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Library News and Events

Film Series: Won't you be my neighbor?

Friday, January 11 at 6 PM

The film series is open to everyone and free to attend. Films are selected for an adult audience and content may not be appropriate for all ages. 

Film Summary: Charmingly soft-spoken and yet powerfully incisive expressing his profound ideals, Fred Rogers was a unique presence on television for generations. Through interviews of his family and colleagues, the life of this would-be pastor is explored as a man who found a more important calling to provide an oasis for children in a video sea of violent bombardment.

Genre: Documentary, Biography
Country: USA
Language: English
Run Time: 94 minutes

Winter reading program: story times

Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

The Winter Reading Program has begun, and that means story times!

Local author Rose Arrowsmith DeCoux will kick off our Tuesday morning story times January 15, 2019 at 10:30 a.m., with a presentation of her new book The Sock Goblin, illustrated by local artist Kari Vick.

Story times will continue each Tuesday at 10:30 through February 26. Kids of all ages and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories, songs, rhymes, and more.

The Winter Reading Program lasts through March 2. Reading logs are available now for ages 0 - 18. Library membership is not required to participate.

Completing your health care directive

Wednesday, January 16 at 6 PM

Marnie Hovland, Care Partners RN Care Coordinator, and Hilja Iverson, Social Worker at North Shore Health, are here to demystify the process of creating or updating your Health Care Directive, and to support you through the process.

You can read through the forms ahead of time and start thinking about your preferences, especially who you might pick as a Health Care Agent. These forms may be found at the website www.carepartnersofcookcounty.org under the section titled “Upcoming events.”

Get your questions answered, and get those forms done!

Film Series: chappaquiddick

Friday, January 18 at 6 PM

The scandal and mysterious events surrounding the tragic drowning of a young woman, as Ted Kennedy drove his car off the infamous bridge, are revealed in the new movie starring Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy and Kate Mara as Mary Jo Kopechne. Not only did this event take the life of an aspiring political strategist and Kennedy insider, but it ultimately changed the course of presidential history forever. Through true accounts, documented in the inquest from the investigation in 1969, director John Curran and writers Andrew Logan and Taylor Allen, intimately expose the broad reach of political power, the influence of America's most celebrated family; and the vulnerability of Ted Kennedy, the youngest son, in the shadow of his family legacy.

Genres: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Sweden
Language: English
Run Time: 106 min

Fast Friends: A social gathering for adults

Saturday, January 19 from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

We’d like to meet you!

By popular demand, Library Friends of Cook County and Grand Marais Public Library are offering another round of Fast Friends--the casual and welcoming social gathering for adults.

Imagine a speed-dating set up without pressure. We give participants fun conversation prompts and 7 minutes to chat with one other person at a time. Prior participants were ecstatic for the introvert-friendly format.

In today’s world, one of the most powerful things we can do is connect with each other face-to-face, especially with our neighbors and community. Please join us.

Library closed: martin luther king jr day


sign up to read with aspen

Aspen comes two Saturdays a month
11 AM - Noon
Call to sign up for a 20-minute slot: 218-387-1140

Who is Aspen? 
Aspen is a registered Pet Partners Therapy Animal, who loves a good story and can hardly wait to hear your child read.

What is a Pet Partners Therapy Animal? 
For more than 40 years, Pet Partners has worked to connect people with the healing therapy of animals. Aspen has been specially trained in various areas, including helping kids who need help with their reading skills. Working with a therapy dog also teaches kids to love books and reading. These types of programs featuring the opportunity for kids to read to dogs has grown immensely in popularity, and it is now offered at Grand Marais Public Library.

How does it work? 
Parent (and child) call to sign up to read with Aspen and her teammate/handler Lisa Bauer for 20 minutes. Or, parents can show up at 11, and if there is a 20-minute opening available, they will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Call 218-387-1140, or stop into the library to reserve 20 minutes on these dates:
  • January 12
  • January 26
  • February 9
  • February 23

grand marais playhouse: play reading

Featuring It Can't Happen Here
Wednesday, January 9 at 6:00 PM

Take a role in, or sit and listen to a reading of It Can't Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis, and adapted by Tony Taccone and Bennett S. Cohen. No experience is necessary. Gather at the library, roles will be assigned to those who want them, and the play will be read. This experimental activity allows the Playhouse to share plays that they have been unable to present as full productions.

Winter Wednesdays

January 9 to March 27
Everything happens on Wednesdays starting at 6:00 PM.

