Thursday, January 22, 2015

Book Clubs

Pipestone County Star, 01-29-2015

Book clubs are a great way to get to know people.  Everyone reacts differently to every book they read and talking about those books with others brings a level of knowledge that is hard to find in other places.  Unfortunately, the Meinders Library Book Club is no longer active, but there are several book clubs in Pipestone that are still reading.

The library is very interested in starting up a book club again, so if you are interested, please give us a call and let us know.  We would LOVE to have a regular group, probably monthly, to read and discuss together. We don’t need a huge number of people – just a few.  Once the community begins to see how much fun it can be, we’ll grow.

For those of you involved in church or private book clubs already, we have some great resources for you – including Book Club in a Tub if you need some suggestions for what to read.  These kits (listed below) each contain 12 books and a study guide for the club leader and are available on a first come, first serve basis.  They are currently housed at our regional office, but can be delivered within the week and have a 30 day check out period to allow for a full month of reading and the club meeting.  If you are interested in any of the listed titles, please let a librarian know so we can place a hold for you and bring it here!

Currently Available:
Beautiful Music for Ugly Children, Kirsten Cronn-Mills
Frozen, Mary Casanova
The Unbearable Book Club for Unsinkable Girls, Julie Schumacher
A Crooked Number, Nathan Jorgenson
Convergence at Two Harbors, Dennis Herschbach
Poems for Ordinary People, Carol Allis
Cul de Sac, Scott Wrobel
The Wolf at Twilight, Kent Nerburn
The Vanishing, Wendy Webb
Tell My Sons, Lt. Col. Mark M. Weber

Available in June 2015:
Ordinary Grace, William Kent Krueger
Julia Gillian, Alison McGhee
The Round House, Louise Erdich
Rez Life, David Treuer
Abercrombie Trail, Candance Simar
My Life with Deth, David Ellefson
The Lighthouse Road, Peter Geye
The Keeper of Dawn, J.B. Hickman
The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
Shadow on the Mountain, Margi Preus
Mayor of the Universe, Lorna Landvik

Hope you have time to read this winter – nothing like a cozy blanket and a good book.  Have a great day!

Winter Weather:  We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools.  If the school is closed, we will also be closed.  If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up.  If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.


PAFL Update:  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.


Monday, January 5, 2015

Placing Holds in Plum Creek

Pipestone County Star  - 01-15-2015

Regional libraries are a bit confusing, at least for me.  In the interest of trying to get it straight in my head, I thought some explanation might be in order.  It might help those of you who place holds and might encourage some others to start placing holds!

The Plum Creek Regional Library System is named after, you guessed it, Plum Creek.  Plum Creek flows through several of the nine counties in the system and is the most recognizable literary landmark of the region.  For those of you that haven’t read Laura Ingalls Wilder, she named one of her books On the Banks of Plum Creek, where she and her family had a sod house.  If you haven’t visited the museum in Walnut Grove, I highly recommend it.

As I mentioned, there are nine counties in the system: Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock.  In those nine counties, there are 25 public libraries and 10 school libraries included on the system.  That gives Plum Creek patrons access to an immense amount of materials!  Since we are all on the same system, you can check out a book in Wabasso, return it in Pipestone, check out a new book in Pipestone, and return it to Worthington if you were so inclined.  The books would still get to where they needed to go, thanks to our excellent delivery van drivers who drive the books around the entire system, every other day.

With all those patrons, it should be no surprise that books are often checked out.  When a hold is placed on a book, the hold is usually not copy-specific, which means that any copy of that book throughout the ENTIRE system can fill that hold.  In layman’s terms, that means if someone in Jackson puts a hold on the new John Grisham and their copy is checked out, that same book from Pipestone might get selected to fill that hold.  So our copy of the John Grisham book will travel to a Jackson patron and not be on our shelves when someone is looking for it.  If you place a hold, the book will come here to the library and we will call you, or the system will send an email if you have an email address attached to your account, and you will have seven days to pick it up at the desk.

For those of you that enjoy using the Overdrive collection for Ebooks, the system functions similarly.  You can place a hold on an ebook, just as you can on a print book, by clicking on the button on Overdrive that gives you that option.  Then, when the book is available, the system will send you an email letting you know the book is available and you will have 24 hours to pick it up.

