Posted in Get Connected

Warrior Sisters Author Program

Join us at Meinders Community Library, this Friday, June 10th at 12:00pm for Sister Talk: A Courageous Conversation of Love, Boundaries, and Forgiveness with Kelly Ryan and Karen Burd, authors of Warrior Sisters. This event is sponsored by the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library. If you would like to learn more about PAFL, join us at 11:45am for their annual meeting prior to the event.

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

Summer Fun at the Library

Stop by Meinders Community Library and pick up a Summer Reading Bingo card! The Summer Reading Program is for all ages, even adults. If you come to the library to sign up this week, you can design your own Summer Reading Badge and we will turn it into a pin or magnet with our button maker.

Pilcrow Foundation Books

When you’re looking for good reads to fill up your bingo card, we recently received over a hundred new children’s books thanks to a grant from The Pilcrow Foundation and the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library! The Pilcrow Foundation offers matching book grants specifically for rural libraries and we’re so grateful that PAFL provided the matching funds. These wonderful new books, from board books to beginning readers to middle grade fiction, are located on our Meinders display table.

Games & Grub

We have our first Summer Games & Grub, this Thursday evening, June 9th at 5:30pm. If you would like to attend, please let us know by calling 507-825-6714 or by filling out the contact form below. We have a variety of different games here, or you can bring your favorite from home.

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We Are Open and Programming

Not only is Meinders Community Library open Friday, Saturday, and Monday, but we are hosting a Saturday Storytime for visiting families to enjoy!

We also have amazing digital platforms for kids to read, watch, and learn. To access our Scholastic databases, click our Youth Services tab on the menu and use your library card barcode.

If you will be celebrating the long weekend in the craft room or garage, our Quick Links tab will take you to creativebug and Auto Repair Source websites that are accessible through your library card.

have a fantastic holiday weekend~

Posted in Just for Fun

Games & Grub

It was a dark and stormy night, but that didn’t stop gamers from four to ninety-four from coming out for a great night of Games & Grub at Meinders Community Library. We played old favorites like Scrabble and Life, tested our knowledge of 80s trivia, and shared some of our new favorite games from The Spiel Foundation like Labyrinth and Bugs in the Kitchen.

Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, everyone was a winner and got either a Dari King or Dairy Queen gift card! Thank you also to Erica and Tom from the Pipestone Area Chamber of Commerce for stopping by to take some photos of games in action.

Posted in Just for Fun, Meinders Happenings

Go Fly A Kite

While today’s weather makes spring feel a million days away, it won’t stop us from teaching you how to craft a kite. Join Trava and Emily for a blustery adventure this Saturday at Meinders Community Library.

With enough practice, you can be a kite-making pro just in time for kite-flying season.

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It’s a Win Win

Share your library love and enter a drawing for a chance to win $100.

Participate in the #MyLibrary promotion on social media.

As National Library Week Honorary Chair Molly Shannon says, “Libraries are places where communities connect—to things like broadband, computers, programs and classes, books, movies, video games, and more.” During National Library Week 2022, we’re asking you to share the connections you’ve made thanks to your library. Did you find a great book? Get access to computers? Attend a great program or storytime? Did you make new friends at the library’s book club?

Tell us by posting to Instagram, Twitter, or on the I Love Libraries Facebook page. Use the hashtag #MyLibrary.  We’ll gather all the entries, and one randomly selected winner will receive a $100 Visa gift card.  The promotion starts Sunday, April 3 at noon CT and ends on Saturday, April 9 at noon CT. Don’t forget to tag your library!

If you love your library, say it loud and proud: vocal community support helps libraries secure much-needed funding and reminds hardworking library staff that their efforts are appreciated. Participating in the #MyLibrary promotion is a quick, easy way to help your library thrive!

Official rules (PDF)

Help spread the word about the #MyLibrary promotion by sharing these graphics on social media:
Twitter/Facebook | Instagram

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My Favorite Day in Library Land

In the midst of a week that recognizes libraries on a national level, library workers get one day set aside to celebrate all the goodness they bring to the communities they serve. As the director of a tiny, but mighty staff, National Library Workers Day is by far my favorite “holiday”.

jody, emily, sally, kim: serving the pipestone community for a collective 50+ years!

For those in our community who use the library, your reasons for loving my awesome staff may be slightly different than mine. Thankfully, the American Library Association provides a place for you to:

Nominate a stellar library worker!

Nominations may come from library users, students, children, colleagues, faculty, or management.  Your nominee will show up on the Galaxy of Stars for the whole world to see!

https://ala-apa.org/nlwd/

So, why do I love my staff? (In alphabetical order as librarians are wont to do.)

Emily has so much energy and her bubbly personality spills over to anyone in her sphere, making her the perfect children’s librarian. She’s an incredible singer, which you may not think has anything to do with library work, but you would be surprised at the sheer number of opportunities she has to break into song throughout any given day. Em also has innate book sense and is invaluable in curating our collection so it is accessible to all our patrons. And her wit. You may not see it often, but when you do, your sides will hurt and tears will literally stream down your face.

Kim is a whirlwind of efficiency. She’s like the black lab of the library, always on the hunt for a new project to complete. Everything she touches is done consistently, accurately, and in record time. Her organizational skills are out of this world, and we are kindred spirits where aesthetics are concerned. The shelves always look their tidy best when Kim is on duty! Further, she could teach customer service classes. Her ability to connect with any patron and make them feel as if they are the most important thing on her to do list is a gift. And she knows everyone.

Sally is the/a library. Her institutional knowledge (and crazy awesome memory) make her the most accurate database I’ve ever used. I would never succeed in my job without being able to tap into her superpower. Fellow introverts, Sally and I can work together for hours in complete silence. Yet the second a patron walks in, she is super attentive and nearly omniscient in her ability to help them find exactly what they need without even having to ask. (See above: crazy awesome memory plus over 25 years of dedication to the Public Library in a town she grew up in.) Devoted, compassionate and helpful are but a few of the words that describe Sally’s value to me and everyone who has the pleasure of working with her.

Together, this fantastic team puts in endless hours of work each week to provide quality services to anyone who uses our library. Without them, Meinders Community Library would not be nearly as sweet as it is!

read, celebrate, repeat

best team ever~ jody

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

Saturday Kids Programs

We have two upcoming Saturday programs for kids and families at Meinders Community Library!

On Saturday, April 9th at 10:30am, we are having a Kite Making Workshop with the Pipestone County Historical Society. We’ll read a story about kites and then build and fly our own kites.

Join us on Saturday, April 16th at 10:30am for a storytime about Things That Hatch.

Both events are free and open to all.