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Last Minute Reminders for Meinders Happenings

Stop by today to sign up for a drawing for West Side Story tickets at the Ordway on April 8. We will be drawing at 5:00pm!west-side-story

Saturday, March 25 @ 10:30am

Author Colleen Gengler will share her story of life on the farm in the 1940’s and 1950’s. She will speak on the value and cultivation of family traditions–a lesson she learned while growing up on a multigenerational farm in Southern Minnesota.

Under Minnesota Skies: John and Dorothy Hondl Family History and Farm Memories


Posted in Events and Presentations, Meinders Happenings, Programs

Meinders Library Spring Calendar Set

Free and Open to the Public

Thanks to the Pipestone Area Friends of the Library, area presenters and legacy grants from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, Meinders Library is able to provide free programming across a variety of topics for community members of all ages.

In addition to Tuesday morning Story Time and adult book clubs, Meinders tries to offer two programs each month ranging from author visits to hands-on projects you can make and take home.

Community members, whether patrons of the library or not, are welcome to visit the library for in-house use such as reading magazines, connecting to our free Wi-Fi, attending programs or using one of our ten public computers. Other services include a copier, printer and scanner with faxing capabilities. We can also proctor tests and have a conference room available with a computer set up for video conferencing.

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  • March 13 @ 6:30pm: “Putting the Quarries on the Map” Interpretive Park Ranger, Jerry Sayre, will take us on an expedition across the prairie to a time when maps were literally being drawn. In this program on mapmaking, he will share just how the Pipestone Quarries made it on the map.
  • March 25 @ 10:30am: “Under Minnesota Skies” During this one hour program, author Colleen Gengler will journey back to her family farm in the 1940s and 1950s. As a daughter of the Midwest and granddaughter of immigrants, Colleen shows the importance of tradition and preserving family heritage in her book, “Under Minnesota Skies.”
  • March 31 @ 5:30pm: Winter Reading Program Potluck Participants in this year’s Winter Reading Program will gather together for a potluck and party with like-minded bibliophiles. If you haven’t signed up for the WRP yet, don’t fret. There is still time. To complete the program all you have to do is sign up at the library and record twelve books that you have read from January 1-March 31.
  • April 3 @ 6:30pm: “Is Graphic Good?” Children’s Librarian, Emily Blaeser, will lead discussion on the value of visual literacy gained by reading graphic novels. This program is perfect for parents and educators who might not understand the appeal and merits of this literary style that combines text and illustrates to tell a story.
  • April 29 @ 10:30am: Book Binding Learn the art of bookbinding to create one-of-a-kind books perfect for gift-giving or preserving personal poetry, writings or sketches.
  • May 15 @ 6:30pm: Digital Discovery As part of the Plum Creek Library System, Meinders Library has access to thousands of audiobooks and e-books that patrons can access from the comfort of their own homes. Learn how to effectively  use Overdrive and OneClick Digital with nothing more than your library card and a digital device such as a smart phone, tablet or computer.
  • May 20 @ 10:30am: “Go Fly A Kite!” Design, build and fly your own kite during this family friendly program.

Stay tuned for updates and more in-depth looks at the programs we have to offer.



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West Side Story Give-A-Way


West Side Story Production for Saturday, April 8, 2017


As a thank you to our Patrons…west-side-story

Meinders Library will be giving away 6 tickets to the Ordway Theater’s matinee production of West Side Story.

Patrons may register each time they use our physical library, including checking out items, in-house use such as reading magazines and newspapers, or attending library events.

Registration is open to Plum Creek Cardholders 16-years-old and older in good standing with PCLS.

Tickets will be drawn on March 24, 2017. A list of back-up winners will also be drawn on March 24th in case winners cannot attend.

Winners must ride the bus, which will leave on April 8th from Pipestone.

A dining opportunity will be available to winners at their own cost.


This Plum Creek Library System program was made possible through the state’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, which dedicates funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage.

Posted in Early Bird Book Club, Events and Presentations, News, Programs

Wordsmiths Unite at Meinders Library

Eat, Play, Win!

Dig out your favorite hotdish recipe, brush up on your wordsmithing skills and join the fun at our first-ever Scrabble Tournament and Hotdish Swap!

  • When: Monday, February 27 from 5:00pm-8:00pm
  • Where: Meinders Community Library, Pipestone
  • Who: Scrabble Players aged 12 and up
  • Competitors may sign up to play in either one or both rounds
    • Round One begins at 5:30pm
    • Round Two begins at 6:30pm
  • Options for play include Official-Rules-Only and Just-For-Fun to accommodate all ages and skill level
  • Pre-registration is required
    • call us at 507-825-6714
    • sign up at the circulation desk
    • or shoot us an email with your name and the rounds you want to play at
  • This event is free and open to the public

A shout-out to Pipestone Area Friends of the Library who will be providing beverages, bread and dessert for the evening.

Posted in Book Reviews, Winter Reading Program

The Pipestone Quest Book Review

The Pipestone Quest

by Don Coldsmith

The pipestone quest

In this novel we follow the young brave Beaver on his quest to find pipestone. Along his journey he learns about responsibility, sacrifice, and ultimately, love. Historical descriptions of this area will be of interest to Pipestone residents, particularly pages 169 forward.

This is a well-written, enjoyable book suitable for young adult and adult readers.

Guest Post by Carol Haubrich~

Carol is participating in the Winter Reading Program and found this novel in our Western Collection while working her way through her BINGO Bookmark.

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Plum Creek Library Delivery Delayed

Friday’s delivery to Meinders Library will not take place tomorrow, January 27. It has been delayed until Saturday, January 28.

For your convenience we will process delivery as quickly as possible, however, it may be afternoon before you receive a call or email letting you know your hold is available for pick up.

Regular Saturday hours are 10:00am-2:00pm.