Posted in Book Talk

Reads for Animal Lovers


This week’s Guess the Librarian theme is animals—one we love, one we hate, and one we’d love to be. Here are some stories featuring prominent animal characters.

Middle Grade Books

  • A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
  • Moo by Sharon Creech
  • Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo
  • The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Call of the Wild & White Fang by Jack London
  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

Young Adult Books

  • Goose Girl by Shannon Hale
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
  • Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
  • Threatened by Eliot Schrefer
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Adult Fiction

  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • The Long Flight Home by Alan Hlad
  • The Bear by Andrew Krivak
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Friend by Sigrid Nunez
  • Open and Shut by David Rosenfelt


  • Marley and Me by John Grogan
  • Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
  • H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
  • Dewey the Library Cat: A True Story by Vicki Myron and Bret Witter


Posted in Just for Fun

Guess the Librarian Winner Week 3


Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library and a bunch of area businesses, we have gift cards for our Guess the Librarian participants. Every time local participants guess correctly, their name will go into a weekly drawing.

  • Week Three Winner: Marissa Erdman

Winners can expect an email within the week with details. Thanks for playing and see you next week for more guessing fun!

Posted in Get Connected

Count Us In Call To Action

*Even if you have filled out the Census, please keep reading. Your help is needed!

Meinders Community Library is committed to making sure everyone in our community is counted because the Census Actually Matters. Here’s how. And, honestly, Minnesotans have been doing a good job, but we still have a long way to go.

How can you help ensure the 2020 Census count is correct and that your community receives federal funding and representation based on the actual number of residents on April 1, 2020?

  • Fill out your census form. It’s super easy to do using pen and paper, a landline, a smart phone, a tablet, or a computer.
  • Ask your friends and family if they have submitted their census. If not, help them.
  • Share the need for an accurate count with everyone you know. If helpful, let neighbors, acquaintances, co-workers, and fellow congregants know that the census is available in a variety of languages and/or can be completed by phone. Remind them that regardless of literacy skills or citizenship status, they matter. Census data is confidential.
  • Encourage homeless individuals or victims of domestic abuse to fill out their census forms. Certain safety measures have been built into the process to allow at-risk persons to still be counted.
  • Share what the library can do. This can be accomplished easily via word of mouth, email, text, or social media.

What can the library do? Provide the resources for everyone to get counted.

  • Wi-fi is available in the parking lot 24/7. Anyone with a device can connect to our internet and fill out their census form.
  • iPads are available to use on the premises upon request to anyone who wishes to fill out their census online, but has no means to do so. Individuals can call the library Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between 11am and 6pm to request help with this. (507) 825-6714
  • Census Saturday will take place between 10am and noon on Saturday, April 25. No appointment is necessary. Simply come to the library parking lot with your information (address and names and birth dates of those living in your household). Once you arrive, someone will come out with a device to help you get started.
  • As a Questionnaire Assistance Center, we can answer questions on the process and help connect you to other resources.

You count! And you can count on us to help you make a difference.

cover your sneezes and fill out your census form…your community will thank you~ jody

Posted in News

Is Your Emergency Info In The Right Hands?

Over a dozen years have passed since we last updated our will. Silly when you consider that two of our kids have graduated…not only from  high school, but also from adult things like colleges and marriages and home-owning and car-buying…and that our third will finish his senior year of high school in about a month.

That leaves one nestling still at home and a much-changed landscape from when we decided what a post-parent future would look like for our kids.

Grim thoughts in some ways, yet necessary ones when raising a family. But, COVID-19 not withstanding, we are at a completely different stage in our lives. We are now at a point where we need to consider our own health and the impact that serious illness or injury will have on those around us.

Add the pandemic and today, National Healthcare Decision Day, becomes vital to all of us on a variety of levels.

0416201003_HDRIt gives us the necessary nudge to look past the clutter of everyday life and assess how best to handle our medical care and all the decisions related to it. From passwords to life insurance policies and contact information to critical care directives, this national day reminds us that a “junk drawer” approach to our health  may not be the best option.

It’s true that most of us put off unsavory tasks. I know I have. A simple peek into my junk cupboard proves the point. I know where our severely outdated will is located. My hubby knows where our insurance policies are. My sister’s know my health directive dos and don’ts.

Unfortunately, our now-adult kids do not. And chances are, they are the ones who will have to navigate our home, our health, and our hodge-podge filing system.

April 16, 2020, is National Healthcare Decision Day. It’s a good day to get your emergency information into the right hands.

stay home, clean cupboards, and stay safe~ jody


Posted in Just for Fun

Book Spine Poetry


April is National Poetry Month. On our Instagram, we’ll be posting book spine poetry throughout the month to celebrate. Tag us if you decide to create some spine poetry of your own!

