Meinders Library will be closed Saturday through Monday, May 26-28, for Memorial Weekend. We will reopen on May 29th.
We wish our students and our community a wonderful Memorial Day and a safe Graduation Weekend.
School will resume on Tuesday, May 29th for grades K-11, with the last day ending at 12:30pm on May 31.
As a reminder, Meinders Library is open the same hours year round. In addition, we continue to host wonderful programs for patrons of all ages all summer long, including our Summer Reading Program, author visits, Tuesday morning story times, weekly Open STEAM and Open Lab days for community youth, as well Tuesday afternoon movies.
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Throughout this mini quest, you will solve five puzzles that relate to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Along the way, you will earn clues that will give you access to the final puzzle.
Too challenging? The small trunk has simple locks for our smallest learners.
If puzzle-solving drives you crazy, you can still escape the impending weather with 30 other hands-on activities including paper crafts, robotics, building challenges and more. Designed for the young and the young at heart, our Full STEAM Ahead event has something to offer everyone who is not yet done learning.
In preparation for Full STEAM Ahead this Saturday, we have rearranged our children’s section, as well as added a few things to round out your tiny tot’s experience at the library.
With our already wonderful collection of picture books, our new STEM toys create an engaging atmosphere for our youngest learners. From Airplane Engineering to Gears, Gears, and more Gears, little hands and little minds will delight in our upgrades.
Stop in this Saturday between 10am and 2pm to check out what we’ve done.
Also, please consider joining us each Tuesday for Story Time at 10:30am.
Individuals of all ages and interests are encouraged to stop by the library for part or all of our Full STEAM Ahead event during this open house program.
We have over 30 hands on activities for those 1-101. Inspired by the maker space movement and the tinkering opportunities it provides, Meinders Library is thrilled to be able to offer innovative tools, kits, and supplies to all members of our community.
A huge thanks goes to the following for making this 2nd Annual Event happen: Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, Coborn’s, Hank’s Foods, Pepsi, and State Farm agent, Michelle Cheeseman. Thanks to the generosity of these individuals, lunch will be provided.
Thanks to our partnership with Pipestone Area Schools and Mr. D, we have a new 3D printer at Meinders Library.
Thanks to State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant, we also have three library pets. Our tiniest robots are solar powered and are in much need of names. Our frilled lizard, Joanna, responds to her environment through artificial intelligence, though it took the intelligence of PAS students, Lucas Winter and Carson Wipf to build them for us!
Stop in any time during open hours and see our printer in motion as we gear up for Full STEAM Ahead this Saturday.
Visit us on May 19 between 10am and 2pm to put your suggested names into a drawing for our tiny warthog and cricket robots.
One year ago, we had the great idea to re-purpose our back room as a maker space where patrons could come to tinker. During our first ever Full STEAM Ahead event, our STEAM Room looked something like this:
Full STEAM Ahead was a hit. People of all ages loved trying new things such as spinning yarn, using the cricut machine, coding our ozobots and stamping cards in the STEAM Room.
In fact, it ignited a community movement and this happened:
Thanks to the wonderful support of countless people across the nation, Meinders Community Library won a $25,000 grant to expand our STEAM Room and our offerings to include more technology and more tinkering.
So, we got busy. We painted, we ordered storage furniture, we put together robots, and we organized, transforming our old work space into a functional maker space.
We invite you to join us at the library on Saturday, May 19 from 10am-2pm for our second annual Full STEAM Ahead. You will have the opportunity to drop by for the day or a few hours and enjoy over 30 different tinkering stations that hit all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.
If not, you may forever be stuck with this image in your head–our disorganized maker space mess that’s stuck halfway between a good idea and the realization of that dream.
Come tinker in our super organized STEAM Room and see for yourself what a community can do in such a short time.