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Library News and Events

library page position available at gmpl

The City of Grand Marais is accepting applications for a Library Page position. The city application and Page job description are available at Grand Marais City Hall, 15 N Broadway and on the city's website www.ci.grand-marais.mn.us   The forms are also available at the Grand Marais Public Library, 104 2nd Ave West and on this website under "Services."  The application deadline is Friday, April 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m.  Questions? Please call the library at 218-387-1140 or e-mail us at gmlib@arrowhead.lib.mn.us.

Don't miss this adventure in history!

Virginia Mae Hope is one of Minnesota history's most interesting people who stepped forward in time to share her story. Some people led ordinary lives, others accomplished extraordinary things, but all faced the challenges of their times in history as best they could. See Virginia Mae Hope as she engages you with her memorable life stories as a female World War II pilot.
Enjoyable for school-aged kids and adults, please join us on Friday, April 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m.

Linda Chappell to retire after 23 years as Library Director

"Many thanks to everyone in the community who values and supports the public library.  I have worked with many wonderful staff members and volunteers over the years.  My job has always been fun because the people of Cook County have such diverse interests."

Christina Cotruvo with her Celtic Harp presents:

A Superior Love, Songs from the Shores and Oars of Lake Superior


The Grand Marais Public Library is pleased to present Chrisina Cotruvo, a Superior Love, a free family program on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.

Christina presents her original music celebrating Lake Superior love.  Enjoy Celtic harp instrumental music based in the love songs of the people who have lived and traveled Lake Superior – no sinking ships!

Living on the shore of Lake Superior inspires Christina Cotruvo’s soothing and relaxing harp music.  Learn what inspires her, how she researched the stories behind the songs and hear the beautiful music Christina creates with her Celtic harp.

This event is sponsored by the Arrowhead Library System, the Grand Marais Public Library and funded by money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. 



  Mobile version of our website now available!  Check out the latest library events, search the catalog, request or renew an item all from your Kindle, smart phone or tablet!

Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs.  The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.

Topics covered this year are: Defense technology, Israel and the U.S., Turkey's challenges, Islamic awakening, Energy independence, Food and climate, China's foreign policy, and U.S. Trade policy.

The first meeting of the year is from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. on February 20, 2014. Meetings are held at the Cook County Community Center at 317 5th Avenue West.  Copies of the Great Decisions Briefing Books are available at the Grand Marais Public Library.  For more information contact Randy Czeswik or Diane Booth at 218-387-3015.
Everyone is welcome!

Grand Marais Public Library Shines Again

Each year, Library Journal, (American librarianship’s premier trade journal) assesses the United States’ public library systems on their public service performance. It then honors stand-out achievement with its prestigious Star rankings. This year, Minnesota more than held its own nationally, with five libraries across the state earning this unique commendation.
 5 Stars: Grand Marais Public Library (in $200K-$399.9K budget category)
 4 Stars: East Grand Forks Campbell Library (in $200K-$399.9K budget category)
 3 Stars: Ely Public Library (in $200K-$399.9K budget category); Hennepin County Library(in $30M+budget category); Ramsey County Library (in $10M-$29.9M budget category)
Library Journal’s tiers system and algorithms are somewhat complex, but the premise is straightforward. Four basic and very vital “public service outputs” are considered: per capita library visits, circulation rates, program attendance, and Internet-enabled computer usage.
2013 ratings are based on 2011 data. This data is collected from local libraries annually by state library agencies and compiled nationally by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
The Grand Marais Public Library was located at Cook County High School for six months in 2011 during a major library building renovation project. Director, Linda Chappell , thought this disruption of service might cause 2011 statistics to be negatively affected. She is pleased the library won the Five Star rating again for the sixth year, in spite of the relocation.
In a few years, the LJ index could be based not just on current per capita statistics, but also on e-book circulation, library website visits, and Wi-Fi access usage. When this happens, the LJ index will better reflect the broadening range of public library services. The Grand Marais Public Library will be right there being counted and continuing to doing our best for the community.

i pad's available for in-house check-out

The library is now offering 3 iPad's for a 2 hour, in-house, check-out period. It's a great way to experience using an iPad without, or before, purchasing one.

Complete digital editions of your favorite magazines now available! 

  • no wait
  • no due date
  • read anytime, anywhere on your PC, Mac or mobile device
  • check out as many as you want
  • Zinio link is in the left column of this page
Magazines now available!