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Library News and Events

reading is magic!

A free magic show at Grand Marais Library
Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 5:30 PM

Grand Marais Public Library invites the community to Reading Is Magic, a magic show that encourages youths toward a lifelong love of reading.

Magician Chaz Misenheimer has performed at the 2022 Tall Ship Festival in Two Harbors, North Carolina Museum of History, Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site, and Gateway Museum. He has appeared at festivals, playhouses, zoos, and public and private schools across the country.

Chaz's shows spark the natural curiosity and sense of wonder of his audiences, who experience a broad variety of sleight-of-hand tricks, mind reading feats, and small-scale illusions. Chaz is a Cook County resident and substitute teacher at Sawtooth Elementary School.  

finnish paper star take & Create art kits

Available September 15 until all kits are claimed

This art experience created by the Duluth Folk School explores Finnish paper star making and paper weaving techniques.  Take & Create Art Kits will include supplies to create 2-3 unique stars – cardstock paper strips, glue stick, scissors, string and an instructional printout for different star styles.  A follow-along instructional video will be shared online for participants.  Program is best for ages 7 and older – younger kids may need help from an adult. 

Check out this video: https://tinyurl.com/ALSLegacyFinnishPaperStars

We're hiring:

Part time library clerk

The Grand Marais Public Library is seeking a part time Library Clerk. When you share your excellent customer service skills, attention to detail, interest in libraries, and technology skills with the library, you help inspire a sense of community belonging in Cook County. You also encourage literacy and support the lifelong love of learning. Starting wage is $18.42 per hour. Job description and application forms are available at www.ci.grand-marais.mn.us/apply.

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 Library Board of Trustees meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 5 PM. The meetings, held at City Hall Council Chambers, are open to the public. Please join us!

The July 27 meeting is canceled due to a lack of quorum.
  • Thursday, July 27
  • Thursday, August 24
  • Thursday, Sept 28
  • Thursday, October 26
  • Due to holidays, November and December meeting dates will be scheduled for a different time and/or day.
The City of Grand Marais' Council Chambers is located at 15 N Broadway, 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

June 14 2021 through June 30, 2022

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. Starting June 14, we will begin accepting reservations for the passes and will book them through August 31, 2021. Additional months will open as the current one ends.

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.