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Library News and Events

outta this world adventure story time

Thursdays, June 14-August 16, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Think you’re too old for story time? Think again! Kids 11-18 can stay after hours when we breakout the snacks, art supplies and fantasy novels to read aloud.

brodini comedy magic show

Thursday, June 14 at 3:30 PM

Magician Graylyn Morris will raise spirits and test kids’ powers of concentration as he manipulates ropes, scarves, balls, and other magician props in a “now you see it, now you don’t” performance!

Everyone welcome!



Perler bead creations

Monday June 11 through Thursday June 14
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In this event, kids create flowers, animals, shapes, or any design they can dream up with colorful beads.

Show up, shape fun!


sparkit! is coming to cook county residents

June 18 - 22
Locations and schedule below

Grand Marais Public Library is working to provide Cook County residents the library services they need where they need them. To foster conversation, we're coming to various sites around the county during the week of June 18-22, and we're bringing the sPARKit! with us!

sPARKit! is a project sponsored by Springboard for the Arts in the Twin Cities, and features fun activities for adults and children. The “sPARKit” mobile trailer invites the public to come, play games, and engage in conversation. Participants may learn about online security, parental controls, electrical safety, energy efficiency, lung cancer, colon cancer screening and more! There may be a variety of arts activities, such as felting a lung with the American Lung Association, or playing games with the YMCA staff. The event will be a little different each day, with fun activities also planned for every site.
Besides the library, the partners for this event include: Arrowhead Electric, True North, the American Lung Assocation of Minnesota and the Sawtooth Mountain Clinic. Those who attend will have opportunities to engage with all the partners, to learn how to be safe online, and to have some good summer fun!
Events are scheduled for the following times and places:

Monday, June 18, 10-2pm at Ryden’s Border Store
Tuesday, June 19, 10-2pm at Hovland Town Hall
Wednesday. June 20, 10-2pm at Trail Center
Thursday, June 21, 10-2pm at Lutsen Town Hall
Friday, June 22, 10-2pm at Birch Grove School

Please join us at a location near you!

Living as Other in America: How to Bridge our Divides

Featuring Ellie Krug
June 23, 3:00 PM

Join nationally recognized trans activist Ellie Krug for a talk entitled "Living as Other in America: How to Bridge Our Divides." 

Krug speaks to large groups around the nation, and conducts inclusivity training workshops for large corporations where she works with thousands of employees. She addresses topics of diversity and inclusion, and speaks about transgender issues, matters of inclusivity, and strategies organizations and individuals may use to create alliances and tools that foster inclusion.
Krug’s website, www.elliekrug.com, and her blog are available for those who would like to know more about Krug. The library owns her memoir “Getting to Ellen.”
This activity is one of several events scheduled to take place in the second annual Grand Marais Gay Pride celebration, for which a march is planned at 11:00 to begin at the Congregational Church, with a picnic in the church parking lot to follow. Posters with more information about these activities may be found around the community.


Follow the new youth services Instagram page @gmlibraryyouth to play “Where in the World is Gaston,” keep up with library events, and more. Show us where reading takes you this summer using the hashtags #GMPLsummer2018 and #readingtakesyoueverywhere.


reading takes you everywhere: summer reading

Sign-ups begin June 1

Grand Marais Public Library launches its Reading Takes You Everywhere summer reading program on June 1, 2018.

Throughout the summer, the library will host a range of free activities for children and teens to encourage and support a love of reading.

Participants can win prizes for reaching their reading goals. Sign-ups begin June 1, 2018.

Activities include: Story time each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., June 5-August 14. Weekly themed scavenger hunts in the library. “Where’s Gaston,” a photo guessing game with prizes. Afternoon STEAM activities for elementary through middle school age. Instagram activities and online book group for teens (age 14 and up). Celebration picnic August 18, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. 

Where's Gaston?


Gaston, our Summer Reading mascot, has gotten loose in Grand Marais! Fortunately, the children’s librarian is on his tail, but has only managed to snap a few photos. Guess where he’s been from the photo clues, and be entered in a weekly prize drawing.

Story time!

Tuesdays, June 5 - August 14
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
All ages welcome.

As part of our Summer Reading program, we're hosting story time each Tuesday at 10:30 AM. Join Erika and friends for stories, crafts, songs, and more. Reading takes you everywhere! 

Note: No story time on June 19.

mail-a-book program for county residents

Listen 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, tagline

Winter 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:

Our priority goals are:
  1. The community will increase understanding and appreciation of the full range of human diversity.
  2. The community will have increased knowledge and utilization of library resources and programs throughout the county.
  3. People will enjoy a comfortable environment that gives them a sense of community belonging.
  4. Young children will develop a love of reading and improve their literacy.
We invite you to review the Strategic Plan for more information.

would you like to try e-books and e-audios?

This free app, created by Overdrive, is now available! Check it out HERE. 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.

The library gets 5 stars 10 years in a row

Grand Marais Public Library is pleased to announce it has once again achieved a 5 star ranking in the annual Library Journal Star Libraries standings. Joining Grand Marais this year are Ely with 4 stars and Baudette with 3 stars, giving the Arrowhead Library System 3 of only 5 libraries in the state to achieve this benchmark. Grand Marais has been ranked a 5 star library for 10 years running, one of only 13 libraries in the nation to do so. Read more.

Visit the Library Journal website and read about the 13 libraries.