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Meinders Library Open House Today

Celebrate our awesome community between 2:00 and 4:00pm today at the library.

Refreshments will be served by Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.

Tours of the STEAM Room will be available.

Michelle Cheeseman will present the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant check for $25,000.

Learn how we will use this generous grant to support the community that supported us.


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#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.

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All Locked Up

Our locks for the escape room have arrived! 


Escape Room: a room filled with mysteries, puzzles, codes and clues.

Escapees: individuals who bravely conquer their fears of failure long enough to enter said room and work together to crack the codes and solve the mysteries before the allotted time runs out.

Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we reveal more about this hands-on entertainment happening right here at Meinders Library!

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Meinders Closed Delivery Delayed

Due to the inclement weather, Meinders Library is closed today (Friday, November 18). Delivery will be processed and available on Monday. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Postal Truck Outline


Plans are still in place for our 2nd Annual Night at the Museum, so plan to stop out from 3-5pm on Saturday and see what Pipestone Youth are up to!

Pizza party and movie to follow.


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2nd Annual Night at the Museum

Due to impending weather, all events for Night at the Museum will be held on Saturday, November 19. If you have any display items, please drop them off at Meinders Library on Thursday or plan to bring them to the library before 2:00pm on Saturday. Set up time is available between 2:00 and 2:30pm on Saturday for students with baking exhibits.

Doors to the museum open to the public at 3:00pm.

Angel Lopez will once again paint live for us at 4:30pm. Last year’s painting is featured below. He completed it in 3 minutes. His other artwork can be seen at the Performing Arts Center where he is currently their featured artist.

This event is open to the public and free. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of several artists and Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.


Pizza party and movie will follow the museum closing at 5:00pm. Individuals do not need to attend the museum to attend the party.


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Community Read Continues with Want to Go Private?

For parents, guardians, caregivers or educators who read The Girl Before by Rena Olsen, we are continuing the dialogue about the affects of sexual predation at Meinders Library with a book discussion on Sarah Darer Littman’s Want to Go Private?.

Want to Go Private?

Difficult to read, but always timely, this novel addresses the vulnerability of today’s youth in an age of social media, mixed emotions and feelings of acceptance and self-worth. While the protagonist is a teenage girl, this book has implications for the boys who love them, as well as parents, teachers, and other vulnerable populations such as the elderly.

For other books on human rights, domestic abuse, the sex trade or human trafficking, please ask a librarian. For those who wish to learn more about how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe, check out How to Save Your Daughter’s Life by Pat Brown.

How to Save Your Daughter's Life

Both books can be found at Meinders Library.

Due to the graphic nature of some parts of this book, please plan to read alongside your teen child or prescreen it for younger youth.

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The Girl Before: get your copy now!

Community Discussion: November 8 @ 6:30 pm

Author Visit: November 12 @ 11:00 am

We are thrilled to see our stack of books dwindling and the amount of feedback growing for our Community Read book, The Girl Before.

So what is a Community Read, you ask?

Our Community Read found its roots in the One Book, One Community program that has been sweeping communities, states and the nation. In fact, last year, William Kent Krueger’s Ordinary Grace was chosen for South Dakota’s state read and our first Community Read.

This year’s novel comes to us from Minnesota native, Rena Olsen. Ms. Olsen currently works in Des Moines, Iowa, as a licensed therapist. Her expertise in her field is obvious in the writing of her debut novel, which “unpeels the layers of” the main character’s  “fractured life.”

On the tail end of putting Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance to rest, this novel makes a compelling topic for parents, youth and community. Through our Community Read, we hope to touch as many lives as possible with the shared experience of reading this timely book, while hosting discussion opportunities for people to gain a stronger sense of support and community. This is the nature of a One Book, One Community program, and we hope your participation will make it a success.

We have a few books left at the library for interested readers. These books are free and yours to keep. However if you do not wish to keep the novel, or if you know of someone else who would enjoy it, please return it to the library or pass it on. For those who want to keep their copy, Rena Olsen will be at Meinders for an Author Meet and Greet and book signing on November 12 at 11:00am.

You are also encouraged to stop by the library on Tuesday, November 8, to discuss the book with other community members. This informal gathering begins at 6:30pm and is the perfect end to a day of voting and turkey dinner at the Methodist Church.

A big thanks goes to Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Foundation for generously supporting this free, community event. We couldn’t have done it without them!