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Library News and Events

Mary Casanova's waterfall Book launch

Thursday, April 8 at 7 PM - 8 PM

Join Minnesota author Mary Casanova for a virtual book launch of her new historical novel, Waterfall, set on Rainy Lake in northern Minnesota in 1922. Informed by historical figures, by the burgeoning growth of women’s rights in the early twentieth century, and the complicated issue of mental illness and how “difficult” women were silenced, Waterfall offers a compelling story of a young woman’s fight to find her way. This title is aimed at adults and is a recommended crossover for older teens.

This online event via Zoom will be moderated by Margi Preus and is free and open to the public. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Pre-registration is required for this event. To sign up, please visit
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/alslegacywaterfall or call ALS at 218-741-3840.

Zoom log-in information will be sent out 24 hours prior to the online workshop. The registration deadline for this event is Monday, April 5, 2021.


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, indoor library service is permitted on a "by appointment" basis. Please contact the library for the most current information.

Many services are available including circulation via our pickup window.

Details are here.


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:


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

 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.