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Library News and Events


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Tuey the Comic Stunt Juggler

All ages welcome to this free performance, June 20, 10 AM

Tuey goes beyond the usual display of juggling skills to include a wide array of manipulations. From the simplicity of tricks with a fifty-cent piece and yoyo, to the complexity of his ten part combination trick, Tuey runs the gamut, throwing cups about, spinning ropes, balls and rings, and one stunt involving three Nerf arrows, two spinning balls, and the ladder.

The physical skill and coordination displayed on stage is of a level rarely seen in juggling shows. But, as we all know, mouth-gaping skill and mind boggling tricks mean absolutely nothing without stage presence and, most importantly, humor. Tuey has both. Audiences love his unassuming friendly style, and the only thing they do more than applaud during his show… is laugh.

In short, Tuey’s unique likable style and eclectic blend of juggling stunts and humor immediately wins the affection and enthusiasm of audiences everywhere! 

Tuey is best known for his longstanding run of shows at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival!

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Gay Man

Live performance featuring Patrick Scully
Friday, June 21, 2024 at 6 PM
Doors open at 5:30 PM

Our 2024 PRIDE celebration show is free, open to the public, and intended for adult audiences. If it were a movie, it would likely be R rated. There are no tickets or reservations. Seats are first come, first served.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Gay Man is the first episode of Patrick Scully’s autobiographical opus Somewhere Along the Rainbow. Mixing together stories of his personal life, his life as an artist and activist, and progress and setbacks in the world of LGBTQ rights, Scully begins the opus in high school in the 60’s, and takes us on a journey through his school and college
years, into his early professional life in the arts. The first segment ends in 1980, having traversed the ups and downs of Scully’s coming out story, the victories and defeats of Minneapolis and St Paul passing laws protecting Lesbian, Gay and Trans rights, and Harvey Milk’s legacy in San Francisco.

If you were out and about in that era, it will bring back memories of those days, good and not so good. If this was all before your time, it promises an engaging history lesson that no school has yet taught.

Patrick Scully is a Minneapolis based performing artist well known for everything from large scale group works to solo performances. His largest works include: a Ballet for Boats, for forty to fifty boats, done to great critical acclaim in both Minneapolis (2015) and Potsdam, Germany (2010); His solo pieces, more intimate and often biographical, and also highly acclaimed, have included works ranging from Too Soon Lost (1990) to Thrive! (2010). Leaves of Grass- Illuminated began as a large scale work for two actors and 18 male dancers in 2014.

Scully co-founded Contactworks, a Minneapolis based dance collective focused on contact improvisation. He danced and toured with Remy Charlip, beginning with Remy’s Ten Men show in the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival in 1984. He founded Patrick’s Cabaret in Minneapolis and served many years as its director.

Patrick Scully is a fiscal year 2024 recipient of an Arts Experiences grant and a fiscal year 2023 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


We're hiring: Part time library clerk

Open until filled

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 $19.16 per hour.

Job description and application forms are available at ci.grand-marais.mn.us/apply.


Starting on April 1st, 2024 we will be lowering our borrowing limit to 5 items at a time per patron. We will also not be asking for renewals at this time.

This is just a temporary change so that Arrowhead Library System can transition over to a new statewide internal computer system that we will now use to keep track of MNLINK items.

Thank you for your understanding.

City hall is closED while rebuilding:
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.

***3/15/24: FYI***
The company that created an app for this service has discontinued new downloads of their mobile app. Customers who currently have the app can continue to use it but new customers will not be able to download the app. The library offers free public access to computers and the Internet. You're welcome to access the portal online in the library.

Book BundLES AVailable

Just fill out one of the Google Sheets linked below, and one of our librarians will assemble 4-6 books customized for you.
Click here to request an adult book bundle.

Click here to request a children's book bundle.

Self-service faxing, printing, photocopying, scanning

Grand Marais Public Library provides the public self-service access to a photocopier, printer, and scanner for small scale jobs.
  • Send a fax for 50¢ per page w/ a maximum charge of $5.
  • 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:


Library Strategic Plan

On February 22, 2024, the Library Board of Trustees adopted the following strategic plan to be carried out over the next three years, or fiscal years 2024 - 2026.

Focus Area 1: The Library inspires robust community involvement
  • The Library attracts a wide range of stakeholders to participate in its vitality, by establishing relationships with the next generation of library users, strengthening relationships with communities and groups that have cultural or physical barriers to enjoying the library, and forging new strategic partnerships with local businesses.
Focus Area 2: The Library leadership uses financial resources wisely to honor public and private contributions
  • Library Leadership uses contributions in combination with levied funds to ensure the continuous development of services, supporting personal development of all Cook County residents. To honor public and private contributions the plan will include commitments to 3 key areas:
    • Professional board training on their role in capital planning
    • Regular review of contributions and levied funds to achieve strategic goals
    • Publicize the plan and results 
Focus Area 3: The Library provides staff and leadership the environment and resources they need to provide quality service
  • The Library supports staff in providing quality service to the community by investing in staff training and development opportunities, as well as the facility, its furnishings, and technologies.
Focus Area 4: The Library provides service to underrepresented and underserved parts of the county.
  • Every community member feels welcome and encouraged to take advantage of library services that meet their needs.