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Library News and Events

Three Minnesota Libraries Selected as LJ's Star Libraries

Congratulations to three outstanding Minnesota libraries.  Library Journal has selected the Shoreview Branch of Ramsey County Library, Edgerton Public Library, and Grand Marais Public Library as this years Star Libraries in Minnesota.  Scoring and ranking is based on the "LJ Index, a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. Scores on the LJIndex are produced by measuring the relationships between each library’s statistics and the averages for its expenditure category."
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21 famous authors share their favorites


The Most Dangerous Book: the battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses

Book Review by Yvonne Caruthers

Third Wednesday Tech night at the library

Next TECH night is November 18, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 

The Grand Marais Public Library plans to continue to host the “Third Wednesday Tech” events through December, 2015.  Dates to mark on the calendar include:  October 21, November 18, and December 16. Each evening the event runs in the library from 6PM until 8PM, on a walk-in basis. Because the event is free-form, individualized, and based upon whatever needs the user brings to the table, Individuals may drop in at any time during the event.

Each session is intended to address tech needs from simple to complex, including phones, computers, using the internet, getting connected, downloading ebooks, or any other technology issue the visitor may conceive. Each Tech Wednesday event is intended to be “drop in” so participants may come at any point during the evening and be paired with a tech enthusiast who has expertise in the specific area of concern. The goal is to provide attendees a one-to-one experience to provide them an opportunity to learn about a tech tool. Participants may bring their own devices, or use those owned by the library or others. This is also an opportunity to provide continuing feedback to help build an understanding of what are the needs of the Grand Marais community in regard to future technology workshops.

Those with little to no exposure to technology are most especially invited to attend. The library would also like to extend a particular invitation to those who may have more advanced knowledge and who might want to assume the role of a tech enthusiast. Those who would volunteer to assist in any capacity are invited to contact the library directly prior to the event.

We look forward to seeing you!

book review

Steve Harsin, library director,  has an interesting group of books: self- published ebooks which became so popular they decided to publish them as bound books. I am reading one now, Not Dead in the Heart of Dixie, by R.M. Kralik.

If you would like to submit a book review please e-mail Steve at gmlib@arrowhead.lib.mn.us.

Circulation Policies for DVD’s

Our Library Board has approved a few changes in DVD circulation, fines and account limits.
You may now check out up to 7 Grand Marais DVD’s per card and renew DVD’s for a week instead of 2 days.  Fines for late DVD’s have been reduced to 25¢ per day.  Also, your account may have up to $10.00 in fines and fees before your account is blocked.