Tricounty News

Library Winter Reading Program began Jan. 2

The 2013 Winter Reading Program at Great River Regional Library (GRRL) began at all 
32 library locations on Wednesday, Jan. 2, and ends Saturday, Feb. 23. The program’s theme is “Escape Into Reading.” Participants must be in sixth-grade or older.

Participants will receive a drawing slip when they register at their library. After they have read (or listened to) five books of their choice, the slip may be turned in for a drawing. Slips will be eligible for both local and regional drawings. Participants who read additional books may turn in additional drawing slips. Local prizes include custom themed mugs and fleece blankets. Three eReaders are available as regional grand prizes. The eReaders are compatible with the Great River Digital Library for downloading eBooks and eAudiobooks. Prizes are purchased with the assistance of the St. Cloud Friends of the Library.

“We emphasize that the purpose of the Winter Reading Program is to encourage reading for pleasure,” said Beth Ringsmuth-Stolpman, Patron Services Specialist at the library. “Participants can read any kind of book they enjoy, fiction or nonfiction.”

Many branch locations for GRRL will offer author talks, book clubs and other events to encourage winter reading. Check the Events page at, for more information.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) provides library services at 32 public libraries in Benton, Morrison, Sherburne, Stearns, Todd and Wright Counties. It provides Central Minnesota residents with nearly 1 million books, CDs and DVDs, 250 public computers, programming and information services.