And for some extra poetry fun, test your skills with this quiz from Book Riot and see if you can tell the difference between Romantic era poets and boy band lyrics.

Posted in Get Connected

One Minnesota

There are common experiences which can shape mindsets and values. There are common lifestyles that shape ideology. There is even a sense of common world views, but all those commonalities are based on the premise that we all share the same life histories.

Unfortunately, this is not even remotely true. On a very teeny, microcosmic level it looks like this: I moved a lot as a child. My husband did not. I grew up around different ethnic groups. My husband did not. His family had financial stability in a way mine did not. We do not have the same “common sense”, nor do our children who had a blended experience.

What we do have is a common or shared goal and priorities. This common thread keeps us focused and gives us a strong basis for all we do.

We have created the common link that holds us together in much the same way Minitex is doing for Minnesotans.


Find out more about this amazing opportunity to read alongside your fellow statesmen.

Shared experiences like this provide built-in moments of connection, allowing participants a common starting point for conversation. It brings us together by creating a common link.

Just think of the opportunity it presents for all Minnesotans–grandmas and grandpas, neighbors and co-workers, cousins and friends. No matter who you meet, or where, you will be able to talk about this Newbery Honor Book and discuss its impact on you.

One Book One Minnesota’s very strength is that we all bring unique perspectives to this project based on our unique life experiences. It empowers us to tell–and listen to–the lessons learned from our vast and varied life histories.

At a time when we are physically divided by COVID-19, the One Book One Minnesota is pure genius. It has the potential to bring us together on a whole new level.

It is yet one more reason I am proud to be a Minnesotan during the pandemic.

read, discuss, share for a stronger tomorrow~ jody

Posted in Book Talk

Always Available Classics


If there’s a literature classic you’ve always meant to read or want to revisit, chances are that it’s now a part of the new Always Available Classics collection on Plum Creek’s Overdrive and Libby. Much Ado About Nothing, our Classics Book Club April pick, is one of the available titles if you care to join us.

If reading classics isn’t your jam now or ever, we’ve still got you covered. Some staff favorites include the Truly Devious YA series about an unsolved murder at a remote and exclusive boarding school and the Kendra Donovan series about a modern FBI agent who accidentally time-travels to Regency England. Both series are available on Overdrive as audiobooks.


Posted in Just for Fun

Cloud Gazing and Other Imaginative Things

20190901_132845I often see things that aren’t really there.

My bathroom ceiling has a swirly pattern that when viewed just right looks like boot prints hiking across a mountain trail.

My nightstand light casts shadows over the globes and blades of my ceiling fan that look like an angel taking flight.

I see schooners in the clouds and animals in the moss on a log. And no, I’m not hallucinating. I have what is called apophenia, also dubbed “patternicity” in the psychological world. 

This dubious gift allows my brain to perceive patterns in random data. I share it with many authors who tout apophenia as a secret weapon in writing, allowing us to connect events, clues, and characters in unique and satisfying ways. It’s probably why I’m seldom surprised by who-dunnits–an uncanny attribute my hubby hates when watching movies with me.

Fortunately, I’m often surprised and delighted by nearly everything in the physical world around me. Like my pre-covid stroll through a gardening department which turned an innocent cactus into an icon of spring.

Thanks to a heightened form of apophenia–or pareidolia, meaning “wrong image”–and a few photoshopped dots, the Easter Bunny has arrived!


sending you and yours warm wishes~ jody

Posted in Get Connected, Just for Fun

Guess the Librarian Winners Weeks 1 & 2

Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library and a bunch of area businesses, we have gift cards for our Guess the Librarian participants. Every time local participants guess correctly, their name will go into a weekly drawing.

  • Week One Winner: Billie Brock
  • Week Two Winner: Linda Schulze

Winners can expect an email within the week with details. Thanks for playing and see you next week for more guessing fun!

Posted in Alerts

Library Services Update

To better align with Governor Walz’s Stay Home MN directive, Meinders Community Library will reduce the number of service days per week.

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While we are unable to provide in-house use right now, we are still filling holds that can be picked up curbside. Further, we remain dedicated to printing and copying necessary documents for our patrons as long as it is feasible to do so. You can call the library for information on how to do this.

Beginning Monday, April 13 until May 3 (or extended by executive order), we will answer calls and emails, and process holds for patrons Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between 11am and 6pm.

If someone does not answer the phone, please leave a message. Staff will get back to you as soon as possible.

thanks so much for your patience and cooperation~ jody