Tag Archives: GRRL

Minnesota Loves Libraries close to launch

It’s almost here — Libraries throughout the state are nearly ready to launch the first-ever, statewide Minnesota Loves Libraries campaign! The time has come to begin gathering stories of how libraries make a difference in people’s lives so we can … Continue reading

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St. Cloud Library Reopening

The headquarters of the Great River Regional Library (GRRL)  – the St. Cloud Public Library will offer limited services beginning Monday, October 24 as cleaning and restoration work in the St. Cloud Public Library continues. The closing and cleanup work … Continue reading

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GRRL & PCLS Support Formula Change

The regional library boards governing Great River Regional Library (GRRL) and Plum Creek Library System (PCLS) approved supporting resolutions to seek a statutory formula change tied with an increase in the  annual Regional Library Basic System Support appropriation.  The formula change … Continue reading

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Hullabaloos: History Day Research Days

History Day Hullabaloos are research open houses held at a variety of metro librariess as well as libraries in Duluth, Moorhead, Rochester, and St. Cloud.  Check the the 2016-2017 Hullabaloo schedule for a complete listing of locations, dates, and times … Continue reading

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Fire at St. Cloud Public Library

The St. Cloud Public Library experienced a fire set by an arsonist on the second floor of the building on August 17th. Currently, regional operations continue including daily delivery to the other 31 Great River Regional Library (GRRL) libraries and … Continue reading

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GRRL Visitor

Great River Regional Library recently had an important visit by former GRRL Director, Mona Carmack.  Mona served central Minnesota from 1981-1988.

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New GRRL Core Values & Strategic Plan

During 2015, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) went through a process to review its core values and strategic plan. The process included public feedback obtained through surveys and community meetings, as well as input from regional stakeholders and the GRRL … Continue reading

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GRRL Read Down Fines

The Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Read Down Your Fines took place   Monday, June 20 through Saturday, June 25.   This event is for children and teens who hold ‘minor’ cards and are unable to borrow library materials because of … Continue reading

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Library advocacy theme unveiled!

Library advocates from across Minnesota began planning for the 2017 Minnesota Legislative session during the annual Library Legislative Forum on July 12, held at the St. Cloud Public Library (GRRL). Minnesota Loves Libraries will be unifying theme for 2017 library … Continue reading

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New GRRL Website

Just in time for summer, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) launched a new website on June 21.  It immediately offers offers a spash of color with “river” of bookcovers and bold clickable images for library information topics. GRRLs’ primary goals … Continue reading

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Behind the Scenes at the Library…

Floating Collection East Central Regional Library (ECRL) is moving towards a floating collection throughout its 14 branch consolidated region.  During the pilot period, floating non-print (CDs, DVDs, and books on CD) has demonstrated increased circulation in those areas. Regional staff … Continue reading

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NLLD Photos

From Washington, DC and the halls of government…                                           ALA’s photostream for NLLD 2016

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Llamas Visit the Library

Llama Llama Pajama Party Even a light drizzle on a gray afternoon did not deter over 950 library patrons bedecked in PJs from visiting the St. Cloud Public Library for the annual Llama Llama Pajama Party.  Two llamas were tucked … Continue reading

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Minnesotans in Washington

A small continent of Minnesotans visited our nation’s Capitol this National Library Legislative Day, May 2-3, 2016. Jim Weikum, ALS Director and former Minnesota Library Association Legislative Chair, led the group. Also attending NLLD were Judith Schotzko, a SELCO Board … Continue reading

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GRRL Vans on the Road

Great River Regional Library’s (GRRL) new vans hit the road this week. The vans are wrapped in graphics and serve as traveling billboards for the region. The designs are the work of Public Relations Graphic Designer, Bernadette Stephenson.

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More regional broadband support

By adding their names to the Minnesota Broadband Vision, regional library boards are showing their support for a future in which residents of all generations and backgrounds will have access to affordable, high-quality broadband. Included on the growing list: Great River Regional … Continue reading

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MN Broadband Vision

Karen Pundsack, GRRL Executive Director, joined other conference participants as they collaboratively developed a broadband vision for Minnesota: Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our … Continue reading

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Digital images from GRRL

The Great River Regional Library (GRRL) recently participated in a joint project with Minnesota Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America. MDL sought content on the history of libraries in Minnesota and GRRL provided exterior and interior images of the … Continue reading

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GRRL Planning

After 12 community meetings, three staff meetings, a board survey, a user/non-user survey and a survey of non-library communities, the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) is drafting a new long range plan for the next five years. GRRL will fine-tune … Continue reading

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Discover Five Practices Essential for Pre-Readers

The Minnesota Department of Education, State Library Services, with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is excited to bring renowned early literacy educator Saroj Ghoting back to Minnesota for a series of workshops that will give librarians … Continue reading

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GRRL Planning Process

Over the months of June & July, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) has hosted community feedback sessions in 11 libraries to gather input for a new 2016-2021 strategic plan. They will conduct a user/non-user study in August based on work … Continue reading

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GRRL Year in Reading

Each month of A Year In Reading the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) encourages library patrons to try something different and expand  personal reading horizons. The categories thus far this year: January’s challenge was to read a book published in … Continue reading

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GRRL Names New Executive Director

The Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Board of Trustees has appointed Karen Pundsack as the new Executive Director of the 32-library system. Pundsack has been serving as interim director since July 2014. She joined GRRL in 1999 as manager of … Continue reading

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New GRRL Event Guide

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) published a four-month Event Guide for the first time, featuring programs from May through August. This change required a little more advanced planning, but has been well received by the staff and the public. It … Continue reading

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Cow’s Week of Travels

Cow, Mike Wohnoutka, and David LaRochelle had a very successful week with Moo! Trunk Shows around Minnesota.  On Monday they were in Great River Regional Library (GRRL) with stops at Staples (119 attendees at the morning presentation) and Melrose (49 … Continue reading

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GRRL Search Underway

The Board of Trustees of the Great River Regional Library (GRRL) announce their national search for a collaborative and forward-thinking Executive Director.  Working with a nationwide Executive Search firm, John Keister & Associates, GRRL seeks an Executive Director who will: … Continue reading

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New GRRL PR video

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) has a new public awareness campaign.  The video  was created by St. Cloud State University students whose management class required a service project and this is the outcome.  The students responsible for the infomercial handled … Continue reading

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GRRL Book A Librarian: Successful Trial

Great River Regional Library has been experimenting with a new service called “Book a Librarian” at several branch locations.  Librarians from the GRRL St. Cloud headquarters have been available at five pilot locations by appointment or on a drop-in basis … Continue reading

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GRRL in Transition

The Great River Regional Library (GRRL) Board of Trustees met in special session on July 1 and appointed Karen Pundsack Interim Executive Director.  The GRRL Board of Trustees along with leadership staff will work together to manage the transition effectively and … Continue reading

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Regional News Tidbits

East Central Regional Library (ECRL)was part of a grant project with Health Access to Minnesota to provide assistance by MNsure navigators at branch libraries. Appointments started out slow, but then were booked solid for an altogether worthwhile venture. Great River … Continue reading

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GRRL Mosaics

As part of Library Legacy activities, Great River Regional Library (GRRL) commissioned Minneapolis artist, Lisa Arnold, to offer community mosaic workshops and create local art.   During the 1-2 hours workshop, attendees learn the basics of making a mosaic and  contribute … Continue reading

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