Posted in Get Connected

Say Cheese!

Say Cheese

Have you ever wondered how to make a beautiful meat and cheese board? To learn how, come to Meinders Community Library on Monday, February 3rd at 6:30pm. Registration requested so we have ample supplies for participants.

Posted in Book Talk

Youth Media Awards

89201777-3E37-4614-B4EB-B40886DE0E39This morning, the Youth Media Awards were announced at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. This event is basically the library world’s version of the Oscars and I eagerly await this day every year. Here are some of the award-winning books available at Meinders Community Library.

  • New Kid by Jerry Craft—Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award
  • The Undefeated written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson—Caldecott Medal, Newbery Honor Book, and Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
  • Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams—Newbery Honor Book, Morris Honor Book and Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award
  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe—Morris Award for a debut Young Adult book
  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos HernandezPura Belpré Author Award
  • Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith—American Indian Youth Literature Award for Young Adult Book
  • Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean—Printz Honor Book
  • Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me written by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell—Printz Honor Book
  • Ordinary Hazards by Nikki Grimes—Printz Honor Book and Sibert Informational Award Honor Book
  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon—Morris Honor Book and Asian/Pacific American Young Adult Honor Book
  • A Thousand Sisters: The Heroic Airwomen of the Soviet Union in World War II by Elizabeth Wein—Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Honor Book



Posted in Just for Fun

Closed But Full, PAS a Hive of Activity on MLK

If you ventured out on the north west side of Pipestone this weekend, you probably noted swirling drifts blocking the roads, doors, and parking lots of the school and library. Quite honestly, it looked like a post-apocalyptic landscape scrubbed clean of all human activity. The abandoned vehicles a mere reminder that we did not belong there.


Well, all of that has changed. Despite being closed today, the school and library parking lots are full. This time with cars instead of snow.

PAS teachers are hard at work, finishing the first semester and preparing for the next. The success of their students a priority that benefits not only our youth, but also the future of our community.

Speech students will overtake the library, preparing for the upcoming season, and gaining skills that will last them a lifetime.

I don’t  have confirmation, but if history repeats itself, the Arrow Bots will be busy building a new robot for the Firts Robotics season under the expertise of Mr. D.

At 3:00 PM, Reggie Gorter will direct the One Act play. This public performance, postponed from Saturday night, is free and open to the public. You are invited to support our budding thespians today, as they take the stage ahead of Saturday’s subsection competition.

Rounding out the day’s activities is a series of boy’s basketball games against Dawson-Boyd beginning at 4:45pm.

If you are able, today’s holiday is a great opportunity to stop by the school and support the youth in our community. The roads are clear, but my hope is to keep those parking lots full.


Posted in Alerts

Meinders Open Shortened Hours Today, Closed Saturday

The library is open from 10am-2pm today (Friday, January 17). If roads start closing, we will close earlier. If in doubt, please call ahead.

Also, we currently have no snow removal services, so wear your boots if you don’t want snow in your shoes!

Meinders Community Library will be closed Saturday, January 18, due to blizzard warning now in place. If you still need blizzard books, check out our digital platforms as found on our quick links page.

You do not need to stop out to renew your items or return them to the drop box. Simply call or email and we can take care of that for you.

Stay safe and warm, and have a wonderful weekend!

Posted in Just for Fun

Breaking News: Bank Robbery Suspect a Beloved Community Member

After a busy day at the bank, a teller noticed missing items from the vault. Police are putting together a case against beloved community member, Indiana Bones, whom witnesses and video footage have placed at the scene of the crime.

Bones is often viewed as a pillar of the community and is known for being fun-loving, yet highly compassionate. Shown below, Meinders Community Library aide, Kim, was cooperative with investigators about Bones’ visit to the library earlier in the day, though, she was quick to defend him, saying, “He would literally give you the shirt off his back.”

lib bones checkout

Many individuals have stepped forward as character witnesses for Mr. Bones, as there is a belief in the community that Bones simply would not have committed a crime. In an interview, key witness, Leslie at the Pipestone Dental Center, voiced her opinion, “A gentleman who takes that good of care of his teeth is incapable of a crime like that. He even flosses.”

If you have any information, you are asked to contact the Meinders Community Law Enforcement Center with any information that may aid the investigation.

You can also bring your problem solving skills to the library during our newest escape room this weekend: Hindsight is 2020. We still have a spot or two left.

Tune in Monday to get updated information on the investigation and learn the fate of Indiana Bones.

Posted in Just for Fun

Hindsight: An Escape Room

Hindsight Flyer

It’s almost time for another escape room at Meinders Community Library! Assemble your team, test your smarts with our new locks and puzzles, and unravel the mystery—because Hindsight is always 2020. Sign up by calling 507-825-6714, emailing, or stopping by the library.