community Library may also be closed depending on forecast, road conditions, and snow removal. Often, drifting snow on the northeast side of town makes our drive, parking lot, and sidewalks inaccessible.

Severe winter storms or blizzard conditions occurring on Saturdays or during school breaks may also result in library closures. As there are no school announcements during this time, following our blog or Facebook page will provide you with up to date information.

Closings will be posted as possible on the radio, the newspaper website, on our Facebook page, as well as our website. If in doubt, please call ahead.

Here’s hoping for a wonderful year with few snow days!

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Winter Reading Bingo: Poetry & Short Stories

This week we’re tackling poetry and short stories for our Winter Reading Bingo recommendations. These categories can be a little intimidating if you’re not used to reading them, but we’ve got lots of great options for you.


  • If you’re willing to read a poem, but don’t want to commit to a whole book try The Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day
  • If you want to see gorgeous art alongside the poetry try Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge or One Last Word by Nikki Grimes
  • If you want to read a collection by a Minnesota poet try Mitochondrial Night by Ed Bok Lee, Tula by Chris Santiago, or any of the books on our new Minnesota Poetry shelf
  • If you want to read a novel-length narrative in verse try The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo or Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • If you want to explore poetry by a variety of authors collected in one place try The Best Poems of the English Language or another poetry anthology

Short Stories

Here are some of the newer short story collections we have at the library.

  • His Hideous Hears: 13 of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined edited by Dahlia Adler
  • What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky by Lesley Nneka Arimah
  • Hungry Hearts edited by Elsie Chapman and Caroline Tung Richmond
  • The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans
  • Dark Side of the Loon: Where History Meets Mystery edited by Sheyna Galyan, Christina Glendenning, and Timya Own
  • St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

We also have collections with short stories by classic authors like Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, and Flannery O’Connor as well as a bunch of mystery anthologies.


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Check Out Your Holiday Reads Today

Just a friendly reminder to our resident book lovers that Meinders Community Library is closed on Thursday and Friday for the holiday. We will resume service on Saturday, December 26, and will be open from 10am to 2pm.

That said, all my weather apps are calling for a snow storm tomorrow, so don’t put off a visit to the library in case we close for inclement weather. If you haven’t hopped on our digital platforms yet, now is a great time to try them out. Doing so, can save you from getting snowed in without anything to read.

As a reminder, our winter weather policy is as follows.

  • When Pipestone Area School runs two hours late, Meinders Library will open at 10am.
  • When PAS closes early, the Library will close 30 minutes later.
  • If PAS is cancelled for the day, the Library may also be closed if travel to and from the Library is deemed unsafe or roads are impassible.

Closings will be posted as possible on the radio, the newspaper website, our Facebook page, and our blog. If in doubt, please call ahead. We would rather have you safe at home without a new book to read than stuck in snowdrift.

Check out our Quick Links page to get all the information you need, or call us during regular hours for help.

Stay safe, stay warm, and read your way through the holiday season~ jody

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Inclement Weather and Holiday Reminders

With the impending storms, it’s a good time to remind you of whether the weather will close us down or not–and how we will let you know when it does.

  • If Pipestone Area Schools close early due to inclement weather, the Library will close 1/2 hour after school lets out. No afternoon or evening activities.
  • The Library will open at 10:00am on the days that school is 2 hours late. No morning activities.
  • If PAS cancels school for the day, Meinders Library may still be open or have shortened hours depending on road/weather conditions.

Closures can be noted on our blog, Facebook page, or any other social media you may follow us at. If in doubt, call the library before heading out.

Often, inclement weather can delay delivery. This week, delivery is scheduled for Tuesday and Saturday. At the moment, both of these days look a little iffy. Again, we will post changes or delays on our blog, Facebook, and other social media. Providing us with your email is the best way to find out when your hold has been processed and is ready for pick up. This can eliminate unnecessary trips to the library.


Thursday, November 28

Friday, November 29

If you need reading materials to tide you over while we are closed, you can hop on one of our digital platforms and download free ebooks or audiobooks. Simply click the quick links tab to enjoy our digital library from your preferred device.

Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!


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Chili Feeds and Family Feuds

For the first time since I’ve been here, the library will be present and accounted for at the Annual Chamber Chili Cook-Off. While we kicked around the idea last year, I’m not a big T.V. watcher, so the sitcom idea was out of my league. Game shows, though? That we can do.

Especially since we’re not the ones responsible for the chili. That honor goes to Deb Brockberg, Pipestone Area Friends of the Library member and entrant for the contest.

The theme, however, is our responsibility and requires us to cook up something fun–a process which will require a little help from you. To get our answers for Family Feud, we ask everyone to please fill out the survey below before Monday, November 18.

In return for a completed survey, we will waive your accumulated late fees from Meinders Community Library. This does not include fees associated with lost or damaged items or late fees accrued at other libraries.

So, if you are in possession of a library book or movie that you’ve been afraid to return because it’s fourteen years past due, now is your chance to drop it off at the library fine-free! You don’t even have to come into the library if you don’t want to. All you have to do is answer the nine questions and leave them inside your book in the drop box so we know which account to clear.

If you are unsure whether you have a late fee or not, simply put your name on a sheet of paper, answer the following questions, and drop it off at the library. You can also answer our questions via the contact form below. Regardless of how you send us your answers, your name will not be included in the game.

  1. What item do you most frequently check out from the library?
  2. When is the best time to visit the library?
  3. Why do you visit the library?
  4. What do you think librarians do all day?
  5. What do you need to get a library card?
  6. What is the most unique item you can check out at the library?
  7. What kinds of books do you read?
  8. What is the best part about the library?
  9. What is the most essential ingredient in a good chili?

Thanks so much for your input (and returning your library materials). If you want to find out what the Survey Says, please join us at the 14th Annual Chamber Chili Cook-Off & Silent Auction Fundraiser on November 21 at the Pipestone Country Club. Your participation is greatly appreciated. Not to mention, you get to enjoy a fantastic night out filled with food, fun, and friends!

The only feuds allowed will be at the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library chili table.

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New Books Galore


Meinders Community Library has recently gotten an influx of new books. Come check out some of our new reads. If another patron has already snagged the book you are interested in, we can put it on hold for you.

Adult Fiction

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • A Killer Edition by Lorna Barrett
  • The Plot is Murder by V. M. Burns
  • No Judgements by Meg Cabot
  • A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Well Met by Jen DeLuca
  • The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld
  • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
  • Read and Buried by Eva Gates
  • The Guardians by John Grisham
  • Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
  • The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
  • What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Full Throttle by Joe Hill
  • The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
  • The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
  • Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay
  • Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • 19th Christmas by James Patterson
  • Liberating Duluth by D.E. Peterson
  • The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
  • Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
  • The Solar War by A.G. Riddle
  • Bloody Genius by John Sandford
  • Child’s Play by Danielle Steel
  • Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
  • A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian
  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
  • Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
  • Stealth by Stuart Woods
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Large Print

  • Shamed by Linda Castillo
  • The Russian by Ben Coes
  • The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans
  • All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio
  • Too Soon to Die by William Johnstone
  • One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Timepiece by Beverly Lewis
  • What Comes My Way by Tracie Peterson 
  • Cheyenne Pass by Lauran Paine
  • Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Estranged: The Changeling King by Ethan M. Aldridge
  • Speed Demon by Fred Bowen
  • Storm Blown by Nick Courage
  • Benchwarmers by John Feinstein
  • Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
  • The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner
  • Camp Shady Crook by Lee Gjertsen Malone
  • Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick
  • Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey
  • Frostfire by Jamie Smith
  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  • My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

Young Adult Fiction

  • His Hideous Heart: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined edited by Delia Adler
  • Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
  • Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi
  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Rated by Melissa Grey
  • Gut Check by Eric Kester
  • We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund
  • Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
  • The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee


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Yes, we are open.

snow-picMeinders Library will be open today, though the sidewalks and the parking lot may have drifting as the winds pick up.

Delivery will once again be delayed. Roads permitting, items will be processed and available Wednesday around 1:00 pm.