Tricounty News

Area libraries conducting online impact survey in April

Central Minnesota library users are being given an opportunity to help shape the future of how library technology will affect their lives and their community.

Great River Regional Library (GRRL) will conduct an online technology impact survey during April to find out how patrons use the library’s computers and Internet connection, and how this service has made a positive impact on their lives.

“The survey will help us to understand how patrons use the library’s technology, and that information will help us to improve our technology services in ways that are valuable to the community,” said Karen Pundsack, the library’s associate director of patron services.


Dance lessons offered Tuesdays

Swing dance lessons will be offered at the Eden Valley Public Library from 8-9:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, Tuesday, April 8, and Tuesday, April 15. Michael Klein, who has taught at many of the local community education programs for the past 15 years, will be the instructor. If you have a school dance, wedding, or just looking at doing something new, this is your chance. Bring your partner or friend and have some fun. Pricing for the class is $25 per couple for all three sessions, or $10 per couple for each class. All the proceeds will go to the library.


Eden Valley Area Library & Event Center - April schedule

Knitting Gathering - April 2, noon

Friends of the Library - April 7, 6-7 p.m.

Book Club (Caleb’s Crossing) - April 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Eden Valley Area Library Board Meeting - April 12, noon-2 p.m.

Story Hour - April 11 & April 25,  9:30-11 a.m.


High $5 helps library meet local needs

Great River Regional Library is beginning its annual “High $5” fundraising campaign, which runs Saturday, March 1 through Monday, March 31.

“We like to call it our entry level fundraiser,” said Julie Henne, the library’s associate director for public relations. “We ask for a $5 donation, or more. It isn’t a large amount of money for any one individual, but if all of our cardholders contributed it would make a big impact.” As of Jan. 1, 2014, the library system had 129,161 cardholders whose families use 32 branch libraries across Central Minnesota.

Forty percent of High $5 funds donated are retained for use at each location. Those funds have been used to support the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program, Summer Reading Program activities, construction of new book shelves and other local purposes. The portion that goes into the library system’s operating budget is used for books, technology, staffing or other areas of need, benefiting the entire region.


Kimball Library events for March

Historic Homes of Minnesota Saturday, March 15

Photographer Doug Ohman will present “Living the Dream – Historic Homes of Minnesota” at the Kimball Public Library
10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 15. Ohman’s presentation about many of Minnesota’s most elegant homes is for adults. He will share the stories and personalities that are associated with these historic treasures. Ohman is the photographer of the Minnesota Byways series of coffee-table books that includes “Courthouses Of Minnesota,” “Barns Of Minnesota,” and “Cabins Of Minnesota.” His presentation is funded in part with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Harp Music at the Library Saturday, March 22

Local musician Katherine Strand will perform on the Celtic harp at the Kimball Public Library 10-11 a.m. Saturday, March 22. All ages are invited to celebrate the arrival of spring with this music at the library. This program is 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.