Posted in Book Talk

Granite Etching and Artistic Reads


On Tuesday May 14 at 6:30pm, local artist Liz Rackl will share about her artistic process and techniques for etching granite at Meinders Library. Attendees will also get the chance to create their own granite masterpieces. The event is free and open to all, but registration is required if you want to try etching.

To inspire your creativity, here’s a list of books featuring art and artists with stories ranging from young artists struggling to express themselves to biographical tales of famous artists to complicated art heists.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett
  • Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World by Ashley Herring Blake
  • Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
  • The Gallery by Laura Marx Fitzgerald
  • Framed by James Ponti

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett
  • Original Fake by Kirstin Cronn-Mills
  • You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
  • Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough
  • I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • The Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Adult Fiction

  • The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
  • Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro


  • Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
  • How to Read a Painting: Lessons from the Old Masters by Patrick de Rynck
  • Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe
  • Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras by Duncan Tonatiuh


Posted in Get Connected


Don’t love blogs? Not a Facebook fan?

Keep reading to learn how everyone can stay on top of Meinders Happenings!

Meinders Community Library is moving into the broader social media arena to meet you where you’re at. Please follow/friend/tweet with us from the comfort of your preferred social media account.

Traditionalists, never fear. We will continue to provide email updates through our blog, and newspaper columns for our die hard readers.

Still like rabbit ears and radio programs? Our programming flyers can be found on the public access channel, and many of our programs are videotaped and shown at a later date. Likewise, we will try to up our game for our auditory patrons by utilizing the radio station to help you #GetConnectedAtMeinders.

May Programming Preview

2019 spring happenings

Our goal is to bring community members together to learn, share, and grow through common experiences. All our programs are free and open to the public, so please attend those that interest you and share with others who may also enjoy what we have to offer!


Posted in Just for Fun

Presumed Innocent, mostly

I am a walking crime scene. I have guilt and innocence written all over me. Quite literally in some ways. This morning I noted a giant, deep purple bruise on my hip. It honestly looks like I was bludgeoned despite the fact that I have no idea how it got there.

Add in the bruise on my knee, the other bruise on the other knee, and the wound to my hand from running into a door, and I could easily be mistaken for a victim. Rest assured, however, I am not.

On the other hand, my go-to reading material is a nitty-gritty mystery, complete with burned off fingerprints and purposefully obscured crime scenes. I love the whole investigation process and snapping the puzzle pieces together in the right order to solve who dunnit, with what, and where.

For writing purposes, I’ve been known to deep dive into crazy internet searches that would disturb most people and likely have me on some kind of watch list. This penchant for the dark side may have started with the game of Clue. At the tender age of 8ish, I won without checking off a single box on the score card. Who doesn’t love a game they are good at?

It was all downhill from there. In the fifth grade I fell in love with Mary Higgins Clark. I read Micky Spillane and Agatha Christie with a passion. From there, I started writing my own thrillers with psychological twists. I unraveled human nature and put it back together again. I murdered and pillaged. To this day, I constantly see the opportunity in events around me, and am delighted when a writer can catch me by surprise.

So, you might wonder, am I–reader and writer of all things dark and dangerous–also dark and dangerous? The answer is absolutely not. Nor are your neighbors or fellow congregants who also like the same kind of books or movies.

We seldom are what we read. Nor are we what we write. This is a question asked of authors, as often times, people assume our fiction is based on our own lives. I can assure you that I, like the beloved authors who kill off their favorite characters without blinking, should be presumed innocent.

Mostly~ Jody

P.S. If you like a solid mystery without gore, you can try Maureen Johnson’s Truly Devious. This young adult novel reads like an Agatha Christie and seamlessly takes you from past to present and back again. I’ve read it twice in a year, and am now making my way through the second in this series.

P.P.S. I like to read other things, too. Sweeter, gentler books that bring out the best in their readers.

