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Library News and Events

Calendar of Events for March

Click here for our March events calendar

City hall is closing: here's How to Pay your utility bills

Grand Marais Public Utilities Commission

The City of Grand Marais will be rebuilding City Hall and the Liquor Store. Starting in February, the best way to pay your utilities will be online.

Create an account here.

Library Card BOOK LOG Take & Create Art Kits

Starting March 1 until all kits are claimed

Created by the Mary Mulari, these kits are for all ages. Younger children may need some help.

Create an accordion-style book with vintage library book pockets and cards! Join MN Artist Mary Mulari as she leads you through the discovery of paper art through the use of traditional library materials. Personalize and decorate the pockets with stickers, washi tape, clip art, markers, and your favorite art supplies. Then, keep track of the books you’ve read, birds you’ve seen, favorite quotes, birthdays to remember, etc. on the lined cards that slip into the book pockets! This project combines bookmaking and paper art to create a special book that’s fun to display, use and adapt for gift giving.

A follow-along instructional video is here for participants. Each art kit will include simple instructions and all needed materials.

Chippewa city: home and the history of small places

Presented by: Staci Lola Drouillard
Wednesday, March 6 at 6PM

Grand Marais Public Library invites the public to join Staci Lola Drouillard for a presentation called Chippewa City: Home and the History of Small Places.

This talk is a look back at the cultural history of Chippewa City and the Anishinaabe presence at Kitchibitobig--a town now known as Grand Marais. Nishkwakwansing (Chippewa City) was an off-reservation Anishinaabe fishing village located one mile east of Grand Marais. Local author and Chippewa City descendant Staci Drouillard will discuss the process of researching and writing about history from the perspective of the people who once lived there, and lead a group discussion about why the history of small places matter, and how learning the true history of a place can make a difference within the local, state and national historic framework.
Staci Lola Drouillard is a Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe direct descendant. She lives and works in her hometown of Kitchibitobig—Grand Marais, on Minnesota’s North Shore of Lake Superior. Her first book Walking the Old Road: A People’s History of Chippewa City and the Grand Marais Anishinaabe (UMP, 2019) won the Hamlin Garland Prize in Popular History, the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for nonfiction and was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award. Her second book Seven Aunts (UMP, 2022) won the 2023 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative nonfiction, the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award and was a “Minnesota Reads” selection at the Library of Congress National Book Festival. Staci works as a radio producer for WTIP North Shore Community Radio and authors the monthly column Nibi Chronicles for Great Lakes Now, a branch of Detroit Public Media.
This program is sponsored by the Library Friends of Cook County. We thank them for supporting quality programs like these.

Bikepacking Minnesota's Border-to-Border Route 

Bryan Hansel presents on his 10-day gravel grinding adventure.

TheTable with Library Bingo cards and other winter reading program materials library will host a presentation from Bryan Hansel on his bikepacking tour, on Wednesday, Mar. 13, from 7:00-8:00 PM.

Hansel will take the audience on a visual journey along his October 2023 bikepacking adventure across the proposed Minnesota Border-to-Border Touring Route. Hansel embarked on a ten-day, 625-mile odyssey from Pembina, ND to Silver Bay.

Through a compelling blend of photos, stories, and personal impressions, Hansel will share the highlights and challenges of his ride. Stick around for a Q&A session at the end to dive deeper into the details of this off-the-beaten-path expedition.This event is free and for all ages, but is best suited for ages 10 and up. Seating will begin at 6:30 PM, so come early to find the best seats. Non-alcoholic drinks with lids are welcome.  

adult winter reading Extended Until the End of March!

Keep reading for bingos and prize drawings.

There’s stilTable with Library Bingo cards and other winter reading program materialsl time for adults to earn bingos and enter to win sweet prizes through March!
Kids’ bingo prize drawings will be held March 1. Then we’ll draw one adult prize on each of the five Fridays through March 29th.
Click here to request an adult book bundle.

Click here to request a children's book bundle.

Calendar of Events for February

Tax Forms are here at the Library

For extra help with taxes, many citizens of Cook County qualify for free assistance from Cook County VITA/TCE volunteers. Click here for more information.

Paging Through a Reading Wonderland

Grand Marais Library’s Winter Reading Program is on!

Stop by the library and pick up a Bingo card, or print one out by clicking HERE.

Table with Library Bingo cards and other winter reading program materialsThe program runs through March 1, 2024. This Winter Reading Program is for all ages.
Bingo cards contain squares with categories of books to read, such as “Minnesota author” or “Published the year you were born,” and activities, such as attending a library program or watching a movie based on a book. Every “bingo” (five squares in a row in any direction) earns a chance at a grand prize as well as smaller prizes like candy and coupons to local businesses. Kids also get a certificate for a free book from Drury Lane for their first bingo.
Kids’ grand prizes include a Lego Mania Bundle, a Gamer Bundle, and book and plush toy sets for such beloved books as Pete the Cat. For adults, there are five grand prize bundles: a Cozy Mystery Bundle, a Rom-Com Bundle, a Library Lover’s Bundle, a Crafter’s Bundle, and a Deep Dark Winter Bundle. Grand prize bundles include themed books, accessories, toys, treats, and gift certificates to local businesses.Raffle boxes for grand prizes
To help you with your winter readingn bingo squares, our librarians are standing by to compile a book bundle for both adults and children. 

