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Library News and Events

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:  


Local Virtual book discussion

A Good Time for The Truth: Race in Minnesota
Led by: David Lawrence Grant
Thursday, September 24 at 6:00 PM

Sign up here, or reserve your virtual seat by calling the library at 218-387-1140. To ensure a quality discussion, this program is limited to 25 participants.

One Book | One Minnesota is a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect, and discuss.

Reading this book in community offers some Minnesotans the opportunity to see their experiences broadly shared and others a chance to educate themselves—and to discover ways to act on their convictions. We are fortunate that Minnesota is home to many talented writers whose work can inform and guide us on this journey. 

Copies of the book are available now.



Families can register to receive regular book bundles curated by a librarian for each child! Let us know how often you'd like to pick up a new bundle (weekly, every two weeks, monthly, or one-time) and whether or not you'd like us to include DVDs and/or audiobooks. List a few interests for each child, and the children's librarian will select items tailored to your child's age and interests, and you'll receive an email when your bundle is ready to schedule a pick-up. Each bundle will include 5-10 books per child (more picture books/early readers/board books, fewer juvenile/YA books) and 2 DVDs and/or 2 audiobooks per family. 

Sign up in one of two ways:

  1. Register online.
  2. Register by phone: Call 218-387-1140


We can now print documents that are emailed to the library. For the best results, send your document in the PDF format.

Email us at gmlib@alslib.info. In your message, tell us:

- Your name
- How many copies you'd like
- Whether in color or black & white
- Single or double-sided

Then, wait for a response confirming receipt and completion of the request.

Your documents will be printed exactly as received. Sending your document in PDF format will deliver the best results.

Printing costs 20 cents per side B&W or 80 cents per side color. Pay by check or with exact change when you pick up your documents.

Please note that we cannot make copies of a physical document - we can only print documents that are emailed to us.

Call us at 387-1140 with any questions!

Regular Meeting of the Library board of trustees

Monday, September 28, 2020 at 5:30 PM

The Library Board of Trustees is convening remotely during the emergency. During the emergency declaration, comments will be collected via email or mail. The meetings are live streamed with the link appearing here prior to the meeting. They are recorded and archived here, on the City of Grand Marais' Youtube Channel.


MNLink is back!

MNLink inter-library loans are available again. Learn more and request materials at https://mnlink.org/

Introducing summer stacks--A grab bag for adults!

Going on July through September 2020

A Summer Stack is a grab bag of library materials that we hand-select for you based on the interests and preferences you specify when you sign up. It’s a fun way to connect with library staff, stretch your reading habits, and explore the collection this summer.

Your grab bag automatically includes 4 – 6 books. Then, you can choose to stack on audiobooks, DVDs, and/or magazines for up to 12 items. Come back each month to receive a fresh mix of content.

Ready to stack it up? CLICK HERE to sign up, or call us at (218) 387-1140. 

Under 18? Sign up here Kids' book bundles.

Tumblebook library for kids and families!

TumbleBookLibrary, geared towards youth in grades K-6, is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, eBooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games that can be accessed 24/7 with an Internet connection. Patrons can use computers, tablets, or mobile phones to access the collection -- a library card number is not required.  Books are streamed right to the device at the click of a button!  

Library Services during the Stay Safe order

To protect public health and slow transmission of COVID-19 the library building is currently closed to the public. Many services are still available including circulation via our pickup window.



Customer Service:
  • Available Monday through Friday, 10 AM until 5 PM and Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM.
    • By phone: 218-387-1140
    • By email: gmlib@alslib.info
  • We can help you
    • Find information
    • Manage your account
    • Download digital books, audios, and magazines
    • Place requests using our online catalog
  • Contact Library Director Amanda St John at amanda@grandmarais.city 
Physical Materials (books, DVDs, audiobooks, etc.):
  • Pickup Window is available for borrowing library materials. Learn more.
  • You may return items to our outdoor drop box.
Digital Collections and 24-Hour Services: Links for Federal, State and County updates:

HWY 61 reconstruction project

Learn more about the HWY 61 project through the series of short video conversations below, which address the scope of the project and upcoming work.

You can also join MnDOT's weekly Thursday 1 pm update. Instructions are available at:


Information about the 2020 census

Going on through October 31, 2020

The 2020 Census has begun. The official website, provided by the Census Bureau, is prepared with information about the process and value of participating in the survey, which happens once every 10 years. This is the first year that the Census will be offered online in addition to response by paper or phone. The survey can be accessed by nearly any personal computing device (laptop, tablet, smart phone, etc.) connected to the Internet.

Additionally, Grand Marais Public Library will act as Cook County's Questionnaire Assistance Center. As such, we will supply Wi-Fi access, as well as support in accessing the online survey site. Library staff are not Census Bureau employees. Our aim is ensuring everyone who wants to access the survey can.

Questions about how to answer the 2020 Census can be directed to Census Bureau staff at 844-330-2020 from 6AM to Midnight Central Standard Time or visit our Language Support page for help in additional languages.

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:


online tech help videos

Try these!

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

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.