It's back! The Winter Wednesdays Series offers free events to stimulate your mind and imagination all season long. Music, genealogy, technology support, making things, and more. Here's the line-up:
  • January 9: Enemy of the People with Grand Marais Playhouse. 
  • January 16: Completing Your Health Care Directive.
  • January 23: It Can't Happen Here with Grand Marais Playhouse.
  • January 30: Tech Night for 55+--Smart Phone Use.
  • February 7: The Linklaters: People of the Border Lakes & Isle Royale, featuring Tim Cochrane.
  • February 13: Hot Reads for Cold Nights, featuring Terri Muhich.
  • February 20: 100 Days on the Road--Life as a Landscape Photographer, featuring Brian Hansel.
  • February 27: Tech Night for 55+.
  • March 6: Walking the Old Road--Chippewa City & The Grand Marais Anishinaabeg featuring Staci Drouillard
  • March 13: What Is Spotted Wing Drosophila, featuring Diane Booth
  • March 20: Fast Friends at the Library
  • March 27: Tech Night for 55+

Wundrous Readers Society

Thursdays, 4PM - 5PM

Youths, join the Wundrous Readers Society! We meet on Thursdays from 4-5pm for hot cocoa (in official Wundrous Readers Society mugs), doodling, and reading aloud! We’ll be reading from Jessica Townsend’s middle-grade series Nevermoor.
We review the plot at the start of every gathering, so you'll be ready to jump into the story each week even if you've missed a night.

friday night reels

Friday nights from January 4 to March 8

Here comes the annual film series! It's open to everyone and free to attend. Note that films are selected for an adult audience and content may not be appropriate for all ages. 
  • January 4: Neither Wolf Nor Dog
  • January 11: Won't You Be My Neighbor
  • January 18: Chappaquiddick
  • January 25: Marshall 
  • February 1: Little Pink House
  • February 8: Akron
  • February 15: Coco
  • February 22: Faces Places 
  • March 1: The Charmer
  • March 8: Bad Lucky Goat

Highway 61 construction project

Watch this video for a detailed explanation of the construction phasing, staging and traffic control to impact Grand Marais over the next couple of years.

Coming soon: "Project Status" link. 

24-hour library services

Libby is an app that allows you to borrow ebooks and e-audiobooks with more ease than the Overdrive app it replaces. The collection continues to grow, and offers new titles every month.

Bookmyne is an app that allows you to manage your library account from an Android or iOS (Apple) device. Check due dates and renew items here. You'll need your library card number and pin (usually the last four digits of your telephone) to use Bookmyne. Highly recommended by library staff.
RB Digital is an app that allows you to borrow (and keep!) digital magazines. RB Digital works with Apple iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices. Get registered at arrowheadmn.rbdigital.com. Then, get the RB Digital app from your device's app store and enjoy.

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

Fast Friends

Did you miss this event? 

Fast Friends will return in 2019. Ask to join the mailing list, or speak to Amanda to learn more about the event format. 

  • Saturday, January 19 from 11 AM - 1 PM
  • Wednesday, March 20 from 6 PM - 7:30 PM

Connect with Cook County community members in a comfortable, welcoming environment--your library. Fast Friends is a casual and upbeat social event for adults with facilitated quick, meaningful conversations between guests. Enjoy refreshments, compliments of the Library Friends of Cook County. Can't wait to meet you!

Readers' comments welcome

Did you love your latest read? Tell the next reader! 

Grand Marais Public Library is helping readers share their reading experience with others. A slip of paper inside the cover of a book invites readers to leave a brief comment for the next person who may pick up that book. Notes should be anonymous,

 and may include things that give subsequent readers feedback about your reading experience.
If a user finds a Grand Marais book that does not contain a slip, they may request one at the front desk. This effort supports goals in our 2018 strategic plan to build a sense of community and belonging.


New digital magazine collection

Available now.

Arrowhead Library System, in partnership with Recorded Books, is happy to announce the launch of the RBdigital eMagazine Collection. RBdigital eMagazines offers full-color, interactive digital magazines for anytime, anywhere reading on desktops, mobile devices, and apps. You can browse the collection of over 120 popular magazines with no holds, no checkout periods, and no limit to the number of magazines you can download.  

To create an account and start downloading eMagazines, please visit http://arrowheadmn.rbdigital.com/.   

Director Steve Harsin announces RB Digital on WTIP. Listen in:


would you like to try e-books and e-audios?

This free app, created by Overdrive, is now available! Check it out. Visit the library for one-on-one help getting started. We want this experience to be as exciting for you as it is for us.

For those of you using the Overdrive app: Libby is replacing the Overdrive app, which will be discontinued in the future. The benefit of switching to Libby is a streamlined experience, where you can read or listen to your library materials "in the app," rather than having to switch over to OverDrive Media Console, Amazon.com and Kindle App, etc. Still have questions? Please ask!

FIber Arts Guild donates cloth bags to library users

Grand Marais Public Library is grateful to receive 16 cloth bags handmade and donated by members of a Fiber Arts Guild interest group. Over the years, the library has received recycled plastic grocery bags from members of the community. These are provided to customers needing to cover books from precipitation or simply carry them home. Until the Guild donated cloth bags, we had no alternatives to offer. We are looking forward to receiving another donation of the beautiful, personal bags Guild members created.

Hear more from the Fiber Guild in this WTIP Roadhouse recording:


Do you accept book donations?

The library can accept excellent condition new books (published in 2017 or 2018) only. Why? Read more.

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 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.

The library gets 5 stars 11 years in a row

Grand Marais Public Library is pleased to announce it has once again achieved a 5 star ranking in the annual Library Journal Star Libraries standings. Last year, when Grand Marais was ranked a 5 star library for 10 years running, it was one of only 13 libraries in the nation to do so  Visit the Library Journal website to read more.