Posted in Just for Fun

So, What Does A Librarian Actually Do?

A. Read All Day       B. Read All Day       C. Other Things       D. A and B

For the answer, check out this movie:


And when you’re done, come talk to me. Because that’s the other thing librarians do after reading all day: we talk to people and we listen to their stories. 

I laughed. I cried. I loved it for its social commentary. I hated it for the social injustice so prevalent in our society. It was truly a worthy way to spend my evening.

~ jody

P.S. If you prefer to wait, you can watch the movie with us on November 8 during a public viewing at the library. We have a discussion guide (from Emilio Estevez himself) to help facilitate stronger community conversation about the vast and varied social concerns reflected in the movie.

Posted in Get Connected

Mass Murder Survivor to Visit Meinders Library

As summer winds down, we wanted to give you plenty of time to mark your calendar for 10:00am Saturday, September 14.

Gitchie Girl Uncovered Cover Concept

Back by patron request, Phil and Sandy Hamman will provide a detailed look into the investigation of the 1973 Gitchie Manitou murders. Lone survivor, Sandra Cheskey, will join them.

This event is free and open to the public, in part with support from the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library.

Posted in Just for Fun

What’s In a Cover?

20190821_082036.jpgAs readers, we are often concerned with what’s between the covers. We like great characters, intriguing plot lines, and beautiful prose. However, when picking out our next read, we’re often swayed by what’s on the cover: gorgeous illustrations, enticing blurbs, and a great layout. Without these things, we may never crack the book open and give it a chance.

But what’s with the jacket cover itself?

In the 1800s, a dust jacket’s sole purpose was to cover the book in protective coating long enough to get it from printer to owner. This plain piece of wrapping kept dings, scratches, and tears from marring the beautiful leather, silk, or cloth covers of the day.

Fast forward to the turn of the century. At this time, dust jackets were still meant for shipping and disposal, but they had morphed into something a tiny bit fancier. This generation of wraps had a cut-out window to showcase the engravings or embossed titles that were prevalent on the covers.

It wasn’t until the late 1920’s that publishers realized the advertising real estate that dust jackets offered. This was the birth of the modern dust jacket complete with pictures and text used to “sell” the book. Although at this time, these covers were still considered disposable.

In fact, if you have dust jackets predating the 1970’s, consider yourself lucky. Though beware of the stigma attached to this, as these “ancient” dust jackets were preserved more out of laziness on the buyers behalf than out of a sense of keeping a historic paper trail.

Never fear, our librarians were not lazy as evidenced by a quick glance at our shelves. Our older collection is rife with missing covers–the “salable” information cut out of the original dust jacket and glued to the inside covers. On the other hand, our more current collection sports protective coverings on the protective coverings.

Somewhere along the line, libraries discarded the idea of discarding and began using these masterpieces of art and words to showcase the goodness inside each book. The result: a mishmash of covered and uncovered books.

While the books with intact dust jackets wrapped in their fancy, plastic covers may immediately hold more reading appeal, we hope you don’t skip over the books with the plain spines and cloth covers. Those literary masterpieces still deserve your time and attention.

happy reading~ jody

For more information on the history of dust jackets, head over to these blogs.

Posted in Book Talk

Survival Stories

Books about surviving in the wilderness have been classic reads for generations of children. I remember reading Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain, Island of the Blue Dolphins, and more in elementary school. Here’s a list of survival stories to read if you grew up loving these tales of endurance or want to live vicariously through someone else’s harrowing adventure.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Refugee 87 by Ele Fountain
  • Scar Island by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Hideout by Watt Key
  • A World Below by Wesley King
  • The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence
  • Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr
  • Stranded by Jeff Probst and Chris Tebbetts
  • The Explorer by Katherine Rundell
  • The Trap by John Smelcer
  • I Survived the Children’s Blizzard, 1888 by Lauren Tarshis
  • Memory Boy by Will Weaver
  • Horizon by Scott Westerfeld

Young Adult Fiction

  • Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
  • The Raft by S.A. Bodeen
  • Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter
  • The Goats by Brock Cole
  • The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
  • When I Am Through With You by Stephanie Kuehn
  • Notes from My Captivity by Kathy Parks
  • Lost in a River of Grass by Ginny Rorby
  • Switchback by Danika Stone
  • A Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica Taylor

Adult Fiction

  • California by Edan Lepucki
  • Lord Grizzly by Frederick Manfred
  • The Revenant by Michael Punke
  • Midnight Sun by Elwood Reid
  • Winter World by A. G. Riddle
  • The Martian by Andy Weir


  • Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
  • Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival by Yossi Ghinsberg
  • The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Lost in the Wild by Cary J. Griffith
  • Lost in the Amazon by Stephen Kirkpatrick
  • Into the Wild by John Krakauer
  • The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless
  • Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston


Posted in Just for Fun

Meinders Movie Theater Is No Longer Haunted

Thanks to our fearless, ghostbusting escapees, the library is once again a safe haven for Pipestone residents.

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Enjoy this quick escape room countdown:

  • Cats and Spook at 80 minutes
  • A Flock of Sandwiches at 75 minutes
  • Bones’ Harem at 72 minutes
  • The Rainbow Nerds at 71 minutes
  • The Lovebirds at 59 minutes
  • Locks Are for the Birds at 52 minutes
  • (B)lockbusters- the “B” is silent at 44 minutes

Mark your calendars for the last weekend in October and crack the codes in our next escape room adventure.