Because of this policy, which is a great policy when you think about the access it gives to everyone, I try and make a list of all the new books coming in a month and we keep that list up at the circulation desk to help people know what’s coming.  We are more than willing to place holds on any of the incoming books and Pipestone patrons get first crack at Pipestone books.  Even if our book is in Ivanhoe and there are four other holds waiting, if the fourth hold is a Pipestone patron, they will get our copy of the book before the other three who are waiting.  It’s confusing, I know, but trust me when I say that placing a hold on a new book is an excellent idea!

That’s our region in a nutshell.  We’re one of the mid-sized libraries in the system and we have over 30,000 items in our collection.  Imagine how many Nobles County has, or Redwood County!  And I haven’t even really touched on the fact that we can get books from any library in Minnesota through MnLink, so if it’s not within Plum Creek, if someone in the entire state has it, we can bring it here to Pipestone, just for you.


Winter Weather:  We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools.  If the school is closed, we will also be closed.  If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up.  If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.


PAFL Update:  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.


Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Reading Challenge

Pipestone County Star 01-01-2015

The Winter Reading Program is fast approaching and I’d like to toss something else into the mix – a Winter Reading Challenge!  There are no prizes for this (I have star stickers if you want one), this is more for personal enjoyment. 

So this winter, when you are reading, read the following books instead of sticking to that one author you can’t get enough of (suggestions courtesy of Goodwill Librarian):

o   A classic romance
o   A book published this year
o   A book published the year you were born
o   A book written by someone under 30 years of age
o   A book with non-human characters
o   A nonfiction book
o   A book based on a true story
o   A Pulitzer Prize winner
o   A book that scares you
o   A book your mom loves
o   A book more than 100 years old
o   A book you were supposed to read in school but never did
o   A book set somewhere you want to visit
o   A book with bad reviews
o   A book set in high school
o   A book from the future
o   A graphic novel
o   A book by an author you’ve never heard of
o   A book you already own but have never read
o   A book that was originally written in another language
o   A book written by someone with your same initials
o   A banned book
o   A play
o   A book that became a movie
o   A book with a one word title
o   A book at the bottom of your reading list
o   A memoir
o   A book you can finish in a day

Of course, you don’t have to do them all, but it might be fun to try! Hope everyone had a great Christmas and a safe and fun New years!

Winter Weather:  We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools.  If the school is closed, we will also be closed.  If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up.  If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.

Holiday Hours: We’re into the season now for strange holiday hours and we’ve tried to make it easy.  We will be closed December 24 and 25 for Christmas and we will close at 5:00 PM on New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day.  Then we will return to regular hours!

PAFL Update:  The BOOKSALE is fast approaching!  You may drop off books at Meinders Library anytime now and the sale will be December 29-31, right after Christmas!  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Top Ten Places to Find Lost Books

Pipestone County Star 12-18-2014

Everybody, at one time or another, comes in to the library only to find there’s a book on their card they didn’t remember or can’t find, even me!  So to help with that, and because I needed something silly to write about, here is a list of places you might find a lost book.  Every single place is legitimate and lost books HAVE been found there, so leave no stone unturned!  None of these has ever happened to me (cough cough).

Number Ten Place to Find a Lost Book: In a purse
Probably not your purse, mind you, but you should check all those play purses that your children carry around.  Some of them feel the need to carry a book wherever they go, just in case they need one.  I don’t know ANY adults like this…(looks innocent).

Number Nine Place to Find a Lost Book: Under the front seat of your car
This one is an easy one. Somebody was reading in the back seat and set the book down when they got out at the gas station.  Whoops…feet accidentally shove it under the seat and it gets forgotten.  It’s a good place to look.  Pull out all the candy wrappers and plastic bottles while you’re down there.

Number Eight Place to Find a Lost Book: Under the mail that’s been there for weeks
Don’t act like you don’t know what I’m talking about.  There’s someplace in your house where you leave mail and forget about it.  The book might be under there….that electric bill you forgot to pay is in there, too.

Number Seven Place to Find a Lost Book: Behind the TV Cabinet
This works for books as well as DVDs – Maybe you set the book down to get the remote and didn’t notice that it fell behind the cabinet.  Or the DVD that your kids were watching?  It might be back there, too.   Many a lost thing has been found behind the TV cabinet – look out for the killer dust bunnies!

