Library and Events
Fast FriendsSaturday, November 10
11:00 AM - 1 PM
Connect with Cook County community members in a comfortable, welcoming environment--your library. Fast Friends is a casual and upbeat social event for adults with facilitated quick, meaningful conversations between guests. Enjoy refreshments, compliments of the Library Friends of Cook County. Can't wait to meet you!
Holiday Closures for November
- Closed on Monday, November 12 for Veteran's Day.
- Wednesday, November 21: Open from 10 AM - Noon
- Thursday, November 22: Closed
- Friday, November 23: Closed
- Saturday, November 24: Open regular hours, 10 AM - 2 PM
We're thankful for you!November 1 - November 30, 2018
Fine forgiveness for youths
"We're Thankful for You!" is an Arrowhead Library System initiative that encourages the region's libraries to forgive overdue fines for youths ages 17 and under. Our Board voted to participate and encourages Cook County youths to stop in and have their library accounts cleared of Grand Marais library's late fees, as well as the late fees of other participating libraries.
The forgiveness program is for overdue fines only and does not apply to other charges such as replacement fees for lost or damaged books.
Thank you to our young users!
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
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,
If a user finds a Grand Marais book that does not contain a slip, they may request one at the front desk. This effort supports goals in our 2018 strategic plan to build a sense of community and belonging.
New digital magazine collectionAvailable now.
Arrowhead Library System, in partnership with Recorded Books, is happy to announce the launch of the RBdigital eMagazine Collection. RBdigital eMagazines offers full-color, interactive digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. You can browse the collection of over 120 popular magazines with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.
To create an account and start downloading eMagazines, please visit http://arrowheadmn.rbdigital.com/.
Director Steve Harsin announces RB Digital on WTIP. Listen in:
would you like to try e-books and e-audios?
This free app, created by Overdrive, is now available! Check it out. Visit the library for one-on-one help getting started. We want this experience to be as exciting for you as it is for us.
For those of you using the Overdrive app: Libby is replacing the Overdrive app, which will be discontinued in the future. The benefit of switching to Libby is a streamlined experience, where you can read or listen to your library materials "in the app," rather than having to switch over to OverDrive Media Console, Amazon.com and Kindle App, etc. Still have questions? Please ask!
FIber Arts Guild donates cloth bags to library users
Grand Marais Public Library is grateful to receive 16 cloth bags handmade and donated by members of a Fiber Arts Guild interest group. Over the years, the library has received recycled plastic grocery bags from members of the community. These are provided to customers needing to cover books from precipitation or simply carry them home. Until the Guild donated cloth bags, we had no alternatives to offer. We are looking forward to receiving another donation of the beautiful, personal bags Guild members created.
Hear more from the Fiber Guild in this WTIP Roadhouse recording:
Do you accept book donations?
The library can accept excellent condition new books (published in 2017 or 2018) only. Why? Read more.
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.