Posted in Just for Fun

Hindsight: An Escape Room

Hindsight Flyer

It’s almost time for another escape room at Meinders Community Library! Assemble your team, test your smarts with our new locks and puzzles, and unravel the mystery—because Hindsight is always 2020. Sign up by calling 507-825-6714, emailing, or stopping by the library.

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

Awesome Robotics Kick Off

Can’t wait to support our Arrow Bots this year!


The Infinite Recharge theme, created in conjunction with Disney and Lucas Films, promotes an atmosphere of Force For Change.

Tech is the future, and students engaged in robotics are poised to lead the charge.

Star Wars fans will love the playing field and challenges during the 2020 season. PAS fans will love cheering on the Arrow Bots with live streaming of competitions at the library.

Stay tuned as the season progresses.

Posted in Get Connected

The Robotics Revolution

Robotics Kick Off

What do the following things have in common?

  • Raggedy Andy joined Raggedy Ann in the ranks of children’s toys.
  • The Human Fly was arrested while climbing his way to fame on the 30th floor of the Woolworth Building. Unfortunately, his arrest kept him from reaching the top.
  • The 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote.

These groundbreaking moments challenged the societal norms of the time. They also took place in 1920 to usher in prohibition, flappers and the Roaring Twenties. One of the most notable things about this era was our ability to shrug off shrugg off the traditions of the past and barrel toward a brave new future in the hopes that tomorrow would be exciting, new, and different.

And it was. Women found a more equal footing in society, while the 20s boasted a bump in industry that made the average household feel positively palatial. The electrical revolution was here, complete with frivolous inventions that we can’t imagine life without.

Fast forward past bandaids, sunglasses, and televisions to the 1960s, when we embraced both the past and the future with equal fervor. The Flintstones entertained us for two years before the Jetsons catapulted us into a time of robot maids, instant meals, and flying cars. Space exploration was upon us.

Where will we be 100 years from now? It’s hard to tell. But this Saturday, you can catch a glimpse of what it might look like when the Arrow Bots gather at the library to learn their task for the upcoming robotics season.

The public is invited to join them for their third annual Robotics First Reveal.

Posted in Book Talk

Delivery Delayed and Books for New Years

Due to the weather and the holiday, Meinders Community Library will get delivery on Thursday, January 2nd this week.


As we approach New Years, here’s a list with a different kind of “new” book—ones that have new in the title (or its homophone knew).

  • All Things New by Lynn Austin
  • A Whole New World by Liz Braswell
  • A New Hope by Robin Carr
  • Their Great Gift: Courage, Sacrifice, and Hope in a New Land by John Coy
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • News of Our Loved Ones by Abigail DeWitt
  • Eva and the New Owl by Rebecca Elliott
  • A New Friend by Poppy Green
  • Newcomer by Keigo Higashino
  • The World We Knew by Alice Hoffman
  • The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick
  • To Pluto and Beyond: the Amazing Voyage of New Horizons by Elaine Scott
  • The New Girl by Daniel Silva
  • NewsPrints by Ru Xu
  • The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions) by Amy Spalding
  • Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrea Wulf


Posted in Just for Fun

Tee Up For Winter Reading


It’s almost time for the Winter Reading Program to start! Read twelve books from January 1st to March 31st and receive a prize. Any book you read counts, whether you read one you own, listen to an audiobook, or check out an ebook. Sign up at the library desk to pick up your reading log and get started. We also have bingo cards and 2020 calendars with a reading challenge to inspire your winter reading.

If you come to the library to sign up for the Winter Reading Program on Monday 12/30 or Tuesday 12/31, you can also play a round of mini golf!

Mini Golf

Posted in Book Talk, Just for Fun

Mini Golf at Meinders

Mini Golf

On Monday 12/30 and Tuesday 12/31, patrons will have the opportunity to play mini golf inside Meinders Community Library. Sign up in advance to reserve your tee time or drop-in and use the STEAM Room or play a board game while you wait for the course to open up. To inspire your short game, here are some books featuring golf.

  • Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot
  • Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan
  • The Prodigy by John Feinstein
  • The Million Dollar Putt by Dan Gutman
  • The League by Thatcher Heldring
  • The Dearly Departed by Elinor Lipman
  • Secondhand Slice by Jake Maddox
  • Miracle at St. Augusta by James Patterson



Posted in Alerts

Holiday Hours at Meinders Library

With the upcoming holidays, please remember the change in library hours on the following days:

  • December 24 closed all day for Christmas Eve
  • December 25 closed all day for Christmas Day
  • December 31 will close at 5:00pm for New Year’s Eve
  • January 1 closed all day for New Year’s Day
  • January 20 closed all day for Martin Lutheran King, Jr Day

Be good, be safe, and have fun!