Number Six Place to Find a Lost Book: Holding up the furniture at a relative’s house
This only works for a big book.  Check with family that may have borrowed the book and see if any of the legs of their couch are broken.  Your book might have been used to prop up that couch…

Number Five Place to Find a Lost Book: Behind couch cushions
 Speaking of the couch – check behind the cushions.  You’ll probably find not only the book, but enough change to pay the fine, too!  And if you’re lucky, some unwrapped candies, loose peanuts, and broken matchbox cars.  Maybe that’s just my couch…

Number Four Place to Find a Lost Book: In the hamper
Sorting the laundry is always an adventure – you never know what you might find.  Though it may be covered in dirty socks or stuck in the arm of a sweater, your book might be in the hamper.  Or better yet, your child’s hamper, along with a stuffed animal they’ve been missing for days!

Number Three Place to Find a Lost Book: The garbage can
This goes along with the piles of unread mail and the papers your children being home from school.  I know, you want to save everything they do, but this is not possible, so you leave piles of them on the counter and when that gets unmanageable, you throw them away (I have not ever done this, I swear…).  Oops.  That library book was in the pile…If it’s covered with yesterday’s leftovers, we don’t want it back.

Number Two Place to Find a Lost Book: Behind the toilet
If you have a toilet you can’t see behind, make sure to check there.  My children will take books into the bathroom to read (who did they learn that from, I wonder) and those books occasionally get dropped and left behind.  Hopefully there’s no leak in the toilet and they don’t get wet!

And the Number One Place to Find a Lost Book: Between the bed and the wall.
Kids take their books to bed, there’s no doubting that.  Adults do it, too, sometimes, and frequently fall asleep reading.  The book falls out of their hands and the next time the bed is made, gets shoved alongside the mattress, against the wall or the headboard.  It’s not enough to make it fall to the floor under the bed, just enough to get it stuck.  Good place to look, trust me!

Hope you find those books, and I hope you have a FANTASTIC New Year!!

Winter Weather:  We tend to follow the lead of Pipestone Area Schools.  If the school is closed, we will also be closed.  If the school closes early, we stay open for about a half hour afterwards to make sure all the kids can get picked up.  If the school has a two hour late start, we are not affected and will open at our regular time of 10 AM.

Holiday Hours: We’re into the season now for strange holiday hours and we’ve tried to make it easy.  We will be closed December 24 and 25 for Christmas and we will close at 5:00 PM on New Year’s Eve and closed on New Year’s Day.  Then we will return to regular hours!

PAFL Update:  The BOOKSALE is fast approaching!  You may drop off books at Meinders Library anytime now and the sale will be December 29-31, right after Christmas!  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Holiday Shopping Part One

Pipestone County Star 11-18-2014

We’re so close to having to shop for Christmas.  Some of you have probably started already, others are putting it off until the last minute.  Regardless, if you have any book readers on your list, have I got some hot items for you!  Of course, we’d rather you checked these out from the library, but it’s always good if people are reading!

The Escape, David Baldacci (18)
This is the third installment of the John Puller series (Zero Day and The Forgotten are the first two).  John has an older brother, Robert, who was convicted of treason and sentenced to an unescapable military prison.  He then proceeds to do the unthinkable and actually escape.  Now Robert is the most wanted man in the United States and the government seems to think John has the best chance of bringing him in.  However, the more John tries to find Robert, the more he realizes someone else is looking, too, and may go to great lengths to make sure that Robert is never found – some secrets have to stay hidden at all cost.

The Job, Janet Evanovich (18)
Fox and O’Hare are at it again!  Paired up by the FBI, secretly, their job consists of catching the world’s most dangerous felons.  And they have one – who happens to love chocolate.  No one knows his name, what he looks like, or any other information, but Fox thinks he can get a lead.  They’ll also need all the help they can get – a Somali pirate, a narcissistic actor, a special effects artist, and O’Hare’s father Jack.  And if they can manage to pull it off and survive, so much the better!

The Mistletoe Promise, Richard Paul Evans (18)
It’s approaching the holiday season and Elise is dreading the coming frivolities.  Her husband cheated on her three years ago with her best friend and Elise is all alone.  Or is she? One day at the mall, she is approached by a man from her building who has an interesting proposition.  For the next eight weeks, up until Christmas, they should pretend to be a couple.  He has a contract and everything.  And Elise surprises herself by agreeing to the idea.  But what happens when things start getting a little more serious?  How many secrets can one couple have?

