Tricounty News

Library looks for feedback on open hours

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) wants to know when you’d like to use the library.

The library has posted an open hours survey on its website,

Staff want to know:

• Which GRRL location you use the most

• Whether you would prefer the library to be open the same hours each day or a range of morning, afternoon, and evening hours

• What day(s) of the week you use the library

• Which day of the week you wish the library was open

• What time of day you are most likely to use the library

• Which time of day you wish the library was open


Michael Stanley at Story Hour

Do you want to learn more about the African Bushmen who live in the Kalahari Desert? Do you want to touch a rhino tail and see the Bushman’s poison arrows?

Stanley Trollip of the Michael Stanley mystery writers duo will be  back at the Eden Valley Area Library at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, during the Story Hour. Stan will visit with the Story Hour kids and will share stories of his experiences and his writings while in the African country of Botswana. The men were at our library May 11 promoting their  mystery books including “Deadly Harvest”, “Death of the Mantis” and “A Carrion Death.” Everyone is invited to join us in this unique experience.

Get your face painted during Kimball Days

Adults, teens and children are invited to add a little pizzazz to their life with face paint during Kimball Days, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

Free, fun, fantastic face painters will be set up on the grass by St. Anne’s Church, located at 441 Hazel Ave. E., Kimball. These professionals will do a great job on as many people as they can get done within the allotted time. This event is sponsored by the Kimball Public Library and funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

For more information, contact the Kimball Public Library at (320) 398-3915.


Authors speak at EV Library

Dorothy Brutger, Stacy Brutger, and Lona Brutger were guest speakers at the Eden Valley Area Library Tuesday evening, July 23. Dorothy and Lona had traveled to France and Italy, including the Côte d’Azur, in April this year, and each put together a book of photos and w-EVLibrarySpeakersdescription of their travels. They shared a slide show of their trip, their books, and some Italian chocolate.

Stacy has written 15 or so books and has published three so far. She reads thousands of books and was told, as a rule of thumb, one must write 3 million words before one is any good as a writer. (Her 15 books comprise more than 3 millions words so far.) She shared her writing process, and brought door prizes as well.

The event was sponsored by the Eden Valley Area Public Library, in the Event Center, and the Friends of the Library served refreshments. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.

Learn basket weaving at Annandale Library

Adults and teens 15 and older can learn the basics of simple basket weaving using newspaper in a program at the Annandale Public Library. The two-part program will take place on Saturdays, Aug. 3 and 10, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. 

Local artist Amy Payne will instruct participants. She has created baskets using a variety of materials. In this two-part workshop, she will teach participants how to prepare newspaper materials and the weaving techniques to make a basket of their own. The attendance limit is 15 and preregistration is required.

This program is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Art and Cultural Heritage Fund.