Posted in Just for Fun

Come Write-In at Meinders Library

Shield-Nano-Side-Blue-Brown-RGB-HiResNaNoWriMo is an online contest/support network that helps writers around the world furiously pen their way toward creating the next Great American Novel.

During the month of November, area writers will gather together at Write-In locations to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Meinders Community Library (and at least one of the librarians here) will be competing in this quirky, yet satisfying contest.

Several high profile novels are a product of NaNoWriMo, proving that hard work and a quirky contest can pay off. You won’t know if you are capable of joining the ranks of published writers unless and until you get that first draft done.

Successful NaNo authors include:

  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.
  • 6, 7, and 8. Cinder , Scarlet and Cress by Marissa Meyer.

If you–or someone you know–has always wanted to write a novel, you/they are welcome to join us for camaraderie, light refreshments, support, writing prompts, and time away from the rest of the world to write.

For young writers, NaNoWriMo offers the Young Writers Program where youth get to set their own writing goals for the month.

Kick off for National Novel Writing Month will take place on Friday, November 1, at noon. Over the lunch hour, writers can stop by, sign up, write, talk, and get started on their NaNo project. 

The dates for Meinders Write-Ins are as follows:

  • Sundays November 3, 10, 17, and 24 from 3:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Thursdays November 7, 14, and 21 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

If NaNoWriMo feels a bit daunting, we also offer a writer’s group that meets on the second Thursday of each month from 6:30pm-8:00pm. You are welcome to stop by and immerse yourself in the written word.

Click here for more information on NaNoWriMo.

happy writing~ Jody

Posted in Book Talk

Spooky Stories


As Halloween approaches, here are some reading recommendations sure to evoke thrills and chills.

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Doll Bones by Holly Black
  • The Ghost Road by Charis Cotter
  • Bone Jack by Sara Crowe
  • Coraline by Neil Gaiman
  • A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
  • The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner
  • The Monstrous Devices by Damian Love
  • Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller
  • The House in Poplar Wood by K. E. Ormsbee
  • City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab
  • Thornhill by Pam Smy

Young Adult Fiction

  • Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  • Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson
  • The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
  • Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
  • Daughters Unto Devils by Amy Lukavics
  • There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins
  • Jackaby by William Ritter
  • These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Raven’s Tale by Cat Winter
  • Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff

Adult Fiction

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • The Widow of Rose House by Diana Biller
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • The Library of the Unwritten by A. J. Hackwith
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
  • The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
  • Misery by Stephen King
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire
  • Old Bones by Preston & Child
  • Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
  • If We Were Villians by M. L. Rio


  • From Here to Eternity: Traveling the World to Find the Good Death by Caitlin Doughty
  • The Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World by David Jaher.
  • Mary’s Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein by Lita Judge
  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach



Posted in Just for Fun

United at the Library

Unity Day 2019Toy Story 4 was released on DVD earlier this month–twenty-four years after the original movie won the hearts of friends everywhere. I hear people love it for its timeless characters and the relationships they represent.

Then again, friendship never grows old. Some friends come and go and are there when we need them most. Others last a lifetime. Either way, friends play a role in shaping who we are and how we interact with the world.

This week is National Friends of Libraries Week, and this week, Pipestone Area Friends of the Library knocked it out of the park by supporting our dyslexia program. Not only did they sponsor the speaker, but they made the audience delicious treats. This isn’t unusual for our Friends group, as helping our library is what they do.

Though our Friends rock, not everyone is lucky enough to have the support of those around them. For a variety of reasons, individuals are made fun of, ostracized, or ignored. Bullying, like friendship, plays a role in shaping who we are and how we interact in the world.

Today is Unity Day, a single day during National Bullying Prevention Month, to remind us to be kind, be inclusive, and be accepting of those around us. Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center has worked hard to bring awareness of this growing problem and educate communities across the globe that by standing silent in the face of bullying can be just as damaging as doing the bullying itself.

Staff at Meinders Community Library stand firm in the idea that all individuals deserve to be treated with respect and that we don’t condone bullying for any reason. Our library has resources, both fiction and nonfiction, that speak to the nature and the aftermath of bullying. We can help you find some for readers of all ages.

While we know that not everyone is meant to be friends, Unity Day (and the toys from Toy Story) remind us that nobody should ever be the bully.

happy reading~ jody

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New Books Galore


Meinders Community Library has recently gotten an influx of new books. Come check out some of our new reads. If another patron has already snagged the book you are interested in, we can put it on hold for you.

