Library News and Events
custom leather bracelet workshopWith Jen Anfinson
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Create your own custom leather bracelet! An introduction to leatherwork in jewelry making will be provided by Minnesota artist Jen Anfinson in this hands-on workshop. Learn about leather tools and techniques and create something unique! All materials will be provided. This 90-minute program is geared towards adults and teens ages 13 and up.
This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
library unveils health portalYou may have noticed a new button in the jewel bar near the top of our homepage. The red cross symbol labeled “Health Topics” (scroll left or right if it doesn’t immediately appear) gives you access to reliable, research-based, #NOTFAKENEWS resources on a variety of health topics.
The resources presented on this new web page offer various ways to look at health information, from general overviews, to in-depth coverage of specific health concerns, to information about specific medications and ways to identify an unknown pill by its appearance. Also included are resources for lactating women, AIDS information, household products and their contents, and more. Issues of pain management, substance addiction, treatment and cure are also covered. There is even a section devoted to healthy recipes.
GMPL accepts grant from LFCC
Grand Marais Public Library thanks the Library Friends of Cook County for their generosity in funding our Film Movement Membership, Film Series Support, and funding for speakers, who provide free presentations open to all members of our community.
The Friends organization is a valuable resource for our county's schools and libraries. To learn more about the organization and the grants they recently awarded, read here.
Writing about Religion
community writing workshop
November 21 at 6PM
Use the tools of narrative craft to explore painful, complex, or surprising memories around religion and spirituality.
Open to writers at all levels, from novice to professional. Open to all faith backgrounds.
During this workshop, you’ll:
• Delve into personal memories and stories guided by writing prompts.
• Learn craft techniques to transform raw material into literary art.
• Enjoy quiet writing time and optional sharing.
Notebooks and pens provided.
This is a great opportunity to learn about THE GRAND MARAIS WRITERS GUILD, which is a public writing group that meets monthly at the library.
This workshop is facilitated by fiction writer and essayist Kasey Payette, a fiscal year 2019 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Readers' comments welcome
Did you love your latest read? Tell the next reader!
Grand Marais Public Library is helping readers share their reading experience with others. A slip of paper inside the cover of a book invites readers to leave a brief comment for the next person who may pick up that book. Notes should be anonymous, and may include things that give subsequent readers feedback about your reading experience.
If you find a Grand Marais book that does not contain a slip, request one at the front desk. This effort supports goals in our 2018 strategic plan to build a sense of community and belonging.
WUndrous Readers SocietyThursdays, 4PM - 5PM
Youths, join the Wundrous Readers Society! We meet on Thursdays from 4-5pm for hot cocoa (in official Wundrous Readers Society mugs), doodling, and reading aloud! The books are geared toward ages 9-12 and all ages are welcome. We review the plot at the start of every gathering, so you'll be ready to jump into the story each week even if you've missed a night.
Highway 61 construction project
Watch this video for a detailed explanation of the construction phasing, staging and traffic control to impact Grand Marais over the next couple of years.
Coming soon: "Project Status" link.
24-hour library services
Bookmyne is an app that allows you to manage your library account from an Android or iOS (Apple) device. Check due dates and renew items here. You'll need your library card number and pin (usually the last four digits of your telephone) to use Bookmyne. Highly recommended by library staff.
RB Digital is an app that allows you to borrow (and keep!) digital magazines. RB Digital works with Apple iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices. Get registered at arrowheadmn.rbdigital.com. Then, get the RB Digital app from your device's app store and enjoy.
online tech help videos
Over 40 Tech Support videos offer short, straight-forward instructions on a variety of topics, including:
- Copy and paste
- Make a phone call from your GMAIL account--for free.
- Attach a file to your email
- Crop your photos
mail-a-book program for county residentsListen to this short WTIP audio clip
County folks, we know it can be difficult to return books to Grand Marais Public Library on time. Did you know you can borrow paperback books and other materials from the Arrowhead Library System via u.s. mail free of charge?
The items come to your mailbox; you return them through your mailbox. The same is true for city residents in assisted living. ALS Executive Director Jim Weikum joins Tracy Benson on WTIP to explain:
Library gets a New strategic plan, mission, taglineWinter 2017
With much help from the community, the Grand Marais Public Library completed a strategic planning process this year that will guide our actions for the next five years.
Our new mission is:
The Grand Marais Public Library increases knowledge, inspires creativity, removes barriers, and builds community across Cook County.
Our tagline is:
EXPLORE. LEARN. CREATE. CONNECT.
Our priority goals are:
- The community will increase understanding and appreciation of the full range of human diversity.
- The community will have increased knowledge and utilization of library resources and programs throughout the county.
- People will enjoy a comfortable environment that gives them a sense of community belonging.
- Young children will develop a love of reading and improve their literacy.