Click here to request an adult book bundle.

Click here to request a children's book bundle.

The Winter Reading Program is made possible by the Arrowhead Library System, funding from the Library Friends of Cook County, and donations from local businesses. 


Friday Night Reels is Back!

Winter film series runs Jan. 5 - Mar. 8

The Grand Marais Public Library will be hosting Friday Night Reels, a unique film series showing weekly on Fridays at 6 PM, with the first screening on January 5 and the last on March 8. The library’s film committee has selected ten independent and foreign films in order to inspire thoughtful discussion after each.

This Year's Films (click the title for a link to each film's trailer):

Jan. 5 – The Fall (R; 2006)
Jan. 12 – And Then We Danced (NR; 2020)
Jan. 19 – Fear (NR; 2022)
Jan. 26 – Of Gods and Men (PG-13; 2010)
Feb. 2 – Children of the Mist (NR; 2021)
Feb. 9 – Antonia’s Line (R; 1995) 
Feb. 16 – Nostalgia (R; 2022)
Feb. 23 – Found Memories (NR; 2011)
Mar. 1 – EO  (TV-14; 2022)
Mar. 8 – The Cow Who Sang a Song into the Future (NR; 2022)

Most of the Friday Night Reels are for adult audiences and may not be suitable for young viewers under eighteen. For foreign films, the series will display English subtitles, instead of dubbing. Weather cancellations will appear atop this news entry as needed.
No sign-up is required to attend, but seating is limited. The doors will open at 5:30 PM. The library’s sponsor and community partner, the Library Friends of Cook County, will provide light snacks and beverages. Non-alcoholic beverages with lids are welcome.
Grand Marais Public Library thanks the Library Friends of Cook County for their generous and continued support in providing this program.

Faxing Now Available!

We now offer self-service faxing for library patrons. The price to send a fax is 50¢ per page with a maximum charge of $5.00. Received faxes cost 20¢ per page and would be sent to 218-877-7831.

We offer self-service printing, photocopying, scanning

Grand Marais Public Library provides the public self-service access to a photocopier, printer, and scanner for small scale jobs.
  • Scanning to your own flashdrive: FREE
  • Black and white copies: 20¢ per side
  • Color copies: 80¢ per side
When printing more than 100 sheets, or many professional-quality posters, please use an online service or professional printer. Paper Hog, ProPrint, Arrowhead Printing are a few that other community members have recommended. 

Library Board of Trustees' meeting

The Grand Marais Public Library Board of Trustees convenes at 5:00 PM on the following dates. We are meeting in person at the library. The meetings are open to the public. Join us!
  • Thursday, January 25
  • Thursday, February 22
  • Thursday, March 28
  • Thursday, April 25
  • Thursday, May 23
  • Thursday, June 27
  • Thursday, July 25
  • Thursday, August 22
  • Thursday, Sept 26
  • Thursday, October 24
  • **Thursday, November 21
  • **Thursday, December 19
The Library is located at 104 2nd Avenue West, Grand Marais, MN 55604. Meetings are streamed live and archived on the City's YouTube channel.

creative bug resources

Do you have an ALS library card and Internet acess? Great! You now have unlimited access to more than 1,000 award-winning arts and crafts video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. 

There are creative projects for every occasion with downloadable patterns, templates, and recipes.  The easy-to-navigate website features classes on topics in art and design, sewing, paperwork, holidays and parties, knitting and crochet, quilting, jewelry, and more! Browse by skill difficulty levels, quick or multi-part classes, specialty techniques, or those video tutorials best suited for children.

state parks passes at your library

Through a partnership with the DNR, the library will be circulating two free 7-day vehicle parking passes to visit Minnesota's state parks. A library card is not required for participation.  

The purpose of this program is to make state parks even more accessible to the public by eliminating the entrance fee. Passes are funded by the DNR’s Parks and Trails Legacy Amendment dollars. Folks who try the program will be encouraged to complete a survey. The data are needed to support the program’s continuation. For more information about Minnesota’s parks, visit mndnr.gov.

WOWBRARY email service

A welcoming way to see the newest additions to our collection

WOWbrary is a weekly email showcasing Grand Marais Public Library's newest books, audiobooks, movies, and magazines.

With WOWbrary, you can browse our latest arrivals from home or wherever you have Internet access. You'll learn about bestsellers, cookbooks, mysteries, science books, travel guides, histories, children's titles, health books, science fiction, and more. Read a summary of each title and screen consumer reviews. With links to our catalog, it's easy to place holds on the titles that capture your imagination.


For free weekly emails of our latest books, movies, and music, enter your email address:  

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:



 strategic plan, mission, tagline

Our 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 2018-2022 Strategic Plan for more information.