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Fictional Worlds

This week we want to know which fictional world you would most like to live in or visit. Are you still waiting for your Hogwarts owl? Would you attend the Mad Hatter’s tea party in Wonderland? Do you want to explore the galaxy on the Millennium Falcon?

Jody would like to visit the London of Jonathan Stroud’s Bartimaeus Trilogy. I would go to Middle Earth, specifically the Shire. Because I would be a great Hobbit—I love their cozy little round-door houses, I would be happy to never wear shoes, and I can definitely get behind the concept of second breakfast.

Let us know which fictional worlds you would most like to visit on the blog, on our social media, or by emailing


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Journey Down the Mississippi with Doug Ohman, Part Three

Enjoy the final part of Doug Ohman’s Journey Down the Mississippi.

Part 3:  From the river city of St. Paul ride along with kayaker Doug Ohman as he completes the entire Mississippi River to the Iowa border.  This stretch of nearly 200 miles of river takes us into some of the most picturesque scenery on our trip so far.  We will also experience some of the most charming river towns in the state, such as Red Wing and Wabasha.  When we finally get to the Iowa border, we will have traveled approximately 720 miles of this incredible American river.

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Journey Down the Mississippi with Doug Ohman, Part Two

Today we have part two of Doug Ohman’s Journey Down the Mississippi. We’ll have the final part for you next week.

Part 2:  Continue Kayaking with Doug Ohman through the heart of Minnesota from Little Falls to St. Paul.  This 130 miles of river is sure to entertain and educate as we travel through some larger urban centers such as St. Cloud and Minneapolis.  We will experience going through three river locks on this stretch.  Doug will also share more historical information about two very important explorers of the Mississippi River.

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Best Page to Screen Adaptations

This week, we want to know your favorite page to screen adaptations and if you think the screen version can ever top the book.

Jody is firmly in the camp of the book is always better, but she’ll still accept The Hunger Games movie.

Jody’s Tote Bag

My favorite page to screen adaptation is The Magicians TV show, based on the book series of the same name by Lev Grossman. In this case, I actually think the show is better than the books, because of compelling actors who really fleshed out characters with much less pizzazz on the page. I also love To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and the 2005 version of Pride & Prejudice.

Here are the answers to last week’s question about favorite books, series, and authors.

  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Nothing More Dangerous  by Allen Eskins
  • Highfire by Eoin Colfer
  • The End of October by Lawrence Wright
  • Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling
  • Stillhouse Lake series by Rachel Caine
  • Emily Giffin
  • Jennifer Weiner
  • Kristin Hannah
  • Jodi Picoult
  • John Sandford
  • Jane Austen
  • L. M. Montgomery
  • Catherine Ryan Hyde

Share your favorites screen adaptations on the blog, on our social media, or by emailing


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Journey Down the Mississippi with Doug Ohman, Part One


Doug Ohman visited Meinders Community Library in April of 2019 and we are delighted to bring you his three-part series exploring the Mississippi River. Check back next week for part two.

Part 1: Ride along by kayak on the Mighty Mississippi River with Minnesota photographer and storyteller, Doug Ohman.  Doug will take you from the river’s headwaters at Lake Itasca to the central Minnesota town of Little Falls.  Along the way you will experience wilderness, large lakes and interesting towns in this 400 mile journey.  Doug will share Minnesota history and stories that relate to this upper section of river.   

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Share Your Favorite Reads

We told you our favorite books a few weeks ago, and now we want to know yours! You can answer our weekly Summer Reading Challenge questions in the comments on social media, in the contact form on our blog post, or by emailing for a chance to win a local gift card.

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Summer Reading Challenge

It’s time for the Meinders Community Library Summer Reading Challenge! Summer Reading will look a little different this year, but we’re so excited to read with you. Readers of all ages will be able to use the same reading log all summer. Here’s a video with more information.

Pick up a copy of the reading log at the library or click on the link below to download. If you would like to participate but are unable to visit the library or print off a log, call us at 507-825-6714 or fill out the contact form below.

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Library Services Update

At least through Labor Day, Meinders Community Library patrons can schedule a 20 minute session to browse for materials or use technology. We will reassess our open hours based on the impact of COVID-19 in our community following the start of the school year.

We continue to provide and encourage curbside pickup.

Here are a few things to note if you are coming out for a scheduled in-house session:

  • Library cards are required if you are checking out materials.
  • Masks are required for in-house visits.
  • School lets out at 3:15pm, making the campus very busy with traffic between 3:00 and 3:30.

Call the library at 507-825-6714 or email us at to schedule a time or with any questions.

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No Curbside Monday & Tuesday

Due to continued construction at the school, the library will not be open for curbside pickup on Monday, June 1st and Tuesday, June 2nd.

We hope to be open for curbside pickup on Friday, June 5th.

We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please email us at or call 507-825-6714 and leave us a voicemail.