Betrayed, Lisa Scottoline (25)
This is a Rosato and Associates Novel and is probably the most intense thriller yet.  Judy Carrier, always the champion of the underdog, is the lead on a case that’s very close to home.  Her aunt’s housekeeper is found murdered and the circumstances are bizarre.  Judy finds herself struggling to cope with personal drama as well as solve the case – her best friend is planning a wedding, she doesn’t get along with her boss, and she’s not happy in her relationship.  And once she gets deeper into the case, she gets more than she bargained for as she is plunged into a world full of desperate people.  She’ll manage to find the strength in the end, but the cost will be extraordinarily high.

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, Sarah MacLean (25)
This is book four in the Rules of Scoundrels series and ties up the storyline.  If someone you know likes fun, historical romance, this series is a must.  In this fourth installment, MacLean tells a dashing tale of a woman with one persona in the public eye and quite a different one in the underground gaming society of London.  Will her identity finally be revealed and her secrets exposed? You’ll have to read to find out! A GREAT present for anyone who is a fan of sauciness.

Stay tuned for the next installment of the Holiday Shopping List.  Some authors have waited until December to release their new books and they can’t be missed! 

Upcoming Events: PAFL has their Annual Book Sale in December – right after Christmas.  From December 29-31, we’ll have books for sale in the library.  Stop in and see us!!

PAFL Update:  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Veteran's Day

Pipestone County Star 11-06-2014

I come from a line of veterans.  My grandfather, from Worthington, Minnesota, served in India during World War II as a veterinarian.  My father was a Marine, and though he didn’t serve during a war, he did his patriotic duty.  My husband was in the Army and served in Germany, then Iraq for Operation Desert Storm.  His parents, in turn, were both in the Air Force and met each other in the service.  Veterans Day is a day when we should recognize and celebrate the bravery and sacrifice that soldiers from all branches of the military have made for us.  Our soldiers come in all ages, in both sexes, all religions, and all colors.  They fought to keep our country free and democratic – to make us what we are today.  Make sure to thank them.

Veteran’s Day began as Armistice Day in 1919, the day Woodrow Wilson declared a national holiday to celebrate the end of the first World War.  Germany surrendered at 11 AM on November 11, 1918, so it was fitting that we should honor that day.  In remembrance, moments of silence are observed and many people, even then, wore red poppies to honor the battle fought among those flowers on Flanders Field, a particularly bloody battle in 1914.

In 1954, following the recovery from World War Two, Armistice Day became Veteran’s Day, to honor all the soldiers who have served our country, not just those from World War One.

The library has several movies that have been critically acclaimed for showing how it was for soldiers.  If they interest you, come in and check them out.

Band of Brothers (Vietnam)
This series originally aired on HBO and was hailed as one of the best war series ever made.  It was produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg and the library has the complete, 10-part set.  There is also a disc that includes a documentary on the Easy Company and several other special features.

The Hurt Locker (Iraq – Kathryn Bigelow)
This movie follows an Explosive Ordinance Disposal team through a tour in Iraq and is one of the grittiest, most engrossing war movies I’ve seen in a long time.  It won for both Best Picture and Best Director in the 2010 Academy Awards.  I’ve never seen a movie that portrayed war as a drug, but Bigelow did an excellent job proving that for me.

The War (World War II – Ken Burns)
A quarter of this film centers on the community of Luverne, Minnesota, where the movie was originally screened.  This set contains all seven parts of the documentary, as well as numerous special features.  It lasts for 15 hours and took six years of work.  The object of the documentary was to show how to war affected those left at home and Burns uses four different towns in the United States to paint a picture of life during those years.

Flags of Our Fathers (World War II – Clint Eastwood)
This movie, directed by Academy Award Winner Clint Eastwood and nominated for Oscars itself, show the American side of the Battle of Iwo Jima. 

And if you don’t feel like watching a movie or the television, the library has a huge selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction, depicting the wars this country has fought.  I don’t have space to list them all, but here are two that may spark interest.

The Dardanelles Disaster by Dan Van Der Vat (World War I)
In 1915, the British Navy failed to capture Constantinople and through there, a sea route to Russia.  Van Der Vat is a naval military historian who writes that this failure not only prolonged the war, but led to the Russian Revolution and contributed to the destabilization in the Middle East.  The book is fascinating and enlightening and a must read for any military historian and others interested.

