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Monday, January 18, 2020

The library will be closed Monday in observance of this day. Tuesday, January 19 is National Day of Racial Healing. See details below.

National Day of Racial Healing

Celebrate our common humanity
Tuesday, January 19, 2021


National Day of Racial Healing is a relatively new opportunity for communities to jettison the belief that there can be a hierarchy of human value. It is a time for contemplation, communication, and collective action so that healing can occur in our communities and across the nation.

National Day of Racial Healing was started by W. K. Kellogg Foundation in 2016 and always follows Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Explore Racial Healing:
  1. Visit W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s website to learn more about National Day of Racial Healing.
  2. Watch John Morrin Presents: An Introduction to Understanding Racism on Cook County’s YouTube channel.
  3. Attend the live 2021 Virtual National Day of Racial Healing event hosted by Baratunde Thurston on Jan. 19. at 2 PM CST (RSVP NOW), or catch the archive later in the week.
  4. Practice activities that challenge privilege using The Racial Healing Handbook by Anneliese A. Singh.
  5. Get ideas from other organizations practicing racial healing activities in this short publication: Restoring Wholeness: Racial Healing for Ourselves, Our Relationships and Communities.
  6. Visit Grand Marais Public Library’s online catalog, where our virtual Collection Showcase displays adult book suggestions.

Library Services during the Stay Safe order

Pickup Window, Remote Customer Service, & More
Monday through Friday 10 AM - 5 PM, and Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM

To protect public health and slow transmission of COVID-19 the library building is closed to the public with some exception for photocopies and a Computers by Appointment program.

Many services are available including circulation via our pickup window.

Details are here.


Stack it up! grab bags

Get 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.

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.

John Morrin Presents:

An introduction to understanding racism

Hosted by Cook County Minnesota

John Morrin of the Grand Portage Tribal Council is a core trainer with The People's Intitute for Survival and Beyond. On November 13, Morrin delivered a talk about beginning to understand racism. Over 300 people have viewed this talk in the first 30 days of its life. Tune in here: John Morrin Presents: An Introduction to Understanding Racism. 

Thank you to Cook County Minnesota for hosting, recording and sharing this information.

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:


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Over 40 Tech Support videos offer short, straight-forward instructions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Copy and paste
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 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.