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Library News and Events

library board of trustees meetings

Selection Policy Training Session:
Wednesday, July 28, 2021 at 9 AM held in person at the Library.

Regular Board Meeting:
Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 5:00 PM

Library Board of Trustees will be meeting in person at City Hall's Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend. The meeting is also planned to be streamed and recorded. The streaming link will be posted here closer to the date.


macrame take and make kits

Thank you for your interest! All kits have been claimed, but with some yarn and a twig or small piece of hardware from a craft store, you can make this project just as easily. Here's a video to show you how!



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.

We're hiring: library clerk

Open until filled

Details are posted on the City Hall website. Please print and complete the full application: Application, Veterans Preference and Tennessen Warning. If you choose to provide a cover letter, please address it to Ms. St. John (library director). Return your materials to City Hall by email, in person, or by mail to City Hall, PO Box 600, Grand Marais, MN. 

Library is open during hwy 61 construction

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday : 10 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 8 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM

Face Coverings Preferred.

Face coverings are required for unvaccinated persons and preferred for everyone. Stay home if you or anyone in your household is ill.

The pickup window and Wi-Fi are available for anyone choosing to use the library without coming indoors.

Details about using the pickup window are here.

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.


pop-up book sale Coming to support area libraries

Provided by the Library Friends of Cook County
Location: Behind Joy & Co.
Sale date: June 26 from 10 - 2 PM

Library Friends of Cook County is happy to announce a “Pop Up” Used Book Sale from which all proceeds will go to benefit area libraries and reading programs. The sale will take place in the backyard of Joy & Co. Featured items for sale will be novels, cookbooks, art books and puzzles. The Library Friends Board is very excited to be able to offer a book sale and fundraiser this year, and acknowledges that past book sales have been very popular community events.

This press release reveals more information about donating items for the sale, the sale location, and the LFCC non-profit organization. You can also email Jan of Library Friends.

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.