Soul Survivor by Bruce and Andrea Leininger(World War II – and the Present)
This book might be a bit beyond what would normally be considered war-related, but you’ll have to bear with me.  About a year ago, a young man appeared on Oprah with his parents, who had a very odd story to tell.  That story is chronicled in this book and gives rise to questions of reincarnation.  Was James Leininger a reincarnated World War II pilot?  As a toddler, James would say and do things that led his parents to an incredible discovery.

Unbroken, Laura Hillenbrand (World War II)
This is one of the most popular books in the library, and is an extraordinary story.  As a young man, Louis Zamperini was a juvenile delinquent who managed to channel himself into running and ran all the way to the Berlin Olympics.  When the war started, Zamperini became and airman.  One May afternoon, his life changed dramatically when his plane went down in the ocean.  Despite all odds, he survived on a life raft, but ahead of him lay thousands of miles of open ocean.  The book is amazing and definitely worth the read.

To all the veterans reading this article, I salute you.  My salute may not be as crisp as my husband’s, my father’s, or my grandfather’s, but I salute you just the same.  From infantryman to general, thank you for serving our country.  We would not be the America we are today without you.

PAFL Update:  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call for the date of their next meeting.

If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM – 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

New Inspirations

Pipestone County Star 10-09-2014

What is Inspirational Fiction?  Most commonly in the United States, the term refers to fiction that concentrates on the characters’ relationships with the Christian God and has become synonymous with Christian Fiction, though this is not always the case.

The definition of Christian Fiction is very simple - it has at its core biblically-based attitudes.  The books typically have a strong Christian theme with very little profanity, sexual content, or violence.  Christian fiction is often written in series to show that faith can grow over time and they have faith-based conflicts, a concentration on morality, and/or they post religious questions – with or without answers.

We usually try to order one or two new series every few months to keep our readers’ interest.  Over the past month or so, we have gotten the following series into the library:

The Dakota series, Lauraine Snelling
The titles in this series include Dakota Dawn, Dakota Dream, and Dakota Dusk.  There are two more (Dakota December and Dakota Destiny) in the series which will be ordered at a later date.  While this is not a new series, it is one that the library did not own and we felt it would add to the collection.  These books follow the lives of immigrant women moving to North Dakota, and centers around the lives people lead in the small community of Soldahl.  The stories are short, but full of life and the characters who people them will touch your heart.

Chronicles of the Kings, Lynn Austin
This series contains five titles: Gods and Kings, Song of Redemption, The Strength of His Hand, Faith of My Fathers, and Among the Gods.  The story begins with Hezekiah, the second son of King Ahaz, who encounters Yahweh as he struggles with his father’s obsession with the idol Molech.  The saga continues with Hezekiah growing into kingship, struggling with a barren wife (who makes an unforgivable pact with a foreign goddess), and then follows his descendants in their journey of faith.  And it is not an easy journey – there are many pitfalls along the way.  The story is involved and enjoyable, with historical detail that will intrigue the reader. 

Because the shelving section for inspirational fiction is not as large as some bigger libraries (we’re not the only ones with this problem), Meinders has started a rotation with a few other Plum Creek libraries.  We trade about twenty books at a time, including a few complete series, to ensure that our readers get a varied selection.  So far we have done one trade and it worked very well – there are only two books in the rotation left on the shelf!  Soon we will be trading again and will bring more books from different places in – hopefully ones that will open eyes to new authors and new series.

So in this time of gloominess, as summer slowly turns to fall, pick up an inspirational book and transport yourself somewhere more thoughtful and uplifting.

Upcoming Events: October 25th is a FREE Bus trip to New Ulm, with the bus leaving at 7:15 AM from the overflow parking lot at the high school.  We will be visiting the Wanda Gag House, Schell’s Brewery, the Brown County Historical Society, and perhaps seeing the Glockenspiel before returning back to Pipestone around 5:30.  You must have a library card and you must be over 21.  Call – there may still be space!

PAFL Update:  Pipestone Area Friends of the Library is looking for members – anyone who is a friend to Meinders Library is welcome to join!  The Friends group works hard to promote the library, raise money for projects, and organize their yearly book sale, in addition to the HUGE amount of support they provide throughout the year.  Call us for the date of the next meeting!


If you have questions or have a book you’d like to reserve or renew, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at (507) 825-6714.  The hours for Meinders Library are Monday through Thursday from 10 AM – 8 PM, and Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM.  Meinders Community Library is located at 1401 7th Street SW, on the south side of the high school.