Upcoming Events

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Congratulations Friends of the Library!

Congratulations to the Friends of the Grand Rapids Area Library! The Friends were recently the recipients of a United for Libraries National Friends of Libraries Week Award. There were only 2 awards given in the whole country! The Friends mission is to support the library and staff, the library's mission, and to enhance the library's resources and services that helps support the library. Find more information about the Friends here and consider joining to be part of a national award winning group!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Museum Passes now availableWe just received  Museum passes good for one admission to an area museum before December 31.  These are good at 13 different locations in the region (including the Forest History Center and the Judy Garland Museum as well as the Duluth Depot and the MN Discovery Center) We receive a limited number so must limit passes to 4 per family.  Have fun!
These passes are funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

6th Grade History Passes
MN Historical Society is giving passes to all 6th graders in the state allowing free admission to all 26 MN History Sites through August of 2014.  They are available from www.visitmnhistory.org and at the Forest History Center. Explore History all over the state!

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The chair is back!

Paul Bunyan's Chair is back on the corner of Highways 2 and 169.  Ribbon Cutting at 5 pm on Friday, October 4.  Stop by!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Riverfront Energy Center Open House: Sept 6, 4-6 pm

Riverfront Energy Center Open House Grand Rapids Area Library 140 NE 2nd St (West parking lot) September 6, 4 pm – 6 pm.
  Tour the Library’s Energy Center, which extracts heat from the UPM Blandin Plant’s wastewater to warm the building.
 Learn about the solar sunflower and plans for solar electricity generation.
  View a model wind turbine developed by ICC engineering students.
  See the new Educational Dashboard with demonstrations of alternative energy production and the green features of the Library (also accessible from the Library’s web page at: http://www.grandrapids.lib.mn.us/About/riverfront.htm
The Dashboard is also available as an app for an iPad.  Search in iTunes for "Riverfront Energy Center"

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Annual Used Book Sale this weekend!

Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Central Square Mall
pick up a great book (or DVD or puzzle or game)

Chair Affair Fundraiser for the Grand Rapids Area Library Foundation

August 6th 5:00 pm at the Timberlake lodge.

BBQ Dinner, music and fun!

Beautiful Adirondack Chairs painted by local artists will be auctioned.

Tickets (only $10 !) available at the Library or from any Library Foundation Board member. Get yours now!

More information and pictures of all chairs are on the Chair Affair pages

All proceeds go towards Library programs and materials. If you can't make it, but want to support the Foundation, Donate Now!

Minnesota's Civic Legacy: Special Exhibit at the Grand Rapids Library

Extended through August 8th! 
This display shows 18 of Minnesota's refurbished, restored and repaired architectural gems of cities around Minnesota.  Old Central School is included! Thanks to the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota for the Loan of the exhibit.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dinosaur Bones @ your library

On Tuesday, July 16, 125 people visited the Minnesota Science Museum's Dinosaur Bones and Fossils Show under the KAXE/Rotary tent next to the Grand Rapids ARea Library.  Several kids got to help assemble a dinosaur puzzle!

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Peeps Diorama Contest Winners

The judging has finished and the winners have been announced in the 1st Annual Peeps Diorama Contest!

5th Grade and Below Category-"Helm's Peep" by Gracie Knauss
6th-12th Grade Category-"Hanging with my Peeps" by Mara Munter
Adult Category-"Peeps Snow Days" by Muggs and Nellie

Peeple's Choice Award
1st Place-"Peeps Snow Days" by Muggs and Nellie

2nd Place-"Helm's Peep" by Gracie Knauss
3rd Place-"Peeperoni and Cheese Peepza" by Patti Carlin-Janssen

Check out this link to the photostream of entries. Which diorama is your favorite?

Thank you to: Marcia and Darla for donating the toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, the Friends of the Library for supplying the Target Gift Cards, and Three Bears Candy Company for donating the gift basket for the Peeple's Choice Award Winner!