Posted in Just for Fun

Things I’m Learning

73D40588-C55A-45F3-B3BF-B86A37581BC4I am a staunch believer that we are never too old, too smart, or too educated to stop learning. Of course, it may be due to the fact that I am not too old yet (just older), too smart, or too educated. Or, it just might mean that it’s inhumanly possible to learn everything in one lifetime.

Regardless, as our library is evolving along with the COVID-19 crisis, I am learning so much more.

  • Videography: Who knew it was so danged hard to do? After recording tutorials and story times, I now have tremendous respect for the peeps behind the cameras. The brain and the hands don’t always act in concert–or at least, mine don’t. Quite a few times, I zoomed when I should not have, and even as my brain was screaming, “NOOOOO! The other way!”, my fingers continued to bring Em’s beautiful face up close and personal. Stay tuned for when and where these will be broadcast, and like me, you can learn to appreciate good cinematography.
  • The artistic world is a generous place. As a writer myself, I knew this on a gut level, but the complete outpouring of amazing artists, authors and illustrators who are making themselves and their materials available to the masses is astounding. Check out these sweet sites and engage with new experiences.
  • The world is a generous place. Again, I know this in theory, but to see it play out in real time on a global level warms my heart. If ever there was a sign that the human race has a hopeful future, it is seen in the nightly Italian serenades, the Little Free Libraries turned Little Free Pantries, and through locals buying gift cards and ordering take-out in unprecedented numbers to support our community businesses.
  • Some households across our country, state, and county do not have access to information outside of public libraries. Again, this I “knew”. But I didn’t quite grasp the extent of it. We take for granted radios, televisions with rabbit ears, cable tv, internet, and smart phones–or at least, I do. That said, we don’t always realize that some individuals may not have access to any of them. If you know someone who doesn’t have access to any of these news outlets, please contact us. We will find radios to match with households.
  • Lastly, not all information is good, accurate, or reliable. This is why I love, love, love the fact that The New York Times and nearly all other major news outlets are providing reader access to digital COVID-19 content. Folks, please learn how to vet your news sources and information. Look for articles with linked research, studies, or professional interviews. These citations can help you determine if a statement has some meat, or if it’s an opinion with info and speculation passed on from someone’s neighbor’s, grandma’s, friend’s uncle who knows someone who knows. Be aware of articles, videos, and posts that only reinforce what you already believe or want to believe without providing you with an alternative perspective.

Please drop us a line and let us know what you’ve learned and where you’re learning it. We will pass along relevant links as we deem appropriate and relevant to our community.

keep reading, keep learning~ jody

Posted in Get Connected

Life Lessons One Egg Bake at a Time

School is out. Life lessons are in.


In the midst of all this chaos, our children are closer than ever. All of a sudden, we have unlimited time to teach life skills that may slip away in the hustle and bustle of daily life.

I hope your day starts off as lovely as mine with coffee, egg bake made by Youngest, and great conversation.

My morning thanks goes to all the employees at Coborn’s, Hank’s Foods, and Dollar General who tirelessly provide fresh food and supplies to our community. Your efforts are tremendously appreciated.

don’t touch your face~ jody

Posted in Just for Fun

Hoard Books, Not Toilet Paper


Even in the best of times I’m a book hoarder. It’s one of the hazards/benefits of working at a library. I see all these amazing books coming across my desk and I can’t help but take a few home with me. Every day.

But this weekend, my book hoarding has a purpose. I’m participating in the 24in48 Readathon, where readers try to read for a solid 24 hours over a 48 hour period. You can follow my progress this weekend on our Instagram page, @meinderscommunitylibrary. You can follow or join the readathon on Instagram and Twitter with #stayhome24in48 or #24in48. Happy Reading!


Posted in Just for Fun

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day


Today is The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day! We’re celebrating by reading with our caterpillar and other friends. Soon these storytimes will be shown on Pipestone’s public access channel.

On our Facebook page, you can find a video of Eric Carle reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar courtesy of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Posted in Just for Fun

Business Casual

jody yoga pic

If you come to our door to pick up your curbside delivery of materials, you may find our staff dressed very casually.

Just know that business casual doesn’t mean lack of professionalism. In fact, we are dedicated to helping our community navigate these challenging times in any way we can. Some of us just prefer to do so in ponytails and yoga gear.

And while you can’t see the back of my shirt–I’m not that talented with camera angles, selfie settings, and mirrors–it says, “All bodies are good bodies.”

This is a great time to remind you that everybody’s health and safety is important. Studies indicate that practicing yoga and/or meditation can help improve your physical and mental well-being.

So, take care of all those good bodies out there with the help of the following websites.

Find local info here:

And my last two faves:

As always, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, read, and social distance.

stay connected~ jody

Posted in Get Connected

How to Place a Library Book Hold

Please enjoy our first attempt at better connecting you with your library materials. This tutorial on placing a hold is by no means perfect, but it should get the job done!

If you have any questions on how to place a hold after viewing this, please give us a call or drop us an email.

We will continue to provide content in the upcoming weeks on a variety of topics such as accessing our digital platforms and other library related things.

For your sake, I hope we get this videography down a bit better and the quality of our content improves. If not, just remember, we may be amateur movie makers, but we’re professionals at recommending books!

safe and happy reading~ jody

P.S. The tissue was used to mop up coffee, not my nose. That said, I did wash my hands.

Posted in Alerts

Book Check Out Remains Available

Your safety is important to us. So is your access to materials.

Please read, share, and follow this newest set of guidelines provided to us by our Library Board based on recommendations from the CDC, Governor, and American Library Association.

Meinders Community Library will continue to provide physical materials and necessary services to the best of our ability in the upcoming weeks and months. That said, your safety and the safety of our staff is paramount. By working together and following ever-evolving procedures, we can minimize contact.

As difficult as this is, we appreciate your cooperation.

Until further notice, the library will operate within the following parameters Monday through Friday between the hours of 11am and 6pm. We will not be open on Saturdays.

  • Check in and check out of physical items will continue!
    • Place your Meinders Library items on hold in one of these three ways:
      • Through the online catalog by clicking on the Plum Creek Library System icon on the right, top sidebar or by clicking here
      • By calling library staff at (507) 825-6714
      • Or emailing the library at
      • No social media or facebook requests will be filled.
    • At the time your hold is confirmed, we will provide you with pick up instructions.
  • All items must be returned in the outside drop box or media slot to the left of the door. If you have large items to return, please call ahead to make arrangements for drop off.
  • No in-house use or browsing will be allowed with the following exceptions:
    • Necessary computer use and printing by appointment only.
    • STEAM Room use for student projects by appointment only.
    • Reservations for the computer lab for Social Service or School meetings of less than 8 individuals may be granted on a case by case basis. The individuals requesting room use must sanitize the space when each session is complete.
  • Library doors will remain locked.

Please refer to our digital platforms to check out e-books and audio books. You can find information on our Quick Links tab at the top. Also, you can call if you need help trouble shooting.

Remember to wash your hands and stay safe~ jody