Adult Fiction

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
  • A Killer Edition by Lorna Barrett
  • The Plot is Murder by V. M. Burns
  • No Judgements by Meg Cabot
  • A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier
  • The Long Call by Ann Cleeves
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Well Met by Jen DeLuca
  • The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld
  • Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore
  • Read and Buried by Eva Gates
  • The Guardians by John Grisham
  • Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory
  • The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith
  • What Happens in Paradise by Elin Hilderbrand
  • Full Throttle by Joe Hill
  • The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman
  • The Topeka School by Ben Lerner
  • Word to the Wise by Jenn McKinlay
  • Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris
  • The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes
  • The Dutch House by Ann Patchett
  • 19th Christmas by James Patterson
  • Liberating Duluth by D.E. Peterson
  • The Secrets We Kept by Lara Prescott
  • Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia
  • The Solar War by A.G. Riddle
  • Bloody Genius by John Sandford
  • Child’s Play by Danielle Steel
  • Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
  • A People’s History of Heaven by Mathangi Subramanian
  • A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas
  • Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey
  • Stealth by Stuart Woods
  • Red at the Bone by Jacqueline Woodson

Large Print

  • Shamed by Linda Castillo
  • The Russian by Ben Coes
  • The Noel Stranger by Richard Paul Evans
  • All the Flowers in Paris by Sarah Jio
  • Too Soon to Die by William Johnstone
  • One More River to Cross by Jane Kirkpatrick
  • Timepiece by Beverly Lewis
  • What Comes My Way by Tracie Peterson 
  • Cheyenne Pass by Lauran Paine
  • Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker

Middle Grade Fiction

  • Estranged: The Changeling King by Ethan M. Aldridge
  • Speed Demon by Fred Bowen
  • Storm Blown by Nick Courage
  • Benchwarmers by John Feinstein
  • Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation by Stuart Gibbs
  • The Bone Garden by Heather Kassner
  • Camp Shady Crook by Lee Gjertsen Malone
  • Wildfire by Rodman Philbrick
  • Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey
  • Frostfire by Jamie Smith
  • Guts by Raina Telgemeier
  • My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi

Young Adult Fiction

  • His Hideous Heart: Thirteen of Edgar Allan Poe’s Most Unsettling Tales Reimagined edited by Delia Adler
  • Kingdom of Souls by Rena Barron
  • Permanent Record by Mary H. K. Choi
  • Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
  • Rated by Melissa Grey
  • Gut Check by Eric Kester
  • We Speak in Storms by Natalie Lund
  • Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart
  • The Rise of Kyoshi by F.C. Yee


Posted in Just for Fun

Experience Is Priceless

painting catsGenerations have always attributed blanket personas to other generations. I am guilty of exacerbating those blanket statements in this post–but with a positive spin–so please bear with me.

Our youth are currently our most experiential population to date. They are about doing, not having. They are triers, not compilers. No longer does he with the biggest and best win. Rather, she who has done the most is considered richer.

My generation, on the other hand, grew up in a world rich with possession. For the most part, we acquire things. Houses, cars, jewelry, boats, lake homes, televisions, home libraries, and motor homes. This ownership is the whole reason we work so hard.

The turn-of-the-century generation placed great value on family and made tremendous sacrifices to provide for the future generations. My parents fell somewhere in between, holding onto the memories of time spent while being torn by the need to succeed.

None of these approaches to life are right or wrong. They got us where we are today. And rather than focusing on the differences, we are poised to celebrate these intergenerational relationships and all the attributes they bring to the table.

Two weeks ago, my extended family gathered together. Three generations spent time eating, chatting, playing games, and painting. We donned our painting aprons, brandished our paint brushes, and tackled a scary project.

finished catsHalloween cats.

Some plunged forward with little regard for the outlines sketched on the canvas. Others followed the directions to a point before veering off to give their paintings their own personalities. Still others held fast to the process, lamenting their inability to perfectly replicate the picture.

Not surprisingly, the younger generation embraced the idea of doing. They fearlessly incorporated mistakes into purposeful changes to the original. My generation strove hard to create a perfect replica. Fixing and fussing and working even during play. My mom simply basked in the moment, quietly dedicated to getting the job done as she savored the time spent with her kids and grandkids.

The result was fourteen similar but different black cats, a priceless experience, and bonding across the generations.

Each and every day, we have the ability to connect with a variety of people across generations, genders, and cultures. If we take the time to open ourselves up to the experience and eschew expectations of perfection, we can end the day richer than when we started.

At the library, our makerspace allows these kinds of interactions to happen. Groups are welcome to reserve our STEAM Room to tinker and create, making memories in the process. Simply call, email, or stop by the library and we can get you on the calendar.

get connected~ jody