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Celebrate! It’s National Library Week.

Top Ten Reasons to Love Meinders Community Library


It’s gorgeous. Seriously, with south-facing windows, warm woods and earth tones, Meinders Library provides a comfortable atmosphere for patrons of all ages. We have comfy chairs for perusing the paper, reading the next chapter of your favorite novel, or quietly catching up with friends. We even boast a teen area and a children’s area with toys to jumpstart the educational success of our little ones. (A big shout-out to Maggie who keeps our library clean. We couldn’t do it without her!)

Our Conference Room. This hidden gem is tucked away in the back of the library. It has space enough to comfortably fit eight at a table, with room to squeeze in a few more if necessary. Included in this room is a white board, as well as a computer with a camera for video conferencing. It’s the perfect size for tutoring or small group meetings and can be reserved with a call to the library.

Odds and Ends and a Few Doodads. In addition to our stacks filled with books, Meinders offers patrons a unique collection including multi-media sets of books and audio recordings for youngsters, cake pans for our local bakers and an overhead projector for DIY projects. In the past month, we have added board games to our collection which can be checked out for in-house use. Our students and after-school crowd love them.

Programs. At Meinders Library, we view programs as a way to combine education and entertainment to create a shared community experience. Facilitating community connections is an important part of what our library provides, whether it’s through joining a book club, attending author visits, or participating in one of our hands-on events.

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West Side Story Bus Trip~ April 8


Collaboration. Our combined school/public status allows Meinders Library to connect with students, educators and parents on a unique level. It also provides the opportunity for easier, and sometimes unexpected, multi-generational engagement on a regular basis. Our library is a definite asset when it comes to creating community interactions and experiences that work to strengthen a sense of belonging for all ages.

Words, Words, and More Words! As countless studies prove that literacy and success go OneClickdigital audiobookshand in hand, our library rocks when it comes to providing all of our patrons with access to free words. Meinders has several special collections that specifically target the needs of our patrons. These include: large print, audio books, magazines and a variety of newspapers. To enhance our physical collection, member libraries of the Plum Creek Library System have access to several electronic platforms such as OverDrive, ebooksMinnesota and OneClick Digital.

Emily Blaeser. No need to say more, but I will. Our children’s librarian brings knowledge and fun to our library. Weekly youth events draw big crowds. On Tuesday mornings, Emily hosts story time for our tiny tots, while Wednesday afternoons provide a cool retreat for middle schoolers interested in learning and literacy. In addition, she infuses our Summer Reading Program with activities that keep our community’s youth engaged.

Wi-Fi. Meinders Free Wireless allows patrons to connect to the internet using their own devices. We also have two laptops that can be reserved for in-house use.

Services. In many ways, Meinders Library acts like a mini office-at-your-fingertips. With a scanner/printer/copier, physical documents can be replicated and used within minutes. Ten public computers allow patrons to access emails and create documents. Less obvious, but still necessary are items like staplers, three-hole punches and a paper cutter. We even have a Keurig to help with that afternoon pick-me-up.

meinders1Volunteers. So many volunteers make our library great–from our Library Board who creates policy and strategic planning to our Pipestone Area Friends of the Library who support programming and provide financial support to our individual volunteers who cover, shelve and clean our books. Behind the scenes hundreds of hours are spent by countless individuals to make Meinders Library a comfortable place to be.

We hope you will stop in during National Library Week to check out one of our favorite places in Pipestone.

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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


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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.

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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.