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Library News and Events

Now Hiring: Part Time Library Clerk

First review of applications: July 8, 2022
Open until filled

The Grand Marais Public Library has a job opening for a part time Library Clerk. The starting wage is $17.06 per hour.

When you share your excellent customer service skills, attention to detail, interest in libraries, and computer 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. Access the job announcement, job description, and application here, at the City of Grand Marais' website.  


LIBRARY offering service indoors:

Updated 5/9/22 at 11:11 AM.

Thanks for checking back. It's the second week of May and the library is open. Please, come in.

Due to ongoing water issues, know that our service levels will fluctuate this summer. We may need to close suddenly, or to resume limited services at any time. Call ahead if you have any concerns about our service levels. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

Contact us at : 218-387-1140

Seed Art take and create kits

Happening July 7 - July 21, 2022
Supplies are limited and distributed first come, first served

Think of a moment that you want to remember in a special way forever.  Now, try and visualize that in seeds!  Seed art is a creative and original way to capture a moment.  Participants will learn to transfer and/or draw an image and then, using seeds of various sizes and colors, arrange and glue them on a flat surface to make that image come alive.

The Arrowhead Library System's (ALS) Seed Art Take & Create Art Kits were designed by COMPAS Teaching Artist Anne McFaul Reid, who created a supplemental video lesson for you: 
  This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.


Library Board of Trustees' Regular Meeting

Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 5:00 PM
In person at City Council Chambers
15 N Broadway, Grand Marais, MN

The library's monthly Board meetings are open to the public and held at the City of Grand Marais' Council Chambers--15 N Broadway, Grand Marais, MN 55604. They 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

June 14 2021 through June 30, 2022

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. Starting June 14, we will begin accepting reservations for the passes and will book them through August 31, 2021. Additional months will open as the current one ends.

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:



 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.