Posted in Book Talk

Calling All Writers


Tonight at 7:00pm Meinders Community Library will host Minnesota author Candace Simar. Aspiring writers and literary enthusiasts can learn about Simar’s writing process and her tips and tricks for getting published.

Books About Writers and Writing

Middle Grade Fiction

  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani
  • Ava and Pip by Carol Weston
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • The Way to Bea by Kat Yeh

Young Adult Fiction

  • Nothing by Annie Barrows
  • Between the Lines by Nikki Grimes
  • Final Draft by Riley Redgate
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

Adult Fiction

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Too Many Cooks by Dana Bates
  • A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne
  • The Drowning by Camilla Lackberg
  • Nine Perfect Strangers by Lianne Moriarty
  • Tribute by Nora Roberts
  • The Other Story by Tatian de Rosnay


  • Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories by Jack Gantos
  • Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge
  • Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott
  • Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter
  • Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy


Posted in Get Connected

Summer Crafting Made Easy at Meinders

Summer brings oodles of reasons to invite friends over for food, fun, and fellowship or to preserve memories of good times past. Thanks to our State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant, we have added items to our STEAM Room that can help make your special moments pop.

Just in time for our third annual Full STEAM Ahead event on May 18, we’ve purchased more tools and tech for our makerspace at the library.


Highlighted today are Cricut cartridges for paper crafting, scrapbooking, and personalized gift making. We tried to pick a broad range of cricut cartridges, but we are always open to more suggestions from our crafty patrons. To date, six of our seventeen cartridges have arrived and are awaiting their first foray into the crafting world.

These will be available for in-house use in our makerspace or for checkout to local patrons. We have a Cricut machine for your die-cut needs, and a Cricut steamer for in-house, fabric creations such as t-shirts, bags, and blankets.

The tools are free to use, while sample supplies of paper, vinyl, and fabric are limited. Patrons will need to purchase their own consumable supplies for projects or crafting sessions.

Our STEAM Room is also available for reservation outside of school hours for individuals working on large projects or groups wishing to dabble with all we have to offer. Educators–both homeschool and public–can also contact us to reserve our makerspace or maker tools to enhance their curriculum and connect their students to the broader world.



Posted in Book Talk

Earth Day Reads

Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! As the days grow longer, the weather warms up, and everything gets greener, it isn’t hard to appreciate Mother Nature. Whether you want to read a book with an ecological theme, a climate fiction dystopia, or a tribute to the great outdoors, Meinders Library has you covered.


  • Maxwell’s Mountain by Shari Becker
  • On Earth by G. Brian Karas
  • The Earth Book by Todd Parr
  • They Say Blue by Jillian Tamaki

Middle Grade

  • The End of the Wild by Nicole Helget
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • Falcon Wild by Terry Lynn Johnson
  • Me and Marvin Gardens by A. S. King

Young Adult

  • Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • The Other Side of Lost by Jessi Kirby
  • Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
  • Dry by Neal Shusterman and Jarrod Shusterman


  • Wolves by Cary Griffith
  • The River by Peter Heller
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens


  • A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
  • World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky
  • H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald
  • Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed


Posted in Get Connected

When is Easter Anyway?

Bunnies, birds, and Bibles. Easter is celebrated in a variety of ways across the globe. But one thing that troubles most people is the date in which Easter will actually arrive.

Image result for stork cartoon images creative commonsYou see, Easter isn’t one of those “fourth Thursday” kind of holidays. Instead, it’s more of a “due date” holiday that hinges on several factors before arriving each spring. In fact, Easter might grace your calendar anytime between March 22 and April 25.

So, you might ask, how is the date determined? In a nutshell, Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the vernal equinox. There’s also a bit of math that goes into it that might tweak the date by a day or two, but for the most part, the answer hinges on the moon and the big guy who made the night skies possible.

This mash up of science and religion to determine a holiday is fascinating, and makes for good conversation and great real-world connections regardless of your personal beliefs.

Safe travels and happy Easter~ Jody